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Old 10-01-2017, 07:16 PM   #1
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Towing capacity with a 2018 Ford150

Hello all,l have a question for you. My wife and I are retiring at the first of the year. We will be buying a 2018 Ford150 Platium and a 2018 Jayco Jayfeather 22fqsw. I was told by the dealer they are changing the name to 22RK with updates.

My question is the towing capacity of the truck. In 2108, Ford increased the towing capacity from 12,000 to 13,200. The truck will have the 3.5 Ecoboost V6 with the 10 speed transmission. The trailer will weigh between 4300 to 4500 pounds and the tongue weight is 385.

Would I have any issue's towing this trailer up hills and step pass's?

Thank you for your response's.


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Old 10-01-2017, 07:23 PM   #2
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You will not have any issues towing that trailer with that truck. The 3.5 ECO is an amazing engine and when paired with the 10 speed it gets even better...

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Old 10-01-2017, 07:26 PM   #3
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Thank you for your answer.
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:37 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on retiring, the trailer and the truck.

Questions like this come up frequently on this forum. The issue most often comes down to the PAYLOAD of your truck (printed on the sticker on the drivers-side door jam) and all the people, dogs, and stuff in your truck cab and truck bed, plus the tongue weight of your fully loaded trailer (to estimate tongue weight, take 15% of your trailer's gross weight).

Most often it is the vehicle PAYLOAD that is a tow vehicle's towing limitation. As far as I know, no one knows how vehicle manufacturers arrive at the 'towing capacity'.
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:46 PM   #5
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I purchased a 2016 Ford F150 to tow a travel trailer and to drive around as a second vehicle with the 3.5 eccoboost and max tow package. It has been great for towing my little Jay Flight SLX 175RD (3200 lbs) up and down some of the mountain ranges. Recently did Dead Mans Pass between Pendleton and LaGrande, OR.

If you decide to stay with a F150 rather than getting a F250 (for the bigger payload, beefier suspension, larger brakes) than I wish I had made sure that besides the max tow package I had also gotten the max payload package and the extended tow mirrors. I find myself bumping close to the front axle GAWR on my F150 (3400 lbs).
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:54 PM   #6
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Tundra CrewMax 5.7. Rated at 10,400 and ball weight of 1,395. My WH 24RKS is 6,400 loaded and my Tundra does fine. Would I like a 3/4 ton? Sure but all good 👍
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:34 PM   #7
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I would not expect any issues with that combination of truck/trailer.
Make sure you look at and understand the various towing packages and axle ratio ratings.
Also, look at some similarly equipped trucks on the dealer lot and see what their door sticker says for payload.

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Old 10-02-2017, 12:19 AM   #8
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F150 towing

2 months ago I took delivery on a 2017 F150 Lariat with the max tow package, and a month ago we got a 2017 Jayco Eagle 27.5RLTS 5th wheel. We have it loaded to about 8500-9000 pounds. Last week we traveled to the NorCal coast and on one of the narrow 2-lane roads with climbs we had some turns with a posted speed of 15mph-very tight and steep uphill. We had plenty of power with the 10 speed EcoBoost, and were able to accelerate out of those turns even while going up sections of 10% grade. With 10 "gears" you can easily change to appropriate lower gears to reduce your braking needs.

We *really* like the adaptive cruise control that you'll also get on the Platinum. On the freeway I set the speed at 55, and the space between us and the vehicle and front, and the speed while towing is held +/- 1mph unless a car slows down into the space, and then our speed will slow too. Then it will speed up when the gap gets bigger. If a car enters the lane in front of me the truck won't always slow if the car in front of us is moving faster ahead of us (not a threat). Even with traffic around me I rarely have to touch the gas or brake on a freeway.
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Old 10-04-2017, 05:08 PM   #9
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Purchased a 16 F150 3.6 ECO and tow a 19' Jayco Jayfeather loaded is close to 4000# The truck/engine combo is an amazing piece of equipment. Tows like its not even there and the average MPG is right at 12. I have to say that before I bought it I was skeptical about that engine combo but with the ECO its a towing machine.
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:19 AM   #10
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I have an X213 Jayfeather and my Ď15 F150 Platinum with maxtow (3.5 ecoboost) has no problem. I agree with the tow mirrors they are really nice to have.

It does drink allot when towing especially on boost but then again it can pull more than the V8.

The new diesel motor may be another option but not sure when it will be out.

Enjoy whatever you get!

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