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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 5:57 pm 
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I'm wondering if the trailer is too heavy. Ford says the maximum loaded trailer weight for my truck (5.0l V8, 3.55 Axle Ratio) is 9100 lbs.

http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/gene ... _Jan12.pdf

Manual for the trailer says the UVW is 6995 and the gross NCC is 2625 that's a total of 9620.

Friend who is a dealer let me demo it for the weekend. Towed like a dream going up as long as I stayed under 70. Coming back I couldnt top 45 without the nose of my truck trying to turn right into the ditch. Blue OX stabilizer with the chains which I'm not real familiar with. I'm wondering if I screwed up something on the setup.


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What does the truck placard tag say? It should be located on door jam, driver side.
Payload is the most important part when towing. Most will find trucks can "tow" a load, but carry is different animal.

Oil cooler and tranny cooler are important to keep fluids cool when towing. Going up inclines, do not use cruise control. Use foot control. Going uphill, expect fluid temperature to rise. However if pay attention will find going up long inclines, temperatures will rise, and if adjust engine load, speed they will stabalize at some point, however warm. Extra turbo boost outs more heat on engine lube oil.

Our Ford diesel will see fluid temperature rise going up long inclines. I take off cruise control, chose throttle for modest speed, climb while watching temperature rise. Rise they will, but at some point will slow, stabalize going up. May not be 60 mph, more like 45-50 going up.

Never let fluid temperature approach near 290-300 deg. Supposing 305+ degrees is when oil starts flashes, meaning it's gone.

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How many links of chain were in the hitch? You should hook onto 7-9 maybe for that setup.

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For towing with an F150 you want the 3.5L (the EcoBoost on more recent years) and not the 5.0L V8 along with the highest rated towing package. You can see that in the charts. The truck you tried is minimal for towing that trailer (if lightly loaded) at best and dangerous (if fully loaded) at worst. Most (all in my experience) of the trucks on the dealer lots are not configured for maximizing towing.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:15 am 
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COTHAMM wrote:
What does the truck placard tag say? It should be located on door jam, driver side.
Payload is the most important part when towing. Most will find trucks can "tow" a load, but carry is different animal.

Oil cooler and tranny cooler are important to keep fluids cool when towing. Going up inclines, do not use cruise control. Use foot control. Going uphill, expect fluid temperature to rise. However if pay attention will find going up long inclines, temperatures will rise, and if adjust engine load, speed they will stabalize at some point, however warm. Extra turbo boost outs more heat on engine lube oil.

Our Ford diesel will see fluid temperature rise going up long inclines. I take off cruise control, chose throttle for modest speed, climb while watching temperature rise. Rise they will, but at some point will slow, stabalize going up. May not be 60 mph, more like 45-50 going up.

Never let fluid temperature approach near 290-300 deg. Supposing 305+ degrees is when oil starts flashes, meaning it's gone.


The sticker says 1981 lbs. Hitch weight is 820 lbs. We were well within that.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:17 am 
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BillSeurer wrote:
For towing with an F150 you want the 3.5L (the EcoBoost on more recent years) and not the 5.0L V8 along with the highest rated towing package. You can see that in the charts. The truck you tried is minimal for towing that trailer (if lightly loaded) at best and dangerous (if fully loaded) at worst. Most (all in my experience) of the trucks on the dealer lots are not configured for maximizing towing.


My truck has a "towing package" as well as integrated trailer brake controller. 3.55 axle. How do I determine what I can safely pull then if it isn't what is listed on the Ford PDF?


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Firefly15 wrote:
How many links of chain were in the hitch? You should hook onto 7-9 maybe for that setup.


I started hanging 6 on each side. When it got squirrelly I went down to hanging 5 then 4 on each side. Should I have gone the other way? The crazy part is that going down there I literally had no problems at all. The dealer hooked the trailer up when I was heading down so I'm not sure how many links they hung on either side though I though they had told me six. I should have counter before I dropped it when I got to the campground but I didn't think of it.

This is near the coast so basically no hills if that matters.


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Window sticker says #7000 GVWR package if that matters.


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There should be a sticker just inside the door on the drivers side with the max capacity including max tow capacity which depends on fifth wheel or bumper pull. Sometimes it isn't the trucks ability to pull the trailer as much as it is stopping or controlling the rig.
Would you want to fly on an airplane if it was above the rated capacity in bad weather or in mountains?

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If you start at the end and count towards the bar I use either eight or nine. The bar should have quite a bit of flex in them looking curved if set right. Once set you should only see about 2 1/2 or three links between the bar and the trailer.

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I pulled a 256BHS with an '05 F-350 V-10 and a Blue Ox with 8 or 9 links cinched up. Its real tongue heavy with dual tanks, dual batteries and cargo. I wouldnt have wanted to pull it with anything less than a 3/4 ton, but that's me.


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