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Old 10-17-2016, 04:08 PM   #29
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Yes , I do get better gas mileage with the V8 compared to the V6
Steve is most of your driving outside of busy traffic areas?

The reason I ask is while shopping of a new truck I noted the the highway MPG's on the new V8's was in fact better than the V6. But when I questioned the sales staff ( one owned the V6 and the other owned the V8 version of the truck I was looking at) they suggest that if the V6 was a good match for my trailer size/weight etc (and it is) then while the V8 would give me better mpgs on the highway, it would not do as well on MPG's as my daily drive around town as the V6. Has that been your experience?
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Old 10-17-2016, 05:32 PM   #30
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I agree with Steve. I tow a 3500 lb trailer with a 3/4 ton diesel and I don't even know it's there! I have lighter vehicles that can do it and I've done that but it's a "white knuckle" experience and it cost MORE for fuel.
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Old 10-17-2016, 07:31 PM   #31
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Steve is most of your driving outside of busy traffic areas?

The reason I ask is while shopping of a new truck I noted the the highway MPG's on the new V8's was in fact better than the V6. But when I questioned the sales staff ( one owned the V6 and the other owned the V8 version of the truck I was looking at) they suggest that if the V6 was a good match for my trailer size/weight etc (and it is) then while the V8 would give me better mpgs on the highway, it would not do as well on MPG's as my daily drive around town as the V6. Has that been your experience?
When we retired we moved to our lake home in rural Wisconsin.
I would estimate that 80 to 90% of our driving is highway driving because there is no city near us to drive in. The highway mileage for my V8 , if you can believe the onboard computer is about 21 MPG not towing. Towing , I've been as low as 11.5 MPG going uphill and fighting a headwind and as high as 17.0 MPG going downhill with a strong tailwind.
My wife and I and another couple just completed a 4000 mile trip to Jasper , Banff and Glacier NP. I was towing my 3500 lb Casita with my Ram 1500- Hemi , my buddy was pulling his 34 ft, 10,000 lb 5th wheel with a Ram 2500 6.7 liter diesel. On flat terrain our MPG were close but in the mountains he got better mileage.

To answer your question . I have owned 3 -6 cylinder trucks and 3- 8 cylinder trucks. The 6 cylinder vehicles did better in the city and the V8's did better on the highway whether towing or not.
I have owned Ford ,Chevy and Dodge trucks so my experience is based on those three brands.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:30 PM   #32
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The highway mileage for my V8 , if you can believe the onboard computer is about 21 MPG not towing. Towing .
Thanks Steve, I believe that number as it is about what they are claiming. Amazing really how things have improved of late on the bigger engines.

I ended up ordering an 2017 F150 V6 eco boost with the max tow package. First of the Fords to have a 10 speed transmission. Will see how it does.
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Old 10-17-2016, 08:54 PM   #33
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Thanks Steve, I believe that number as it is about what they are claiming. Amazing really how things have improved of late on the bigger engines.

I ended up ordering an 2017 F150 V6 eco boost with the max tow package. First of the Fords to have a 10 speed transmission. Will see how it does.
Congratulations !! Ford makes a great truck and I hope it works well for you.
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:34 PM   #34
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Congratulations !! Ford makes a great truck and I hope it works well for you.
Thanks, have to admit I have never owned a Ford other than my very first car - a Ford Pinto! And we all know how that worked out. LOL

I like my Nissan Frontier as its smallish and I drive a lot in a city and it handled the 16' Scamp fine on hills etc but its never been a best in class when it comes to gas milage towing or not towing. It has PRO 4x package to beef up the back end, so back end drop was never an issue with the Scamp 250lb tongue. The new trailer is just to heavy on the tongue for it (although it is within its max tongue weight spec) and you can crank the WDH right up and it will not level out the truck. Not to mention just getting the trailer out of my sloped driveway the truck lets me know it working hard to pull it out. Not a good thing.

Leaving the big city behind next week and moving to an island where having a bigger truck will not be as big of an issue as having one in the city is/was for me.

Plan to do longer trips next winter with the trailer. As others have pointed out and what I have learned doing other long towing trips over the years, is that it is not as comfortable and way more tiring when pulling with a vehicle that is marginal than it is when towing with a vehicle that is more than able to do the job.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:02 PM   #35
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Thanks, have to admit I have never owned a Ford other than my very first car - a Ford Pinto! And we all know how that worked out. LOL
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Hey don't go knocking the Pinto. I loved my little metallic Green 1971 Pinto runabout. It was a great little car except for 1 minor over blown design flaw.
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Hey don't go knocking the Pinto. I loved my little metallic Green 1971 Pinto runabout. It was a great little car except for 1 minor over blown design flaw.

I loved that car as well. As well as all the tie die and bell bottoms... not the platform shoes though

To make matters worse after that minor over blown design flaw came to light I decided I was going to buy my first brand new car and not have to deal with old car issues. In a moment of naive brilliance decided that I had to have a nice shine Triumph sport car. It also turned out to have an over "blown up" design flaw and spent 5 months of its 1 year warranty parked waiting for parts to come from England which were delayed due to a strike at the auto makers plants. And yup I was still making car payments and had no car to drive as they did not offer a loaner car and no they did not extend the warranty period due to having been undrivable and as a result did not pay for the new transmission it needed a month after it went off its one year warranty. Oh and I was a poor student at the time paying my own way.

I do have a good chuckle to myself some days when I hear folks complaining about number & type of recalls etc we have on cars these days & the lack of a fast fix by the auto makers.
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I had a friend with a Pinto and a bumper sticker that said " DANGER UNEXPLODED PINTO "

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