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Old 06-14-2010, 07:41 PM
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1999 f-150 towing

Question. I have a '99 F-150 stepside, 5.4 with 3.55 gears and towing package (at least listed on the window sticker) and my truck only has 88,000 miles on it from new. Auto tranny also. I have been towing my classic car (3100 lbs) on my car trailer (2,000lbs) with no problem. I was thinking of getting an enclosed trailer which is 3200 lbs. Some of my friends say that is too much for my F-150 and I need to step up to somthing bigger. I do live in the mountains in Georgia and have some steep hills to get to my house, but only a short drive, not extended periods of steep hills. Can my F150 tow a total of 6300 lbs ok? The manual says it is good for 8,000 lbs. An enclosed tailer would have more wind drag then my current open car trailer but I will get a v-nosed enclosed trailer if I can do it with my current truck. Thanks for any help.
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I pulled about 12k with mine. About pushed to the limit, but you should have no problems towing 6300k.

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Have a 2002 F-150 pulling our 26' boat weighing 6300# dry not including the tandem axle trailer. Pull it over the mountains a couple times a year including camping gear. Should be do-able...
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You will be fine.
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i have a 99 f-150 4.6l and i haul bobcats with mine . she knows its there but i have never had a problem. 6300lbs should be no problem.
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I think it is pushing the limits of the truck. I also think it will do the work, just do it very slowly. With a load leveling hitch, at least D rated tires filled to 65 psi, and trailer brakes in good working condition, it will do it. I bet it would do it for a long time with no problems either. Expect 8-10 mpg though.

I just prefer the turbo diesel trucks for hauling. It is a night and day difference. Lots more power, better suspension and frame, better fuel economy by 5-10 mpg.
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Tire ratings have little to do with pulling a trailer vs. hauling a load in your truck. Tongue weight should be about 10% of combined trailer weight when towing.
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diesel is totally the way to go but if all you have is your 150 then you have to do what you have to do and she will be fine!!!!!
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diesel is totally the way to go but if all you have is your 150 then you have to do what you have to do and she will be fine!!!!!
x2. After a couple trips towing my old truck around I bought a 7.3 SD.
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