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RE: F150 3.5l w\EcoBoost, MaxTow package

I absolutely loved my 2011!! It was a great towing machine and if it wasn't for the high cost and crazy taxes i was paying on it i would still be driving it.
Kevin O. 09/12/14 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New(to me) tow vehicle!

Thanks Guys!
Kevin O. 08/28/14 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tuner for towing on a 7.3L Powerstroke

Thanks for the info!!!
Kevin O. 08/24/14 05:27pm Tow Vehicles
New(to me) tow vehicle!

Well i decided to sell my 2011 Ecoboost 1/2 ton and get back into an older diesel. I came across this one owner, rust free southern gem and I just couldn't pass it up. It's a 2001 F350 Lariat with 138,000. No more worrying about payload issues, no more crazy high truck payments and much lower taxes! :) http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/020_zpsac21aba8.jpghttp://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/009_zpsaa707a48.jpghttp://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/011_zps84ff6d73.jpghttp://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/079_zps7c18c303.jpghttp://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/083_zps588d9748.jpg
Kevin O. 08/24/14 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tuner for towing on a 7.3L Powerstroke

Thanks for all the info! I think I'm going to get the Edge Evolution. It comes with a temp sensor for the exhaust and mounts right on the dash so i can keep an eye on everything. Is anyone using this?? http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/T2eC16dHJIFHRzSPLcBSVZifLm60_12_zps583189db.jpg
Kevin O. 08/24/14 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
Tuner for towing on a 7.3L Powerstroke

Just wondering what some of you 7.3L guys are using for a tuner to improve towing performance and fuel economy?? What's good and what should i stay away from? Thanks..
Kevin O. 08/23/14 07:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: How to move a million pound load

That looks like a job for the all mighty ECOBOOST! Obviously you would need the HD payload pkg... :B
Kevin O. 08/17/14 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Eco Boost Owner Question

I've got a Max Tow XLT SuperCab 4x4, but it has some additional options from a 'standard' XLT, but I've still got a #1920 payload sticker on the truck.. Too bad it only has the #4050 rear GAWR.. Same as non Max Tow F150's have, so no advantage there really... It's all a numbers game dance as far as I'm concerned with it all, but I'm not anywhere near the max ratings with my 13 where I was over a few on the old 97 with the same TT.. I'm happy with the EB and highly recommend them if that's what fits your needs.. Good luck! Mitch Actually i think the max tow pkg comes with the 4050lb GAWR, the non max tow pkg has 3850lb GAWR, and the HD pkg has 4800lb GAWR..
Kevin O. 08/11/14 06:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Eco Boost Owner Question

Thanks for all the responses. Yes, I noticed I'm going to have to change trim levels in order to get both the HD Payload and Max towing as Brulaz said. I was online and was unable to build the truck I wanted unless I upped the truck to a Lariat which kind of sucks. I also wanted the 5.5 box not the 6.5 but I suppose those are sacrifices. APT: According to the brochure the Max Towing, HD Payload with 6.5 box Super Crew has 2310 lbs of payload and 8200 GVWR and 11,300 lb tow rating. Tragusa3: What size and type of trailer are you towing. I wouldn't mind hearing what everyone is towing behind their Eco Boost. Size, weights etc so I can see how your comments relate to my proposed setup. Thanks guysI'm driving almost the same truck your looking at. My trailer is 33' 9" long and 7500lbs(loaded). My hitch weight is 940lbs(loaded). I wish they offered the HD payload pkg in 2011 when i bought mine. When hooked to the trailer I'm close to my trucks GVWR(7700lbs) with very little in the bed of the truck. So i just have to keep track on what i load. Other than wanting more payload i absolutely LOVE this truck!!! http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/20140726_100456_zpsf8754942.jpg
Kevin O. 08/11/14 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Crew Max Tow vs. Hideout 30ft TT

Yes I am relying on other peoples data, its the data directly from the manufacturer. If that is assumed, well then******I guess nothing is real and everything is assumed. . Very ironic after all your rationalizing and number bending to say that. The axle weight ratings on most "1/2 tons" are the rating of the spring pack, not the axle itself. Strange you know everything, but were unaware of that facts. And the HD F150 uses a thicker gauge frame, I notice you assumed otherwise.... And a big whoop-de-doo on full vs semi-float axles. You need to get over yourself, and start by not posting your crazy one-dimensional opinions as fact. Not everyone buys their truck to compensate. And just because you are all religious over your vehicle philosophy does not make it correct.Amen brother!!! :) Hey, I was also told that the HD F150 uses a thicker gauge frame.. And I was told that the crewcab F150's with 157" wheelbase use the same thicker gauge frame. So I guess i can "ASSUME" my GVWR is 8200lbs and not really 7700lbs?? :B
Kevin O. 07/25/14 08:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Crew Max Tow vs. Hideout 30ft TT

With the four of us we only add about 1000lbs to the trailer. I too never travel with fresh water. Usually have full hookups wherever we go and if not full then at least water and electric.
Kevin O. 07/24/14 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Crew Max Tow vs. Hideout 30ft TT

You must also realize that many folk can't leave ANYTHING at home and load their trailers up to 2000lb over dry. While many of us just take what we need to camp. Ususally less than 1000lbs. We are heavy, about 2500lbs over dry with food/clothes/etc for a 10 day boon-docking trip but nothing we take is really unreasonable and if it's not used for a few trips it comes out. But when you go 55 miles back on a dirt road you tend to pack a little heavy, it's a long ways to a store. On a 2-3 night trip we are only 1800-2000lbs over dry, and as mentioned some of that is now part of the trailer (hitch, batteries, 2nd spare, etc). Heck we drive enough dirt that I bet there is a few lbs of dirt built up in my enclosed underbelly :-) I'm also a big fan of dutch oven and cast iron cooking when camping and bet I have 100lbs of that stuff in the TT.You do realize while you are trying to give advice and think my truck is overloaded with my setup. You are grossly overloading your trailer if you are adding 2500+lbs and exceeding your trailers GVWR... Your trailer can only carry an extra 1750lbs!! http://cdn.dealerspike.com/imglib/newinv/OutdoorsRV/2011/specs/cs_26bks.html
Kevin O. 07/24/14 11:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help! Ford (F150) has got me totally confused

Just another typical diesel owner with his nose in the air thinking if it's not a diesel than all it can possibly be good for is getting the groceries!
Kevin O. 07/24/14 08:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Crew Max Tow vs. Hideout 30ft TT

Not sure where you are getting your tongue weight figures from? Experience, they are always heavier than listed in a brochure. On my current trailer the lightest tongue weight I have ever seen, with an empty trailer, is 200# over the listed tongue weight.. and that trailer doesn't even have any options available everything is standard. Most of the bigger BH TT's end up with TW's that are 15%, yours is lighter and that's not the norm but in your case allows you to tow it. Dry often doesn't include things like propane, batteries, air conditioning, etc.. Propane and batteries are almost 100% tongue weight, very little goes on the trailer axles. As you have done, weighing is the best answer.For the record I'm not a NEWBIE to towing a trailer. And from what I have been told over the years a tongue weights sweet spot is 12% of the trailer weight. 15% I'm sure is fine but seems on the high side for a bumper pull trailer. After seeing your trailers specs, you have a dry hitch weight of only 710lbs. I can't believe your tongue weight can be 1200lbs on a (loaded) 7800lb trailer? Are you traveling with a full fresh water tank? With your #'s you are above 15% tongue weight.. Did you weigh your rig without the WDHitch attached? With a properly adjusted hitch you end up transferring 20% of that tongue weight back onto the trailer axles.
Kevin O. 07/24/14 07:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Crew Max Tow vs. Hideout 30ft TT

It's comes down to preference, you might be in the ratings but many feel some 1/2 tons are overrated, or leave too little extra rating over "allowable" rating. I wouldn't tow that trailer with a 1/2 ton with my family in the cab around here. Many also don't really know if they are in their ratings or not. Have you scaled your setup? A quick search shows your truck has a 1840lb payload, is that correct? A fully loaded 32' TT will probably end up with a tongue weight of about 1200lbs, if not more. . The hitch will likely take another 100lbs of that. That just doesn't leave much room for family and anything in the truck, and is the biggest issue with 1/2 tons. Their limits aren't really negotiable, unlike SRW HD trucks. My TT has similar empty weights and my TW jumps up to 1250lbs really quickly and I have seen it as high as 1350. Just my 0.02. Did you tow this specific trailer with the F-350? And what generation F-350 was it?Not sure where you are getting your tongue weight figures from? My trailers dry weight is 6500lbs and the dry hitch weight is 825lbs. I did have my setup weighed. My trailer(loaded) weighed 7500lbs. My truck weighed 7540lbs with the trailer attached and the family aboard with gear in the bed.My tongue weight is 940lbs and the weight on my rear axle was 3850lbs. So I'm close but still 160lbs under my gvwr, 200lbs under my rear axle rating, And 3500lbs+ under my tow rating. I do realize I have to I keep track of what goes into the bed of the truck. I'm sure you Superduty owners don't have to worry about that but it's not that big a deal. So as I said, I'm under all my ratings and my truck tows the trailer great! I have 3 seasons with this trailer with thousands of carefree miles traveled. No need for a 3/4 or 1 ton truck me. At least not till I'm ready to go bigger.
Kevin O. 07/24/14 06:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Crew Max Tow vs. Hideout 30ft TT

Seems that a lot of trailer towing folks think there is safety in numbers...the more people doing it wrong makes it less wrong. Problem is that premise does not work in reality. So if you feel comfortable towing the 35' with a little 1/2 ton truck, go for it, but please be careful. A lot of these so called 1/2 ton experts that are towing heave, have never tried towing with a larger truck and have zero experience to make comparison. Another issue is the time or distance towed. Several years back there was a fellow offering all sorts of towing advice and come to find out, his "experience" was base on an annual pull from his house to his summer site at the beach...a whopping 35 miles. KenI'm a little offended by your statement. IF I'm within all my trucks ratings towing my 32'9" trailer then what am i doing wrong?? I have a wife and two kids that mean everything to me and you make it sound like I'm putting there lives in danger every time we take a trip! My old truck was a F350 Powerstroke so I have towed with a heavier truck. And I can honestly say I still prefer my F150. I have the Max tow pkg with the 157" wheelbase and i feel it's a perfect match for my trailer. http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/5a4bbc45-f92f-43fe-aa87-ef1ecfe69489_zpscc0607c5.jpg
Kevin O. 07/23/14 09:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 Crew Max Tow vs. Hideout 30ft TT

I would not pull a 30' trailer with a 1/2 ton truck...period. KenWhy is that??? You do realize not everyone needs or wants a big dually diesel. I'm within all my trucks ratings towing our 33'trailer. There is absolutely no reason for me to be driving a bigger truck. Especially when it's my daily driver and I'm not a full timer.
Kevin O. 07/21/14 09:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 EcoDiesel sets brisk sales pace

I was very interested in the new Ram diesel when it first came out. The MPG's are fantastic! But after watching the video of the Jeep Cherokee with the same motor towing a 5700lb boat up the Ike Gauntlet i have changed my mind. Seeing it struggle with the boat makes me wonder what an 11' brick would be like behind it? Like others have said, It's perfect for the average guy's daily driver that tows a small landscape trailer or snowmobiles but not much else...
Kevin O. 07/11/14 06:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wanting to hear from Class A gas powered owners

My mind is now made up and I'm going with the V10. I think my mind is set on a Forest River Georgetown 350TS! Thanks for all the feedback!!
Kevin O. 07/07/14 08:29pm Class A Motorhomes
Wanting to hear from Class A gas powered owners

I have been thinking long and hard about upgrading to a (34'-36') Class A. After seeing the price difference between the entry level diesel pushers and the Gas powered I'm just wondering if the Gas would be enough? We usually just do weekend trips and a couple week long trips a year. The only long drive would be to Florida from Ct. so the kids can see Grammy and Poppy. I wouldn't dare make that trip now with the kids cooped up in a pickup for that long. So my question are: How powerful is the V10? Does it struggle towing a car? What size cars are you towing behind it? What kind of MPG should i expect with a car in tow? Thanks, Kevin
Kevin O. 07/07/14 10:41am Class A Motorhomes
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