View Full Version : Anyone use a 6 cyl truck

Four Star
03-03-2004, 01:26 AM
Anyone have a truck with a 6 cylinder that they use to tow their trailer/equipment with?

Is it wise to use one, or will the trans not handle it too well after awhile?

Ford 4.2L is the engine I'm speaking of specifically

03-03-2004, 01:32 AM
I use my 98 Ranger the last 2 years no problem....

03-03-2004, 02:38 AM
6 cylinder CUMMINS! :D Depending on what you pull you shouldn't have any problem just keep it in D not OD if it's an auto. Switching between D and OD is what is hard on the transmission.

03-03-2004, 02:41 AM
I used one for two years. I didn't have any problems with it.

03-03-2004, 02:59 AM
I have a '03 Ranger w/a 3.0 v6, have used it for the last year and it has done fine. I pull a 5x10 trailer most of the time but I also use it to pull my 7x16 tandum. No problems so far and I have put 31000 miles on it most pulling a trailer.

KL Squared
03-03-2004, 06:06 AM
I have been using a 6 cylinder Ford F-150 for two years. No problems.

03-03-2004, 06:39 AM
The newer models with fuel injection should do fine. The transmission is what takes a beating depending on the weight you are towing. I started out with an 89 Chevy Astro van. The motor is still good today with 200K on it but the tranny is slipping.

03-03-2004, 08:06 AM
I have a GMC witha V6 I've used for three years now. 265,000 miles and still running strong.

03-03-2004, 08:30 AM
I have used a gmc S15 for 9 years and no problems, I have an open 6x12 trailer. If your truck has an auto transmission i suggest adding an extra cooler to it and changing the fluid every year.

03-03-2004, 09:13 AM
I have a 02 Dakota Quad Cab 3.9 that i use, 6x10 52'' lazer z hp 23hp, all the trimmings, no problem pulling it. I also have a 29 ft travel trailer I pull, little different there but still no problem, just up hills and they all have that problem.

03-03-2004, 09:19 AM
No problems butt watch out with no brakes,brakes is the bottem line.

Blessed 1
03-03-2004, 10:03 AM
94 Ford F150 4.9L in line 6 pulling 16ft trailer with 48" & 60" Exmarks. Tranny went out last summer at 98k miles (only 1 k pulling this load). Need 3/4 Ton truck! I would not reccomend, but gets the job done:eek:

03-03-2004, 11:05 AM
I used a Ford pu with the 4.2 stick for two seasons. As I grew it became too small to handle the loads. With a 16' trailer with two WBs, ZTR, tools and some grass clippings or ward waste of some kind, the truck really struggled. Gas mileage was around 7-9 pulling such a heavy load. I replaced with a F350 PSD. Great truck. Pulls strong and stops well. Now I have a 16' enclosed trailer and an EZ Dumper. The truck handles it fine.

03-03-2004, 11:31 AM
I have a ford f-150 with a 4.9L inline 6 and 5 speed. Plenty of low end torquew wth the straight sixes. But I don't think I would be happy towing with a v-6 or with any 6 and an automatic.

03-03-2004, 02:45 PM
i use a 2000 explorer, not the best for towing, it bogs alittle with weight, but its the trans i worry about

03-03-2004, 03:32 PM
Just dont overload you towing or payload capacity. Otherwise if you are happy with it then it works fine. ;)