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Old 03-06-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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Hello all,
I am looking at upgrading to a new TV. I currently have a 2001 F150 Lariat with the 5.4l Triton engine and 3.55 gear. I am looking at getting into a 2012 F150 with the Ecoboost engine with a max tow package (3.73 gear). The trailer I will be towing is a 2012 Zinger 26bl.
Does anybody currently have an F150 with the Ecoboost? How does it performtowingyour trailer or any trailer.What are the Pros and Cons with the truck or engine? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:48 AM   #2
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My Son is currently in the market for a new truck. He wants to get rid of his diesel and has been thinking about the Eco Boost. I was curious about it myself, so I started asking questions down at the garage. The owner is Ford from the middle both ways.
He said---tell him to go with the 5.4. It's been around for a long time and has a proven record. The Eco Boost might get a couple MPG more, but unless you are going to be on the HWY a lot, he didn't think it would be worth it. Then he went on to say---the Eco Boost has "two" turbos, and they are both in the exhaust. Can you imagine what it would cost to work on that baby.
There, that should get me some heat from some of the Ford boys.

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Old 03-07-2012, 08:25 AM   #3
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I would pay as much attention to the rear gears as I would the power plant.
Can you get a 4:10 option? But then again,,,,there goes the mpg when you are not towing.

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Old 03-07-2012, 09:16 AM   #4
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I think it all depends on how often you tow the camper, how long the trips are, if you really like camping and may decide to upgrade to a fiver in a few years. If you look at the signatures of the members you will see that a lot of them tow with F-250, 2500 Chev or Dodge diesels. You really have to examine what you plan to do with your truck and camper and then decide based on the 80/20 rule and which brand suits your preferences.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:27 AM   #5
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A camping buddy has is a nice truck but I am not sold on the towing power. Trailer Life magazine tested one with a 5000# trailer. They liked it, but were skeptical on actual real-world towing of anything heavier. They also commented on 9-10mpg towing and small, 26gal. fuel tank.

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Old 03-09-2012, 12:37 AM   #6
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Thanks for the input everyone. It was helpful. After doing more research i was looking at a 3.73 gear. i am being told you can not get a 4.10 gear unless you get into a f250. The engine options are the 3.5 ltr ecoboost, 5.0 ltr V8 or the 6.2 ltr V8. Guess I will test drive and do some more research.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:34 AM   #7
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I towaCR30re with a09 F150 crew cab short box, with a 3.73 trans and a 5.4 Triton. Ford maks a great truck for towing...the only problem is they put P rated tires on from the factory(basically passenger tires that will give you a great ride, but not made for towing,only 2 ply sidewalls.)You will need a good sway control hitch. I have a Husky with sway cams. expensive but well worth the peace of mind while towing. I also have Timbren supports on the rear end.

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Old 03-09-2012, 07:01 AM   #8
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I know the ecoboost tends to get good reviews on towing on another RV forum I am on. Which exact setup they have, I am not sure. I can tell you that I would get the beefiest one you can. I have the same TT as you just a year older and it is a great trailer but does require a good truck to tame it. Enjoy your new rig!

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Old 03-09-2012, 08:21 AM   #9
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Food for thought:Look at the oil capacity on the Ecoboost. That is the blood of your motor.
Most of the Turbo diesels are running three gallons or more.
When towing, mine is in boost most of the time and that is tough on oil. "Lot's of heat" especially with a factory exhaust and going through the mountains.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:12 AM   #10
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All this talk about the EcoBoost got me looking. I guess I'm just old school but there isn't any substitute for cubic inches when it come to towing. I know the numbers on the Eco look great, HP & Torque, but that is a 210 CI V6 motor and to generate those numbers it's just working too hard for me.

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