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Old 05-28-2019, 03:07 PM   #1
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Those with an F150 Ecoboost....

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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Old 05-28-2019, 04:50 PM   #2
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Hi Jim,

I started with a 2015 F150 eco boost 3.0 engine. I had a 9,000 lb gvw trailer at the time. The truck was max tow, but not max payload. From members on this forum and others, it appears the max payload are more rare, but will give you much more payload in addition to your towing specs. With 6,000 gvr on your trailer, you likely don’t need it unless you upgrade.

If you get a newer truck than I had, it will be more capable. I believe they may have changed transmissions or added a few gears. I put on load range “E” LT tires. This reduces the “squishy” feeling people report on turns, and helps reduce sway. I also had 5,000 lb airbags.

We went on a 6,000 mile trip and it performed well. Because of the lighter weight than the Superduty I currently have, I did get pushed a bit from heavy winds or passing big rigs. It had plenty of power for long steep hill climbs (great divide), but you can smoke your brakes going down hill for long distances. Your trailer is lighter, so it should be fine as long as you use your transmission properly and use tow mode. That is a really great engine.

Others here who still have them will likely chime in with more information. Good luck!
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:01 PM   #3
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I bought my Eco-Boost new in 2013 -- Special order.
I don't think you can get them built like that any more. But, I could be wrong.
Heavy duty payload - Max tow-10 ply tires, 3.71 gears, 3.5 Eco engine

Maximum loaded trailer can be 11,100#
Pin/hitch weight, 2310#


My trailer isn't real big, but it does get pretty heavy when I load it up.
Dry weight is 6622#
GVWR is 11625#


We have towed to WA. and CO. I let the engine work for me going down the steep long grades and there wasn't any problems with brakes getting hot.


When I'm working it, it does like it's gas.


You don't want the small Eco-Boost engine!
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:55 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Yes the 3.5 ecoboost Max tow is the one I would go with. Minimum 3.55 gears. I like to buy used vehicles that still have at least a year factory warranty on them. Will negotiate in the LT tires if it don't have them already. Found one on autotrader at a dealer that I almost went to look at. They were upfront about it and said it was a factory buy back due to being a lemon...umm...no thanks on that one. Not in a hurry as the silverado is doing a fair job right now - but thanks to midwest winters getting a little rusty and other age related maladies. Safe and enjoyable travels....Jim
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Old 05-28-2019, 10:39 PM   #5
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Lloyd, -on this truck you ordered, Heavy duty payload - Max tow-10 ply tires, 3.71 gears, 3.5 Eco engine, is that still a F-150 ? Is this also a diesel ? Sounds like a awesome mix.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:22 PM   #6
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Lloyd and I have the same truck. 3.5 twin turbo gas. The key for me is the heavy duty payload, and some mods I made
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WOW, V6, just caught a few utubes, reviews are very impressive and I'm in awe with that 3.5 eco and 3.71 gears..Most called that mix a beast !!! Thanks Mark5, and I apologize for slightly high-jacking this thread XLTJim !!
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I forgot to add--- The 10 ply tires came on 7 bolt heavy duty rims.
I know you can get the 18-19-20-and 22 in. wheels and tires, but I didn't want those.
If you can find one with both the max tow and heavy duty payload that would be the best in my opinion.
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agree with all of the other Ford owners - incredible truck. The one thing I would add is that we also got the 36 gallon fuel tank - not sure if that is standard or not - but really, really, happy we have it. I think the normal was 18 at the time??? It'll keep the speed limit on nearly all grades, but as Lloyd says, it does get thirsty.
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Sorry about my curiosity but what kind of gas mileage are you all getting with this little 3.5. Last night on a utube video they compared all 3 ford trucks, v6, v8, and diesel, of course diesel was the king with the same load on all 3 comparisons, 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 are you getting around the 10-11 mpg with american gallons with say around a 6800 lb trailer on back ? I must say the more I researched this little engine the more impressive it gets. One thing we noticed for the last couple years following the chuck wagon races around Saskatchewan that the majority of tow vehicles are the Ford, and the next runner up is the Ram. Last year was 6 Fords for every Ram and what totally surprised me was in the competitors yard of trucks and trailers was only 1 lonely Chevy. That is a fact as I even pointed it out to the Misses as we walked through the holding yard !! Next week when we attend our first races there'll be some serious surveillance going on with there tow vehicles.
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