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retiredtraveler

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Posted: 07/28/11 07:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm looking at trading my Xterra for an F150 and possibly get a small TT (that would still be in the 3500lb range -- nothing large).

Just wanted to know if the F150 owners out there are happy with their truck.

Please don't change this into a 'which truck is best' thread. Any of the trucks can haul the weight I'm talking about. Just looking for honest 'i like this, don't like that' on f150's (including non towing comments).

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We pull a 31' Rvision Trail Bay-Lite and are very happy with the F150. Wish we could get better gas mileage, but such is life[emoticon]

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I had a 99 Supercab and now an 03 Supercrew. I love my F-150s! Towing my TT or ATVs, around town, hauling landscape material, pulled a car on a dolly 800 miles (no brakes), family of 5 with 3 young kids in child seats. It does everything. No regrets with either F-150. They each were the best on the market at the time for me. I would love a new Ecoboost Supercrew and have driven a couple. However, I am leaning towards an SUV instead to separate the kids on longer trips, like in our minivan for non-towing times. I sure will miss the truck bed!

Are you looking at a new one? I can list specific reasons why I think the 2011 F-150 is the best among its competition. I never liked the 2004-2008 ones, but to each his own.


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For the most part yes. We just returned from a 1400+ mile trip. We have a 2010 F150, 5.4, 6sp, 3.73, 4x4, SuperCrew, 7650GVW. I have put LT tires on it. We pull a Heartland North Trail 26LRSS weighing 7200lbs loaded, and 30'10" OAL. We averaged 9.4 according to the trucks info. We climbed lots of mtns and cruised alot of semiflat roads, so a good mix. Had no trouble climbing any 6% grades. Wind affects the TV/TT more than anything. The truck stays in 5th most the time on flats, 4th on moderate hills, 3rd when climbing 95% of the mtns in Oregon. It only goes into 3rd on the steeper sections of mtn roads. More power would keep it in 4th, which the 2011 would offer. Plenty of power for 90% of towing, but if your going 2011 I would get the Ecoboost 3.5. Can never have too much power. Semis don't bother it, just side winds. But at 52' total lentgh thas a lot of surface to catch the wind. The 2010 6sp will hunt for the right gear in the mtns. Which at times is annoying but not something that would deter me from buying the truck again. The new 2011 6sp has a select mode for towing which would be great. We gave the F150 a real test when we took HWY 3 in Ca from Yreka to Weaverville during or 2 week jaunt. More twists and turns than a U.S debt debacle. Had one stretch where there was a 7% downgrade for several miles with hairpin turns at times, and no gaurdrails along with a light drizzle. TV was great, never felt like I was in trouble at anytime. FWIW I use an Equalizer 4pt sway hitch. Also have the Sync option and it has worked flawless with out Motorola Droid.

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I have a 2006 F150 4wd 5.4 3.73 ,
and in the next few years will get a new one.
The only complaint I have is that I should get better milage.I only tow 3800 lb FunFinder 189FBR.And the 4sp trans.
9.5 to 10.5 towing
13.5 to 14 around town
16.5 Freeway
After having a 1997 Dodge,the F150 really shines.It feels safe has good brakes
like night and day from the dodge. Are you buying new?
Randy


OLD 2006 F150 4wd 7200gvw,Lt275-65-18,Scan Guage,Garmin,flowmaster,load levelers,Firestone work rites Bronco 800

NEW 2015 F250 Scab 4wd 10000 gvw, 6.2 Scan guage,Garmin,work rites,3200 lb load,1800lb Palomino Backpack SS1200

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RWDIII wrote:

I have a 2006 F150 4wd 5.4 3.73 ,
and in the next few years will get a new one.
The only complaint I have is that I should get better milage.I only tow 3800 lb FunFinder 189FBR.And the 4sp trans.
9.5 to 10.5 towing
13.5 to 14 around town
16.5 Freeway


I have the same truck but I pull a Jayco 19H, appr 3500 dry 4000ish loaded. Pulls great. My mileage is 1-2mpg lower. My only complaint is that this model of F150 has a 4 speed transmission. I believe this is the reason for the lower mileage in the F150. A 5 speed would have made it the best truck available in the 04-08 range.


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I have no issues with my present TV/TT combo. I have an '07 F-150 CC 4x4 with 5.4L/3.73's and 17" wheels. The TT is a little over 27' long (total length) and has a GVWR of 6,400 lbs. There are usually 2 adults and a 90# dog in our TV. I will probably be getting a new TV in the next couple years. As of now, it would be another F-150, probably with the Ecoboost. Good luck!


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I love my 06 F-150 SCab 5.4 w/3:55's. Most folks agree the 04-08 F-150's are a good choice though I'm sure we would all love to have a six speed trans. Out 20' Fleetwood TT dry weight 3600#/GVWR 5600# tows like a dream. Holds 50 - 55 on 6 mile 6% grades @ 3600 +/- rpm. Mileage towing is 10 to 11 depending on the terrain and around town I consistently get 16.5 to 18 depending on how much highway driving is mixed in (very little freeway time). The 3:55's obviously help the mileage but as long as I stick my foot in it hills are no problem. Keep in mind I'm towing 3000# under the trucks 8600# rating and fully loaded 2500# under GCWR. Recently added LT tires and the towing got even better. [emoticon]





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I have an 06 F-150 supercrew with 5.5' box, 5.4L, 4X4, 3.73 gears, and I'm towing a 24' gulfstream, dry weight about 5000 lbs, probably close to 7000 lbs when right full ready to camp(including water if necessary). Most of the time we travel with just enough water for emergency roadside stops, two adults and two small children in the truck with a few odds and ends in the truck box (folding table the little one's bikes, maybe a cooler) It seems like a perfectly matched combo for my purposes, towing in the mainly flat lands of Saskatchewan. We do have a few hills around here and on some of the bigger ones you have to lock out the OD and let the engine rev and do its thing. Fortunately I love the sound the 5.4L makes when it revs. I get a consistent 15 mpg empty, and about 9 towing. An 09 or 10 F-150 with the 5.4 and six speed would be better, but the new ecoboost looks impressive as does the new 5.0L. I don't think I would want a bigger trailer with my truck, but I love it and would look at another Ford for my next tow vehicle.

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I really can't think of anything I don't like about mine. What I like is that it has been reliable (142K miles without a problem of any kind), Tough (it has never failed to do what I've asked it to do), comfortable, and looks good. You can see my setup in my sig.

As has been stated, you didn't say if you're looking at new or used, but with the TT you are looking at you certainly would be very happy with the EcoBoost or the 5.0. If going used get the 5.4, and with that light of a TT you could go with a higher gear ratio like 3.55 etc and get a little better milage and still tow just fine. Good luck.


Carl
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