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#11 patrkbukly

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 11:06 PM

Great setup.


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#12 kmcintyre

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 01:11 PM

  3.0L Power Stroke V6 Diesel 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Gas Power 250 HP @ 3,250 rpm 375 HP @ 5,000 rpm Torque 440 LB-FT @ 1,750 rpm 470 LB-FT @ 3,000 rpm Transmission 10-speed Auto 10-speed Auto EPA MPG (4×4) 20 City/25 Hwy/22 Comb 17 City/22 Hwy/19 Comb Max Towing 11,400 LBS 13,200 LBS Max Payload 2,020 LBS 3,270 LBS (5.0L V8) Fuel Tank 26 GAL. (5.4 Gal DEF tank) Avail. 36 GAL. Engine Warranty 100,000 miles 60,000 miles

 

Payload matters when you're hauling a FWC, mine weighs 1500 lbs dry.  And you're right the diesel gets about 3 mpg more than the 3.5.   But you could go for the 2.7 Ecoboost which gets 1 mpg less than the diesel and produces more HP and 400 lbs of torque and has a payload of 2250 lbs.

Also another factor at least in my case is if you plan to take your truck/camper to Mexico it might be difficult to find the right diesel fuel.  My post is information only for people who might be considering a Ford F150 with a FWC and the tradeoffs for each engine offered.

Btw the Magma Red of the truck is stunning.

 

Diesel in Mexico is just about all ULSD now so that's not an issue anymore.  We just spent 2.5 months down there in my Ram EcoDiesel (this is mainland Mexico) and not an issue at all.


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#13 Bwht4x4

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Posted 29 April 2019 - 04:05 PM

I'm on my 3rd 3/4 ton diesel (over 313k mi total) and I'll never go back to a gasser.  DEF is also never an issue...at all, and there is no "increased maintenance."  My new 2018 Ram has 15k mi oil change intervals!!

 

Diesel is about 40 cents more per gallon in my area, why not go with the 3.5 EcoBoost?  More horsepower and about the same torque.

Also more towing and payload.  I'm not impressed with the smaller diesals from any of the half tons trucks.

And then there's the DEF fluid and the increased maintenance, all this for about 1 mpg difference.


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#14 ETAV8R

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Posted 30 April 2019 - 03:46 AM

Looks great.

Crazy that they won't make the older narrow models for smaller trucks. The Swift looks at home on the F-150.


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Posted 01 May 2019 - 01:36 AM

Looks great.

Crazy that they won't make the older narrow models for smaller trucks. The Swift looks at home on the F-150.

Thanks. Yes I don't like the mushroom overhang as much but give up the space.


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#16 Ohpyramids

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 05:41 AM

Any chance you could post some photos of the anchor bolts and platform?
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#17 kmcintyre

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 10:52 AM

1 mpg? That is not accurate. The difference is substantial. The 3.5 would would probably be around 15-16 under the same circumstances which is still good. Before the camper it was running about 27mpg at the same speed and the 3.5 I tested topped out around 20-21  (using onboard computer, not hand calculating). In the Winter yes that is a typical difference of fuel price but it gets closer in the Summer. The DEF cost is negligible and so easy to do. 

 

However, given the cost premium of the engine, about $4K, the maintenance, and the lack of support I will probably have as this thing ages you are right. For essentially everyone, the 3.5 is a better choice. It is better in every other way. I just love diesels. 

 

I'm with you on the diesel and I have the Ram 1500 ecodiesel but the power, torque, mpg, etc. are crazy good.  I think the gas engines do have some benefits but it's not that big of a deal.  The prem cost for fuel (in some parts of the country) and upcharge for the diesel is a downside.  Increased maint. really isn't that different; DEF is cheap.  Oil changes every 10k miles, etc.

 

I'd love to hear your experience w/ the truck over time too!  Ram's have their issues and it'll be interesting to see if at some point the EPA comes after Ford next.  


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#18 CougarCouple

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 12:16 PM

Nice looking rig frstnflt
Something caught my eye in one of the early posts. That was the large difference between empty and loaded. I think you mentioned 27 empty and 20 loaded for the mpg. That looks like a huge number. Not doubting it just thought it was kinda lg difference. My 6.2 gas varies 2-5 depending on terrain and speed. Also noted that locking the trans in a lower gear to get the rpm’s up helped mpg. I know diesels are torque monster, could mpg’s be improved by monitering rpm’s.

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