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Old 07-08-2016, 05:28 AM   #1
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F150 4x4 as toad for class C

We have a Forest River Sunseeker 2700DS, Ford E450 chassis, with 7500lb tow capacity, if we do not over pack we should be able to tow a 2016 F150 4x4.

Anyone with a class C have real world experience towing a F150? What tow set up are you using?

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I would think that would be far to heavy for a Class C.
What is the hitch rated for ?
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Per Ford's website the 2016 F150 4x4 has curb weight of 4305 lbs. You shouldn't have a problem with 7500# tow capacity. Just make sure the tow bar is rated for it or more.
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Per Ford's website the 2016 F150 4x4 has curb weight of 4305 lbs. You shouldn't have a problem with 7500# tow capacity. Just make sure the tow bar is rated for it or more.
This is from the Ford site for the Super Crew (4 door):
Pickup box style 5.5-ft. Styleside 6.5-ft. Styleside 8.0-ft. Styleside
Drive system 4x2 4x4 4x2 4x4 4x2 4x4
Base Curb Weight - 2.7L EcoBoostŪ V6 4,560 lbs. 4,782 lbs. 4,585 lbs. - - -
Base Curb Weight - 3.5L EcoBoostŪ V6 4,629 lbs. 4,890 lbs. 4,685 lbs. 4,937 lbs. - -
Base Curb Weight - 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 4,489 lbs. 4,729 lbs. - - - -
Base Curb Weight - 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 4,590 lbs. 4,850 lbs. 4,623 lbs. 4,895 lbs. - -

It lists my (3.5L Ecoboost) curb weight as 4890# but the CAT scales showed it as 5500# with less than 1/2 tank of gas.
I also find it interesting that my F-150 is rated to tow 10700# but my Bounder on a 22K chassis is only rated for 5000#.
Go figure!
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Anyone with a class C have real world experience towing a F150? What tow set up are you using?

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I've been looking for real world experience on the same thing, but all I get are the check the gvcwr answers as well. Guess no one wants to toe a full-size. I'm gathering the stuff to tow my Silverado regular cab short bed. I'll let you know how it works out
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I have a friend who tows an F250 behind his class (C), no issues as long as you do the proper setup, tow bar rating, braking is a must. Just don't expect to be a speed demon on the hills.


Oh. he also added an auxiliary transmission cooler, very important.


I use the Blue ox 10k for my F350 behind our DP, I would suggest not going any lower than a 10K on your setup.


One question, if you would pls answer, do you have the electric transfer case, or the manual???
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I have a friend who tows an F250 behind his class (C), no issues as long as you do the proper setup, tow bar rating, braking is a must. Just don't expect to be a speed demon on the hills.


Oh. he also added an auxiliary transmission cooler, very important.


I use the Blue ox 10k for my F350 behind our DP, I would suggest not going any lower than a 10K on your setup.


One question, if you would pls answer, do you have the electric transfer case, or the manual???
Have not yet purchased, they are electronic
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Funny thing, bought 16 Explorer for toad and wife's daily commuter....after showing her the process of mounting tow bkts...she said I wasn't touching her car . So if we want a toad I have to replace my 14 F150 2WD. Thats why im looking at the new 4WD Ford

My behind says P/U but brain says C max
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The reason I asked about the transfer case control is, some if not most electronic switched transfers don't have a neutral.


I know some 4x4 vehicles do but I've yet to see one in the Fords. All the manual transfer case 4x4 vehicles can be flat towed to my knowledge.


I ran into this situation after I was told by Ford I could flat tow my F350 automatic, 4x4, with the electronic controlled transfer.
I found out after I had it all set up to be towed, this is not true.


So with an automatic trans, an electrically controlled transfer that cannot be put into neutral, I have to run the engine with the transmission in neutral when I tow it.
This is so the transmission will not be damaged from lack of lubrication.
Strange way of working this issue out but it works, however it does drive up the cost of fuel on a trip.
Don't fall into this situation. It's a PITA.


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The reason I asked about the transfer case control is, some if not most electronic switched transfers don't have a neutral.


I know some 4x4 vehicles do but I've yet to see one in the Fords. All the manual transfer case 4x4 vehicles can be flat towed to my knowledge.


I ran into this situation after I was told by Ford I could flat tow my F350 automatic, 4x4, with the electronic controlled transfer.
I found out after I had it all set up to be towed, this is not true.


So with an automatic trans, an electrically controlled transfer that cannot be put into neutral, I have to run the engine with the transmission in neutral when I tow it.
This is so the transmission will not be damaged from lack of lubrication.
Strange way of working this issue out but it works, however it does drive up the cost of fuel on a trip.
Don't fall into this situation. It's a PITA.


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Seems the newer 4x4s can be shifted electronically to allow four down towing. I tow our 2016 F-150 4WD comfortably as long as I follow the setup steps in the operator manual.
My only issue is the alarm system. If I forget to change it from all sensors to perimeter sensors after turning the accessory mode off it lights off as soon as we drive away.
BTW: Ours is the Lariat model with the push button ignition and electronic 4WD control..
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I would weigh the F150 on a Cat Scale to get an accurate weight. My 2013 F150 4x4 Lariat SuperCrew cab with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine and a full tank of gas, Leer shell and Westin Stainless Grille guard came in at 5,600 lbs.

Make sure you don't exceed the GCWR og the Class C and you should be fine.
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Make sure you don't exceed the GCWR AND YOUR HITCH RATING og the Class C and you should be fine.
There...I fixed it for you!
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Seems the newer 4x4s can be shifted electronically to allow four down towing. I tow our 2016 F-150 4WD comfortably as long as I follow the setup steps in the operator manual.
My only issue is the alarm system. If I forget to change it from all sensors to perimeter sensors after turning the accessory mode off it lights off as soon as we drive away.
BTW: Ours is the Lariat model with the push button ignition and electronic 4WD control..
JohnH12 , Thanks for the real world answer.

For you numbers guys -----7,500 lb hitch, 7-pin connector
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