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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-06-2018, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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F150 Diesel Towing Milage Below Dodge in recent test



So I was just checking out you tube for real world tests from folks who have already received their 2018 f150 diesels and came across this thread....

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F150 diesel pulling enclosed trailer with 7000lbs in it 97 miles...used 8.4 gallons of diesel...thats only 11.6 miles to the gallon...my current vehicle which is a 2013 f150 3.5 liter ecoboost would get about 8 miles to the gallon pulling the same load and trailer...not a huge improvement in my mind....kind of a disappointment from what I was expecting...they mentioned they did the same test with a dodge and it came in at 13.3...even worse news since I was expecting ford to be way ahead of Dodge with everything I have been reading online.....

only huge benefit I see is they were running at about 1600 rpm at 70 mph...would be closer to 2800 rpms plus with my current f150 which creates quite a bit more engine noise in the cabin than I would like when pulling a four place snowmobile trailer at higher speeds....
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I know a lot of people were hoping for class leading efficiency here, and these 'real world' numbers are probably going to make it tough sell over the Ecoboost. Though I think that the EPA rating for these engines highway economy is actually done at 55-60mph not 70.
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I just took a initial Camping trip with my 3.0 Diesel and averaged 13.9 MPG. My trailer weighs 4777 Dry and I had a full tank of water (about 450 LBS) and camping personal gear 300 Pounds so close to 5527lbs.


My rig is a 2018 F150 3.0 Diesel Crew Cab SB with 3.55 rear gears and 4x4.
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I just took a initial Camping trip with my 3.0 Diesel and averaged 13.9 MPG. My trailer weighs 4777 Dry and I had a full tank of water (about 450 LBS) and camping personal gear 300 Pounds so close to 5527lbs.


My rig is a 2018 F150 3.0 Diesel Crew Cab SB with 3.55 rear gears and 4x4.
How did it do towing? Struggle any? I will be doing some long range towing with about 4000 lbs next week. Curious to see how it does in the mountains.
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The truck performed very well as a matter of fact We forgot the trailer was behind us.

We traveled from the Tampa area on Interstate 75 Northbound for 125 miles and camped two days then we drove home.
We have a high quality weight distributing hitch and the trailer did not sway at all when passed by big rigs.

The F150 3.0 was a pleasure to drive.

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The truck performed very well as a matter of fact We forgot the trailer was behind us.
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How did it perform compared to the 2015 F150 2.7 EcoBoost you had? Assume you also towed the same trailer with that EcoBoost? How did the EcoBoost do for mpg towing that trailer?

Just asking for curiosity sake.
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Hello Jasper,
We bought the trailer soon after we bought the 3.0 Diesel.


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I don’t put any faith in fuel economy tests. Especially the YouTube ones. There are too many factors that can affect the results. I came out of a 2012 ecoboost, which averaged 14 over 160000 miles. I never reset the trip2 counter so that I could monitor the lifetime mileage. I plan on doing the same with my 2018 diesel. While the computed mileages aren’t 100 percent accurate, most of my spot checks which were hand calculated were within .5 mpgs. I’ve driven the 3.0 almost 4000 miles so far and the average is 25. Time will tell, but so far it’s been pretty impressive. I regularly take a 450 mile trip about every month or 2. The best the ecoboost ever got on that trip was 18.5. I’ve made that trip twice with the new truck and the first time I got 28.5 going and 30 returning ( I had a tailwind on the return trip). The second was a little lower at 27.7 one way and 27 back. I really loved the ecoboost, but there wasn’t anything eco about it. I have a 25 ft pontoon boat that I was getting around 10 with the ecoboost. (It’s like pulling a parachute). Haven’t pulled it with the new truck yet, but will post after I pull it a few times to get a feel for it.
I’ve seen several posts about wanting a 36 gallon fuel tank option, and I was concerned about that too when I bought it. However. I am regularly getting 550 miles plus on a tank. That’s about what I would get with the ecoboost truck with the 36 gallon tank. I’m thinking when towing the 36 gallons would come in handy though.
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The truck performed very well as a matter of fact We forgot the trailer was behind us.

We traveled from the Tampa area on Interstate 75 Northbound for 125 miles and camped two days then we drove home.
We have a high quality weight distributing hitch and the trailer did not sway at all when passed by big rigs.

The F150 3.0 was a pleasure to drive.

HJ

No doubt the 3.0 will do the job on flat land, it's in the mountains that has me concerned.
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I have almost 37,000 miles on my Ram Ecodiesel with 3:92 gears and I can tell you the weak link with the Ram= towing up hill ! Mine is tuned and deleted, btw. Power is not the issue, watching the oil temp gauge rise, towing a heavy trailer up steep hills is somewhat disconcerting. I know some guys have swapped grills to get better airflow and deleted the active shutters. So heads up, if you are looking at both. On the other hand, 3:92's may be an advantage, don't know.

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