We just completed a 3,500 mile trip to the Black hills of SD. Driving thru CO, WY, KA, NE, NM, & TX. We were fortunate to miss/dodge all the bad weather hitting this region the last 2 weeks. Our Flex is a 2013 Limited, non-ecoboost. Weighed our rig on the scales: the Flex weighed in at 5,780, and our 20' Passport Ultra Lite weighed 3,970 ....with gear and people on the scales ! We installed the factory OEM hitch & wire harness with 7-pin wire hook-up, but we do not have the oil cooler. The Flex pulled the trailer fine. I kept the speed to 60-65 mph. In high elevations I greared down to as low as 3rd going thru Raton Pass on the NM / CO border, about 7,200 ft. Average gas mileage was 12.63 mpg. We of course used a WD hitch to improve handling and to move weight to the front axels. I believe though, that I need to adjust more weight forward because a few times I would spin the wheels from a standing stop. But sometimes the trialer brakes would stick just a tiny bit holding the rig back a fraction of a second. Before our trip I installed AMSOIL 5W-20 Signature Synthetic oil (100%) Group IV. Engine kept cool based on Temp gauge. Outdoor temps got as high as 92. Drove thru high winds ~45-50 mph with litttle to no sway. No mechanical or electrical problems during the whole trip. On smooth roads I forgot (several times for short periods of time !) that I was actually towing the trailer. So, We'll continue to tow this trailer. And planning many trips in the future. When I figure out how to reduce the size of my pic so this program will accept it, I'll post it !
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Towing Experience with the Flex
Posted 01 June 2013 - 03:33 PM
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Posted 01 June 2013 - 06:13 PM
Glad to hear it. I pulled my 7500# Gross horse trailer for the first time with a load in it today. Empty weight is 3500#, and I figured I had maybe 800# in it, and when it was empty, I felt the trailer, as each bump racked the car, but once I had some weight in it then it rode smooth. Very impressed with it, and it got better gas mileage than the F150 that it replaced. Saw about 14 MPG for the 33 mile trip.
I too need to readjust the WD as there is too much slack in the springs, need to tilt the ball rearwards a bit and see if that tightens the springs properly. Love this setup!