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Old 07-03-2015, 08:59 PM   #21
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FWIW, our 2013 "Egoboost" F-150 (bright flame blue) gets 19.5 mpg on average, with 22-23 highway (not-towing), and about 14 towing our 17 ft. Casita. Hoping we don't take a huge hit when we start pulling the 21 ft. Escape.
You're doing pretty good. Consumer Reports shows an average of 17 mpg mixed and Fuelly.com shows an 18 mpg averaged for mixed driving. You shouldn't do much worse with the 21 ft Escape. I think a lot of the hit to fuel economy is due to increased wind resistance which would probably be similar between the two trailers.

Oops, my numbers are for the 2015 2.7 ecoboost. The averages are lower for the 2013s. So you're doing much better than average in regards to fuel efficiency.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:07 PM   #22
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FWIW, our 2013 "Egoboost" F-150 (bright flame blue) gets 19.5 mpg on average, with 22-23 highway (not-towing), and about 14 towing our 17 ft. Casita. Hoping we don't take a huge hit when we start pulling the 21 ft. Escape.
Mary, assuming it's the 4WD 3.5L Ecoboost, you can expect close to the same mileage towing a 21 - maybe 1 or at most 2 mpg less. Just a guestimate, but I would say the 3.5L 2WD should get in the 15 range towing a 21, and a 4WD maybe 13-14. Much depends however on how you drive it, average speed, terrain, etc.

They introduced the 2.7L Ecoboost for the 2015 Aluminum body F150. It was touted as a cure-all for mileage woes, and I can tell you it does do better than the 3.5L, but it's not the holy grail of towing. We get about 25.8 not towing, and about 16 towing, with a 19.

The very best mileage I've ever seen reported when towing an Escape was with a VW Touareg.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:21 PM   #23
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We get about 25.8 not towing
This is either all highway miles or you need to enter a hypermiling competition. No one is getting close to this in mixed driving. Consumer reports indicates 17 mpg and Fuelly.com shows an 18 average.
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This is either all highway miles or you need to enter a hypermiling competition. No one is getting close to this in mixed driving. Consumer reports indicates 17 mpg and Fuelly.com shows an 18 average.
Yes, of course that's highway mileage, traveling at about 68 MPH. Our overall mileage is about 21.5 when not towing.
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You have to stop posting the mileage you're getting. Every time I read the mileage, I want to go out and get a 2.7 F150. I wasn't planning on buying until next year
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:01 PM   #26
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You have to stop posting the mileage you're getting. Every time I read the mileage, I want to go out and get a 2.7 F150. I wasn't planning on buying until next year
Sorry Bill. My bad.
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:19 PM   #27
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The diesels on the 3/4 and 1 ton trucks are very expensive options. But the 2015 Ram 1500 ecodiesel sells for about the same price as the 2015 Ford F-150 ecoboost. The mid-size GMC Canyon diesel will be cheaper than both.

I donít want to tow with an unsafe vehicle. But it seems that towing the 5.0 TA with the Canyon will fit within all the payload and towing capacities of the vehicle. Fast Lane Truck shows the V6 gas pulling 5,000+ up steep grades in Colorado without a sweat. I donít want to throw money away and excessively pollute the environment because of some lawyers making blanket rules based on fifth wheels two or three times the size of the 5.0 TA.
When I purchased my 1/2 ton Ram truck ,the 5.7 liter Hemi was a no charge upgrade and the diesel engine was a $4K upgrade.
Plus they were only offering a very limited end of the year discount on the diesel
but a substancially higher discount on the gasoline models
I believe that GM will follow pretty much the same pattern.
I fully understand the need for fuel economy and the desire not to pollute nor am I implying that the Colorado is an unsafe towing vehicle.
What I am not willing to do is put the blame on lawyers every time something does not work as I think it should. It is entirely possible that the towing limits were set by the auto manufacturer's engineers and for totally valid reasons. I do not have the expertise. knowledge or education to say whether the Colorado is capable of towing a fifth wheel trailer
so I leave that judgement to the professional.

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Old 07-04-2015, 12:47 AM   #28
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Just went through the fit guide for Reese, they do not show any compatible fifth wheel hitches to the Colorado or Canyon. For most trucks you buy a vehicle specific frame mount kit for the universal rails, no such exists for the ones you are looking at. Nothing at B&W either.
It might just be a bit early, since this model of truck has only been available for a few months.
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Old 07-04-2015, 12:48 AM   #29
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Mary, assuming it's the 4WD 3.5L Ecoboost, you can expect close to the same mileage towing a 21 - maybe 1 or at most 2 mpg less. Just a guestimate, but I would say the 3.5L 2WD should get in the 15 range towing a 21, and a 4WD maybe 13-14. Much depends however on how you drive it, average speed, terrain, etc.

They introduced the 2.7L Ecoboost for the 2015 Aluminum body F150. It was touted as a cure-all for mileage woes, and I can tell you it does do better than the 3.5L, but it's not the holy grail of towing. We get about 25.8 not towing, and about 16 towing, with a 19.

The very best mileage I've ever seen reported when towing an Escape was with a VW Touareg.
Thanks for the comparison(s), Robert. Yes, of course ours is the 3.5L. It replaced a 1999 F150 6 cyl that on a good day got 17 mpg - that's highway miles and/or regular driving, NOT towing. (It did little better on the highway than running around town, and got about 11 mpg towing the Casita.) So we are thrilled with what we're getting out of the (2WD) Egoboost. (Our older truck wasn't called the Big Blue Gas Hawg for nothing.) The mpg of the "new" truck is only a couple less than what we got with our 2002 Ranger (4L, with tow package). Like I said, we are Very satisfied with what we've got. Plus there's so much FLAT floorspace in the cab, our dog's kennel rides very nicely behind the driver's seat. Mavis is a much happier camper... which means we are, too.
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It might just be a bit early, since this model of truck has only been available for a few months.
I must be missing something, Edmunds shows they started making Colorado's in 04.
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