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Posted: 09/20/20 05:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone out there have a 2020 Ford F150 STX V6 truck that they use to tow with?

We've been narrowing down the choice of trucks that we are considering buying and something we've learned is that while a vehicle may look nice and says it tows nice, sometimes that simply isn't the truth. Once upon a time we towed with a Toyota Tundra and it towed horribly (we had sway bars too). When we got our (current) truck, a Ford F150 Lariat, we couldn't even tell that we had a trailer behind us!

My biggest concern is the V6 of this new truck....I'm sure that V6 technology has improved since our Tundra but I'm not convinced that any V6 can be as reliable/strong as our V8. So, does anyone out there have one of these trucks and how does it compare to anything you've used to tow before?

* This post was edited 09/21/20 07:50am by TheBeans *


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Which V6?
3.5 EcoBoost
3.3 NA
2.7 turbo
Guess you've been out of the loop for a few years. The 3.5 V6 Eco Boost puts out 375HP and 470TQ.
It will blow the doors on most all V8 in todays 1/2 tons.

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What v6 is it? Would make a big difference.

We have a 2020 F150, 4x4, crew cab with the 3.5 ECO engine. Not a STX, it is a XLT, 302a pkg with max tow. Have not towed with it yet, however it is a replacement for a hurricane flooded 2018 with the same specs. The 2018 towed great. A 2500rl Imagine TT. It is about 7000 lbs loaded.

How yours would tow depends on what you are towing, specs on your truck including engine and payload.

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Posted: 09/20/20 05:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

According to the spec sheet: 2020 F-150 STX 4x4 Supercab; 145" wheelbase; 2.7L V6 Ecoboost; Electric 10 speed Auto w/Tow Mo. GVWR #8500

According to the trailer's specs (the same trailer listed in my signature line below) the GVWR is #7200 We don't load our trailer down with lots of gear so we are well under the specs listing there.

I'm not worried whether the truck could handle the trailer, weight-wise, I'm more worried about the "feel" of how it tows. We don't want anything that is going to be difficult, a case of the tail wagging the dog (despite using sway bars). Just for reference, our current truck is a 2006 Ford F150 Lariat V8....it's been the best tow vehicle we've ever had.

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You’ll probably be ok but you broke the rule...buy or select the trailer first, then match a tow vehicle. What trailer is first on your list? What’s the max trailer weight and payload of the truck?


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How something tows depends more more on how it's loaded and the hitch setup.. You can't just slap a hitch on it and then hitch up a trailer and expect it to tow 'like it's not there'.. [emoticon]

I don't think your F150 has a #8500 GVWR, but whatever...

I like my Ecoboost V6 and it serves me well for my #7000 GVWR TT.

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Just because you have sway bars doesn’t mean things will tow well. The set up has to be adjusted properly, trailer loaded for adequate tongue weight etc. Any model Tundra would have no issues towing the trailer in your signature with ease. If not set up properly you won’t be happy with any vehicle.


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Why not keep your current truck?


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Lwiddis wrote:

You’ll probably be ok but you broke the rule...buy or select the trailer first, then match a tow vehicle. What trailer is first on your list? What’s the max trailer weight and payload of the truck?


What makes you assume the trailer they have listed isn’t the one they’re towing?


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TheBeans wrote:

According to the spec sheet: 2020 F-150 STX 4x4 Supercab; 145" wheelbase; 2.7L V6 Ecoboost; Electric 10 speed Auto w/Tow Mo. GVWR #8500

According to the trailer's specs (the same trailer listed in my signature line below) the GVWR is #7200 We don't load our trailer down with lots of gear so we are well under the specs listing there.

I'm not worried whether the truck could handle the trailer, weight-wise, I'm more worried about the "feel" of how it tows. We don't want anything that is going to be difficult, a case of the tail wagging the dog (despite using sway bars). Just for reference, our current truck is a 2006 Ford F150 Lariat V8....it's been the best tow vehicle we've ever had.


Which are you worried about? The size of the truck or the power.
A new F150 will obviously handle a trailer as good or better than a 14 year old one.
Look at the power specs. The little 2.7 Eco has more power more torque and a much lower peak torqu and flatter curve than your Triton motor. Plus more than twice the gears.
Do the math. It’s more truck than your old one and it’s the second “weakest” engine in the lineup.

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