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Old 12-29-2011
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Originally Posted by Purplehazeir View Post
That's is the key message that all needs to remember. Just cause a truck may be able to pull it, doesn't mean it should. Pulling in excess of the GVW of the rig can cause damage to the frame and other running gear.
Yep... That's the key however I do strongly believe that all the manufactures build these trucks now-a-days more then capable of exceeding the GVW... I feel they rate them far below their actual capabilities for liability reasons. everybody is sue crazy now so whats the best way to avoid a lawsuit.... Tell us it can only do this little bit then if something happens they can wash their hands of it claiming, "well we said it can only do this ###"

I've been in a couple situations now where I've had to go rescue a friend because his Chevy broke down and I hate to tell anyone no so I pulled it.... 2 ton equipment trailer with a 12,000 lb skid steer on it.. Although I did exceed GVW, she didn't have any trouble doing it so this F-150 is surly a stout little bugger.

But for long term reliability and service of the truck, I don't recommend doing that very often and in this OP's situation, he just needs to get something that works for his family and is light enough remain under the GVW to prevent any future problems.
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It should pull it. But remember, at some point you WILL have to stop it. Thats where your problems could come in.
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Originally Posted by SMC View Post
Hi All,
I'm brand new to the site and have an age old question for feedback. Just brought home my new F150 Lariat Screw Ecoboost with max tow and all the bells and whistles on it. Now I am looking for the trailer to pull behind it. After looking at many different models and floor plans my wife and I have found one we really like because of all the room inside and quality of build. Our daughter, son-in-law and grandson will be camping with us. It's a North Trail NT 30RKDD- 7207# dry, 8,600# max and here's the kicker, it's 36' 9" long. I don't mind hauling such a beast since I have driven a 75' carhauler for 25 years, but I am concerned about the weights and being safe about it with the F150. Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks
I'm pulling a Northtrail 32 BUDs very much the same weight. I've posted a few comments on both this site and Edmunds forum. You find comments associated with "harley" These are no wild cards but come with considerable evaluation and have been noted in an attempt to convince the eco boost was a smart purchase. So far the vote is still out!!
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This is what I pull with mine..... 2011 Holiday Rambler.....two Slides, 36 feet long and weighs 8600 dry with a fully loaded weight of 11,200

My EcoBoost pulls it and stops it with no problems.... I am getting mid 13's to 14's for mileage in flat Florida with the trailer in tow. Up in the Mountains of N.C. I get 11's.... It's the best truck purchase I've made in many years.





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Recognize your post identifies you driving a FX "Screw" cab not "Crew". Also key factors are the axle ratio and two wheel drive platform. In Michigan, pulling the same rig, colder climate, with 4 wheel drive definitely impacts fuel economy. Also the 2011 does deliver better fuel economy than the 2012. Maximum trailer tow on a 4x4 also forces a larger axle ratio which also impacts towing top speed and fuel economy.
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Originally Posted by harley View Post
Recognize your post identifies you driving a FX "Screw" cab not "Crew". Also key factors are the axle ratio and two wheel drive platform. In Michigan, pulling the same rig, colder climate, with 4 wheel drive definitely impacts fuel economy. Also the 2011 does deliver better fuel economy than the 2012. Maximum trailer tow on a 4x4 also forces a larger axle ratio which also impacts towing top speed and fuel economy.
"Screw" is short for "SuperCrew" which is what Ford calls the full 4 door Crew Cab.

Yeah, its common sense that your region would dictate what setup you would need. I merely posted what I use to pull my rig here in Florida, which of course is satisfactory here.... 4WD is not a nessessity here either so I can't justify the additional $4000 in price to buy a truck with 4WD..... However in Michigan, I would say 4WD would be required to drive in the winters up there.....

Everyone will need their own different setup for their region and what they do with their rig... I'm not implying my setup will work for all.....I'm saying it works for me.
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Thanks for your response.... Really for the amount you need 4 wheel drive in the Notherm climate really doesn't warrant the expense unless, like me, you're going farther north, hunting, towing a boat in and out of a slip, etc... What's not highlighted in all the advertising hype is the penalty of the higher axle ratio and the mileage sacrifcied when not towing.
As for towing it will do the job and is pretty hard to beat when passing. Really the vehicle is great and Ford's four drive cannot be surpassed in the light truck market. I'd just like to SQUEEZE some more mpg and not get punished above 70 mph. A smaller axle ratio can really improve both of these issues.
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