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f150camper

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Posted: 06/13/12 08:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We completed our second camping trip this year with our new F-150 with the 3.5L EB engine - and I have to say that I am very impressed with this truck and engine.
On the trip last weekend we were on a mountain highway for some time with many steep grades and passing lanes. I have to say that most of the time I found myself on the left lane passing trucks and other RV's, or even cars that were going under the speed limit. The truck had no problem whatsoever to hold the speed limit of 55 - 60 mph on all of the grades with lots of power to spare - I was able to accelerate in all cases.
On flat ground or slight inclines the truck tows at around 1,700rpm in 6th gear at 60mph with no gear hunting whatsoever (I was in tow/haul mode), it downshifts only when the grade gets significant.
With the mountains, and then 100 miles interstate at 65 - 70mph I averaged 10.3mpg on the way back, even that was pretty good I think, especially considering that the load we carried with 4 people, bikes, firewood and gear would have been over the payload limit of most half tons.
All in all we are very happy with this truck. It is a huge upgrade from the Tacoma we had last year when it comes to towing.

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Nights camped 2011: 13 (4 in the old popup)
Nights camped 2012: 36
Nights camped 2013: 28
Nights camped 2014: 17 so far.

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Thanks for the report. May I ask what your fuel mileage was on average? Do you know aprox, what your trailer weight is? Happy Trails


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That's a good report. We have been quite happy with our Ecoboost as well. Pulling the HiLo at about 5000 loaded, we got about 15 MPG going across I80 and other hilly and rolling roads in PA. On a recent trip from PA to FL, without the trailer, we got from 18.3 to 23.3 MPG, depending upon the driving conditions. The power and acceleration is impressive. It also replaced a Tacoma crewcab that we liked very much, but the F150 made a big difference.


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On this trip towing we averaged 10.3mpg. I am sure the bikes don't help, as they are sticking up even above the trailer a little. The trailer is around 4,500lbs loaded. We do have a lot of weight in the truck though, using about 1,700lbs of the payload.
Not towing, I get around 16mpg with city only driving, and 21.0 - 21.5mpg on the hgwy @ 60mph. It drops to just under 20mpg (19.8 - 20.0) at 72 - 75mph.
The power is amazing with a very acceptable fuel consumption, IMO.



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Posted: 06/13/12 11:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great trip report! I am still working thru the 1,000 mile "no tow" break-in on mine. I have been nothing but impressed with the performance of the Ecoboost thus far, and am looking forward to the first tow.


Brad ('68), Sandy ('71), Amber (shephard), Niko (shiba inu)

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We have a Leer cap and the HiLo is at or slightly lower than the truck's roof line so there is little wind resistance with the trailer. That makes a big difference on the MPG.

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Nice report!


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Can't see your pic because it is blocked at work. I too with the Tacoma didn't realize what I was missing until we went fullsize.


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Posted: 06/14/12 11:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yet another satisfied EB owner here as well. Until you've pulled with one, you don't realize they power they make without spinning the motor to the moon...


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Glad everyone is enjoying there truck. I will not buy a gas turbo until they put it on a V8. I test drove one and I know I would miss the rumble and cubic inches of a V8 motor.

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