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on the fence diesel vs ecoboos vs 6.2

bought a 34 ft camper trailer and hauled it 6 hours with my 2010 f150 with 5.4l......it sucked. Im on the fence what new vehicle to buy, I had diesels for years before getting into my previous raptor, then back to the everyday f150. Obviously the diesel would haul better, but in your opinion, how do the new f150s haul. how bout f150 ecoboost vs. f150 6.2L. I had the 6.2 in the raptor and it was a beast. I dont know a dam thing about the ecoboost but i am skeptical of hauling such a big trailer with a v6

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I've heard a lot of great things about the ecoboost engine and the F150 with Max Tow. I think no matter what the F150 guys think there are hard limits of a 1/2 ton truck. I feel that to comfortably tow your trailer and stay within the legal limits you will need a 3/4 - 1 ton. I just bought my 2012 F350 PSD and love ht eway it towed my 30' trailer last weekend. I couldn't imagine pulling anything like that with a 1/2 ton. I pulled my new trailer 1 time with my Yukon XL Denali with the 403 HP 6.2 with a Reese Dual Cam anti-sway and WD bars and hated the way it pulled. If you do decided to get an F150 make sure it has LT tires on it and not the P rated tires. I also had too much sidewall flex with the P rated tires.

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The new F150s with the 3.5L or 6.2L certainly have the power... but they won't have the brakes and the frame to handle a 34 foot trailer like a super duty does.

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I have an ecoboost f150, a 7.3L diesel F250, and a 7.3L F350 dually, the f150 is fun and I have smoked a few raptors with it (its stock) and well I hauled a mini van with both the 250 and 150, and after the experience with both my f150 was demoted to small lawn trailers it even has the max tow package and 4x4, I over payed IMHO for tow mirrors

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I would go diesel, less stress on trips while towing heavier loads.

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If you have the knowledge of maintaining a diesel, go with the diesel. It will pull better, while getting better fuel economy.

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^ agreed, if your pulling and diesel is always the best option... Reliability, durability and fuel economy are the top perks of towing with a diesel.

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A 1/2 ton truck isn't really an option with that much weight behind you. But gas or diesel really depends on how frequently you tow and how often you'll drive the truck with no trailer. The diesel will have better fuel economy when towing, but the difference in purchase price, maintenance costs, and fuel prices (diesel vs unleaded) will make it nearly impossible to offset what you gain by purchasing a diesel.


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