Trailering w F150

mcfarmall

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2011 F150 SCREW 6.5' bed 4x4 3.5l Ecoboost engine, 3.73 rear axle 10 ply LT tires Max Tow package. Towing a LoadTrail 8324 14k GVW trailer with a M5660 with loader, loaded rear tires 120 miles round trip no problems. I know the trailer is back there but the Ecoboost loves to work.
 
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McBuck

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2011 F150 SCREW 6.5' bed 4x4 3.5l Ecoboost engine, 3.73 rear axle 10 ply LT tires Max Tow package. Towing a LoadTrail 8324 14k GVW trailer with a M5660 with loader, loaded rear tires 120 miles round trip no problems. I know the trailer is back there but the Ecoboost loves to work.
Imma have to get me some suspension bags I think though...thats a lot of weight on the rear.
 

Mlarv

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The yellow on the drivers side door will tell you what your payload is.
Take the weight of all the gear in the truck people bags etc then subtract it from the GVW that is what is left for tongue weight.

With the 2.7 EB you will be fine. Here is a really good forum for trailing with a F150.

 
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DaveFromMi

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From previous time at auto companies, the trucks were tow tested (engine/trans cooling, heat damage, etc.) on Az Highway 68 east of Bullhead City. Trucks were loaded up to GCWR, with high profile trailers. The route was over 12 miles with average grade at 6%. In the summer, it's up to 120°F at the bottom and maybe 100°F at the top. Certifying with high profile trailers was a Marketing move. The SAE spec was GCWR with a lower profile trailer like a Haulmark and specified a minimum speed of 45 mph.
All of the auto companies used that route. The automakers had to maintain at least 45 mph with the SAE spec trailer in order to advertise GCWR. A/C shutdown, engine & trans overheating was not allowed.
I wasn't involved in brake testing, but knew some of the automakers used a mountain route in Pa.
 
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mcfarmall

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Imma have to get me some suspension bags I think though...thats a lot of weight on the rear.
I forgot to mention that I use weight distribution hitch with the LoadTrail. Also, I can "adjust" the tongue weight by moving the tractor fore and aft.
 
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bearskinner

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When you get your trailer and whatever else, post pics. Remember it didn’t happen without pictures
 
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jyoutz

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re:

There’s a huge difference between slow travel on gravel roads and freeway speed travel in traffic.



yup, ANY idiot can drive on a freeway..see that all the time. It takes SKILL and KNOWLEDGE to actually drive on a gravel road with a load, and you don't go slow with a log hauler behind you...
I drive on gravel and off road daily. I’m a forester. I probably have more experience with that type of driving than most people. But, a heavy trailer on a half ton truck going 75 mph on the freeway can get scary pretty quick if the traffic situation requires a quick stop.
 

GreensvilleJay

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'a quick stop' ,here on the 401 around Toronto means you'll plow into the back ends of 10-15 cars before stopping. NOBODY leaves '2 car lengths' between cars. Too many cars, too little blacktop(and there's NO more land to pave over)
It doesn't matter how well prepared YOU and your equipment are, it's the IDIOTS on the roads you can't control....
 
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SteveBX23

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I haul a 12’ dump trailer and my BX23S with an ‘08 F150 5.4L. Could I use a bigger truck? Well who couldn’t? I certainly notice it back there, but it hauls just fine. Though I do need to address rear suspension, pretty sure I wrecked it putting a pallet of pavers in the bed last year.

Brakes work good, I routinely check air pressure in trailer tires, and truck is maintained accordingly. Truck has 194K and still rolling with original motor and transmission
 
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JimmyJazz

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From previous time at auto companies, the trucks were tow tested (engine/trans cooling, heat damage, etc.) on Az Highway 68 east of Bullhead City. Trucks were loaded up to GCWR, with high profile trailers. The route was over 12 miles with average grade at 6%. In the summer, it's up to 120°F at the bottom and maybe 100°F at the top. Certifying with high profile trailers was a Marketing move. The SAE spec was GCWR with a lower profile trailer like a Haulmark and specified a minimum speed of 45 mph.
All of the auto companies used that route. The automakers had to maintain at least 45 mph with the SAE spec trailer in order to advertise GCWR. A/C shutdown, engine & trans overheating was not allowed.
I wasn't involved in brake testing, but knew some of the automakers used a mountain route in Pa.
I believe that is the section of PA Route 30 coming down the mountain to Ligonier, Pa. you are referring to. I have heard that story a few times. My farm is not far from there. I proposed to my wife on the summit there and enjoyed pancakes afterward it Ruthies Diner at the bottom. Beautiful country. There is a private club called Rolling Rock that attracts visitors from far and wide located there as well. It would be a great place to test brakes as there is a runaway truck ramp available should a failure occur. I might head up there shortly for the night. A magical mountainous resort area. The Laurel Highlands. I know you weren't asking but I cant help but express my love of the area. Have a great weekend!
 
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DaveFromMi

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I believe that is the section of PA Route 30 coming down the mountain to Ligonier, Pa. you are referring to. I have heard that story a few times. My farm is not far from there. I proposed to my wife on the summit there and enjoyed pancakes afterward it Ruthies Diner at the bottom. Beautiful country. There is a private club called Rolling Rock that attracts visitors from far and wide located there as well. It would be a great place to test brakes as there is a runaway truck ramp available should a failure occur. I might head up there shortly for the night. A magical mountainous resort area. The Laurel Highlands. I know you weren't asking but I cant help but express my love of the area. Have a great weekend!
Sounds like a nice place.
Ever notice any brakes smoking coming down the mountain?