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Old 08-21-2016, 01:35 PM   #51
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I tow a 2016 5,0 TA with a 2015 F150 Supercrew equipped with 3.31 axle and 2.7EB and it does TERRIFIC! We picked the trailer up in May and towed it 3500 miles back to North Carolina with outstanding performance. Our route went through the Trinity mountains on CA 299 and up to Yosemite in the Sierra Nevadas.

I chose the 3.31 ratio for the MPGs and I'm glad I did.
(I also got the electronic locking differential but haven't needed it yet.)

I feel you are going to LIKE THE TRUCK!
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Old 08-21-2016, 01:57 PM   #52
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There is also a 3.55 offered which is what is on my truck with 2.7EB.
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Old 08-21-2016, 02:00 PM   #53
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There is also a 3.55 offered which is what is on my truck with 2.7EB.
Good point Brenda. The 3.55 is probably a good compromise between the higher capability and the MPG. If I were ordering one today, I'd probably go with the 3.55 axle. Slight increase in towing capacity - about 100 lbs, unlike the 3.73, which adds 900 lbs capacity compared to the 3.31. Not that the 3.31 can't handle our trailer - it tows it like a beast.
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Old 08-21-2016, 02:16 PM   #54
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I chose the 3.31 ratio for the MPGs and I'm glad I did.
(I also got the electronic locking differential but haven't needed it yet.)
Same here, and if I had to do it over, I wouldn't change a thing.
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Old 08-21-2016, 03:05 PM   #55
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I can't speak for a 5.0 TA (I get mine in Sept 2017), but I can tell you that with my 1987 Bigfoot, when going forward I can make the tightest turn my truck can do without any problem. The trailer can only touch the cab when I'm making a sharp turn backing up.
I think that this is a very sensible and reasonable basis for evaluating turn clearance. Any setup can be jackknifed in reverse, so there's no point in trying to design around that. On the other hand, the trailer should not limit the maneouverability of the rig in forward motion, so the tightest turn that the truck can do should work without interference between the trailer and any part of the truck.

I know that with my conventional (pull-behind) trailer it is valuable to be able to turn in forward without worrying about trailer clearance.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:14 AM   #56
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I never realized you were going to the 5/0TA.....nice!

For starters you would do fine with the 2.7 litre EcoDiesel engine.

I went to the 3.5 to be able to get the 6.5' box, as with a Supercrew and the 2.7 you can only get a 5.5' box. If you go with the Extended cab, then the 3.7 and 6/5' box length is available. This will depend on your priorities there, and maybe there are different combos available in the US.

With the Surpercrew the back seat area is massive, lots of room to store stuff there.

I love my towing mirrors as opposed to the smaller ones. A much bigger better field of view, and they extend out too.

The 120 litre fuel tank will get you lots of range.

The one option I don't have (I bought off the lot) is a tailgate step. I did install an aftermarket one that goes on the rear corner. The bed is fairly high, and my legs don't stretch as good as they used to. Maybe I need to go back to yoga.

The integrated brake controller works great.

I would also get the payload package, tow package (though included with my Lariat which does have a lot of nice options, though not all are needed)
The integrated brake controller works great.

I would also get the payload package, tow package (though included with my Lariat which does have a lot of nice options, though not all are needed)

Lots of good aftermarket options too. As I use mine for work too, I installed Carhartt seat covers right away, and am very glad I did. I had the bed sprayed with Line-X, which I highly recommend. I also added 3M protectant to the front of the body, something maybe more useful up here where they sand the roads in the winter, and lots of rock chips are to be had. I also installed a Fold-a-Cover Tonneau cover and toolbox, which works very well.
Any sage advice to offer on the differential ratio? Thanks?
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:38 AM   #57
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2.7L "EcoDeisel" Jim?

Who knew?

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Old 08-23-2016, 12:26 AM   #58
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I'm like you, I have a 2010 F150 SCREW cab with the short bed and I plan on using it for a 2017 5.0 TA. and I'm hoping there will be an aluminum version out sometime in the next year. Still the steel one is very lightweight. I'm hoping that mounted backwards and the added length of the pin to ball adaptor might let me self mount the rails without needing to drill extra holes in the frame. I haven't started measuring anything yet as I have a whole year to ponder it.
There will not be an aluminum version of the Anderson Ultimate Rail Mount Hitch as the shear strength of the tabs that drop into the rails wouldn't have a great enough safety factor. Also, Anderson doesn't have a bracket or rail mount kit as there are already many companies offering them. Still, at 34 lb. it is the lightest hitch on the market. It is what I plan to get.
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:39 AM   #59
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Good point Brenda. The 3.55 is probably a good compromise between the higher capability and the MPG. If I were ordering one today, I'd probably go with the 3.55 axle. Slight increase in towing capacity - about 100 lbs, unlike the 3.73, which adds 900 lbs capacity compared to the 3.31. Not that the 3.31 can't handle our trailer - it tows it like a beast.
Unless I'm reading the options list incorrectly, the only rear ens available with the 2.7 EcoBost is the 3.31. Sort of renders my question moot..
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Old 08-23-2016, 10:46 AM   #60
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$470 option on my 4WD Lariat w/tow pkg(not max tow).
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