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Old 02-10-2019, 02:33 PM   #91
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I didn't see the 3.5 liter. The newer models have so many configurations it's hard to tell. I've owned a 2008 f150 with the old 5.4 liter that had the same tow ratings as some of the 250's. Hence the heavy half. It's an old term I guess. Sorry to have confused anyone
The heavy half still exists. It is the 3.5 Ecoboost with Max Tow and HD package. It just has to be configured in a XL or at most XLT trim because as we all know the crazy fancy options add the weight real quick. The 3.5 Ecoboost is an awesome power plant and would be a perfect match to the 3/4 and one ton. I think Ford would sell a lot less Power Strokeís if they put the Ecoboost in the big boy trucks.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:41 PM   #92
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The heavy half still exists. It is the 3.5 Ecoboost with Max Tow and HD package. It just has to be configured in a XL or at most XLT trim because as we all know the crazy fancy options add the weight real quick. The 3.5 Ecoboost is an awesome power plant and would be a perfect match to the 3/4 and one ton. I think Ford would sell a lot less Power Strokeís if they put the Ecoboost in the big boy trucks.
That's what my truck is.. that's the reason I bought it. It handled my 25bh great.. just not sure about the new 32bhds.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:11 PM   #93
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That's what my truck is.. that's the reason I bought it. It handled my 25bh great.. just not sure about the new 32bhds.

So you have the heavy payload pkg. And hd towing pkg? How far will you he towing it only twice a year is that correct? If its not real far than maybe upgrade the truck tires to load range E if they are not already. I thought the hd payload pkg came with load range E tires. If they are already load range E than maybe a good hitch like the equalizer 4 pt with 1200lb. Bars.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:33 PM   #94
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I have all of that already
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:43 PM   #95
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I have all of that already
Tow it. Do reasonable speeds. 65mph max. See how you like it. If you're not comfortable you'll know it time to switch.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:04 PM   #96
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An F150 or any other 1500 is too small to handle 8000 pounds unless you are just going local.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:23 PM   #97
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An F150 or any other 1500 is too small to handle 8000 pounds unless you are just going local.
It needed to be said! lol
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:50 PM   #98
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It needed to be said! lol

In the Spring of 2012, I bought my first travel trailer. I towed with a 2007 F-150. Up to the task, right? WRONG!

First TT was a Jayflight SLX 185RB with net weight somewhere around 3,000 lbs. "We're good" the RV person said, the F150 has the capacity to get the job done. Even had a 6,000 lb receiver with Tekonsha brake controller and 7 pin"connector...still hearing the echo of "We're good" resonating in my ears.
What could go wrong, 2" ball, straight drawbar to tow...so off we went.
To say the least, a 4.2L 5 speed F150 was not up to towing a 3,500 lb trailer. Gas mileage was about 8-9 mpg, had to run in 3rd gear into a headwind to maintain 50 mph,and it 'gassed' the oil in 1000 miles. Ford rates this powertrain at 2,640 GTW and 4,000 with the automatic....
Ended up trading the F150 for a Flex with factory tow package a few months later...
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Used a 2012, 5.4 for a couple of years towing a 8.5k pound Cougar. No real issues, you can haul 11k if necessary, 3/4 ton better, but can be done. Fuel mileage sucks and gets a little 2hute knuckles at times. Do it Rory a year or two, then step up to an F250/350 6.7 diesel. Youílllol love it.
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:18 AM   #100
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It looks like this is all covered already. I too had an F150 EB and towed my 29QBS with it for the first two years of ownership. It pulled fine but felt very much like the tail was wagging the dog. This is my first camper so I did not know what to expect and did not know what safe towing really felt like to be honest. That said, I had a bunch of sensor problems and A/C problems with the truck right as the warranty was up and upgraded to a 3/4 ton diesel.

Our first trip with the 3/4 ton made me realize how exhausting pulling with the 1/2 ton was. I feel better and more relaxed with the 3/4 ton and have yet to feel the tail of the dog. Yeah, it is expensive but if you have the means you will not be disappointed.
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