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Old 02-07-2018, 06:42 PM
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Thumbs up 00 f250 5.4 towing story and some upgrades done to it.

My work truck hasnt dissapointed me yet. Im getting this Jeep bedlined on the inside (not mine its the Bosses toy) My work truck is scaleing right at 9250LBS with me in it, the trailer has a weight of 2050LBS and jeep is gutted and estimate weight of 4800lbs at a GCW of 16,100 not to shabby for this little small block and it does great with OD off. Ive towed with many powerful engines but the 5.4 has always had a spot in my heart knowing that such a small displacement engine can do it just like any other big powered engine, granted not as fast, yet once your in the highway that thing can sing along at 65 with OD off and be right in the powerband.
Last year i towed some serious weight from Alburquerque NM to El Paso TX im talking way overloaded and dangerous and we needed the material ASAP so whats done is done, but boy did the truck handle it like a champ a bit low on power on the hills but still did it, it consisted of 5 30 piece bundles of 5/8 Dens Deck that neted a weight of 10500lbs plus the flatbed trailer weighing at 2500LBS IIRC, that thing towed it great, handled it good and could actually pick up speed on the I-25 hilly roads, some of you might think "well i pull twice as much with my F150" oh thats nothing to what I have towed in my_______?? But here comes the kicker how many have done this with a truck that has been a fleet truck all its life with hard worked miles driven by "I dont give a Chit" drivers, not many I bet .

So my thoughts are dont under estimate a small engine untill you have driven one.

Things i have done to the truck to enhance its hauling and towing capacity and specs
2000 f250 290k SC 5.4 2WD 3.73 ( soon to be 4.30) completly stock engine and rebuilt 4r100
1-AirLift rear Air bags with manual fill
2-Duralast Gold Maxx brake pads all around with nee OEM rotors
3-6.0 transmission cooler
4-Tenconcha brake controller
5-Bridgestone Duravis R-250 load range E tires ( these tires are great if your hauling, towing heavy, the sidewalls are almost an 1" thick)
6- Curtis class V hitch
7- uknown 5\8 rear sway bar
I normally dont tow with my truck but when I do its always something on the heavy side

Oh almost forgot the pics of my work truck and load sorry for the fuzzy pic my cell phone camera is really scratched







And here some pics of me doing work with it ( im changing the articulating platform piston on this man lift)




 

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Old 02-08-2018, 06:54 AM
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Gassers certainly have come a long way.

Recently borrowed a 6.0L gasser SUV with 6 speed tranny and it easily handled my 7,500# trailer up and down 5 - 6% grades. Still pulling with diesel as I like the torque, but overall the cost of ownership of gassers and better transmissions are tilting the field away from diesels in the light duty class IMHO.
 
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Old 02-09-2018, 03:30 PM
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I had a '95 E150 Clubwagon XLT 5.0 that I towed with for about 15 years. It spent virtually all of its time on the interstate towing an open car trailer with my racecar on it, and a load of equipment in the back. GCW of the Van, trailer, people, luggage and equipment totaled out at about 11,000 lbs. This photo was taken on the trip to deliver the van and trailer to its new owners. I drove the Celica home.

I put 342,000 miles on this van. The vast majority towing that trailer. It has been all over the US crossing the Rockies, Sierra Nevadas, Alleghenys, Smokies and many lesser mountain ranges. All without issue. The original engine is still going strong with its new owner, who tows his racecar.


 
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No doubt diesel is king when towing, i know I own a modified one lol....
But gassers have always been one of those things I cant forget, and more now than ever knowing a gasser is pushing the envelope in the durability compartment we have a few that have over 300k and one that just crossed the 400k mark on stock everything now thats durability.
 
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I love my diesel. However, I think my next ride will be a 6.2 gas. The company van has a 5.4 gas that does well. It usually idles a lot due to running lights, radios and two computers.

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