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bobbyg123

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Posted: 09/15/11 01:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So from what I've heard, the 2012 F150 Ecoboost is going to have a tow rating of over 11,000lbs and an available HD payload rating of over 2,300lbs in the Supercrew (finally) 6.5' bed size. If that's true, it will immediately end my search for the perfect daily driver/tow vehicle. I've been considering used Dodge Cummins, used Ford V10's, etc., but those numbers listed above will comfortably tow a 9,000lb trailer.

Has anyone heard what Ford has planned for the brakes, axle ratings, and pin weight maximum's for the 2012 ecoboost?


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You can check the 2012 order guide listed below...

Order guide thread...

Interesting fact:

V10 - 362HP @5500rpm , 457lbs torque @ 3750rpm, 15mpg empty, 11mpg towing
V6 - 365HP @4750rpm , 420lbs torque @ 2500rpm, 21mpg empty, 10mpg towing.


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Ford is really taking the whole 1/2-ton market, and even part of the 3/4-ton market, by storm with their F150HD with Ecoboost, especially now that they have married the HD package with the Supercrew cab size. [emoticon]


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SoCalDesertRider wrote:

Ford is really taking the whole 1/2-ton market, and even part of the 3/4-ton market, by storm with their F150HD with Ecoboost, especially now that they have married the HD package with the Supercrew cab size. [emoticon]


And my response to that is....it's about time! Seriously, you have to wonder what's taken so long for the manufacturers to recognize that there is a HUGE market for trucks that can offer daily driver and 10,000lb towing duties. Not that this truck can (or should) tow 10,000lbs, but the point is that todays economy has gotten to the point where many families can't afford to have a dedicated tow vehicle. The need something that they can drive to work in (comfortably) and tow their trailer/big boat on the weekends.

To continue my rant, I've always felt that the "SUV" was one of the silliest concepts that has swept American socieity. No judgements, as I too fell prey to the marketing hype. I had a Toyota 4-runner that was "cool" and all that, but it was only "rated" to tow 5,000lbs and still only got 19MPG. Good grief, what's the point of that? Now, FINALLY, there's a vehicle available that can achieve over 20MPG, has crew cab seating, a comfy 6-speed automatic transmission, and is rated to tow 11,300lbs; which means it can comfortably tow 8,500lbs.

No, I don't work for Ford. I drive an F150, but I wouldn't call myself a "Ford guy." I'm open to all brands. I just think it's high time that one of the manufacturers capitalized on what I consider to be the TRUE suv market.

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skipnchar has a 2011 Ecoboost he is very happy with. You can search for his recent report on mountain towing with it.


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SoCalDesertRider wrote:

Ford is really taking the whole 1/2-ton market, and even part of the 3/4-ton market, by storm with their F150HD with Ecoboost, especially now that they have married the HD package with the Supercrew cab size. [emoticon]

Now with the SuperCrew offering, if I were truck shopping I would take a long hard look at the SuperCrew, F150, Ecoboost HD truck.

My Chevy 2500HD has all the capacity I need, but the 15.5MPG highway (unloaded) and 11MPG around town is just atrocious! I consistently get 9.5MPG to 10MPG towing the travel trailer, which is fairly respectable. But the non-towing mileage is terrible. That's why I have a car as my daily driver (23MPG average) and the truck sets most of the time. I'm thankful to have that ability because it keeps miles off the truck and I realize many people don't have that luxury. But, there are times when I wish I had a more fuel efficient truck that meets my towing capacity so I could reduce the vehicle fleet and avoid the extra insurance and maintenance costs.

I don't know how soon I'll be looking to swap trucks.....probably not for years.....but the F150 Ecoboost would be tops on my list.

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bobbyg123 wrote:

I've been considering used Dodge Cummins, used Ford V10's, etc., but those numbers listed above will comfortably tow a 9,000lb trailer.


Powerfully......yes; Comfortably.......I wouldn't go that far. Remember, a 9k travel trailer is a bit different that a 9k flat trailer. More pin weight, more "sail" effect. It's still a light weight truck with lots of power. I would still go with a bigger frame and stronger axle setup for a trailer of that size.

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* This post was edited 09/15/11 02:50pm by MadMav *


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Skipnchar has a 2011 Supercab 8' bed HD Paylaod package F-150 (8200 pound GVWR). His truck is a 2wd XL and has a tire and loading sticker with something like 2550 pounds. A 4WD crew cab with the same equipment will be closer to 2250 pounds. Go to an XLT, maybe 50 pounds less, and Lariat with lots of options, expect closer to 2000 pounds. That said, I expect it to still be stout for towing 8000-9000 pounds with a truck full of people and gear in the bed.


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The Ecoboost F150 with the HD payload is a great option. Don't have to have the big obese 3/4 or 1 ton truck, but still have enough capability to tow the larger 9000lbs+ trailers.

I'd still want a full 1 Ton truck if I full timed, but for anything less, the HD Ecoboost is certainly worth a test drive.


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I think the F150 EcoBoost is awesome, but I would have to try it myself towing a heavy load (9000# +) to be a true believer. For 7 or maybe even 8000#, sure; but when you get around 10k, that is a lot of weight.


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