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Old 04-08-2016, 02:58 PM   #1
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towing with V6 vs. V8 F150

Looking at buying a 2013 F150 3.5l V6 with ecoboost, rated to tow 10,200 lbs., plenty for the new camper we'll buy (small-midsized). But we were advised that for traveling up & down mountains-like the Rockies- we'll probably want a V8. Our son lives at 7,000'. Do you have experience with V6's and mountains?
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I think you might have that backwards in couple ways. First, I assume you are looking at a 3.5 L ecoboost, because a 5.3L eco would be way fun! Second, the turbo charged V6 will do much better at higher altitudes than the normally aspirated V8. I recently switched to a 2015 3.5 EB and the best part for towing is the 3.5's low end torque. I don't nearly wind it up like I had to on my old V8 to get up grades. For maximum towing power the 3.5 EB is your best pick, but the V8 might have the edge in longevity.
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Old 04-08-2016, 03:20 PM   #3
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Are you sure on the weighted trailer weight, I would expect to see around 6,500. What weight trailer are you towing? A pop up no problem with the V6, even in the mountains.
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I have a 2013 F150 crew cab 4x4 with a 5.0 and 3.55 rearend.


Max Towing Capacity = 7,700


if I had bought the 3.5 Ecoboost it would jump to around 9500#


seems to me that Ford is knocking the charts on the 5.0 in the marketing department a little bit just to push the Ecoboost engines.
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Thanks. We currently pull a very light Jayco SLX 195 with a Ridgeline, but are looking to upgrade both the truck and camper. We're thinking of an approximate 23' box, maybe bigger.
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This dyno is from the 2011 model year, but not much changed to 2013. It shows the significant torque difference between those two engines which impacts the towing ratings a bit. However, for a 23 foot camper I'm sure the 5.0 would work fine.
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All I can say is that I love my 2013 F-150 Ecoboost.
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I haul my 24rbs 6000 pounds with my ecoboost, this little engine have power like you wont beleive, I absolutely dont regret my choice and I wouldn't want a 5.0, not that its a bad engine but the 3.5 is superior :-)
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I think you might have that backwards in couple ways. First, I assume you are looking at a 3.5 L ecoboost, because a 5.3L eco would be way fun! Second, the turbo charged V6 will do much better at higher altitudes than the normally aspirated V8. I recently switched to a 2015 3.5 EB and the best part for towing is the 3.5's low end torque. I don't nearly wind it up like I had to on my old V8 to get up grades. For maximum towing power the 3.5 EB is your best pick, but the V8 might have the edge in longevity.
You know, my first reaction was that for towing, the V8 would almost always be the best choice, but I think this is a good explanation. The turbo will make a world of difference at altitude, regardless of cylinder count or displacement. My only concern would be the ability to cool itself. My only additional wish would be a turbo on the V8, LOL! ALthough, mileage might suffer a bit.
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You know, my first reaction was that for towing, the V8 would almost always be the best choice, but I think this is a good explanation. The turbo will make a world of difference at altitude, regardless of cylinder count or displacement. My only concern would be the ability to cool itself. My only additional wish would be a turbo on the V8, LOL! ALthough, mileage might suffer a bit.
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