just wanted to add, 2 years, 50k kn's, 20k of them towing and i have zero regrets on my decision to go with the Ecoboost. I've had nothing for problems either, i have had the intercooler replaced under warranty, however it was more of a precautionary thing. I've recommended F150 w/ EB to several friends, co workers and family members, all have been happy. For the record, i've got some buddies with the 5.0 and they've been completely happy as well, however they don't tow anything with them.
Nice truck. Just don't confuse it for a Diesel. The 2 are not comparable. You simply have the power and torque output of a big block V8 gas engine, not a diesel. 420 lbs of torque, even at 2500 rpms, is a joke next to a diesel. BUT it's very very good for a V8 Gasser.
If your truck was built in September 2012 or before, you may want to look into the intercooler repair kit just to make sure you don't get the condensation issue while towing that large travelt trailer.
Nice trailer, we considered that model before we purchased our 26BH. We previously had the 19BH which is the same as the 26BH, minus the front bedroom. We loved the 19BH floorplan and the new camper added to what we really liked. Otherwise we may had gone with the 28BHS.
Enjoy your truck, really nice. Just watch your payload as the Max Tow package isn't a heavy duty package or 3/4 ton package. The rear axle is only raised 200 lbs over the standard Ecoboost axle rating. The front axle is the same. As long as you know your limitations, then you're good to go.
I just bought a new 2012 5.0L Screw w/3.73 axle, 4WD with 7350 lbs GVWR. I only have 2,300 miles which Ford doesn't consider full break in until after 3,000 miles, for the best mileage. On a recent expressway trip 2 hours one way and 2 hours back, I average 18 mpg @ 75 mph.
i find it kind of funny that when i originally ordered my truck as a 5.0 you where one of the guys telling me i should really get the EB instead, as it was a much better towing motor. I'm happy i took your and other people's advise, however i'm surprised you didn't do the same. The 5.0 is a great engine and a great truck engine at that, butfor towing, the EB is in a different league. A family member wanted to try out his 2011 Screw/6.5 bed 5.0w/3:73 towing my trailer, we tried his truck and my truck back to back, and on the same road, it worked noticeably harder while getting roughly the same MPG's.
either way, Nice truck and nice new TT.
i've got 2 years and 20k km's of towing my TT and assorted cars on a hauler with my EB F150, and i've had zero issues. the truck has performed extremely well and i know you'll love the torque the second you go up your first hill.
It's got 47k km's on it now and still works like new. Fantastic truck (just use it within its limits).
Those people who were in contact with that oil need to go to their doctors right away. That "oil" is nasty and very carcinogenic.
yeah, it was one guy and he was treated on site by an ambulance. This transformer was fairly new and not filled with the old style PCB. My engineer buddy mentioned something to that effect.
We had a weird semi freak accident happen a few sites away from us this weekend while camping - a 25kVA transformer was overloaded (most likely from everyone using their A/C during some pretty intense heat) and it basically exploded in a mess of buring oil. most of the oil landed on a park model that was only a few weeks old and that caught fire very quickly. The fire was contained quickly due to the fact actions of a few savvy campers and nobody suffered any major injuries.
Total damage was 1 RV, 1 Transformer and lots of wiring below.
Crummy cell phone picture of the RV and the electrical Shed. (what you can't see is the hole burned through the roof of the RV.)
the guy in the yellow shorts is a buddy of mine and an electrical engineer, he said the electrical shed was wired so horribly that it probably should have caught fire beforehand!
At this point you already have a great towing machine, yes it lacks the payload of the F150HD or even max tow, however you're so close on the payload that i wouldn't bother worrying about it. My father tows a 7500lb TT with his and it gets the job done quite nicely, his is certainly over its payload as well, probably 300lbs i'd guess. He told me that if he was to do it over again, he'd get the F150HD as he never knew anything about payload, only the tow rating is XXXX lbs and he needed to stay under that.He packs as light as he can and that's about it.
speaking from experience towing 7000lbs regularly, get the max tow with 3:73 gears for the following reasons:
1. payload will be around 1900lbs, enought to cover 1000lbs of TW + the towing gear + passengers
2. 3:73 gears in a truck this heavy will actually help your fuel economy and make towing more of a pleasure
3. Max tow includes an uprated radiator, transmission cooler and a beefier hitch
If you forsee actually towing an 8000+ lb trailer, go with the 8200lb payload package option, this will give you a much more capable truck. Had that option been available in 2011 for the supercrew, i'd have a Lariat with that package now. Also, food for thought, i just put on the factory towing mirrors and i absolutely recommend them for anyone towing - great rarward visibility.