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Old 08-17-2014, 09:24 PM   #11
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Sorry to disappoint anybody, but I bought this truck because it had a 6.5' box, large fuel tank, supercrew cab, right colour. The fact that it had an EB engine was neither here nor there. I did not post my experience to brag or lord it over anybody. Frankly, I don't mind the get up and go it has. Nor do I care if others have a 1000 hp. train engine in their truck. I posted for others to get a sense of what they might expect. No other reason.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:46 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info.
I have a 2014 Ram 2500 5.7L hemi 3.73 rear.
We like the truck. It is quite ,rides good for a large truck and has the payload that I need. I think that todays trucks are all good . I picked mine because of the price and payload,how it drove.
I get 9MPG towing 7500lbs of Jay Flight with motorcycle and mc lift in the bed at 850#.
Wanted a light truck but payload became an issue.
Pro Pride 3 hitch make towing a joy !
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:38 AM   #13
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All of my towing will involve mountain ranges so the low RPM torque appealed to me. This was my first long stretch of flat freeway so I was able to get a good strong MPG average that others could compare to. Just passing this real world info along for other people doing research.

Personally, I place a high premium on quiet and purring along at 1500 RPM is a pleasant experience. I read the unloaded mileage complaints before purchasing so no surprise for me there. I bought it to tow and it's great. If Ford would have advertised more the low noise of the engine It would have made my decision much easier.

Also, I have noticed my MPG increasing as the motor breaks in as others have claimed. I'm close to 5k now and my mileage went from 8 at 3k to 9.5 at 4.5k for the same trip. There are probably some other variables involved but I can't think of them.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:11 AM   #14
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Might as well chime in here, since I have an EcoBoost and did a couple of thousand miles (3300+ km) already this summer, including through the Black Hills.

I used to tow a 19H (~4000lbs) with it and would have to check the rear-view to make sure that the trailer was still there. Only concern was not going too fast, with trailer tires being rated what they are.

Moving to a 28DSBH (~7000lbs; hitch is 640lbs), I was little nervous. I knew the truck was rated for 11000lbs, but I was concerned about payload, given that I have 4x4, SCrew cab and carry a couple of kids. Nevermind moving from 21' to 32' in total length.

After the first short trip, I figured out that I need some sway control, so I invested in a dual cam. The next trip was through the Black Hills area, which doesn't have the longer mountain grades, but does have some good climbs and descents, with turns thrown in for fun. We didn't travel much on the interstate, so lots of ups and downs. The Black Hills trip averaged 23L/100km (10+ mpg). I didn't think this was too bad, given the ups/downs and we had 2 stretches of head/side winds (+1 on dual cam). I have towed on flat ground, with a tail wind, and mileage was 18L/100km (13 mpg).

My truck + hitch + trailer combo has performed excellent. The EB stays around 1500rpm in cruise between 60-65mph. Plus it still has lots of "boost" leftover for passing when needed.

The important thing, I think, is that you have to look at your entire setup (truck/hitch/trailer).

The EB is a great engine for my purposes (general commuting & towing 7000lbs).
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:41 AM   #15
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Question... Are you guys just putting the truck in tow haul mode and letting it do it's thing?
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:47 AM   #16
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Question... Are you guys just putting the truck in tow haul mode and letting it do it's thing?
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:47 PM   #18
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I also utilize tow/haul when towing. Sometimes I run it on the trip from home to work and back just for fun.
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Old 08-19-2014, 12:05 AM   #19
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Tow/haul when I am towing, yes.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:29 PM   #20
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I love my EB. Without the TT I am a commuter to work - 50 miles each way and I drive it pretty aggressively. On our first towing trip, using Tow/Haul and driving pretty conservatively (but 60mph on highway) I was surprised to see almost exactly the same gas mileage - about 16 mpg. Seems pretty good for towing, and it towed like a dream. Going up a long pretty steep grade - kept speed no problem with barely 1/4 accelerator. Amazing engine.
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