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Old 06-22-2016, 06:24 PM   #11
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Ours has the Ecoboost with 3.55 gears, and easily tows our 5,500 trailer without any problems, actually much better than our old Silverado with the 5.3 and 3.73. Gas mileage is about the same while towing, give or take. Around here it's pretty flat and a little hilly in the west, but the truck does what we need it to do, and then some. Since it's also my daily driver, having gas mileage friendly gearing helps out quite a bit.
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Also remember the ecoboost is a v6 and will have to have the turbos spooling all the time to pull a load... I would go the v8 route. I don't believe v6's were meant for towing


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Also remember the ecoboost is a v6 and will have to have the turbos spooling all the time to pull a load... I would go the v8 route. I don't believe v6's were meant for towing


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Well, we made it all the way to 12 posts before digressing down this rabbit hole. I guess that's an improvement!
Haha!! Great Reply.
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Since we went astray...does it have to be a Ford?

Ok now that I poked a little fun, I would look at the 3.5 ecoboost or 5L V8 with the 3.73 gears. Both will work well. Depends on what your final budget is.

Really though...If you can swing it, I would get a Tundra and be done. The 4.30 gears seem to work well!
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:21 PM   #16
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With 3:73 rear end and the HD Tow package/payload the engine is purrrrring along at 1700 RPMs and gets about 10MPG (towing) and 21MPG at 75MPH (no towing). So, the turbo RPM's are not that high. No strain at all and it is a nice feeling to know that it has plenty of power to spare when needed (in the Colorado mountains). With our 284BHS it climbed great, as for engine braking, it handled the 6% down grades ok, with a little braking needed. On the flat roads, you don't even know it is there.

The Ford forum members suggested for any towing, go with the 3:73 rear end as their have been complaints that with the 3:50 rear end and the one below it, the transmission would shift in and out of 6th gear on small inclines on flat roads.

I have always been a Big-Block (427..454..455) guy, but the EcoBoost changed my mind.

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I have the 24mbh with about 6100 loaded. I have a ram 1500 with a v8 and 3.92 gears. I looked at getting the f150 before settling on the ram. I would not hesitate to pull with the f150 as long as the payload capacity was good with your family.

With an equalizer hitch the 24mbh pulls fantastic. The wide spaced wheels make it tow very straight. The f150 has some better features than my ram for towing as long as you get the good towing gear ratio.

All the 1500s can pull a ton of weight. Its just getting enough payload that is important.
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With 3:73 rear end and the HD Tow package/payload the engine is purrrrring along at 1700 RPMs and gets about 10MPG (towing) and 21MPG at 75MPH (no towing). So, the turbo RPM's are not that high. No strain at all and it is a nice feeling to know that it has plenty of power to spare when needed (in the Colorado mountains). With our 284BHS it climbed great, as for engine braking, it handled the 6% down grades ok, with a little braking needed. On the flat roads, you don't even know it is there.

The Ford forum members suggested for any towing, go with the 3:73 rear end as their have been complaints that with the 3:50 rear end and the one below it, the transmission would shift in and out of 6th gear on small inclines on flat roads.

I have always been a Big-Block (427..454..455) guy, but the EcoBoost changed my mind.

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My suggestions are:
2011 models and up (5.0l and ecoboost options = higher gvwr and towing vs 2010)
Max tow(3.73) and or max pay load package which gives you both. You can get max tow pkg wth out max pay load but can't get max pay load with out max tow..if that makes sense.) however buying used these are hard to find especially max pay load pkg. but worth the search for max tow at least.

in today's 150/1500 trucks it's amazing the difference in towing / payload capacities from one configuration to another. The same truck can be a difference of 2000lbs towing and 500-800 lbs of payload depending on options etc. Do your research and check out the specs of any truck you are looking at, its all on the Internet now a days. Certainly don't trust the salesman. Good example is a guy I work with just bought a new 2016 gmc 1500 Denali with the 6.2 litre crew cab. The dealer told him it could tow 12,000 lbs....can a Chevy/gmc 6.2 1500 tow 12,000? Yes. His tuck configuration? No. Actually his truck is rated for 9,100 lbs.
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We have a 2010 with the 5.4L V8 and 3:73 rear end. Previously we towed a Jayflight 24FBS and now we tow a Whitehawk 27 DSRL.

Truck handled (s) them both with no problems whatsoever. And we live in British Columbia, Canada and have to travel through mountains all the time. No worries.
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