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Old 01-10-2012, 07:53 AM   #1
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Ford F150 4X4 now flat towable

I read in FMCA new Towables edition that Ford F150 4X4 is flat towable so I went to a local dealership and tried it out. WOW really easy, no fuse to pull.

You just place it in nuetral and then follow the instructions which are a simple turning the 4 wheel drive switch a few times and the display will show you are ready to tow. Again no fuse pulling.


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Old 01-10-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
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About time. GM has been walking all over Ford for the past few years with their ability to get the pickups into towing mode. We bought a 2011 Chevy Silverado toward the end of last year, and I would have considered the Fords but for the fact that they couldn't be towed 4 down without drive shaft disconnects. Competition is always good.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:52 AM   #3
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I read in FMCA new Towables edition that Ford F150 4X4 is flat towable so I went to a local dealership and tried it out. WOW really easy, no fuse to pull.

You just place it in nuetral and then follow the instructions which are a simple turning the 4 wheel drive switch a few times and the display will show you are ready to tow. Again no fuse pulling.


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It is true you can flat tow the 2012 F150 4x4. Here is the reply email that I recieved from Ford.

Thank you for contacting Ford Motor Company on 10/8/2011 09:51:46 AM. We appreciate the time you have taken to write us.
We look forward to having you as a part of our Ford Family. The Ford F-150 is best-in-class for towing and payload capability. The 2012 Ford F-150 will come standard with four wheel down towing on all 4X4 models. If you would like to receive a brochure, please contact our Marketing department at 1-800-334-4375. We are here Monday – Friday, 9 A.M. – 6 P.M. EST to assist you.
Thank you for contacting Ford Motor Company.
Sincerely,
Shaila
Ford Motor Company
Ford Marketing Program Headquarters
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Been towing Explorers and Sporttrak around for years, never had to pull a fuse. Just basic, put in neutral and push the 4X4 button for a few seconds, light turns on, then go.

Friends Chevy Malabu , he had to pull fuses.

Saturn was the easiest, just put in neutral and go
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I bought a GMC last year because I couldn't flat tow a Ford. I have been real happy with the GMC, just hate the gas milage. I don't think I will be in the market for a while, but glad that ford is now an option.
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I read in FMCA new Towables edition that Ford F150 4X4 is flat towable so I went to a local dealership and tried it out. WOW really easy, no fuse to pull.

You just place it in nuetral and then follow the instructions which are a simple turning the 4 wheel drive switch a few times and the display will show you are ready to tow. Again no fuse pulling.

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Just another confirmation here. Stopped by the Ford dealer yesterday and salesman confirmed.

Me being a "Doubting Thomas", I made him show me in the owners manual, then we went out on the lot and tried it on one of there trucks.

The procedure is;
1). Put key in "On" position ( do not start).
2). Put foot one press/hold brake.
3). Shift trans into neutral.
4). Turn the 4x4 selection knob 2H to 4L and back 5 times in 7 seconds.
Dashboard message will display when transfer case is in Neutral and ready to tow.
5). Turn key to "Off" position (you cannot remove the key with transfer case in neutral).

To take transfer case out of neutral all I did was turn key to "On" position then shift into "Park". Message on dash disappeared and I could hear the transfer case shift back into gear. I then started the truck, shifted to Drive and took it for test drive.

Very nice truck and it is now at the top of my list because I can get a 4 door Crew Cab with a 6 1/2 foot bed. Can't get that combination on a Chevy.
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Good to know, however the weight of the truck will probably be too much for many gassers to handle as a toad. Our hitch max is 5,000 lbs and then there's the GCVR to consider.
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I just bought a 2012 Ford F150 4X4 Super Crew loaded. I have installed the Blue Ox baseplate and I will be towing it with a Fleetwood 39' Providence powered by a 350 HP Cat. I will update on how well it was towed behind my rig once I get a test run in.
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I just bought a 2012 Ford F150 4X4 Super Crew loaded. I have installed the Blue Ox baseplate and I will be towing it with a Fleetwood 39' Providence powered by a 350 HP Cat. I will update on how well it was towed behind my rig once I get a test run in.
I'll be looking forward to your real world report.

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Well, how have things worked out?
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So... here's the hundred dollar question... I'm guessing this procedure can't be used on my 2010, right? If not, maybe there's a software update that would make it work? If not, what would need to be changed on the vehicle to make it work? I have asked these questions of my service guy at Ford. No answers yet. I'll let you know what I find out.
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So... here's the hundred dollar question... I'm guessing this procedure can't be used on my 2010, right? If not, maybe there's a software update that would make it work? If not, what would need to be changed on the vehicle to make it work? I have asked these questions of my service guy at Ford. No answers yet. I'll let you know what I find out.

it has to be a software issue on the AUTO 4wd systems, like used in the platniums, kr and harley versions, some laraits also may have the system, there is some carry over on parts
but a GOOD ford tech with patience should be able to scroll through the ecm operating system and see if its an option.
I would also suspect that ford took a bunch of heat and that was the driver for the change. sooooo they if pressed should be able to help earlier models in the 2010 and 2011 range
i would call and call and push the grease and see what rises

my dealer has a left over 2012 and i am eyeballing it seriously because of four down towing...i love the hauler trailer, but i want more options as now with limited use of one arm. it flat sux
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Here is Ford's official website on towing.
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I'll be looking forward to your real world report.

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