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Old 09-22-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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A lot of forum members a interested in the Ford turbo 6 cylinder Ecoboost. Since I have had one for year now, I'll start the thread and hope that others with Ecoboostwill join in on the fun.

Until just a few weeks ago I was towing a 6,000 pound (loaded)Rockwood Roo hybrid, so all of my experience is with that. For the last year I pulled that unit several time both short and long halls. The longest being at 2,400 miles round trip vacationto Maine and back. Not much of that trip was flat and the trailer pulled just fine with Equl-i-lizer hitch and Ecoboost.The only negative I found was the gas millage when towing. My average MPG Not Towing, is as high as 24. Towing it's around 8 MPG. I thought that was a bit low for 6 cylinder. Power wise, I always had more than I needed and a lot more than 8 cylinder Chevy. Evin going up hills we had plenty of power.

It's going to be interesting what my new 30RK will do.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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"Power wise, I always had more than I needed and a lot more than 8 cylinder Chevy"

Hmmmm....my 8 cyl Chevy gets 13 while towing!!




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Old 09-22-2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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I am a member of a saltwater fishing forum down here and a lot of the guys on there have went to the Ford Ecoboost for hauling their 6k to 8k bay boats. Most are very pleased with the fuel mileage and power until they have to tow their boats and their mileage goes to around 8 to 9mpg and they were expecting more than that when compared to their empty mileage. Those that sold their 3/4 ton diesels to go with the Ecoboost wish they had never made that choice. I think they are rated to tow around 10k with the Ecoboost I am just not sure I would want to tow that much weight with a 1/2 ton truck no matter what engine it had in it.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:32 PM   #4
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We bought a 2012 Ecoboost 3 weeks ago. We have about 1700 miles on it so far and love it. Only one short trip towing our ST 20 CK so far, 30 miles or so, and it towed beautifully.

Mixed driving we get about 17 (on our first 2 tanks of gas). Not sure about MPG towing yet. We're heading out on a 300 mile trip at the end of this week, so that will be our first long trip and our first chance to check mpg towing.

From what I've read on RV forums, most folks towing less than 8k are getting somewhere between 9-11 mpg. Most say it's comparable to what they would get with a v8 and they are good with that since they love the torque the engine provides. If I can get around 10, I'm happy with that - I didn't buy this truck / engine for the towing mpg. I bought it for the towing capacity and economy when not towing. I love the 36 gallon gas tank too!

For us, we camp maybe 10 weekends a year and take 3-4 longer week long trips, so I think this truck will give us all the towing capacity we would want, while still getting pretty decent mileage when not towing - which is most of the the time. Our truck with the Max Tow option, which includes a 3.73 rear end and about a 1800 lb payload, has a towing capacity of 11,300 lbs which is more than twice the weight of our full loaded (current) trailer. We have plenty of room to upgrade to a newer trailer in the years ahead as well.

Thanks for staring this thread Will.




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Old 09-23-2012, 02:06 AM   #5
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I agree with mikenannie 100 percent. The better MPG while not towing out ways the few times a year you are hauling the TT. I have to add that durring our trip Maine my average highway speed was around 75, the posted speed limit.



Just a reminder to everyone tring to get a true MPG reading with this tuck. You have to reset the fuel ecomomy setting before you leave with the TT, or your going to average in on towing driving.
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If you were towing your trailer at 75 mph you have other issues.....
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I always calculate mpg by hand.

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I mean to say average of 65mph
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I was going to say, at 75 mph you were putting those ST tires to an extreme torture test.
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I have sat here and just lurked the past few days. Some of the claims people will make about their trucks are simply amazing.There isan idiot here where are working who is claiming his new (to him) 2001 F250 Powerstroke can tow 18,000 lbs. In reality it is rated for 12,000 lbs. Anyone can claim anything. The important thing about engine power when towing is torque. The 2013 EcoBoost (from Ford's website) has 365 hp and 420 lb ft torque. Compare this to the 2013 Silverado HD Duramax with 765 lb ft of torque. Heck, my 2009 has 660 lb ft torque. I get between 10 to 12 miles per gallon per gallon when towing my almost 12,000 fully loaded Cruiser, although we never tow that much weight. The EcoBoost is a major step forward but still cannot tow a fiver ofa decent size. Next year GM will bring out an all new generation of the Silverado. I am certain they will also have some new engine technology to boost the EPA mileage rating of the 1500 series. Have not heard anything about a new Duramax.

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