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JJohnston

towing with Ford 2.7L V6 turbo

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JJohnston

Hello all

I own the 2020 T 22  I am looking to get a new truck to tow with and looking pretty seriously at a Ford F-150 with the 2.7L V6 motor.  Sepc is 8500lb tow capacity.  Does anybody have any experience towing with that truck motor setup.

 

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granddaddy55
4 hours ago, JJohnston said:

Hello all

I own the 2020 T 22  I am looking to get a new truck to tow with and looking pretty seriously at a Ford F-150 with the 2.7L V6 motor.  Sepc is 8500lb tow capacity.  Does anybody have any experience towing with that truck motor setup.

 

my boat is smaller but i have a 16 2.7 6 speed and its great.  just get more trim than an xlt (what i have to save money) if you want comfortable seats  10 speed would only make it better. calls for premium to tow but i never do, i use  87, great acceleration at all speeds even passing going from 70- 78++ pulling its quick (though I only did this significantly on my only long trip with it) but it was a pleasure on that long ride.  put it on cruise and let it do its thing up or down the hill ( tried to feather the throttle going but that was work, way home i put it on cruise and it was fun.)  i don't experience or use shaky or steep wet launches so i got the 2wheel drive as i like a lower truck as well.  

i had to turn the hitch slide upside down to raise the ball for a level ride for boat trailer.  the light suspension 2wheel truck uses its natural rake to get perfectly level like the trailer,  i like the way they look together 

3.73 rear end if available is really a big help

i luv my 2.7, also pretty quick not towing

i got the trailer brake controller but i doubt i will mod my trailer to electric over hydraulic

i haven't read on tow rating for new max tow package but anything over 5000 was accomplished by a wdh as per my sticker on my hitch for basic tow package . i dont use one with my a20 plus gear, batts, snd 710 lead with tandem trailer

the 200 i carry in bow makes just the right tongue weight for a smooth ride for both

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KMB73

I had a 2016 lariat with the 3.55 rear end and towed my 2017 21VLX and a 29’ enclosed snowmobile trailer (6500lbs) with little effort.  Mileage towing at 75+ will be in the high single digits, get the 36 gallon tank and you’ll have 650+ mile range not towing, drove from minneapolis to Naples FL recently and only had to fill up twice.  Just traded it in last month with 136k on it and other than tires and brakes only issue I had was three oil pan leaks that were done under warranty.

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longlake

I tow my 2017 T23 with my 2019 F-150 Lariat 2.7.  I got the 2.7 for the fuel economy (not towing) and it also pulls the boat quite nicely; very happy with my decision to go with the smaller engine.  I am going to need to get a new hitch to raise the ball to level out the ride a little better for next year.  So far my overall fuel economy is 19.5 mpg, I haven’t checked what it is specifically when towing, probably not very good. 

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granddaddy55

@KMB73 i experienced those 9’s,  did you run premium long trip pulling as per manual?  if you did than i am not gonna use it next trip pulling as i planned to see if any performance or mileage issues

i did have one issue since i wasnt locking out 6 up hill on lesser grades .  in six going up lesser grade, but not 5 going up steeper grades as it downshifted, it would shutter vibrate into steering column when both turbos were full spin on when it didn't downshift and rpms were less chugging up a long hil. if it was in 5th or 4th it would not do that with higher rpms

was wondering if that was the octane diff from me on 87 

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KMB73

I ran 87 all the time, my son (17) filled it a few times over the years with 91 ethanol claiming it felt faster but I honestly couldn’t feel much difference and it wasn’t enough to make a noticeable difference in mileage.  My longest towing trips are in the winter pulling the 29' trailer, 2-1/2 hours with the cruise set at 80 on the freeway and another 3 hours at mostly 65 on two lane highways and always did fine running 87. 

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Sixball

I am running an older 3.5L  380 hp  I think 460 torque. and it will pull the loads you want and more.  Mine in a 2017 Navigator 5,800 lbs.  I run regular fuel.  Even pulling heavy trailers I find myself slipping well over the 70 mph speed limit on the expressways if I don't pay attention.

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granddaddy55
On 10/15/2020 at 10:44 AM, longlake said:

I tow my 2017 T23 with my 2019 F-150 Lariat 2.7.  I got the 2.7 for the fuel economy (not towing) and it also pulls the boat quite nicely; very happy with my decision to go with the smaller engine.  I am going to need to get a new hitch to raise the ball to level out the ride a little better for next year.  So far my overall fuel economy is 19.5 mpg, I haven’t checked what it is specifically when towing, probably not very good. 

turn your current one over and remount the ball, though i turned over a 2-3 inch drop, really nice with the truck snd trailer level

you can have eco or boost but not both, i do like my economy not towing 

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Bradley Thornton

I just bought a 2019 3.5. I bought this for when I tow. And I have both with the flip of a switch. 25mpg not towing and all the power you can want when towing.

 

https://5startuning.com

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98sportsterlx

2019 f150 with 2.7 eco with 3" lift/level, sumo springs to reduce sag in rear and 33" tires. tows my 2020 t22 effortlessly. plenty of power to pass on freeway and got surprisingly good gas mileage from ohio to lake Cumberland, averaged 10.5 for the trip.

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