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Old 05-29-2019, 01:25 PM   #11
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I have seen 11mpg---on rare occasions. I usually get 9 to 10.
Wind is really the deciding factor. It hates side winds and head winds. either one of those two can, and some times will knock the mileage down to 6.5.


I'm not pulling a trailer. I have a 5th wheel which is some what taller then most trailers, so there again it's pushing more wind.
I use to sweat the mileage issue. Not any more. If I have to worry about a few extra gals. of gas, I figure I better stay home.
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:08 PM   #12
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I usually average about 9.5 - 10.5 while towing. Average speed is about 65 mph. It tows great, real smooth.



Around town I only get about 15 mpg. I live on top of a mountain, so no matter which way I go, I have to re climb the mountain. While cruising on the Interstates, i've gotten up to 21 mpg.
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Old 05-29-2019, 02:40 PM   #13
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Thanks wholeheartedly, this thread has been a complete learning lesson. This gas mileage as stated by Lloyd is completely acceptable as those are American gallons and anything close to 9 in my opinion is fine on average. I've made and saved notes for reference on this vehicle.
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:35 PM   #14
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Really enjoying the conversation on this and glad I started the post. Thanks everybody. I believe my mind is made up. Just need to keep my eyes peeled for the right one.
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:00 PM   #15
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I have 116,000 miles with 21,000 towing only 1 major issue, camshaft position sensor. Towing this past weekend I was extremely happy coming back from South of St. Louis getting 10.5 mpg, then the wind changed direction and I was lucky to see 8 mpg. Overall I enjoy the truck.

Check out Heller Ford in El Paso, IL they tend to have some decent prices.
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but the v6 got 11.3 mpg and that was an American gallon (3.78L ). Which I think is fine as our v8 chevy 5.3 gets 11mpg on a imperial gallon (4.55L) of course trailer weight is the deciding factor. But
Ace...if you are getting the milage from the trucks computer and have it set the mpg instead of l/100 km...then the mpg is in American Gallons. You multiply that number by 20% to get imperial. Just wondering.
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I bought a 2016 Ford F-150 with the 3.5 Ecoboost, 355 gears, max tow package. Absolutely love it, my camper is only 8000 lbs loaded. Hardly even know its back there. Mine has the 36 gallon tank, which is an option.
16.6 miles per gallon. 12-14 while towing
I did buy a set of air bags for the 1/2 ton truck, just because I want to haul the four wheeler while its hooked up to the camper
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I bought a 2016 Ford F-150 with the 3.5 Ecoboost, 355 gears, max tow package. Absolutely love it, my camper is only 8000 lbs loaded. Hardly even know its back there. Mine has the 36 gallon tank, which is an option.
16.6 miles per gallon. 12-14 while towing
I did buy a set of air bags for the 1/2 ton truck, just because I want to haul the four wheeler while its hooked up to the camper
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Wow, 12-14 mpg while towing? That is great. I averaged 9 with mine.
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Wow, 12-14 mpg while towing? That is great. I averaged 9 with mine.

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Hello, so I am considering an F150. Had a recent post of upgrading my tires on my silverado...may just get a truck along with the upgraded tires (lol). Doing reasearch to purchase a used one 17/18 low miles, max tow package, 3.5 ecoboost. How good are these as tow vehicles? I see lots of them with max tow but with 3.31 axle. Is that sufficient? I would negotiate the LT tires as part of the deal. I currently have a 2009 silverado with 5.3 and 3.55 axle and it seems to struggle up mild hills pulling my 6000# loaded camper. What specs do you have on your F150 truck? Just looking for some real world experience.
Thanks in advance. Jim

Note - considered 3/4 ton truck but with using it as a daily driver and only occasional Rv towing it doesn't seem to be justified.
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I only had diesels in the past but after tons of research and California registration being upwards of $800 to $1000 annually for 3/4 and 1 ton trucks I bought a 2016 3.5 ecoboost and I love it. As described in my signature I have done upgrades to mine also which has made it better for towing. I would definitely get max tow and the 36 gallon fuel tank. I started out with E load range tires but went to D load range for a little softer daily driver ride. Their still 65 psi vs 80 psi max but would have never kept those stock 35 psi tires it came with. Your not going to get any better than 9-13 mpg towing but if your not towing every weekend which most dont you will be more than happy with this truck. I've towed two different campers with my truck, first one was a toyhauler which weighed 8500lbs without toys and 850lbs tongue weight and and now the sunset trail which weighs 5500lbs with a 550lbs tongue weight and the mileage is what it is. The new F-150's have the 10 speed transmission so maybe a little better all the way around. On the bright side I can get the advertised 20 mpg's not towing doing 65 mph. I will add that once I got airbags I got rid of the weight distribution hitch and modified a solid ball mount with a tab for a mini ball and added sway control which is so much easier to handle each time I tow. My two cents is I dont think you can go wrong with an ecoboost unless down the road you want a big heavy camper then it might not be a good option. Good luck on whatever you decide.
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