Thanks for the feedback Troy. If you ever get that boat out on the open road I would love some additional reviews.
Depends where you live. Here in Minnesota we are out ice fishing and our boats are in winter storage. I probably won't be towing my boat again until after ice out some time in April.That's great information, thanks for posting. I'm surprised there aren't tons of posts on here talking MPG towing and not towing with this truck.
I got my 4x4 3.0 L F150 about a month ago and am very impressed. Averaging 22-23 over 2000 miles. Pulled my dads 21’ bass boat 80 miles round trip and averaged 19.9 mpg driving 75 on a pretty hilly route. It took about 10 miles to figure out how to drive it to maximize mileage, but even driving aggressively, I was getting over 15. The 10 speed transmission shifts a lot, but it’s extremely smooth.Has anyone towed a bass boat size load yet, call it 3,500 pounds or so? I'm strongly considering the F150 diesel as my next tow vehicle. It would be dedicated to towing my flats boat which is just a little lighter than an average bass boat. Total package is between 3,400 and 3,600 pounds loaded and a pretty low profile.
I'm towing today with a '09 Tundra and average 10.5 MPG. What I dislike even more than the milage is how much it has to shift when dealing with hills. I'm not pulling through mountains. Just rolling hills of the SC Upstate.
I would get a 3/4 ton diesel and really enjoy the smooth, never shifting pull and would hope to get 14 MPG with that load. But by the time you factor in Diesel being $.50 per gallon higher than regular unleaded I would have about the same operating costs.
What I am really curious about is what kind of MPG numbers F150 Diesel owners are seeing pulling moderate loads and how much is the truck down shifting to make power when dealing with hills? If it could pull my boat without much shifting and average 18 MPG or better, I'm all in.