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Old 05-11-2015, 05:05 PM   #1
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What trailer to get for 4.6L v8 f150

Hey all,
I'm a newbie...I have a ford f150 4.6L v8 .
I'm trying to decide between a pull behind or slide in camper. I'm trying to keep price around 2000 dollars. I've found good ones on both sides. All things being sort of equal I'd go with the trailer because of more room. But a pickup camper is fine if it's easier to get up and down grades in the mountains. That's the factor I need to find out. What length trailer is too much weight to pull in the mountains? Would a slide in be better in the mountains for my gutless wonder ford? I know my gcwr and gvwr but I don't really know how much trailers weigh just ballpark figures. If I can pull say a 16' camper, would I need to add electric brakes or do campers made in the 1970's usually have them already. I've been looking at tandem axles.
So really it boils down to what can my pickup pull in the mountains.
I'd appreciate any help.
Thanks....
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If it has an 8' bed then the slide in might be okay but not, for example, if it's a Supercrew. Assuming you don't have a 3.73 or higher axle and a trailer towing package I think you'll be okay up to 5k loaded.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:42 PM   #4
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You have a 1/2 tone truck with the small engine. I would look at the palomino slide in camper. The light weight popup type would be ok anything bigger will be too much for your truck. A popup camper or a real light weight trailer may be ok but it would have to be light. My suggestion is a popup.
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You should really read this post .

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It depends which 4.6 and which transmission you have and which axle. I have a 2010 with the 4.6 3 valve and the 6 speed auto. The 3 valve engine is a whole different animal than the 4.6 2v. We use E350 cutoff cabs at work and it was amazing when we got the 3v 6 speed ones it's nite and day difference. I don't have a factory tow package so my tow capacity is 5000 lbs. You need to think in terms of gross trailer weight not length older trailers are heavier
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:34 PM   #7
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I had a 98 f150 with the 4.6 v8. Struggled really bad with our 5k TT. It had 3.55 gears so I'm sure that hurt it quite a bit. If it is the 4.6 with a 4spd, do yourself a favor and upgrade gears to 4.10s. That should help with any trailer 5k or less. Truck campers are cool but with a half ton truck you would have to get the very smallest possible which has very very little room and conviences.
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1997 4.6 2v 220 hp 2010 4.6 3v 290 hp + 6 speed. So it really depends on what you've got
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Old 05-12-2015, 08:32 AM   #9
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Regarding the trailer or slide in piece of this. I smallish popup slide in would be the most bang for the buck AND perform the best AND be easist on your truck in the mountains. Not having the frame and wheels to create drag would make it easier up the grades and having the popup would be lighter and present less wind resistance.


I having room is the deal braker then a popup trailer would be the next best thing. It is NO fun have to struggle up the grades and not to good on the truck either.


I had an 8 ft Lite Craft pop up slide in before my present unit and it was light and easy to put in the truck and almost not noticable. There are lots of used units out there, but 2K is a pretty modest price point and you will have to search a bit to find something decent there. I hope you are handy.


Try to stay within your GVWR and GCWR if possible but MAKE sure you stay within your tire and axle ratings for sure, and they are not the same.
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I would go with a TT with GVWR of not over 4500. I'm not a fan of ultralites but that is one thing to consider.
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Pop up. I had an F150 with 5.0 and 3.55. Anemic on a good day. I have a 6500# travel trailer but pull with a 6.7 power stroke now.
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$2,000 budget - best bang for buck will be a used pop-up. Just make sure what you buy is well within towing limitations of your truck.
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Also please note that if you are on a tight budget, that slide in truck campers are covered, in most cases, by your automobile or homeowners insurance AND there are no liscence fees or sales tax to pay. Not a big deal on a 2K purchase, but it adds up over time. No extra tires to buy evey 6 years or so, bearings to lube, brakes to maintain that you are not maintaining already.
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