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3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

So I have a 2017 F150 with 3.5 Ecoboost and 3.55 gears. I rented a 6x10 dual axle dump trailer and loaded it with 2.5 yards of landscape rock. I'm thinking maybe 8000-9000lbs total. Engine did the job, but felt like a lawn mower. My previous 6.2 V8's easily outperform this motor. Now I know why this motor can't be placed in a Super Duty.Trailer also pushed the truck around and was tough on the brakes. Thankfully only went about 8 miles. This motor is great for anything 5000lbs or less, as long as you are fairly aerodynamic. My truck gets 7 mpg towing an ultralight Passport 153ML. Since I drive most miles empty, I like this truck and it is a good compromise. If I pulled over 5000lbs and used the truck only as a tow vehicle, I would pass. Gman
Grodyman 06/30/19 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Feds open 1.4 million acres to hunters and fishermen

I like clean air and water and the regulations that used to prohibit those who would plunder and pollute for their own greedy purposes from doing as they please. When the last tree is cut down and the last bit of drinkable water is poisoned and there's nowhere for your children and grandchildren to visit that hasn't been destroyed with industrialization you'll have nothing left to do but eat your petroleum and fossil fuel. Capitalism works best for everyone only when it's well regulated. Unregulated capitalism made the USA the greatest country the planet has ever seen. Don't mess with it, if you want your decendents to have the same opportunities to prosper. Don't worry about the environment too much, until you're ready to enforce it everywhere, because as you blow your brains out trying to save your little portion of the planet, the rest of the world is polluting and destroying their parts of it just as quickly. We share the oceans and the atmosphere with the rest of the world, and if they keep on ruining it, what chance do we have to fix it? Haha....."Capitalism works best...." Well, socialism, communism, leftism can't make it past the first 2 words. Fox is too left wing and corporate for me. Yes, corporate America needs to be regulated, same as big government.
Grodyman 06/22/19 08:51am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Just picked Her up! 2020 Outdoors RV 21RD

I love truck campers also, but came to the conclusion that unless you have the really small truck campers, it's just not worth the loading and unloading, and driving around with a behemoth loaded on your back. Gman
Grodyman 06/11/19 05:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Medical marijuana

I prefer medical methamphetamine. It helps me keep my weight down which helps with my type 2 diabetes. I feel I am able to concentrate more, especially while driving.
Grodyman 06/09/19 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: TT stolen from Haylett RV in Coldwater MI

Those guys at Haylett RV are a bunch of crooks anyway, what goes around comes around. - Karma. So in your view, crime is an acceptable form of recourse against those in which you personally find to be dishonest? That being the case, if I bought a used chinese chainsaw from you for $1000 and later came to the recognition that this wasn't a good deal after all...it would then be fine if someone came over and stole your truck, boat, RV and burned your house down because...well...karma. That line of thought doesn't make much sense to me, but then again I don't believe in karma anyway. I think he is saying that he doesn't care. That's all.
Grodyman 06/04/19 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Charging with Dumb Charger

Good to know, I had a very nice Schumacher "Smart" charger, that I found cooking my batteries. Gman
Grodyman 06/03/19 05:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Charging with Dumb Charger

I recently went on a 3 day dry camping trip. When my batteries got down to about 66% I plugged the shore cord into my Honda2000 for a few hours of charging. With the WFCO converter/charger, I noticed that after a short time, it was charging at about 3 amps. Needless to say, it will take forever to charge this way. I don't really want to buy a new Progressive Dynamics right now, maybe later. How about plugging a standard automotive charger with a 2/10/25 amp charge settings direct to batteries on 10 amp charge for about 3 hours? Will this work better? Gman
Grodyman 06/02/19 10:36am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Guys with generators ....

I am tempted to make an untoward comment and get this thread closed. How many anti generator threads will there be, it's time to get over it. My RVing style is automated and it takes electricty for automation to function, at least you can lay on the ground to sleep and maybe you have not been effected by a physical malady that requires you have a bathroom you can reach in seconds, maybe you don't have to have hearing aids to not hear silence. You have legs and voices, walk over to those who are offending you and trampling your rights and talk to them face to face, don't be a coward and do it here. Great, now please do everyone around you a favor and buy a quieter generator. Gman Thanks for the suggestion, seeing as how you feel it should be quieter, please tell me which one is quieter. Oh! that means you would need to know which of my generators I am referring to. Which one of mine is too noisy for you? Oh yes, now I know, All of them. You obviously have a loud open frame generator considering you took the time to come to this thread and defend them.
Grodyman 05/29/19 04:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Guys with generators ....

I am tempted to make an untoward comment and get this thread closed. How many anti generator threads will there be, it's time to get over it. My RVing style is automated and it takes electricty for automation to function, at least you can lay on the ground to sleep and maybe you have not been effected by a physical malady that requires you have a bathroom you can reach in seconds, maybe you don't have to have hearing aids to not hear silence. You have legs and voices, walk over to those who are offending you and trampling your rights and talk to them face to face, don't be a coward and do it here. Great, now please do everyone around you a favor and buy a quieter generator. Gman
Grodyman 05/29/19 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: 2018 Navigator 6mpg when towing 8k lb camper Ecoboost

Ecoboost towing MPG sucks. I got 7 mpg pulling an unltralight Passport 153ML, under 5000lbs fully loaded. You can slow down a little, but it won't make that much of a difference. These trucks make it up unloaded. So, if you only drive the vehicle towing, then it is not worth it. Gman
Grodyman 05/21/19 10:27pm Towing
RE: starting to look at trucks

Well, I have a 2017 F150 3.5 Eco/3.55 rear. I pull a Keystone Passport Ultra Light 153ML, weights no more than 5K lbs. fully loaded. 3.5 Eco gets about 7-8 MPG towing. No better than my SuperDuty dually with 6.2/4.30 combo I sold. What it is good at is empty MPG. Gman
Grodyman 04/21/19 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Simple Inverter Option

I like the idea of isolating the converter........should be pretty easy. Gman
Grodyman 01/09/19 07:43pm Tech Issues
Simple Inverter Option

I want to run television/dvd player off inverter and charge electronics. There is no 12V outlet in rv and the geniuses at Passport put the outlets, including the one the television plugs into, on the same breaker as the converter, so the simple plug shore cord into inverter won't help. Any suggestions? Battery inside rv with dedicated outlet? Drill a bunch of holes in my trailer to run an extension chord? Read a book?? Gman
Grodyman 01/09/19 02:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Ecoboost 3.5 Towing MPG Sucks

I drive a 2011 3.5 l Ecoboost. I just got back from a 400 mile trip not towing. I held 70 mph for most of the trip and got 20.5 mpg average. As the salesperson said when I bought the truck (used) he told me to remember one very important piece of information, if you are towing a trailer, or traveling at 80 mph or higher, your mileage will SUCK> One of the members here said it best-You have an Eco Boost. You decide whether you want Eco or Boost but you can't have both at the same time. We tow a new 17FQ Viking and get about 12 mpg at 55 mph. If we go 65 mph we get 10 mpg. The problem. I love the truck for towing and have gone through the Appalachians and never had a problem. Next year we are going to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks. This is a 1/2 ton truck, I do not expect big diesel performance. My crappy mileage was 10.2 mpg at 60 mph, and 8.5 mpg at 65 (cruise control). I can't drive 55..... Gman
Grodyman 01/06/19 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Tow Vehicle

This is surly not the first post like this and probably not the last, but I am a newbie looking at purchasing a Rockwood mini lite 2304s dry wt. 5654, GVW 7660. I have never towed before. Finding the right tow vehicle is down right confusing so i”m looking for some advise from the experts! I don’t feel comfortable taking advice from car and rv sales people. Don’t want to overkill it, but also don’t to want to be underpowered driving in the mountains which will be a minimum of once a year up to the North Carolina mountains (Linville area). I’m assuming a 1/2 ton is sufficient. Looked mainly at the Ford F 150 2.7 and 3.5 EcoBoost engines so far. Thinking the 2.7 is too small. I would like any and all advice on any of the big 3 pickups but mainly advice on the appropriate pickup engine for the weight of the trailer. Thanks If you drive a lot of unloaded miles, go for the Ecoboost, if you use it primarily for towing, don't bother, go with a 3/4 ton gasser. Towing mpg will be the same, unloaded mileage will be higher with the F150. If you want to save towing mpg, ecoboost will not achieve this, only diesel. Gman
Grodyman 01/06/19 08:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing MPG

The ecoboost is not doing any better in the real world than a small V8. I disagree with this statement. A few months ago I drove a new F150 2.7 EB, 4x4 CC from Houston to Dallas and back. It made a solid 24mpg. Later that week I drove a new 1500 Silverado 5.3 CC 2 wheel drive the same route and made 20.5mpg. To add the EcoBoost simply made more power at lower rpms than the Chevy 5.3 which had to rev higher to make its power. The EB was simply a more enjoyable experience and very impressive to boot. Unloaded, yes, towing any kind of load, no. Don't go for the Ecoboost if you want towing MPG. Gman
Grodyman 01/06/19 08:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing MPG

You will not be happy with the MPG pulling with a F150/3.5 Ecoboost. I got as low as 8.5 pulling an Ultra-Lite 4500 GVWR trailer. You should go for the diesel. Gman
Grodyman 01/06/19 08:36pm Tow Vehicles
Ecoboost 3.5 Towing MPG Sucks

Hi all, back after a couple years without a RV......I jumped back in with a Passport Ultra Lite 153ML, GVWR of 4500lbs. I just returned from picking up the trailer and pulled it with my 2017 F150 3.5 Ecoboost with 3.55 gears. I was astonished to pull such a lightweight, aerodynamic trailer and the best MPG I got was 10.2 MPG. I went as low as 8.5 MPG. I could have done better than that with my F250 with the 6.2 V8. I am surprised how dreadful the towing MPG is with truck considering the overall weight of the truck/trailer combo is a couple thousand pounds lighter than I usually travel. Unloaded this truck is great, but if you are on the fence about a F150 and a F250, go with the F250 gasser all the way UNLESS you drive a lot of unloaded miles. The truck had plenty of power, no issue there, but I simply cannot imagine pulling 7K-10K lbs with this truck, the MPG's must be around 5. My current range is about 250 miles pulling this Ultralight, given the fuel tank size. So, essentially, adding an ultralight trailer dropped my MPG nearly in half. Not what I expected. Gman
Grodyman 01/06/19 08:27pm Tow Vehicles
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