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Bob 66

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Considering a 2012 Ford ecoboost for towing my RV. My RV has a max towing of 6800 lbs. I would like to hear the pro's and con's of using this engine.

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I haven't found ANY Cons to it yet. Low RPM power with no altitude loss when in the high country and towing 7% grades in 4th gear at under 2,000 RPM is a VERY relaxing way to tow my 10,000 lb. travel load (trailer and cargo).
Good luck / Skip


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I love the truck but my con would be $47K for a half ton.


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Do a little reading of posts in the "Tow Vehicles" section and you'll learn alot. Make sure you get the Max Tow option at the very least. With your trailer weight it will tow it with ease. If you even remotely think you might get a heavier trailer down the line, get the HD version which will automaticly come with the Max Tow. The only con might be the lack of a track record, but after nearly two model year cycles so far so good! Skips reply is ecxellent in that he has had one a while and tows a large TT, so you have real world experience there. I also love the forced air aspect of it for high altitude towing without loss of power.

I wish I could tell you I have one, but I don't, but if I had the money right now I wouldn't hesitate! Good luck.


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No Con on the engine. However I recall reading a lower payload (translates to lower hitch weight capability) despite a higher overall tow weight rating than non-ecoboost F150s.


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No disadvantages for towing a <10k lb loaded TT or 5er, Just buy one!

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SeaRayder wrote: "My Loaded Lariat HD payload 4x4 was $41K OTD including all taxes and fees. An 2WD XLT can be had for right at $30k."

With so many models,options, and packages the price can be all over the place. According to KBB "fair market price" some models can be close to 50K OTD(King Ranch) I've never bought one but I believe the ecoboost does command somewhat of a price premium.

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$47k for a half ton? MSRP of an XLT crew cab 2WD with Max trailer towing package is under $40k. Yeah, there are $50k F-150's too, but they have a lot of luxury features.

OP: Get the max trailer towing package. It offers a bit more payload than the standard F-150s and competitors, and appropriate equipment (trailer brake controller, large towing mirrors, 3.73 axle) for RV towing. Payload can easily be exceeded with half tons and RVs weighing well under the advertised tow ratings. You do not need 11k pounds of tow rating, 9000 is plenty more than your RV, but you probably want an extra 300-500 pounds of payload with 900-1000 pounds of hitch weight, family, and camping gear in the truck bed.

As for the engine, I love it. Wish Ford would put it in the Expedition with a similar bump in payload package.


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Only con is payload - just be sure to spec it properly according to your trailer and future trailer. If I had it to do over with again, I probably would have done HD package. Of course, it wasn't available in 2011.


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Fresno Tundra Driver wrote:

I love the truck but my con would be $47K for a half ton.


My Loaded Lariat HD payload 4x4 was $41K OTD including all taxes and fees. An 2WD XLT can be had for right at $30k.

-SeaRayder

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