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Old 06-11-2019, 08:22 AM
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What are you pulling with your Ecobeast 3.5 with Max tow?( for TT/5ers 8500+)

Just curious what you guys are pulling with your 3.5 Eco boost max tow F150's? Above 8500 to 9000 pounds? Looking to replace our current TV, and make room for a larger trailer in a few years and not have to worry about what I pull for a TT, if I want something in the 10k GVWR range to be able to pull it. We are weekend warriors normally, with a trip once a year that would be in the 1500 to 2000 mile range.
 
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:38 AM
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They have good power to pull, though that is getting up there. The problem is the soft platform for towing rigs that big.I would get an F350 if I was going your route.
 
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With that kind of GVWR, you could be looking at tongue weight up to 1500lbs. You will be ridding the limit of payload on many F150s without anything in your cab/bed. My 302A XLT has a payload of 1700lbs, so I could just have myself in the cab without being over.

Could look for a Heavy Duty Payload F150 with a higher rating. These are hard to come by on dealer lots and would most likely be limited in options and restricted to XL, XLT trim (I don't think they offer lariats anymore though I could be wrong). Ford offers these as a way to justify the max towing number, though the vast majority of truck are not actually equipped for it.

A 3/4 ton would give a better safety margin for sure and better driving experience- any consideration to this?

Some excellent points brought up in this video. Though title is about Chevy towing number video is about 1/2 ton RV towing in general.

 
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:51 AM
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Yeah, the F-150 is not designed to haul that kind of weight even though they have some with the ratings for it. It will do it but, you as a driver, will not have much fun white knuckling it to wherever you're going.
 
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As has been mentioned, you will run out of payload long before you run out of trailer capacity. Myself, with family, firewood and gear in my truck, I have 900 lbs of weight BEFORE i hook up the trailer. It's really easy to get and F150 overloaded, even with the HDPP/Max Tow combination.

Not saying you can't do it, but you'll have to pay a lot of attention to weights, moving gear around etc.
 
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We work backward from the payload number on our truck, which is 1723 lbs.

We take 1723 minus passengers (350) minus gear in the truck (300) to get 1073 tongue weight. Divide 1073 by 12% and we get 8941 maximum fully loaded trailer weight.

Adjust as needed (e.g. that gear in the truck is probably too light).

The maximum towing capacity is a marketing number not really based in reality.
 
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I have pulled a 9500 lb fiver several times as well as farm equipment weighing in at over 12k lbs. The ecoboost engine will pull it just fine. The trailer brakes had better be good, or even better have electric over hydraulic brakes like my PJ gooseneck does.
The problem is wind. These trucks are so light and the suspension so light that the wind or semi's will blow you all over the road.

I needed to tow my fiver 600 miles to Colorado last summer to put on my vacation place. From experience towing the fiver and other trailers around here I would not tow the RV with the F150 to Colorado. I bought a '16 F250 which I now use for the heavy towing and/or long hauls.

Unless you live in a place with no wind I wouldn't want to pull a RV that heavy on a 1600 mile trip with a F150
 
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Thank you for the answers... Guess that puts me in a good used F250/350 then..was hoping that a F150 would work, but your right about it being light, its even lighter than my Expedition I currently have, and I feel semi's and crosswinds now a heavier longer trailer would be even worse. Just wish the 6.2's got better fuel mileage as it will be my daily driver too.
 
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26 foot Lance TT. 6000 lbs GVWR. 930 lbs on the tongue, WD hitch. Tows wonderfully. I always like to have excess capacity. With MAX TOW my truck is rated to pull 10,600 lbs.
 
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Thank you for the answers... Guess that puts me in a good used F250/350 then..was hoping that a F150 would work, but your right about it being light, its even lighter than my Expedition I currently have, and I feel semi's and crosswinds now a heavier longer trailer would be even worse. Just wish the 6.2's got better fuel mileage as it will be my daily driver too.
Find a 2017+ F250 with 3.73 gears. Mine got 15mpg unloaded if I kept the speed at or under 70 on the hwy. I would bet a heavy tow F-150 only gets 18-19 in those conditions.
 
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Find a 2017+ F250 with 3.73 gears. Mine got 15mpg unloaded if I kept the speed at or under 70 on the hwy. I would bet a heavy tow F-150 only gets 18-19 in those conditions.
We only get around 15 when towing at about 60 MPH.
 
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We only get around 15 when towing at about 60 MPH.
I get 8 towing a travel trailer or 5th wheel with an f250. I used to get 20 driving an unloaded f250 with the 2.7 but same towing mileage as the f250.
 
 


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