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Ford F-150

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by georgiaboy, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. georgiaboy

    georgiaboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Does anyone use Ford F-150's to pull a trailer. I am considering buying a new one with a 4.6L and 4x4. Just wondering if has experience with one?
  2. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    Mine works fine for me, but I have the 5.4 with a 373 rear.
  3. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    One of my trucks is a 98' Ford F-150. Has a 4.2 V6 and a manual trans. It wont win any races, but it will pull smaller trailers just fine. Wouldnt pull heavy trailers with it though.
  4. ShieldsLandscaping

    ShieldsLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    MJLs, what size trailer you pull with that? I have a 2005 f-150 with the 4.2 auto trans though, and i only pulled an empty 6.5x10 (with raised metal sides) the trailer weighs no more than 1k empty. I just got the trailer so I have only towed it home and to my area I keep my stuff. I just wanted to see what you have been pulling. I figure I will have 2 w/bs a push mower and handhelds on the racks so only add like another 1k to the payload for average maintenence.
  5. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    That truck will pull any small trailer you want just fine, you could pull a big trailer with it as long as you don't have anything too heavy in it. Most 1/2 trucks are OR USED TO BE real workhorses. But why are yhou getting an F-150? they are very ugly, they look like someone put them together with legos.
    and OMG the 4X2's look even worse. :)
  6. AtoZ

    AtoZ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    I own a 2004 F-150 5.4 liter 4x4... The rated towing capacity is 9,000 lbs. The F-150 is seriously overrated in towing capacity. You can tow 8,000 to 9,000 lbs - but it will not do it well. The motor is good but the tranny is weak with the heavier weights. However, pulling a 10' - 12' - 14' single axle is no problem... I have pulled my twenty foot equipment trailer and 6,500 lb skid loader a few times with the F-150 - I would not recommend doing this on a regular basis. A half ton will get you close to double the Mpg that a 3/4 ton will - from my personal experience. Or you can wait till the end of '06 or early 2007 to buy a half ton with a diesel in it. Gm, Ford and Toyota are very closing to releasing diesels in their 1/2 tons...
  7. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I have pulled trailers of various sizes. The overall weight you are pulling is more of the issue. Depending on which rear end gear you have will also determine how much weight you are supposed to pull. Check the manual as to what your limits are. I personally have pulled trailers up to 4,000 lbs and have had no problems. I prefer at least a 3/4 ton when pulling trailers, but this 1/2 ton will work fine for smaller trailers. You will have no issues with pulling a 2k trailer. The main reason for my 1/2 tons is for advertising, maintenance work, driving to estimates, and other things where I would like to have a vehicle that will get good gas mileage.
  8. georgiaboy

    georgiaboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    thanks for the replies.
  9. fivestarlawnken

    fivestarlawnken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    mine is 04 4x4 small v-8 does fine with my 6*12 dual axle with rider i just take off OD and makes a world of diff. Would I get the 5.4 v8 next? Yes.I'm probaly hauling a tad under 3000 pounds.One nice thing is the ride and the leaf springs are set alot nicer than previous f-150s
  10. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    Why yes, I do have one of these its got either a 5.0, or the 300/6 motor, cant recall which, and I'm not sure what the rear ratio is. good truck for pullin though.

    its older, but VERY rugged, and solidly built.

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