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Old 03-12-2014, 07:01 PM   #1
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F150 EcoBoost

Guys...I must say...I have seen alot of questions about TV's and many end up in discussion over various F150 Eco's. A bit off topic...

That being said, I started this thread dedicated to the F150 EcoBoost.

I am a die-hard Chevy guy...but Ford's EcoBoost has my attention. I am soaking the info up like a sponge. Please fire away with TV/Trailer combo, tips, MPG, tire switches, etc. Especially you, Mark5W...quite the 5th wheel for a 1/2 ton.

I am certain I am not the only one very interested in real world experience!
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:36 PM   #2
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Have only towed my trailer home from the dealer with my F150 EB, so don't have a lot to say about towing as of yet. But fingers crossed we will be making our maiden voyage for the season next week.

If you have any questions about daily driving fire away
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[QUOTE=ewbldavis;72716]Guys...I must say...I have seen alot of questions about TV's and many end up in discussion over various F150 Eco's. A bit off topic...

If some one is asking about TV and and just because the Eco-Boost enters into the discussion, I can't see where that is off topic.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:50 PM   #4
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As a new eco-boost owner, I will be watching this thread with interest as well. Just turned 400 miles on it, but have a camping trip planned for the end of April. Should easily have the 1000 mile break-in before towing mileage by then. I did a lot of research before buying and so far am very pleased with my F150 eco-boost. I was all set to buy a Tundra as I like Toyota, but no regrets on the Ford F150 so far.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:20 PM   #5
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Before I give you info on my truck and rv setup here are some facts.
Although early half-ton pickups could carry max loads of 1000 pounds (453.5 kg), since at least the 1960s, new and improved half-ton pickups have been able to safely carry more, surpassing their namesakes.
But old habits die hard, and the name "half-ton" has stuck around to this day. It's still helpful as a general classification term, differentiating the group from the larger, heavy-duty three-quarter-ton pickups and one-ton pickups (also obsolete terms). 1/2 truck is a misnomer.

So when someone tells me you only got a 1/2 ton truck it just shows their ignorance of the facts.

My truck and Rv:

1) 2013 Ford XLT SCREW
2) 3.5 V-6 Twin Turbo Ecoboost engine
3) Maximum Tow pkg.
4) Heavy Duty Payload pkg.
i) 17" High Capacity 7 lug aluminum rim
ii) Heavy Duty Shock absorbers
iii) 9.75 inch gear set
iv) Upgraded springs, radiator, and auxiliary transmission oil cooler
v) 3.73 limited slip axle
vi) LT245/75R17E BSW a/t tires

5) Max GVWR: 8200
6) Max payload: 2310
7) GCWR: 17,100
8) Aftermarket: Roadmaster Active Suspension, waiting to install: EBC Greenstuff brake pads
9) 20 - 22 mpg on road
10) 10- 12 towing
11) 2013 Cruiser Patriot 335SS
12) Weight with gas, our STUFF: 10,600


I now have 11,569 miles on truck. Rides great towing and non-towing.

Hope this helps.
Any other questions, please pm me.
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To start, essentially same truck as Mark5w, except I have 3.55 gears. Upgraded with airlift kit on back and 17" 10 ply HD truck tires last month.

Last summer..Towed my 300BH Ohio to Yellowstone and back. No issues. 6275# dry, at least a 1,000lbs of "stuff", bed was packed to the top also.. and 5 people..all adult size. I scare easily towing and I always felt in control with the exception of one windstorm we had in MN..but that was a freak thing..actually saw a brand new Ram 1500 and Jayco trailer flipped on the other side of the highway..really high winds.that afternoon.



Truck pulled hard when I needed it in the mountainous areas. MPGs were so-so..10.5 i think was my average total trip. I was way under my max weight-wise, but felt soft when the airlift kit was at around 40psi....figured it was my stock tires stressing.

Hope to remedy that with 10plys. Will see in a few weeks if that helps.

towed later in the summer to Gettysburg..way more stress on the truck driving through PA..still pulled well. 6 passengers and a dog. still alot of stuff for a 3 day weekend. no issues.

Power curve reminds me of how diesels drive. lots of low end power, but dont go drag racing with it..those turbos need some time to spin up. Also, you pay dearly when you thump on the gas pedal..

Its a 2011, bought it new in April 2012. Have close to 45K on it. Love it. If i was towing anything more, I'd upgrade to 3/4 ton.

Still can't believe Mark5w is pulling a fifth-wheel with essentially the same truck. I fight butt-sag when we get to loaded up front. I have a ProPride hitch it adds considerable weight. The Airlift kit helps, but I use a tongue scale to keep us honest on weight. Amazing what shifting stuff out of the bedroom and the front storage can do for tongue weight.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:27 PM   #7
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Before I give you info on my truck and rv setup here are some facts.
Although early half-ton pickups could carry max loads of 1000 pounds (453.5 kg), since at least the 1960s, new and improved half-ton pickups have been able to safely carry more, surpassing their namesakes.
But old habits die hard, and the name "half-ton" has stuck around to this day. It's still helpful as a general classification term, differentiating the group from the larger, heavy-duty three-quarter-ton pickups and one-ton pickups (also obsolete terms). 1/2 truck is a misnomer.

So when someone tells me you only got a 1/2 ton truck it just shows their ignorance of the facts.

My truck and Rv:

1) 2013 Ford XLT SCREW
2) 3.5 V-6 Twin Turbo Ecoboost engine
3) Maximum Tow pkg.
4) Heavy Duty Payload pkg.
i) 17" High Capacity 7 lug aluminum rim
ii) Heavy Duty Shock absorbers
iii) 9.75 inch gear set
iv) Upgraded springs, radiator, and auxiliary transmission oil cooler
v) 3.75 limited slip axle
vi) LT245/75R17E BSW a/t tires

5) Max GVWR: 8200
6) Max payload: 2310
7) GCWR: 17,100
8) Aftermarket: Roadmaster Active Suspension, waiting to install: EBC Greenstuff brake pads
9) 20 - 22 mpg on road
10) 10- 12 towing
11) 2013 Cruiser Patriot 335SS
12) Weight with gas, our STUFF: 10,600


I now have 11,569 miles on truck. Rides great towing and non-towing.

Hope this helps.
Any other questions, please pm me.
Since you brought it up. Do you have your scale weights for the TV and trailer ready to go?

The empty 335 (shipping weight 9741) shows a hitch weight of 1980. Which figures to 20%. Times your weight of 10,600 (sounds light to me) equals 2120 hitch. That doesn't leave much for the hitch, fuel, passengers, etc. against your 2310 payload.

If you have your scale weights I would be interested as my trailer is smaller than yours and while I'm within specs on GVWR it's just barely. Maybe it's because your TV doesn't weigh 8,000 lbs.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:46 AM   #8
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This topic has been pretty well hashed over before, on several different threads. Anybody that wants to do some reading, here are the links.

http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...ighlight=Boost

http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...ighlight=Boost

http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...ighlight=Boost
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This topic has been pretty well hashed over before, on several different threads. Anybody that wants to do some reading, here are the links.

http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...ighlight=Boost

http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...ighlight=Boost

http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...ighlight=Boost
That is very true but nowhere does any "boost" owners post any actual weights. That's what I'm curious about.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:17 AM   #10
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That is very true but nowhere does any "boost" owners post any actual weights. That's what I'm curious about.


Read post #21--here. http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...t=Boost&page=3
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