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.
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.