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Old 11-05-2007, 05:14 AM   #1
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Ok, being a motorhomer I haven't a clue, but I knwo where to go to get good info!

I have a good friend who just purchased a like-new 1998 F150 4X4 shortbed with standard transmission and six cylinder. Unfortunately it didnn't come with an owner's manual.

He would like to get a TT but I told him to find out that the towing capabilities of his truck are BEFORE purchasing. lol

Can you guys/gals tell me what this truck can handle?

Thanks in advance,
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Ok, being a motorhomer I haven't a clue, but I knwo where to go to get good info!

I have a good friend who just purchased a like-new 1998 F150 4X4 shortbed with standard transmission and six cylinder. Unfortunately it didnn't come with an owner's manual.

He would like to get a TT but I told him to find out that the towing capabilities of his truck are BEFORE purchasing. lol

Can you guys/gals tell me what this truck can handle?

Thanks in advance,
Skip
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:41 AM   #3
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In reality, not much. It will probably have a number of around 5000 pounds, but a I6 and manual transmission is pretty weak, and I personally would not want anything over 3500 pounds behind it.
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I towed a 22 ft. TT with an E150 Clubwagon van. It had the 6 cyl. and automatic transmission. It was a real adventure everytime I towed, especially if it was windy.

I would stay with an ultra-light TT or a hybrid to keep the weight as low as possible.
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Old 11-05-2007, 10:53 AM   #5
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Because of the standard transmission, the tow ratings are limited to 3500 pounds.

I towed a 4000 pound trailer with a standard transmission Ford before I knew better. I did not tow very much either, but my transmission did manage to self destruct.

Anything more than a tent trailer, forget it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Skip- Ingram, TX:
I have a good friend who just purchased a like-new 1998 F150 4X4 shortbed with standard transmission and six cylinder. Unfortunately it didnn't come with an owner's manual.

He would like to get a TT but I told him to find out that the towing capabilities of his truck are BEFORE purchasing. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
We owned a 1997 F-150 SuperCab, 2-whl drive, with the 4.6L V-6 and automatic transmission. Our truck was equipped with the factory-installed towing package (that makes a big difference).

We had a 1998 2619 TrailManor at the time, which weighed (wet) at just under 4,000#, tongue weight of 350#. The truck handled this low-profile trailer very well. However, if the truck had not been equipped with the factory tow package, this would have been too much trailer for it.

If the truck has a 2" hitch receiver installed with the 7-pin Bargman electrical connection next to the hitch, it is equipped with the factor tow package and should be good for up to 5,000#.

I'm sorry, I don't have the factory information on this vehicle anymore.
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:48 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help gang, I have fowarded your comments to my friend.

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