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Old 02-13-2015, 04:05 PM   #15
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I had a 2006 SCab with the 5.4 for years, sold it with 102,000 trouble free miles for $9,500 to one seriously happy buyer. The price of yours is too high and you are buying into another problem. The payload, or lack thereof will make pulling your trailer problematic.

Mine had 1426# and it was 2 WD. Adding 4 X 4 to the equation will subtract several hundred pounds from your payload, probably leaving you 1200# or less. The TW of your trailer and WDH will be close to 1,000#. You will be well over the truck payload/GVWR even if you load next to nothing. You would need LT tires so budget in a set ($1200) if the truck comes with P's.

The 5.4 is a great motor, pulled my 5,000# TT like a dream and for the record it does NOT cost $800 to change the plugs, closer to $200, so you gotta wonder what else is the seller misrepresenting??? Good luck.

As always.... Opinions and YMMV
Unfortunately if he was one of the unlucky ones that had a plug break before the extraction&repair kit was made $800 was pretty cheap to have the plugs changed because Ford dealerships decided to pass the cost of repair on to the customer instead of eating the cost. Some people were charged $1200-$1800 because the heads had to be pulled to extract the broken plug pieces. But it's not nearly as common as people made it out to be
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This is an old, much written about subject--2 piece plugs on 3 valve 5.4 engines. Dealerships and independent mechanics really took advantage of their customers--charging not for the time it took to replace the plugs but charging for their risk.

There is a protocol to take when changing the plugs to minimize any plugs broken. And even if they break, every auto parts store sell the Lisle tool to remove the plugs. It's not that big of a deal.

In other words, don't shy away from a truck that's of these years' vintage. They're especially good trucks. You can read about the issue on Wikipedia under "Ford Modular Engine."

The issue here should be whether a 7,000 lb. trailer should be towed by a 1/2 ton truck. There are relatively few 1/2 ton trucks out there equipped with the maximum payload package. The answer is in the Ford Towing Guide, available online.

A heavy travel trailer would be best if towed by a 3/4 ton diesel pickup, however.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:40 PM   #17
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The F250 unit will not even know it is back there.

We had 8500 pound 45KW generators the size of minivans and truck did not care if it was there or not.

The F150 did have a model designed for a 7000 or so trailer and they pulled same generators but with major complaining and forget about grades.

Just check the vehicle ratings on whatever you are thinking about and consider tongue and total trailer weight and add 500 to 1000 pounds for general stuff.
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the three valve 5.4 motors had timing chain and tenchenor problems that seam to happen around the 150 and higher mile range it is about a $1500 fix. when u start it cold if it makes a lot of noise in the front end that is the chain.
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This is an old, much written about subject--2 piece plugs on 3 valve 5.4 engines. Dealerships and independent mechanics really took advantage of their customers--charging not for the time it took to replace the plugs but charging for their risk.

There is a protocol to take when changing the plugs to minimize any plugs broken. And even if they break, every auto parts store sell the Lisle tool to remove the plugs. It's not that big of a deal.

In other words, don't shy away from a truck that's of these years' vintage. They're especially good trucks. You can read about the issue on Wikipedia under "Ford Modular Engine."

The issue here should be whether a 7,000 lb. trailer should be towed by a 1/2 ton truck. There are relatively few 1/2 ton trucks out there equipped with the maximum payload package. The answer is in the Ford Towing Guide, available online.

A heavy travel trailer would be best if towed by a 3/4 ton diesel pickup, however.
That is exactly what I was trying to say. .. but you just said it much much better
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This owner of the F-150 Truck that wanted to trade is a car saleman that sold me my past brand new vehicles at my local Ford dealer.
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