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Old 05-06-2017, 08:00 PM   #1
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We just ordered a 2017 Escape 5.0 TA and we have to make a decision about towing. We currently own a 2007 Ford F150 XLT Triton with a 4.6 L engine, with the heavy duty towing package. The towing capacity is 6500 lbs and the payload is 1447 lbs. Our truck has only been used for pulling our current trailer (a 2500 lb Starcraft Travelstar Sport XLT, 16 ft), therefore it has very low mileage (29,000 miles) and it's in great condition. Plus, we like it. We are debating whether we need a bigger truck. We don't want to be traveling on hilly terrains and regret not having more power. We are looking at possibly purchasing a 2017 Ford Ecoboost 3.5 L Turbocharge or either a 5.0 L 8 cylinder. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
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I had a mustang 4.6 and now one with the 5.0, the previous one was better on gas and I think it will handle the Escape TA quite well.
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:36 PM   #3
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We have a 21, about 4100 lbs. when loaded, and pull it fine with a 3.5L/V6 Explorer. Your truck should be more than adequate. Watch your payload, as your hitch weight will be 800+lbs. but you'll have plenty of power and torque.
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We just ordered a 2017 Escape 5.0 TA and we have to make a decision about towing. We currently own a 2007 Ford F150 XLT Triton with a 4.6 L engine, with the heavy duty towing package. The towing capacity is 6500 lbs and the payload is 1447 lbs. Our truck has only been used for pulling our current trailer (a 2500 lb Starcraft Travelstar Sport XLT, 16 ft), therefore it has very low mileage (29,000 miles) and it's in great condition. Plus, we like it. We are debating whether we need a bigger truck. We don't want to be traveling on hilly terrains and regret not having more power. We are looking at possibly purchasing a 2017 Ford Ecoboost 3.5 L Turbocharge or either a 5.0 L 8 cylinder. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Hi: dbljac... Your truck will do just fine. Here's a pic of a plomb. It's a 4ltr. V6 Nissan Frontier but you didn't hear it from me!!! Alf
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Old 05-06-2017, 09:07 PM   #6
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We just ordered a 2017 Escape 5.0 TA and we have to make a decision about towing. We currently own a 2007 Ford F150 XLT Triton with a 4.6 L engine, with the heavy duty towing package. The towing capacity is 6500 lbs and the payload is 1447 lbs. Our truck has only been used for pulling our current trailer (a 2500 lb Starcraft Travelstar Sport XLT, 16 ft), therefore it has very low mileage (29,000 miles) and it's in great condition. Plus, we like it. We are debating whether we need a bigger truck. We don't want to be traveling on hilly terrains and regret not having more power. We are looking at possibly purchasing a 2017 Ford Ecoboost 3.5 L Turbocharge or either a 5.0 L 8 cylinder. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Since you like your truck it could be worth a trying it before replacing. The engine likely has enough power but you'll have to be careful with the payload...1447 is not a lot to work with for a new 5.0TA. We ordered ours a year ago without having a truck so got to start from scratch on the tow vehicle. With the passengers and cargo options we wanted we shopped for trucks with a minimum of 1700 pounds payload capacity. Ended up getting a 2017 /F150 3.5EB with 1900 payload capacity. But look at what you need to carry and decide if you can make it work and save a bunch of money.
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I'd save the $50k and tow with the 07, can always trade it in later if need be. The only thing you'll be out is the installation fee for the hitch. If the truck had 129,000 miles it'd be a different story.

I don't see you having an issue with payload either.

But if you really want that shiny new Ford with the 3.5EB, then yep, your 07 is no good.
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You are doing it the smart way! First ordering the most desirable fifth wheel and then worrying about towing...
Congratulations on your new Escape 5.0TA!!! This beauty will last a long time, outlasting many tow vehicles!
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I'd save the $50k and tow with the 07, can always trade it in later if need be. The only thing you'll be out is the installation fee for the hitch. If the truck had 129,000 miles it'd be a different story.

I don't see you having an issue with payload either.

But if you really want that shiny new Ford with the 3.5EB, then yep, your 07 is no good.
Might consider the Andesen Ultimate hitch, save some weight and if you change trucks down the road all you have to do is get rails mounted.
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Thanks everyone for all the great info....I'm lovin' this forum!!
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