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Old 09-07-2017, 03:23 PM   #21
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Wow, I really enjoy watching those videos, and they were very informative too. Thank you for posting them.

I've been on the fence myself between a F150 and F250, and I can by those videos see how much beefier the Super Duty's are. I'm looking for a truck that will last me a long time, and it's going to be towing a 2500-3500lbs lawn trailer 5 days a week. Will a F150 be sufficient, or should I spend the extra money for the F250?
IMHO, a 1/2 ton pickup should be sufficient for the 2500-3500lb bumper-pull trailer. If you're going over 5000 lb, then you might consider stepping up to a 3/4 ton pickup. Over 8,000lb and you're switching to a 5th wheel or goose-neck (since the tongue weight would likely exceed a class 5 bumper hitch) and you might consider going to a 1 ton.
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IMHO, a 1/2 ton pickup should be sufficient for the 2500-3500lb bumper-pull trailer. If you're going over 5000 lb, then you might consider stepping up to a 3/4 ton pickup. Over 8,000lb and you're switching to a 5th wheel or goose-neck (since the tongue weight would likely exceed a class 5 bumper hitch) and you might consider going to a 1 ton.
Perfect, thank you for replying. Which engine in the F150 would you recommend?
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The 3.5L Ecoboost is great. I'd say it has more power (and kick-in-your-pants feel) than the naturally aspirated V8 big brother. You'll also save a bit at the pump with slightly better fuel economy. It is recommended to add an oil catch can to improve longevity.
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The 3.5L Ecoboost is great. I'd say it has more power (and kick-in-your-pants feel) than the naturally aspirated V8 big brother. You'll also save a bit at the pump with slightly better fuel economy. It is recommended to add an oil catch can to improve longevity.
It is my understanding that the 2017 3.5 Ecoboost has the 2nd generation engine in it which added port injection to the inherent direct injection system, which was supposed to alleviate that issue. With that in mind, if that is true, would you still recommend the installation of a catch can?
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It is my understanding that the 2017 3.5 Ecoboost has the 2nd generation engine in it which added port injection to the inherent direct injection system, which was supposed to alleviate that issue. With that in mind, if that is true, would you still recommend the installation of a catch can?
You seem to already have a good knowledge of the engine and its quirks. Yes, the EGR was being dumped behind the valves without any fuel cleaning them off. The oil catch can was to remedy the carbon buildup. If they fixed it, that's good for longevity of the engine but still some people don't like their engines eating their own farts. It's really up to you at this point and your preference. It will add an extra chore to maintenance and you probably won't notice any performance increase from it. Still it is a good performing engine and worthy of consideration. When will they turbo the V8?
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So, you spend over $40K on a new truck and have to spend $300+ to make it run right...
C'mon Man....
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So, you spend over $40K on a new truck and have to spend $300+ to make it run right...
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"Recommended" not "required". My dad has a 2012 F150 with the 3.5L Ecoboost and no modifications. He just hit 100k miles without any issues.
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Gasser Ford would be my recommendation...based upon my recent experiences with Jeep/FCA build quality and warranty service.
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So far so good with the ram @4k miles. Getting 21.2 mpg average. 14.2 towing the trailer. LOVE IT!

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Pulling a trl every day I would got to a 3/4 ton,it will out last a f150 imo,drove a lot of miles in f450 roll backs and switched off to 3/4 ton and ton trucks at times,my 150 would have been worn out long before any of them maintenance wise
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