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How does the 05' F-150 handle its load

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Wayne Landscaping, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. Wayne Landscaping

    Wayne Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    For those of you who drive a 04 or 05 F-150, how does it handle 7,000 pounds of trailer weight. I want a F-150 w/ the 5.4 and a 3.7 axle ratio but not if it becomes out of wack with a 8*16 trailer w/ a JD 777, 647, and 667 w/ trimmer and bags.
  2. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    Wow, I wish I had both the 667 and th 647 with a 777 to boot. I do have the 667 and an old JD 36" WB, but thats all for deere mowers. Sorry Im not too familiar with the new fords, but most of the old ones are only designed to safely pull about 5,000lbs. I dont know about the new ones. I'd probably get a 250 or 350 just because trying to stop all that weight in a hurry can be kinda hard. Im sure it can pull the weight, but the brakes on a 1/2 ton pickup is what worries me.

    By the way, what do you think about your Traks? I love mine

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    There is no truck made that will pull the weight they are rated for, day in day out 8 hours straight. Also, the ratings are done on level dry roads, no hills, no curves.

    Will it pull what you want it to? Sure....Will it stop and corner well...Not very well. You are far better off biiting the bullet ang going to a 3/4 ton truck. Bigger frame, axles, brakes, springs, etc etc.

    150 are basically weekend warrior trucks, good weeeknd warrior trucks, but not designed to do what you are looking to do.
  4. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 545

    Great advice. But ,not all 3/4 tons are created equal. You need to look at the GVW... the higher the better. I learned this the hard way a few years ago. It had a GVW of 7200 and was nothing more than a 1/2 ton with a 2500 badge on it. It had the smaller brakes, suspension,etc. Hope this helps. Matt
  5. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Messages: 2,702

    If you're buying a "work" truck, don't go less than 3/4 ton. 1/2 tons are not designed for day in, day out abuse. Get a transmission cooler too for constant towing.

    The 97 F-150 I have now is the last 1/2 ton I'll ever own.
  6. Wayne Landscaping

    Wayne Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    Thanks for the advice guys. Its just that the 04-05' F-150's are redesigned so i thought they had a chance
  7. blafleur

    blafleur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    Gotta agree with the others, there have been several threads on this subject. A redesigned half ton is still a half ton. They are just not designed for pulling that much weight on a regular basis. The premature wear and tear would outweigh the cost savings over a 3/4 ton. I feel the stronger half tons are mainly for pulling a boat to the lake every now and then, not pulling a trailer all over, all day, every day.

  8. riches139

    riches139 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    "Pulling" power in my F150 verses F250 is the same. 5.4 / 373. Same driveline. Same brakes.

    Suspension is heavier on the F250.

    The "04" came with transmission cooler and oil cooler.
    Redesigned heavier frame.

    Pulls my 7x16 enclosed just fine. :drinkup:

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