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    I've got an F150 2017 V6 with twin turbo so not too worried about pulling the boat this next year but I am due to update vehicle at some point as well. I have a family of 5 so if I stay with the truck then we will always need to take 2 vehicles if one of the boys has a friend. That leads me to, what full size SUV 2017 or newer are any of you using to tow your 23' boat?
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    I have used our Suburban with the heavy duty tow package but my ford with the same package and 3.5 ecoboost is MUCH stronger. I would buy the new Expedition if I were in the market.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mwcraz View Post
    I have used our Suburban with the heavy duty tow package but my ford with the same package and 3.5 ecoboost is MUCH stronger. I would buy the new Expedition if I were in the market.


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    Just make sure your hitch is rated for what your towing on your Ford.


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    Good advice above. I have heard that ford is equip'ing vehicles designed to tow with 5000lb hitch assemblies. How stupid is that??? you need to check. I would also suggest the expedition if you can get over how stupid it looks. It is truly one of the ugliest SUV's ever. The older ones look like shoe boxes and the new ones look like station wagons not to mention the squat in the rear end when you hook up your boat.

    That being said, i have a Tahoe which looks a whole lot better but i am not going to say buy a GM either. the 5.3L i have works just fine for my boat, but i don't think i would be towing a 22' or 23' boat with it anytime soon. I would opt for the 6.2 and longer wheel base of the suburban.

    To be honest, i too am looking for my next tow vehicle and i am NOT impressed by ANYTHING that is out there right now. I am still not sure of the longevity of the 3.5 ECO, the AFM issues with Chevy/GMC, the poor performance and gas mileage from the Toyota 5.7 and the low reliabiltiy ratings with Nissan trucks/SUV's.

    I guess if i had to choose it would be the 3.5 ECO ford. But the nice thing is i don't have too. I am waiting for someone to build something decent. There is no doubt the toyota would be reliable but its old old old tech since 2007, and we had the sequioa. Seriously poor gas mileage and lower tow ratings than its domestic competition. It was a reliable SUV but i never saw over 17 mpg on the highway (not towing, light load), towing i was under 9 mpg. The sequioa ever with tow package we had was 6600 lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry_arizona View Post
    Just make sure your hitch is rated for what your towing on your Ford.


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    Yeah, this is confusing because my F150 has a class IV hitch, but they slap a 5,000lb capacity sticker on it. If you look at hitch ratings class IV's are good up to 10,000 lbs.
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    The hitch tag is all you need to read.

    F150 in any variation of tow package or upgrades is 5000# weight carrying and 500# tongue.

    Just buy the Curt 10000# weight carrying and 1000# tongue and you are good to go.


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    I looked at my hitch, I thought it is a class V hitch, looked at it briefly so I better check again. I don't mind the look of the newer Expedition and I agree that the Toyota is terrible on the mileage side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbFam5 View Post
    I looked at my hitch, I thought it is a class V hitch, looked at it briefly so I better check again. I don't mind the look of the newer Expedition and I agree that the Toyota is terrible on the mileage side.
    I bet it says 500/5,000 towing or 1,050/10,500 with weight distribution hitch. Seems like all F150's have this hitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mdavfx4 View Post
    I bet it says 500/5,000 towing or 1,050/10,500 with weight distribution hitch. Seems like all F150's have this hitch.
    This is what the F150 tag says.....


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    so this is the hitch they install but advertise that the F150 can tow 13000 lbs but don't equip it to do so.
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