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Old 04-16-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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Can I tow a Ford F150 4 Down?

We own a Winny 1999 with a Ford Triton V10 that has pulled our "full size" Chevy 1500 4 down for years. A little slow on the steepest of hills. But, very easy and reliable. Also, easy to stop. It's time for an upgrade.

Since the replacement toad will also be our main vehicle for work commuting and all other uses, we would like to go with a Ford F150 - choices are ALL 4x4 and years 2004 through 2009.

Does anyone out there currently pull a similar vehicle without any modifications?

Is the consideration whether or not the 4x4 is a "floor mounted level shifter (4x4 high, low and neutral) or electric, dash mounted switching? What works? What doesn't.

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Old 04-17-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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See the Remco Towing site for information on various F150 models. It will tell you all you need to know about the towability of the various F150 models

Basically the F150 4WD models with a manual transfer case are towable as is. The 2WD models and 4WD aith shift-on-the-fly are not and require a drive shaft disconnect be installed (typically over $1000 cost).
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Gary:

Thanks for this info.

Being a TOTAL non-tech - me that is - when you state "manual transfer case" do you mean the one's with the "floor mounted shift lever" rather than the "dial" shifter on the dash?
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I'm not familiar with the Ford transfer case, so cannot comment about floor vs ??

The Remco website says the electronic shift-on-the-fly is non towable. I'm guessing that has a button on the dash. You can view Ford owner manuals online - they would have pictures plus specific towing instructions as well (listed under Recreational Towing).

https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenan...ls/default.asp
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JFF - I have an '04 F150 with the "dial on the dash" and, yes, I need to install a Driveline Disconnect. I looked at several Jeeps which have the shifter on the floor, as you say, but I think the Driveline Disconnect on the F150 will be cheaper so that's what I'm planning to do sometime this summer before heading down south in the Fall. HTH.
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Thanks all of this info. You have definitely save me from making a "purchase mistake."
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:33 PM   #7
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From the Ford Maintenance Manual:

RECREATIONAL TOWING
Follow these guidelines if you have a need for recreational towing. An
example of recreational towing would be towing your vehicle behind a
motorhome. These guidelines are designed to ensure that your
transmission is not damaged.
4x4 vehicles equipped with manual-shift transfer case:
• Release the parking brake.
• Turn the key in the ignition to the OFF position.
• Place the transmission in N (Neutral).
• Place the transfer case lever in N (Neutral).
• Do not exceed 55 mph (88 km/h) vehicle speed.
• The maximum recommended distance is unlimited.
• The vehicle must be towed in the forward position to ensure no
damage is done to the internal transfer case components.
The transfer case N (Neutral) position overrides the transmission
and puts the vehicle in neutral regardless of transmission
gearshift lever position. The vehicle can move forward or
backward.
This position should only be used when towing the vehicle.
Do not leave the vehicle unattended with the transfer case in the
N (Neutral) position. Always set the parking brake fully and turn
off the ignition when leaving the vehicle.
After reaching the destination, you must place your vehicle’s 4x4
gearshift lever in gear (2H, 4H or 4L).
2006 F-150 (f12)
Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt)
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2006 F-150 (f12)
Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt)
USA (fus)
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198Vehicles equipped with automatic transmission and 4x4 vehicles
equipped with an electronic-shift transfer case:
• Release the parking brake.
• Turn the key in the ignition to the OFF position.
• Place the transmission in N (Neutral).
• Do not exceed a distance of 50 miles (80 km).
• Do not exceed 35 mph (56 km/h) vehicle speed.
• The vehicle must be towed in the forward position to ensure no
damage is done to the internal transfer case components.
If a distance of 50 miles (80 km) or a speed of 35 mph (56 km/h) must
be exceeded, you must disconnect the front (4x4 only) and rear
driveshafts. Ford recommends the driveshafts be removed/installed only
by a qualified technician at an authorized dealer. See your authorized
dealer for driveshaft removal/installation.
Improper removal/installation of the driveshaft can cause
transmission fluid or transfer case fluid loss, damage to the
driveshaft and internal transmission and transfer case
components.
Vehicles equipped with Control Trac four-wheel drive system:
Vehicles equipped with the Control Trac four-wheel drive system cannot
be towed with any wheels on the ground. See your authorized dealer if
you must flat-tow a vehicle equipped with the Control Trac four-wheel
drive system.
2006 F-150 (f12)
Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt)
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I tow a 2010 F150 4x4 with shift on the fly. I installed the remco driveline. It works great.
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Just for fun,

Well, why not buy a Chevy or GMC 1500 4X4 and just shift the transfer case into neutral using either the dash switching or an old manual shifter, if you can find one. Just check the user manual and it will tell you how to shift any of them into neutral.

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Just for fun,

Well, why not buy a Chevy or GMC 1500 4X4 and just shift the transfer case into neutral using either the dash switching or an old manual shifter, if you can find one. Just check the user manual and it will tell you how to shift any of them into neutral.

Larry - towing a 2007 GMC 4X4 Sierra 1500
X2 on GM if you are not stuck on the brand

I tow a 2012 Z71 (4) down. Gm has it figured out. I towed my 2007 Tahoe (4) down the same way.
I have set up the silverado with all hidden connections for lights and breakaway. I installed the Blue ox brackets and they are noticeable but do not stick out past the bumper like the roadmaster baseplates. No one even knows they are there unless they have a trained eye. I only mention this because you mentioned this would be your daily driver also. I can send pics if you would like.
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Actually, the 2012 F150 4WD IS towable with electronic shift-on-the-fly. Two wheel drives not. Check out the towable 2012 vehicle article in the Motorhome magazine. Older ones, yes, not towable. Almost every model 2012 vehicle Ford makes is towable.
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X2 on GM if you are not stuck on the brand

I tow a 2012 Z71 (4) down. Gm has it figured out. I towed my 2007 Tahoe (4) down the same way.
I have set up the silverado with all hidden connections for lights and breakaway. I installed the Blue ox brackets and they are noticeable but do not stick out past the bumper like the roadmaster baseplates. No one even knows they are there unless they have a trained eye. I only mention this because you mentioned this would be your daily driver also. I can send pics if you would like.

Thank. Sure, forward pictures. Or, better yet, post them in this thread so we can share with others.
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I tow a 2010 F150 4x4 with shift on the fly. I installed the remco driveline. It works great.

What I'm working to avoid is an additional investment into stuff like "remco driveline." I understand they may be worth the money. But I'd rather buy something (2006 to 2009 Ford F150) with all the goodies (options/upgrades) and a "floor mounted" 4x4 shifter. The owners manual states this can be towed 4-down without any modification.

I need to research a bit more to verify which years/models have the "floor shifter."
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Wish I had know then what I know now about these items. After $1500 and two replacements of the device itself and one Drive shaft bearing, I wish I had never heard of Remco. Mine was installed on my 2005 Ford Sport Trac and has been a nightmare since birth. Remco now claims that they sold this product to another company and disavow any responsibility. And of course, the new company has amnesia. BUYER BEWARE
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