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Old 10-25-2012, 10:46 PM   #11
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Re: Help a newbie decide: F-150 with 5.0 ???

Hi Rich,

We are towing an Escape 5.0 with a 2011 F150 5.0. It is a great combination.

I considered the Frontier but the top-of-the-line model has a payload capacity of only around 1200 lb (Tacoma is similar).

The pin weight on the Escape can approach 900 lb. Add that to the weight of the hitch and accessories (in my case, almost another 200 lb) and that doesn't leave much room for people and cargo. Still, lots of folks are using Frontiers and they seem to work well.

The F150 is powerful and comfortable. It is well set up for towing with the six-speed with a tow-haul and a trans fluid temperature gauge. On our trip this past summer, we averaged 16+ MPG (US) for 13,000+ miles. We have the 6.5 ft box and no problems maneuvering. Reace did raise the body two inches to give more clearance.

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Old 10-26-2012, 02:40 AM   #12
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Re: Help a newbie decide: F-150 with 5.0 ???

Thank you to all who have taken the time to reply so far.

Following Vermilye's advice, I called the Escape factory and learned that the required tow vehicle dimensions are as follows:

From the cab to a point directly over the rear axel:
at least 29, any length box will do for this requirement

From the box's top-edge to the ground:
54" (or 56" with lift-kit spacers) is max with the ST225 15 inch tires

From the box's top-edge to the box floor is not important.

Thank you Marv for confirming that the 5.0 / F-150 combination will work well. I did not realize that the hitch weight could be as high as 900 lb. I was thinking that it should be under 10% of the GAWR which I think is 440 lb.

Which engine do you have, Marv? I am looking at the 3.5L V6 turbo "ecoboost" engine. It may be more power than I need but they promise 21 mpg US on the highway (not towing). I wonder what the real number is, especially when towing.

Does anyone have a truck that tows with fuel economy near 20 mpg?

Thanks for taking the time to reply.
Rich
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:59 AM   #13
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Re: Help a newbie decide: F-150 with 5.0 ???

Hi: aldertree2... Our 4X4 Nissan Frontier V6 Crew Cab Long Bed(6'1") has done 19.5 mpg's but that's on the fairly flat lands of the Great Lakes Basin. It does suffer a drop in the mountains to around 14mpg. Last time I weighed the combo we came away from the scales at 2860#s axle wt. and 780#s pin wt. for a total of 3640#s. The standard suspension in the 4X4 truck has not needed any add ons and the truck only squats by about 1" with the trailer connected. So far I'm impressed by this truck/5.0 combo. Alf
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:36 AM   #14
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Re: Help a newbie decide: F-150 with 5.0 ???

Hi Aldertree2, Welcome to the forum.

There has been lots of discussion and strong opinions on the ultimate tow vehicle. I would say it depends on the terrain you plan to travel in, if it is your primary vehicle and how much you plan to travel. These trailers are built to be towed with a smaller vehicle if you keep your load weight in check. I am pulling our 5.0 with a 2005 Dodge Ram Quad 2500 Diesel and averaging 19 to 21. The straight 6 Cummins has all the pulling torq and stopping power I need and want. But it's not my daily driver. I have seen some disappointing fuel milage numbers from Ford Ecoboost in tow. Your going in the right direction by seeking out those who tow with the vehicle you desire. Fuel prices are only going to get higher.

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Old 10-26-2012, 10:25 PM   #15
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Re: Help a newbie decide: F-150 with 5.0 ???

Here is a tow rig that will get great mileage.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:49 PM   #16
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Thumbs up Thanks for the replies.

Thanks to all who contributed their thoughts on this thread.

Based on your collective input, plus information found on the Ford truck owners forum, and considering the F-150's size and expense, I have decided to look more towards the Frontier or Tacoma. I suspect that this comparison has already been made elsewhere on this forum. So, my research continues . . .

This forum and the people who contribute their knowledge and experience to it are an invaluable resource.

Thanks,
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #17
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How about a Tundra for pulling.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:57 AM   #18
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I bought a F-150 after we had our 5.0 a year. We do have to trailer the front a little high to clear the sides. Our's is a 4x4 with 6 1/2 foot bed. If you haven't ordered yet, they will put in 2 inch blocks under axle to make it fit. Wish we would have known earlier. Modification after is $800.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #19
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Yeah. but have you checked the price of feed lately? LOL
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:36 PM   #20
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Last I checked you can't pull a 5.0 with a toyota tacoma....they have a plastic bed and there is difficulty mounting the 5th wheel hitch.

I like my Tundra but yes, would have to have the Camper lifted a bit I think. Keep us updated and happy hunting
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