Can it haul it?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by youngdude, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. youngdude

    youngdude LawnSite Member
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    I have a '95 F-150 with the 300 cubic inch stright six in it with a 5 speed manual. By the spring of next year I am going to buy a 16ft trailer, grew out of the 10ft quick. Anyways im wondering if my truck can haul a 16ft inclosed trailer? Haulmark trailers are what I am looking into. I am going to have three 48 inch walkbehinds and blowers and trimmers stored inside this. Can the truck handle this? And its all city driving, nothing probally over 40mph.
     
  2. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You shouldn't have any trouble. The straight six has loads of torque.
     
  3. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Like was said before, the 300-6 has good torque. However, your 5-speed does not have a very low gear to start out in, and a lot of those F150s have very tall rear end ratios. This adds up to a lot of stress and wear on your clutch getting all the weight moving, no matter how skillful a driver you are. If your area is flat, you will probably be fine. If not, I would look for a 3/4 ton truck or one with an automatic.
     
  4. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Will have no problem. We have a 80 we still use, and it hauls a dump trailer. We don't use 5th with the trailer, as it's in the city. You may, as we did , have problems with it jumping out, if you do :) The 6 is a great work engine, no timing chain, just gears, love em :blob3:
     
  5. xcopterdoc

    xcopterdoc LawnSite Senior Member
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    The engine will have no problem pulling. However, if you are gonna keep the truck, I would have a set of lower gears put in the rear. I'd go with 4.10's. Watch your tounge weight, keep it the load balanced and make sure you have trailer brakes.
     
  6. youngdude

    youngdude LawnSite Member
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    What would it cost to have the 4.10's put it the back. I got the truck over the summer and noticed it has more leaf's in the rear than most that i have seen, it has five. Im wondering if it is because of the short bed or if someone put some more leafs in the back?
     
  7. youngdude

    youngdude LawnSite Member
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    One more question, this truck has almost 120,000 miles on it. It seems that when its cold or hauling mowers or mulch around town, or even everyday driving it seems to lug. Im shifting 2nd to 3rd at around 30mph and it feals like something is sliping and it jumps like its luging. It doesnt do this when im on the clutch, it almost feals like a belt is slipping and then catches, it has pleantly of pick-up when i hit the gas. Any ideas?
     
  8. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It sounds like it needs a good tune up or a tps (throttle position sensor) It you have not gave it a good tune up in the last 50.000 miles, head to the parts house.
    Thats my 2 cents anyhow.
     
  9. youngdude

    youngdude LawnSite Member
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    Can you give me a little more info on the tps? What does it do and how it would stop this luging problem.
     
  10. Eric 1

    Eric 1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I will try, but there are lots other here that no more about this than i do.

    The tps tells the computer how far you have the gas peddle pushed, the computer feeds off this (and other) signal's to meeter the fuel flow,air/fuel mix,timing advance, if it is bad it will give the computer faulty signals. ie you may have the thing at 1/2 throttle but the sensor only reads 1/4, ect. it may also cause a high or low idle or just feel lacking in power.

    Also check the fuel filter and for a vacuum leak.
    And hold your hand over the tail pipe, it will be hot. There should be a good amount of pressure coming out, if not the catalytic converter could be plugged.

    Unless you have some experience, i would take it to a good shop, other wise you are just throwing parts at it hoping to fix it.

    When was the last tune up?
     

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