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Old 11-24-2011, 09:40 AM   #1
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looking to tow pickup f 150 or equal size

looking to find out what other people are towing in this size truck,,going to try and get rid of 2 rigs that I now use one is my f 250 pickup and the other is my Suzuki sidekick (been a great rig) , I want to tow 4 down and will be using a night shade surge break system. The thing I am looking for is,, which mid size truck can be towed this way with out any mechanical additional equipment. I am towing with an 32ft Jayco Grayhawk with a 8.1 chev gas. my unit has an 8000lb towing hitch. any thoughts will hope, on my way south with the Suzuki now,,,,,,, thanks in advance
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:11 AM   #2
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Any 4X4 unit with a Neutral position in transfer case will tow 4 down. Most 2 wheel drive units will need a drive shaft disconect or a lube pump in trans.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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Check them out on the Motorhome Magazine website. They have a towing guide that will tellyou what you want to know. When I looked into towing an F-150, there were two different transfer cases (4x4). One you could tow, the other you could not. We decided on the Toyota even though it required a driveshaft disconnect. It is several hundred pounds lighter and it has been a great high quality pickup.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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I'm looking for a Suzuki. PM me if you're coming south near the Houston area.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:49 PM   #5
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Is a Jayco Grayhawk a class C motorhome? Or a super C?

I know you say that the hitch says 8000 lbs. but will a Ford F-150 put you over on your gross combined weight ?

In a past life I had a 2008 Ford F150, four wheel drive, four door with a 6.5 bed and at the scales I was at 6400 lbs. with noting in it but a tank of gas.

Just asking..
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Like Bug512 said, you need to find the GCWR. That weight minus the weight of the Jayco when ready to tow is the actual tow rating, unless the hitch capacity is less, then the tow capacity is the tow rating..
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thanks for the info , My jayco is a Super C and it looks like I have a towing capacty of 6000lbs most rigs that I am looking at will put me right at the max weight. Still havent made up my mind if this is the right move or not. Iwould like a unit that is a little safer driving than the suzuki, that I am driving now, I know that that the suzuki is 2900 lbs and any other rig is going to go about 6000lbs, I average about 6.7 mpg now and the heavier weight is going to cost me some more in mileage. I guess I will just have to suck it up and go...... I was looking at the Chev ( GMC) Canyon with the V8 4x4 which is what we need, its at 5700lbs and made in THILAND, imported back to the US.???? Oh well just have to keep looking, am headed to Yuma now and will look around down there and see what I can find that is already set up for towing. thanks for any more info....
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Is a Jayco Grayhawk a class C motorhome? Or a super C?

I know you say that the hitch says 8000 lbs. but will a Ford F-150 put you over on your gross combined weight ?

In a past life I had a 2008 Ford F150, four wheel drive, four door with a 6.5 bed and at the scales I was at 6400 lbs. with noting in it but a tank of gas.

Just asking..

my 2wd 2010 crew cab very short box is 5700 lbs with 1/4 tank of fuel
if it helps

but i carry it on a hauler trailer,
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Google Remco Towing or just click: Application Charts | Remco Towing enter the make and model you wish to check out and they will tell you if it can be towed w/o mod.. or what mod THEY suggest.

NOTE: Remco likes to recommen lube pumps.. Lube pumps are active devices, they eat electricity, they have parts that can fail.. And when they do the trans is toast.

Drive Shaft Disconnects, also have one moving part. however the mean time between failure is ..... Well you won't live that long. And when they fail they make a lot of noise alerting you to the failure... Except it won't.

One caution... You do have to re-balance the cut down drive shaft with them.
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As somebody earlier mentioned, you need to find the GCWR, so you can find your TRUE towing capacity...which is the GCWR minus the weight of the tow vehicle when ready to tow, or the hitch capacity, which ever is lower.
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There are only two trucks that can be towed without ANY special equipment. They are the GM 4 wheel drives (full size and Colorado/Canyon and the Dodge 4 wheel drives (full size and Dakota). All others will require some equipment. The Fords need an electrical package change that I heard is no longer available. My Nissan Frontier has the Remco driveshaft install which is also required for Toyota.
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Link to the 2012 Ford 4x4s which can be towed:

2012 Ford F150 4x4 can be Flat Towed As Is
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Good...Now the big three can all be towed 4 down when outfitted with 4WD. Nissan and Toyota would be smart to follow suit.
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