1st Towing Experience with F150 Ecoboost
Towed the Starcraft 175RK (3500 lb) with the F150 Ecoboost for the first time last week. We went back to where we went on our maiden voyage last October, Dinkey Creek in the Sierra National Forest. Last time we towed the trailer with a 4.0L V6 Toyota 4Runner. The Ecoboost towed the trailer much easier. The same 9 mile 7% grade section of Hwy 168 that the 4Runner would only comfortably maintain 40-50 mph on, the Ecoboost maintained 60 mph easily. After a couple of days at Dinkey Creek (6000’ elev) we moved over to Huntington Lake (~7000’ elev). Operating at elevation with the turbos was great, no perceptible loss of power. The Tow-Haul mode of the transmission worked great coming down the hill, providing engine breaking when needed and really kept me off the brakes. I have the Ford integrated brake controller and it made braking seamless, did not even notice the trailer when slowing. Overall average mileage for the trip was 9.8 mpg. Trip was 150 miles with a 21,400' elevation gain/loss. Very happy with my choice of tow vehicle so far.
Tom & Jill Williams
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