Originally Posted by BLK94F150
Does it have the tow package? If so, tow it.
IMO these are the biggest BS ratings that Ford has ever come out with. Think about it; 5.4 last year can tow over 11K, now 5.0 with more HP and TQ can't even break 10K. (I think max with the 5.0 is 8800) It's just a numbers game to get folks into the 3.5EB or 6.2.
If my 2000 5.4 (260HP/350TQ) with 3.55 gears is rated to tow 7300lbs, your 2011 F150 can easily do much more. Just look at the specs of breaks and what have you. Most of them exceed most Superduties.
Also in my 8+ years as a firefighter/medic I've been to hundreds if not thousands of accidents and I've never heard of a vehicle being weighed. I would say that the vast majority of law enforcement officers have no idea what GCVWR is.
I agree, I have a 99 Dodge 2500 QC 4x4 V-10, 5 speed, 3:55 gears, with a Dana 80 rear end & a Dana 60 frt end & the newer Ford F150, & most likely Dodge's & Chevy's are rated to tow heavier than my Dodge 3/4 ton with the heaviest rating that year. Crazy. You can't tell me that the F150 has a heaver rear or front end than a Dana 80 or Dana 60 or frame. The V-10 is rated @ 325 HP 450 ft lbs of Torque so it isn't exactly a dog.
So how they come up with these magical numbers is beyond me.
My old 86 F250 4x4 460 C/6 3:55 gears was rated to almost tow a jet ski behind it. Crap my 98 Blazer 4x4 is rated to tow more than that F250 was That Blazer can't tow much without burning up the 4L60E trans.