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Simply Green Lawn Care
11-11-2005, 07:49 PM
Well guys, It looks like I'm going with a 1998 F-250 with only 35,000 original miles on it. It's a 4.6L long bed 3/4 ton 2x4.

The truck looks and rides brand new. My question is: Is this truck powerful enough to pull a 7x16 trailer loaded with equipment daily. Or should I go with a smaller trailer for now?

Thanks,

Bo

P.S. thanks to everyone for the truck purchase advice

stumper1620
11-11-2005, 07:53 PM
Well guys, It looks like I'm going with a 1998 F-250 with only 35,000 original miles on it. It's a 4.6L long bed 3/4 ton 2x4.

The truck looks and rides brand new. My question is: Is this truck powerful enough to pull a 7x16 trailer loaded with equipment daily. Or should I go with a smaller trailer for now?

Thanks,

Bo

P.S. thanks to everyone for the truck purchase advice
should pull it no problem.

dvmcmrhp52
11-11-2005, 08:02 PM
It will pull it but don't expect to run up hills with it.........

kc2006
11-11-2005, 08:13 PM
should work fine.

Put a procharger on it if it doesn't.

olderthandirt
11-11-2005, 09:41 PM
Depends on your gear ratio on how easy it will pull a loaded 16' trailor.
Most 16' are rated at 7K# and if your towing it fully loaded good luck, I believe 98 was the last yr Ford put that engine in the F-250 because it was under powered to tow with. I have a friend that tows a 21 camper and its not any where near 7k# and he slowing to a crawl on freeway grades with his. And he has 355 axle ratio

pottstim
11-12-2005, 02:02 PM
Is this truck the 7700 GVW F-250? If it is it will have 7 lug wheels. When you said it had the 4.6 L engine, it made me wonder if it was.

hosejockey2002
11-12-2005, 02:07 PM
I used to have a 4.6 powered Expedition. Pulling a 3500 lb. travel trailer, it was the worst of both worlds- the pulling power of a V6, and the mileage of a big V8 (7-9 towing).

Simply Green Lawn Care
11-12-2005, 05:13 PM
Is this truck the 7700 GVW F-250? If it is it will have 7 lug wheels. When you said it had the 4.6 L engine, it made me wonder if it was.

Yes, it is the F-250 with 7 lug wheels! 4.6L V8 Triton!

What do you think?

pottstim
11-13-2005, 12:20 AM
Yes, it is the F-250 with 7 lug wheels! 4.6L V8 Triton!

What do you think?

I don't have any personal experience with this type of truck, but I do know that the 7 lug 250 is basically a heavy duty 150 (1/2ton) truck. They are pretty rare, as I have only seen a handful of them around here. I saw where someone above mentioned the 3.55 gear ratio combined with the 4.6L engine for towing. I don't think that would make a good combination for towing either. Maybe this truck you are looking at is geared a bit lower? Is there anyway you could find out the gear ratio it has? Personally, I would consider nothing less than a 3.73 gear ratio for towing. Usually you can find out what gear ratio a truck has by looking at the sticker on the glovebox door. I think the truck will do the job for you, but you would be better off with the 5.4L Triton V8.

olderthandirt
11-13-2005, 12:58 AM
The gear ratio s listed on the door sticker and the owners manual tells how to read it. The 355 WERE the towing package gears that came with that truck that yr. and yes it was just a glorified F150. 373 would be better but 410 would be better still, but it would still be a gas hog thats under powered to tow any weight. It will do the job ! Its just extremly hard on the truck and will shorten its life. I would move up to a truck with more engine as soon as possable