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Last week we picked up our new 2012 Eco XLT, 4X4, Max Tow, Candy Red F150.
This afternoon, I finally got it connected to our trailer. The trailer is a Sunset Trail 20CK, weighs in at about 4800 lbs fully loaded. (CAT Scaled weight). I know from getting it weighed with our previous truck, the tongue weight is about 650lbs.
On my test run tonight, I hit the highway doing about 60-65. The truck seemed to really like 5th gear and would typically only drop into 6th occasionally, or when I let up on the pedal a bit.
I've read that others who have been towing with the Eco engine stated that it runs in 6th gear more often than not, and rarely downshifts. I did notice that once in 6th, it did seem to stay there.
For those of you who have been towing with your Eco, what has been your experience with 6th gear? Do you have to let up to get your truck to shift to 6th?
Keep in mind this was just a short 15 mile run for me. Tomorrow we head out for the weekend.
I tow a 7200# TT with mine (3.55 gears). Mine will go to 6th fairly easily. But at times, when you go up a slight grade, if you give it enough gas, it will downshift to 5th.
Believe it or not, the truck tries to determine how you are driving. If you keep you foot in the gas, even a little, the truck seems to think you are trying to gain speed and will stay in 5. On the other hand, when you let completely off the gas, it will think you want to slow down (brake) and will stay in 5 to slow you down. You just have to drive it a while and get the feel for it.
There is nothing wrong with your truck. Just give it a chance to learn you and give yourself a chance to learn it.
FYI, Ford says not to tow for the first 1,000 miles.......
My EB has the 3.55 gears and I tow a 4800# (ish) trailer. It needs to be going about 60MPH to get into 6th with Tow-Haul engaged.
If it's running in 5th and I want to force to 6th I disengage the tow-haul, let it shift to 6th, then re-engage the tow-haul and it'll stay in 6th.
BTW - I love the 36 gallon tank, it doubles my range from the Envoy I had. And I've got plenty of power. 600 miles of towing got me 11.7 MPG.
2012 EB 4X4 SCAB XLT 3.55's w/ Chrome, Convenience, and tow package
Pulling a North Trail 21FBS