First Tow - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

Notices
2009 - 2014 F150 Discuss the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Ford F150

First Tow

 
  #1  
Old 05-20-2012, 10:08 PM
95 Canoe Hauler's Avatar
95 Canoe Hauler
95 Canoe Hauler is offline
Freshman User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: West Tenn
Posts: 48
95 Canoe Hauler is starting off with a positive reputation.
First Tow

Evening guys, preparing for my first fifth wheel tow with the HD 150. Obviously will be using tow/haul mode, question is, do any of you lock out 6th gear using select shift and just tow in the 5 available gears? I realize this may be my old school thinking to protect the overdrive but coming from a '95 150 makes me wish I'd done it more often! Also, any value in using higher octane fuel, 89 or higher while towing? Thanks for your input!
 
  #2  
Old 05-21-2012, 02:03 PM
BigDfromTN's Avatar
BigDfromTN
BigDfromTN is offline
Senior User
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bartlett, TN
Posts: 477
BigDfromTN is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.BigDfromTN is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Im ready to take delivery of a new to me 2011 f150. I took it (a long bed) and a new 2012 short bed and pulled my camper 31' Hornet.

With both I left 6th gear available and used the T/H mode. If I recall correctly 5 and 6 are both overdrive gears.

My thinking is these trucks are smarter than we are anymore and will set them selves to do it best. Just my thoughts.
 
  #3  
Old 05-21-2012, 07:53 PM
blueovelboy's Avatar
blueovelboy
blueovelboy is offline
Elder User
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: sunnyvale
Posts: 804
blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.
ya just hook it up put it in drive and hit T/H and enjoy let your truck think for it self when it needs to shift let it. and remember its not recommended to tow with Cruz control
 
  #4  
Old 05-21-2012, 07:55 PM
blueovelboy's Avatar
blueovelboy
blueovelboy is offline
Elder User
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: sunnyvale
Posts: 804
blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.
PS. your mileage will be super low with a big trailer so get the cheep gas as you will be using more! good luck and have fun!
 
  #5  
Old 05-21-2012, 10:52 PM
Skoiv's Avatar
Skoiv
Skoiv is offline
Senior User
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Tualatin, OR
Posts: 476
Skoiv is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
I agree with everyone.... but performance is supposed to be better with higher octane. I just run regular though. I don't see my truck in "performance mode" when pulling a 9000 lb trailer! Regular unleaded pulls that baby faster than I want to travel anyway. All good.
 
  #6  
Old 05-22-2012, 08:04 AM
heymrdj's Avatar
heymrdj
heymrdj is offline
Posting Guru
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Posts: 1,078
heymrdj has a good reputation on FTE.heymrdj has a good reputation on FTE.heymrdj has a good reputation on FTE.
I do run higher octane, 89, instead of 87 in my 2004 5.4 Expedition. I know it's a far cry from your truck, but just as general consensus I feel a difference in power running the 89 instead of the 87 and I get a bit better mileage too (hand calculated). Can't say I felt any difference with 92.
 
  #7  
Old 05-22-2012, 08:24 AM
Dirtysnow
Dirtysnow is offline
Junior User
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Perris, CA
Posts: 64
Dirtysnow is starting off with a positive reputation.
I think ford recommends 91 octane when towing, at least with the ecoboost anyway. The way I look at it is, if you drive a $40k+ truck why run regular when towing? It's only $8 more to fill up if there's a 30 cent difference between regular and premium. Compare that $8 to your $500+ a month payment and it sounds crazy not to pay for the better fuel.
 
  #8  
Old 05-22-2012, 09:52 AM
BigDfromTN's Avatar
BigDfromTN
BigDfromTN is offline
Senior User
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bartlett, TN
Posts: 477
BigDfromTN is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.BigDfromTN is gaining momentum as a positive member of FTE.
Originally Posted by Dirtysnow View Post
I think ford recommends 91 octane when towing, at least with the ecoboost anyway. The way I look at it is, if you drive a $40k+ truck why run regular when towing? It's only $8 more to fill up if there's a 30 cent difference between regular and premium. Compare that $8 to your $500+ a month payment and it sounds crazy not to pay for the better fuel.
Good point about the cost.

AND your are correct per the Ford Owners manual about the Eco-Boost.
Quoted:


Octane recommendations
3.7L V6/5.0L V8/6.2L V8 engines
Your vehicle will run normally on 87 octane regular fuel. Premium fuel
will provide improved performance.
3.5L V6 EcoBoost™ engine
Your vehicle is designed to run on regular fuel with an octane rating of
87 or higher. For best overall performance, premium fuel with an octane
rating of 91 or higher is recommended. The performance gained by using
premium fuel will be most noticeable in hot weather or in severe duty
applications such as towing a trailer.
 
  #9  
Old 05-22-2012, 01:38 PM
95 Canoe Hauler's Avatar
95 Canoe Hauler
95 Canoe Hauler is offline
Freshman User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: West Tenn
Posts: 48
95 Canoe Hauler is starting off with a positive reputation.
Thanks guys, I had completely forgotten that was in owners manual!
 
  #10  
Old 05-22-2012, 01:58 PM
blueovelboy's Avatar
blueovelboy
blueovelboy is offline
Elder User
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: sunnyvale
Posts: 804
blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.blueovelboy has a very good reputation on FTE.
hey canoe hauler is that truck an eco-boost?
 
  #11  
Old 05-22-2012, 05:59 PM
95 Canoe Hauler's Avatar
95 Canoe Hauler
95 Canoe Hauler is offline
Freshman User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: West Tenn
Posts: 48
95 Canoe Hauler is starting off with a positive reputation.
Originally Posted by blueovelboy View Post
hey canoe hauler is that truck an eco-boost?
Yes sir! F150 HD/4x4/Lariot Screw/EcoBoost/3.73/max tow.
Really like driving this truck!
 
  #12  
Old 05-22-2012, 07:38 PM
EcoboostKev's Avatar
EcoboostKev
EcoboostKev is offline
Senior User
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Meriden,Ct
Posts: 374
EcoboostKev has a very good reputation on FTE.EcoboostKev has a very good reputation on FTE.EcoboostKev has a very good reputation on FTE.
What is it that you are towing? Lets see some pics of her hooked up!! And make sure you let us know how the new truck does!!
 
  #13  
Old 05-22-2012, 08:10 PM
95 Canoe Hauler's Avatar
95 Canoe Hauler
95 Canoe Hauler is offline
Freshman User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: West Tenn
Posts: 48
95 Canoe Hauler is starting off with a positive reputation.
Originally Posted by EcoboostKev View Post
What is it that you are towing? Lets see some pics of her hooked up!! And make sure you let us know how the new truck does!!
Bought a Crusader 298 bunkhouse made by Primetime. Dry weight 8400, hitch 1380, told wife we got to weigh everything that goes in it! Should be delivered Friday and we leave Tuesday headed for Missouri Ozarks, can't wait! Will post pics ASAP. Spoke with dealer today, said on open road fairly flat terrain use all 6 gears in T/H, when in more hilly terrain if trans begins to hunt then lock out 6th gear and so on just to keep trans from shifting back and forth so frequently. Really appreciate all the input on FTE, thanks guys!
 
  #14  
Old 05-22-2012, 08:25 PM
EcoboostKev's Avatar
EcoboostKev
EcoboostKev is offline
Senior User
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Meriden,Ct
Posts: 374
EcoboostKev has a very good reputation on FTE.EcoboostKev has a very good reputation on FTE.EcoboostKev has a very good reputation on FTE.
Very nice! I sure wish i new they were coming out with the HD pkg for 2012 models when i bought mine! I would have waited 1 more year! Oh well , still have absolutely no complaints about my truck! Best of luck with the new rig and enjoy your vacation! !!
Be safe, Kevin
 
  #15  
Old 05-22-2012, 09:50 PM
PrinceValium's Avatar
PrinceValium
PrinceValium is offline
Postmaster
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Northern California
Posts: 2,939
PrinceValium is a name known to allPrinceValium is a name known to allPrinceValium is a name known to allPrinceValium is a name known to allPrinceValium is a name known to allPrinceValium is a name known to all
Hope you have a safe trip...hope everything works out well and you have a great time! I can't wait to get my truck!!!!
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: First Tow


Contact Us About Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: