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Old 08-15-2017, 11:11 PM
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Agreed my 2007 with the 5.4 pulls my 214 very, very well.

My 2014 F-150 with 3.5 EB does a bit better, but the 5.4 is a great platform also and the Expy will easily handle a X14/V

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Old 08-16-2017, 12:10 AM
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I saw someone here in the forums says it's not recommended to use a Wd hitch since our boats all have swing arms. I'm sure it's due to the arm and that could cause a weak point in the trailer vs a solid welded arm where it doesn't have that break in it.

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Adding to this...Since many MC trailers are swing away square tube tongues, it would be difficult to impossible to attach the weight distribution bars on the trailer side. Reason 1- the point on the trailer where the bars attach would be right where the swing away is. Reason 2- the saddles would impossible to attach anyway.
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:01 AM
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Yep...I loaded it up last night and the rear sagged about 1" and the front rose by about 5/16". Seems reasonable and safe to me. Not to mention, those surge brakes are awesome...never felt "pushed" by the boat on stopping.

Tried hooking up the WD hitch and the sweet spot is just where you said...right at the saddle. They make a pole tongue adapter for a small fee (~$100) but after driving around a little with it, I'm confident in it's ability to pull our boat.

I think the 214 and x14v are almost the same...93Prostar190, do you know the dry weight of your boat and tongue weight?
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Old 08-25-2017, 12:10 PM
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We have a 15 expy eco boost. A 15 x30. The Ford has not one issue nor one issue towing the boat. I do question the turbos longevity but other than oil changes being a serious pita the truck is great.


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Old 08-28-2017, 09:49 AM
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Just got back from our trip (~1000 miles round trip) and I must say, I am impressed with the Expedition and its ability to tow. It had no issues pulling our x14v with 200# cargo over the axle. I got about 13.5 mpg the whole way going around 70mph which isn't bad considering it tops out at about 20. And this is with 4 people and cargo in the back of the Expedition.

Definitely will not be afraid to tow just about anywhere.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:00 AM
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I'll let you guys know how my 2017 expedition EL tows a MariStar 245 in a few weeks. This will be the first towing it has done. I currently have a little over 15,000 miles on it. Still have yet to get more than 18 actual mpg. The trip computer is optimistic by 0.5-1.2 mpg based on doing the calculations from the odometer and pump. I do like the 500 mile range, even at 15-17 mpg on average.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:54 PM
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I'll let you guys know how my 2017 expedition EL tows a MariStar 245 in a few weeks. This will be the first towing it has done. I currently have a little over 15,000 miles on it. Still have yet to get more than 18 actual mpg. The trip computer is optimistic by 0.5-1.2 mpg based on doing the calculations from the odometer and pump. I do like the 500 mile range, even at 15-17 mpg on average.
Seeing about the same MPG with our EL. I think the EL gets a little worse mileage due to having 3.73 gearing vs the non EL standard gearing of 3.42.

When towing expect to see about 10 MPG pending hills and head wind. It'all use more gas but that engine won't strain one bit and you'll never know your towing!
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Old 09-23-2017, 12:39 AM
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That will not be fun losing 40% of my fuel economy while towing. I understand the EL and the 4x4 don't help, but I was surprised that getting the Limited package also took away 1-2 mpg. We rented an xLT a few weeks before purchasing our expedition to go from Maryland to Michigan and back. It was able to get an honest 18+ mpg on the trip back. We have done the same route twice with ours and it is always 1-2 mpg less.
I don't think I'll be towing at 80+ mph, so hopefully the economy won't drop below 13. Plus I don't plan to have so much weight inside as we typically have on our Michigan trips.
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Old 10-07-2017, 11:14 PM
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I haven't filled up since the NY/NJ border, so I'm not sure what my towing mpg is. But I did get 13.1 calculated mpg with the trailer empty going to NY. According to the trip computer I got 8.5 mpg with the boat in tow. Usually the trip computer is 1 mpg optimistic. That would put me at a calculated economy of 7.5 mpg.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:31 PM
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I just ran the fuel economy numbers based on odometer mileage and fuel pump gallons and calculated 8.1 mpg towing the Maristar 245 from New York to Maryland. It appears that there is at least 3/4 tank of fuel and some water in the bilge that added to the normal weight of the boat. Is there anyone else towing 24' or larger Mastercrafts with an ecoboost Expedition EL?
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