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get air helper springs for the rear of your truck so you won't lose the softer ride. but defiantly boost your brake system like everyone is saying. and if you haven't already you mite wanna look into like intake and exhaust for that extra needed power to pull over the grades, possibly a trans temp gauge to be on the safe side
 
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Has anyone ever tried the active suspension system? http://www.activesuspension.com/
In theory, it sounds good because allow for a nice ride and still give more stability and more load handling .
 
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Originally Posted by unibody62 View Post
Good points. I'm not sure about the gearing, only had the truck for 1 1/2 years and only 5000 miles, and I never had a need to know. One thing I know is I need to give more gas when starting out, than I did with my 3/4 ton V8. I had not thought about the frame... guess the newer ones are boxed. Even though it's built Ford tough, may not be good enough for this job!
Just because the frame is not boxed, does not mean its not strong enough. There is nothing wrong with some frame flex. That is actually how semi tractor trailers function.

I would recommend checking the gearing as well.

It depends on how far and often you will tow the trailer. Have you actually weighed the trailer to find out the true weight?
 
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:51 PM
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I wouldn't even think twice about hauling that much with my F150. Hell, it has pulled around 8K a few times since I've had it.
My trans (M5OD) went early this summer, with 155K on it. Not bad considering the truck had towed a '29 camper before I got it. I put in a used trans with 60K
My 300 would laugh and walk away with a load as light as what you're looking at.
This is just my 2 cents, these trucks were built to work.
 
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:10 PM
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It will tow it fine, and you dont NEED a weight distributing hitch, or air bags, but they both do add some security and stability.

And as for the truck being able to handle that heavy of a trailer, it shouldn't have a problem. These trucks are vary strong, including the 300 and the Mazda 5speed(keep it full of fluid). My truck has 3.08 rear end and it pulled loads 6,000+ #'s and huge wind loads without a problem. I could hold 70 all day long. But stopping is often overlooked. Make sure you have good trailer brakes.

And most people will tell you to get a 3/4 ton, mainly because bigger is better. And i agree, but i have a 1/2 ton and use it as long as i feel that it is safe. And so far i feel comfortable up to about 8k depending on the load.
 
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Feeling comfortable doesn't mean it's safe. I respect what you've said but I still say that it is best to keep to the book. I understand you can't always tow exactly 4,000 lbs every time, but to excede that amount by TWICE just seems dangerous to me.

You guys know better than I do.
 
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where are you guys reading the towing capacity? the only number i have is the GVW wich is 6250LBS but that inclueds the waight of the truck
 
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Mater, my owner's manual has tow ratings in it.
 
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mine didn't come with a manual lol
 
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I'll look up what your truck is rated to tow, just for kicks and grins!

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Jeez mater, I just ran out in 32F in my underpants just to grab this book for you! You owe me a pizza or something 'cause that sucked! haha.


Your truck is rated to tow 7,500 lbs. Pretty impressive!
 
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cool it's a 351 E4OD with a 3.08 open diff


i suspect it will be low lol
 
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3.08? I thought you had 3.55.. I rated your truck for 3.55's. Whatever, it's still a lot. lol
 
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it must be safe for me to feel comfortable. I'v had my fair share of close calls and I must be sure that my truck can handle the load before ill pull it with my truck. If i need more truck i can always get it. I have access to all kinds of tow vehicles if i need them.

I have the original owners manual from my 93' and i believe that the recommended tow rating for a 93' F150 with a 351 with 4.10 is 7,000+ lbs. Remember, that is the same exact truck as mine, just a different engine and trans. The brakes, frame and axles are all the same.

How would my truck be more dangerous when the most concerning issue is braking and control?
 
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:24 PM
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Had to do a fact check, i dont like to post unless i know what im saying is correct.

f150 5.8L, auto, 3.55, 0-7600lbs trailer weight range.

I also noticed that the 5.0L manual with 3.55 was rated for 7200lbs ??? That interesting.
 
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Like I said I respect you and your opinion, I was merely saying I personally feel safer going by the book. Not to the T, mind you, but using it as a firm referance point.
 

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