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Camping-man 08-18-2017 09:39 PM

Anyone tow with an expedition eco boost?
 
Just wondering if anyone has an expedition with eco boost engine as a TV.

We have a 2008 Suburban and an 07 expedition and they both do ok... I would like to upgrade to an ecoboost expedition for more towing power... we have a 23ikss.

I dont really have use for a truck, been a family of 5, the cargo space of the SUV is more useful.

clarkbre 08-19-2017 01:24 PM

I don't have experience towing with the Expy Eco; however, I do have an F150. The engine is very capable and works well for that size trailer.

My comment on whatever Expy you're looking at is to make sure it has the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package. Your trailer is rated very close to the standard Expy's 6600lbs tow limit. The HD package bumps that up to the 9k pound range. That would buy you some room so that you're not constantly towing maxed out.

bikendan 08-19-2017 02:04 PM

Be sure to look at the Expy's payload capacity sticker.
SUVs have much lower numbers than their pickup counterparts.

Camping-man 08-19-2017 03:20 PM

They have a 1500 lb pay load. That's plenty for us.

Hersbird 08-19-2017 03:53 PM

I personally would also shop any of the GM SUVs with the new 6.2 direct injection paired with an 8 speed auto, that powertrain is the most powerful you can get in any 1/2 ton truck or SUV.

Camping-man 08-19-2017 04:51 PM

The 6.2L engine is nice, I would rather have the 6.0L 2500 Suburban but those are too expensive for a use vehicle and they have too many miles

jrk341 08-19-2017 05:17 PM

The 2018 expeditions look really nice. It will have the ecoboost with the 10 sp trans.

Hersbird 08-20-2017 12:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Camping-man (Post 1598573)
The 6.2L engine is nice, I would rather have the 6.0L 2500 Suburban but those are too expensive for a use vehicle and they have too many miles

The new 6.2 puts the 6.0 to shame. A new 5.3 beats the old 6.0 in every way. They are more than a 2018 Expedition though as you have to get a Denali or Escalade to get the 6.2. I don't see it as an option is a regular Tahoe or Suburban. Looks like at least $10,000 more than the Expedition but with the Expedition being new the GMs might have better rebates and such. All of them are way out of my price range LOL!

SuicideSaints 08-20-2017 07:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Camping-man (Post 1598526)
They have a 1500 lb pay load. That's plenty for us.



Remember people, cargo, weight of the hitch, and tongue weight all eat into available cargo. We were a family of 4 with a 7500 lb TT and we would have been well over on 1500 payload

Camping-man 08-20-2017 10:51 AM

The 6.0 is a work horse, very reliable, the 6.2L is very nice but more of a performance engine vs a tow/work vehicle. The 6.2l will do the job but the maintenance cost with it and mpg and add to the already more expensive vehicle. Don't get me wrong I like the Yukon Denali alot, buy I rather have the expedition torque. The new 2018 expedition is rated close to 500lbs of torque....

Camping-man 08-20-2017 10:54 AM

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Originally Posted by SuicideSaints (Post 1599041)
Remember people, cargo, weight of the hitch, and tongue weight all eat into available cargo. We were a family of 4 with a 7500 lb TT and we would have been well over on 1500 payload

We don't carrie much in the vehicle when we camp, we keep most of the things in the camper with the exception of food.

We are no were near the 1500 lbs pay load.

BGKirkham 08-20-2017 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Camping-man (Post 1599160)
We don't carrie much in the vehicle when we camp, we keep most of the things in the camper with the exception of food.

We are no were near the 1500 lbs pay load.

Just because you put it in the camper doesn't mean it won't count towards payload. The weight you put on the hitch is payload.

jrk341 08-20-2017 11:20 AM

The torque for the expedition come in sooner because of the turbo's. The platinum series is rated at 480ft lbs of torque.

Camping-man 08-20-2017 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by BGKirkham (Post 1599172)
Just because you put it in the camper doesn't mean it won't count towards payload. The weight you put on the hitch is payload.

I know, but still I'm no were near 1500

mxdad 08-20-2017 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Camping-man (Post 1599157)
The 6.0 is a work horse, very reliable, the 6.2L is very nice but more of a performance engine vs a tow/work vehicle. The 6.2l will do the job but the maintenance cost with it and mpg and add to the already more expensive vehicle. Don't get me wrong I like the Yukon Denali alot, buy I rather have the expedition torque. The new 2018 expedition is rated close to 500lbs of torque....

Don't sell the 6.2 short. I towed a 26RR loaded to 7600# with an 08 Escalade ESV and never lacked for power. Traded it in with 173k trouble free miles. Maintenance never consisted of more than oil changes and all fluid changes every 60k. Towing MPG won't differ between the 3 motors to make a difference.

dpbain1 08-20-2017 01:01 PM

I have a 2017 Expedition with the 3.5 ecoboost engine with the heavy duty tow package and pull a 34 ft. 6700 lb. (dry weight) travel trailer. So far, I have had no problems whatsoever other than sway issues. The sway mechanism Ford puts in the Expedition I feel is pretty much useless and learned (the hard way) to install a couple of anti-sway bars that helped considerably.
I might add the ecoboost engine would quite likely be much more economical to drive than the GM engines with everyday routine non-towing driving.

Was 08-20-2017 01:45 PM

We have a 2016 Expedition EL 3.5 ecoboost with the tow package. We absolutely love it. Plenty of power towing and great gas mileage when not towing.

Stovebolt 08-20-2017 06:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Camping-man (Post 1599157)
The 6.0 is a work horse, very reliable, the 6.2L is very nice but more of a performance engine vs a tow/work vehicle. The 6.2l will do the job but the maintenance cost with it and mpg and add to the already more expensive vehicle. Don't get me wrong I like the Yukon Denali alot, buy I rather have the expedition torque. The new 2018 expedition is rated close to 500lbs of torque....

My problem with the 6.2 is the fact you have to use premium fuel. The Eco's you use regular and the manual says you should use premium when towing. I have an eco and I have towed with it using regular and premium and notice no difference. Why spend all that money on premium;) gas when you don't have to.

wifi_guy 08-20-2017 08:24 PM

We have a 2015 Expedition EL with the Eco Boost; my wifes vehicle. We also have a 2015 F-150 Platinum with the Eco Boost; my vehicle.

We have a 2017 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite (8312SS Model) and I have towed that with both our Expedition and F-150.

I prefer towing our Rockwood with my F-150 VS the Expedition. The shocks are set up differently. My wife's Expedition is definitely kooshier (If that's even a word. LOL)

But the engines are the same and both handle the Rockwood without any trouble. Just make sure you have the tow package and you'll be fine no matter what you do.

wifi_guy 08-20-2017 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by dpbain1 (Post 1599259)
I have a 2017 Expedition with the 3.5 ecoboost engine with the heavy duty tow package and pull a 34 ft. 6700 lb. (dry weight) travel trailer. So far, I have had no problems whatsoever other than sway issues. The sway mechanism Ford puts in the Expedition I feel is pretty much useless and learned (the hard way) to install a couple of anti-sway bars that helped considerably.
I might add the ecoboost engine would quite likely be much more economical to drive than the GM engines with everyday routine non-towing driving.

Sway control in the Ford's is more of a safety thing. Either way you still want a hitch with that built in as well, weight diff is a plus as well in a hitch.

thebrakeman 08-21-2017 09:46 AM

Right. From what I understand from any OEM with trailer sway control...that is for when things get REALLY out of control. It will not intervene until you are all over the place. It will not be a pleasant experience, but it will straighten things out for you.

You want your own sway control system, preferably built into your WDH kit, to either handle small amounts of sway (Equalizer, Dual-Cam, Blue Ox, etc), or prevent sway before it starts (Hensley, ProPride, etc).

As far as the original post, the 23IKSS is only about 4800 lbs dry, and 6400 lbs GVWR. in reality, loaded weight is probably around 5800 lbs. Any Expedition with the HD towing package (9000 MAX towing) should have no problem with that weight, assuming they stay in-range with payload.

Note also that the max towing on Expy is 9000, regardless of axle ratio, and regardless of standard or EL/MAX length. Therefore, if you expect to be pushing the envelope on trailer weight, you are better served with the lighter standard length. It will have less steel frame weight, giving more of the 15,000 lbs GCVWR for towing duty. And you will end up with more payload capacity for the same reason, which means more flexibility in cargo and TW capacity.

wifi_guy 08-21-2017 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by thebrakeman (Post 1600161)
Right. From what I understand from any OEM with trailer sway control...that is for when things get REALLY out of control. It will not intervene until you are all over the place. It will not be a pleasant experience, but it will straighten things out for you.

You want your own sway control system, preferably built into your WDH kit, to either handle small amounts of sway (Equalizer, Dual-Cam, Blue Ox, etc), or prevent sway before it starts (Hensley, ProPride, etc).

As far as the original post, the 23IKSS is only about 4800 lbs dry, and 6400 lbs GVWR. in reality, loaded weight is probably around 5800 lbs. Any Expedition with the HD towing package (9000 MAX towing) should have no problem with that weight, assuming they stay in-range with payload.

Note also that the max towing on Expy is 9000, regardless of axle ratio, and regardless of standard or EL/MAX length. Therefore, if you expect to be pushing the envelope on trailer weight, you are better served with the lighter standard length. It will have less steel frame weight, giving more of the 15,000 lbs GCVWR for towing duty. And you will end up with more payload capacity for the same reason, which means more flexibility in cargo and TW capacity.

Correct. I had sway control kick in once and I was like "WTF is going on!" LOL It starts doing all sorts of funky things breaking and etc...

thebrakeman 08-21-2017 01:49 PM

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Originally Posted by wifi_guy (Post 1600163)
Correct. I had sway control kick in once and I was like "WTF is going on!" LOL It starts doing all sorts of funky things breaking and etc...

Curious:
What WDH/Sway control are you using? What caused sway so bad that the electronic nanny kicked in?

wifi_guy 08-21-2017 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by thebrakeman (Post 1600393)
Curious:
What WDH/Sway control are you using? What caused sway so bad that the electronic nanny kicked in?

When my sway control kicked in on my truck, I was pulling our old camper. It was a 2005 Wildwood. I don't remember what my hitch was for that. We bought it used. It was some hitch with chains. It never was the best.

Today, I run a Husky Center Line and love it. We have been hauling and had some cross winds. Barely could tell. It's a great system.

Camping-man 08-21-2017 04:40 PM

I have the Husky TS and I like it alot.... I see an expedition on My near future as my TV

rockfordroo 08-21-2017 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Camping-man (Post 1599160)
We don't carrie much in the vehicle when we camp, we keep most of the things in the camper with the exception of food.

We are no were near the 1500 lbs pay load.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BGKirkham (Post 1599172)
Just because you put it in the camper doesn't mean it won't count towards payload. The weight you put on the hitch is payload.

I agree with BGK.

Per the Rockwood website, the 23IKSS has a GVWR of 6588 lbs. Assume 12% is tongue weight and you have 790 lbs. Add 75-100 lbs for a WDH and you could be up to 890 lbs. Assuming 2 adults and 3 kids, that could be around (2x150) + (3x50) = 450 lbs or more depending on the kids ages and the adults “build.” So now we’re at 890 + 450 = 1340 lbs. You ARE pushing 1500 lb payload.

thebrakeman 08-22-2017 10:08 AM

Using 1340 of 1500 lbs payload is fine. Not a problem.


Also, this sounds like an existing camper, so I'll stick with the used weights I found in my previous post (dry ~4800, and GVWR ~6400), although it sounds like newer models have put on some fat.


With these hybrids, they often give much more CCC than you could ever use. These are not 5ers with big sheds under the front beds. 4800 dry means 5800 lbs conservatively when loaded, probably less. They will not be anywhere close to 6400 (or 6588).


Putting 5800 back into the calculations above, puts things using around 1250 of 1500. That much better. Not a problem. And if you did the calculations by subtracting weights from the 15,000 lbs GCVWR, I suspect the actual payload of the particular SUV would be greater than 1500 lbs, unless they get the biggest, blinged-out EL/MAX Platinum version available.

Camping-man 08-22-2017 10:54 AM

As I stated before I know in good with the payload. I looking for more towing power.

Thanks for all the input.

mxdad 08-23-2017 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Stovebolt (Post 1599576)
My problem with the 6.2 is the fact you have to use premium fuel. The Eco's you use regular and the manual says you should use premium when towing. I have an eco and I have towed with it using regular and premium and notice no difference. Why spend all that money on premium;) gas when you don't have to.

Premium is recommended, not required, for the 6.2. I put regular in it when not towing and premium when I was.

Hersbird 08-23-2017 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Camping-man (Post 1599157)
The 6.0 is a work horse, very reliable, the 6.2L is very nice but more of a performance engine vs a tow/work vehicle. The 6.2l will do the job but the maintenance cost with it and mpg and add to the already more expensive vehicle. Don't get me wrong I like the Yukon Denali alot, buy I rather have the expedition torque. The new 2018 expedition is rated close to 500lbs of torque....

I'm telling you, you are comparing a 2011 to a 2018. Go drive a brand new 6.2 with the 8 speed and you will see it out powers the all but the Raptor 3.5 ecoboost which is tuned as you say as a performance motor not a towing working motor. The new expedition will be good power wise but not as good. You may still like the Expediton more but I was just pointing out, if you are shopping new don't just ignore the others.

Camping-man 08-23-2017 11:36 AM

Thanks for the input but i rather have the expedition... the mpg while not towing should be better than the 6.2L

Stovebolt 08-23-2017 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by mxdad (Post 1602317)
Premium is recommended, not required, for the 6.2. I put regular in it when not towing and premium when I was.

Not according to Motor Trend Magazine and Car and Driver Magazine, they claim the Chevy/GMC 6.2 is premium only when they tested them. their information was right out of the GM manual. Even the 6.4 Hemi is mid range and premium when towing, fords 6.2 is regular all the time. I believe the GM 6.0 is also regular all the time. You can't get the 6.2 in the 3/4 or 1 ton GM trucks and I assume there is a reason for that. Just say'in...not picking on any of them.

wormdood 08-29-2017 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by Hersbird (Post 1602387)
I'm telling you, you are comparing a 2011 to a 2018. Go drive a brand new 6.2 with the 8 speed and you will see it out powers the all but the Raptor 3.5 ecoboost which is tuned as you say as a performance motor not a towing working motor. The new expedition will be good power wise but not as good. You may still like the Expediton more but I was just pointing out, if you are shopping new don't just ignore the others.



Our 2017 Yukon Denali is a beast. Plenty of power.

macandtlc 09-06-2017 06:23 AM

I tow a 32ft TT, 7,200 pounds fully loaded with a 2015 Expedition EL XLT with max tow package, and I use a Husky Centerline TS WDH. I live in Colorado and the Ecoboost is amazing, the 420 lb-ft of torque at just 2500 RPM means this thing is a towing monster. I do not have to slow down even on the steepest grades and the RPM is rarely above 2500. I run 87 octane fuel and get 10-11 MPG flat but only 7 to 8 running in the hills and the millage pulling up a 11,000 foot pass is only about 4.5 MPG. Best part is it is very quiet. You will have to get on a scale to see what your true payload is, mine is 1,600 as validated by weighing it, but the higher end models weigh more due to more added equipment.
If you want to see a good comparison of Ford and Chevy SUVs do a search for the Fast Lane Truck, they have a YouTube channel and they compare towing capabilities of different trucks and large SUVs. Both The Ford and the Chevy would easily meet your needs it is a matter of personal preference. For me the Expedition has more cargo space, more horse power and low end torque, higher payload and higher overall tow capacity (9,200 pounds).

LLMRPh 09-07-2017 05:43 AM

I didn't read the whole string here, but I wanted to say that I just traded a 2015 Expedition Eco Boost for an F250 to pull my RW MiniLite 2506S because of the challenges I had with the trailer yanking around the Expy quite a bit in any wind or when trucks passed. I have a Blu Ox Sway Pro WDH. My first step in trying to make the rig work better was to weigh everything .... and much to my surprise, the tongue weight was pretty high and even with nothing really heavy in the Expy the setup pushed the weights over the 900# Limit on the hitch and also over the rear GAWR! So then I knew I needed a bigger tow vehicle. And the difference is amazing with the F250. Like you, I don't really need a truck for anything other than towing, but I've got a truck in my driveway now! LOL! BTW, the Expy Ecoboost was a wonderful SUV! We loved it! And it pulled the camper perfectly well in terms of power. It didn't even know it was there. It had max tow and brake controller etc. Excellent vehicle. It was the axle weight limit and the shorter wheelbase that caused the problems I think.

thebrakeman 09-07-2017 08:47 AM

LLMRPh,
That a pretty unique layout, with the bedroom in the rear. Looks very tongue-heavy, with the kitchen and a deep slideout forward of the axles. You probably only load light stuff (clothes) in the rear. If you can't keep it under 900 lbs, you may actually be over the 15% TW recommendation, which most people never see. Most 4800 lbs dry campers get loaded to 5800 lbs or so, and see maybe 12.5% on the tongue, or about 725 lbs.

Not that I have a point, or questioning your choice of tow vehicle. I just like to do the math, and yours is a bit unique. :trink39:

LLMRPh 09-07-2017 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by thebrakeman (Post 1617161)
LLMRPh,
That a pretty unique layout, with the bedroom in the rear. Looks very tongue-heavy, with the kitchen and a deep slideout forward of the axles. You probably only load light stuff (clothes) in the rear. If you can't keep it under 900 lbs, you may actually be over the 15% TW recommendation, which most people never see. Most 4800 lbs dry campers get loaded to 5800 lbs or so, and see maybe 12.5% on the tongue, or about 725 lbs.

Not that I have a point, or questioning your choice of tow vehicle. I just like to do the math, and yours is a bit unique. :trink39:



Yes agreed! My TW came in at about 18% or so when I weighed it! I shifted everything I could to be back to seesaw the trailer backward a bit. Now that I have the F250 I'm going to weigh everything this weekend again. I know I'm well below the TV specs now, but I still hate that heavy TW. But it pulls like a dream now with the Blu Ox WDH. Not perfect. But I'm very sensitive to sway. :(

LLMRPh 09-07-2017 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thebrakeman (Post 1617161)
LLMRPh,
That a pretty unique layout, with the bedroom in the rear. Looks very tongue-heavy, with the kitchen and a deep slideout forward of the axles. You probably only load light stuff (clothes) in the rear. If you can't keep it under 900 lbs, you may actually be over the 15% TW recommendation, which most people never see. Most 4800 lbs dry campers get loaded to 5800 lbs or so, and see maybe 12.5% on the tongue, or about 725 lbs.

Not that I have a point, or questioning your choice of tow vehicle. I just like to do the math, and yours is a bit unique. :trink39:



Yes. The camper weights were deceiving. The actual weight on the scale was 5460 but 900 tongue weight. The max for the Expedition was 920 ... too close for my comfort. 16% of total weight so above the recommended 10-15%. Even with the WDH in place, the rear axle weight on the Expy was 4420! ... above the listed 4300 max on the Expy sticker! Hence the new truck. LOL. The fresh water tank is actually behind the axles on the MiniLite ... so I'm tempted to fill it when I travel to tip the camper back a bit off the tongue. And I'm putting all our "stuff" I'd normally keep in the truck in the bedroom of the camper to add even more rear weight. But overall having the F250 seemed to do the trick. It's so much more balanced with the length of the camper.

rockfordroo 09-07-2017 07:27 PM

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Originally Posted by LLMRPh (Post 1617222)
Yes agreed! My TW came in at about 18% or so when I weighed it! I shifted everything I could to be back to seesaw the trailer backward a bit. Now that I have the F250 I'm going to weigh everything this weekend again. I know I'm well below the TV specs now, but I still hate that heavy TW. But it pulls like a dream now with the Blu Ox WDH. Not perfect. But I'm very sensitive to sway. :(

I'm having trouble understanding these three statements being used together.

Pulls like a dream

BUT

Not perfect

AND

Sensitive to sway.

LLMRPh 09-07-2017 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by rockfordroo (Post 1617684)
I'm having trouble understanding these three statements being used together.



Pulls like a dream



BUT



Not perfect



AND



Sensitive to sway.



Pulls like a dream ... compared to the Expedition or the Jeep (which I used to pull a smaller camper a few years ago)
Not perfect ... because I still feel some sway now and then, but I expect that because it's pretty normal...
And I think I'm pretty sensitive to sway and every little swerve when I'm towing.
:)


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