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Old 04-08-2016, 11:32 PM   #11
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POOF! Your wish is granted... Buy a V8 turbo diesel.
I currently own two of them, LOL! One is on the auction block, and hopefully will be gone tomorrow. I am a believer.
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:09 AM   #12
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Ecoboost for sure. It's towing ability (along with HD tow package and 3.73 gears) is the main reason we bought ours
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Old 04-09-2016, 08:51 AM   #13
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ecoboost

That too is why we bought an Ecoboost, for the towing. It's the next best thing to Diesel
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Old 04-10-2016, 07:01 AM   #15
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I pull 8500 lbs with the Eco boost the power is amazing. My friend has the same camper he had the f 150 v8 he went to the Tetons came back and traded it off for the Eco boost.


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Old 04-10-2016, 07:43 AM   #16
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the V6 ecoboost is a beast for towing in the 1/2 ton market. The old 6 cylinder F150 compared to the 3.5 ecoboost are not comparable. Don't let the 6 cylinder fool ya!
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:01 AM   #17
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If you are towing a lot at altitude, the advantages of the turbo Ecoboost will outweigh the benefits of the V8. There are posts on the internet which show the % drop in power at altitude on naturally aspirated engines vs forced induction (turbo) engines. The 5.0 litre has a beautiful rumble to it and there are quite a few complaints about the gas mileage of the Eco, but complaints about the Eco's low end torque, particularly in the mountains, are extremely rare.


As stated in other threads, the 10,200 tow capacity that you refer to is really artificial as you will run out of payload, with a proper tongue weight, long before you get any where close to the stated towing capacity. On the F150's the payload capacities vary greatly depending on packages and options.
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[QUOTE=Ottawasteve;396422]If you are towing a lot at altitude, the advantages of the turbo Ecoboost will outweigh the benefits of the V8.

There are no benefits to the 5.0 V8 for towing. None. If there was Ford would have rated it better for towing. Prior to my upgrade to a FW I had a 2012 with ecoboost engine and towed my 9800# 36 ft Outback TT.

It was amazing how well that truck did! Fuel savings from a 6 banger wasn't there but the power certainly was.
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If you are towing a lot at altitude, the advantages of the turbo Ecoboost will outweigh the benefits of the V8.

There are no benefits to the 5.0 V8 for towing. None. If there was Ford would have rated it better for towing. Prior to my upgrade to a FW I had a 2012 with ecoboost engine and towed my 9800# 36 ft Outback TT.
Close friend of mine gets 1 to 1.5 mpg less with his 2014 Eco than he did with his 2012 5.0 pulling the same trailer to the same campgrounds which I would consider a benefit. Lost almost one mpg unloaded as well. Ford rates the Eco minimally higher (2% approx.) for towing and rates the Eco 2% lower for payload when both are equipped with the Max Tow and HD Payload packages. The presence or absence of benefits while towing will depend on your application.
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If you are towing a lot at altitude, the advantages of the turbo Ecoboost will outweigh the benefits of the V8.

There are no benefits to the 5.0 V8 for towing. None. If there was Ford would have rated it better for towing. Prior to my upgrade to a FW I had a 2012 with ecoboost engine and towed my 9800# 36 ft Outback TT.

It was amazing how well that truck did! Fuel savings from a 6 banger wasn't there but the power certainly was.
You also get a little more engine breaking with the 5.0 v8 than the Ecoboost. And it sounds better. Plus with the added fuel mileage mentioned above that is 3 benefits of the 5.0L V8......

I used to have a 2013 5.0 F150 and pulled a 7000lbs trailer in our sig and it did well powerwise. I would say equivalent to our 6.2l in our current F250.

With that said the Ecoboost 3.5 is the better engine for towing and has been proven reliable now. It has been around for 5 years now I think. There were some early issues with the intercooler but I think those are sorted for the 2013 model year.
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