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Old 08-12-2013, 11:48 PM   #1
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Will my truck tow this TT ok?

99 F150 4.6L extended cab with 3.08 gear. It's a non-factory tow package truck.

My TT is a 2001 R-Vision Trail-Lite 7253 25' that weighs about 3300lbs dry.

Am I going to be ok or am I going kill this truck towing it? I'm toying with the idea of buying a diesel Excursion since its 6 of us going.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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Rear end gearing will be the problem, and if your carrying 6 passengers in the truck , you will be in trouble on your weights.
I don't know that much about the Excursions , but get all the info on weights and tow capacity on any unit before you buy.

JMHO. Never buy a trailer by just looking at the dry weight.
Lots of posts about that number not being accurate, and from the moment you by a trailer it will always have some load in it.
Always size your tow vehicle to the trailers loaded GVWR.

Remember 6 people and their stuff can add up to a lot of weight in a hurry.
Take a few mins. and read , the first post in this forum " Tow vehicle sizing.....
If you haven't all ready.
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Looking at a useable and realistic 9900lb towing capacity on a diesel Excursion. Ford rates it at 11,000 but shed 10% for people and gear to get a useable number.

Think the Excursion will tow it just fine? :-)
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The Excursion is a big vehicle period. Remember Ford had problems with the 03',04 & part of 05' diesels in the "F" series trucks. Not sure if that was the same diesel also put into the suv.
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The 3.08 axle is really a poor choice for towing. It is a road gear for better fuel economy. You really need a 3.73 axle in your truck and NEVER use the dry weight when looking for a truck. To be on the safe side, use the trailer GVWR.

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It might tow it, you'll probably be overloaded legally, and you will NOT be happy with the weakness in pulling it and the struggling.
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Family of six? Consider a full sized van as a tow vehicle. Much cheaper and easier to find than an Excursion. Properly equipped it would make an excellent tow vehicle with plenty of room for storage.
Ford E350 van with 5.0L V8 and 3.73 rear end would be ideal
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Ok, for the money I think I've found the solution!


94 F-250 5.8L with 4R100 trans and 3.55 rear gear. 2WD standard cab long bed. All new AC components (ice cold!), new tires, new alternator, new trailer brake controller, and all new exhaust from the manifolds back. Motor and trans were rebuilt in the last few years.

With as cheap as I can buy this, I can afford to just take 2 vehicles for the next few years!
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That probably has the E4OD trans, but still, not bad.
I would check the rear receiver hitch; may need a newer, higher capacity one.
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Too bad it didn't have a crew cab....
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I've got to put a hitch on it anyway, as it was taken off to use on another truck.

For $2000 I can live with a standard cab! Still can't believe I'm getting this truck for less than what my golf cart cost me.
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With a trailer GVW of 6,160#, that F250 should handle it easily. Could be your present truck will suffice. This travel trailer weight calculator eliminates all guess-work from properly and safely matching a tow vehicle and trailer.
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I had a 98 F150 with the 4.6 and 3.55 and towing 5000lbs it sucked. So ya the 3.08 will not be good. I hope you got the f250
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The 5.8L with the 3.55 axle will not be a good performer. You may want to look at an axle swap to a 3.73.

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