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towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« on: July 07, 2011, 09:58:13 PM »
I'm looking at getting out of the POS SUV that I somehow got myself into a few years back and have regretted every since.  I am partial to Fords and was thinking of getting a used F150 with the Triton V8.  Main reason for wanting to get a pickup, is to pull a 22'-24' boat for fishing in the sound.  Figured before I plunk the money down and get a truck and then find out it's too small, I'd better ask and see if anybody has one, and/or knows the towing capacity.  Any info would be helpful.  I really don't want to go as big as the F250 if I don't need to.

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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 10:04:25 PM »
I would get a 3/4 ton for a boat that big, you will break/wear out less stuff on the truck and it will have an easier time pulling and stopping that much load.
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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 10:09:02 PM »
I would get a 3/4 ton for a boat that big, you will break/wear out less stuff on the truck and it will have an easier time pulling and stopping that much load.
i agree look into a 3/4 ton diesel, i think you would be pretty happy with it

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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 10:13:03 PM »
 the half ton will have enough power but the suspension wont be stong enough for it. and with desiel prices the way they are right now, 3/4 tons are getting to be more affordable buy, and will definatly last longer.
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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2011, 10:16:18 PM »
F150 will easily handle the boat.
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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2011, 10:27:18 PM »
my mother in law has a 2011 f-150 and hers is rated at 9500 lbs withe 5.4  but i believe that is a small increased over the past few years ratings
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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2011, 10:40:11 PM »
My old man has this truck and he hauls a very heavy 22' trophy with it. Its not ideal, but it'll be able to handle it.

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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2011, 11:06:45 PM »
I've got a 2010 F150 4x4 Supercrew 4.6. It will tow a 22-24 boat. My trailer is 26 feet. I've got over load springs on it also. I think mine is rated for 8500 lbs towing capacity.
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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2011, 11:09:17 PM »
Remember, it's not how much it will pull, but how much the truck will safely stop.  You don't want to be passed by your boat if you have to make a sudden stop.
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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2011, 11:27:20 PM »
I traded in my Super Duty 3/4 ton Powerstroke for a Super Crew F150/5.4.  I have a simple 24 foot travel trailer and I really miss the Powerstroke when towing.  The F150 will get the job done, but it really struggles compared to the 3/4 ton with diesel.  If you tow a lot, my advice would be to look at the 3/4 ton and the diesel.  If it's an occasional thing, you'll probably be fine with the F150, especially if your boat trailer has brakes. 
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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2011, 05:40:00 AM »
Does the boat trailer have surge brakes :puke:

 or electric brakes?
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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2011, 05:55:35 AM »
Pulling a 21' Trophy with a Expadition/Triton 8, surge brake/single axle set up, and do just fine.
But you should have dual axles with that big of boat, and go with the 3/4 ton truck. The ZF 5 speeds are GREAT transmitions if you go Ford.
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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #12 on: July 08, 2011, 07:13:30 AM »
my mother in law has a 2011 f-150 and hers is rated at 9500 lbs withe 5.4  but i believe that is a small increased over the past few years ratings

Not to be "that guy," but Ford switched to a 5.0 in 2011, so it's either pre-2011 or the engine is a 5.0.

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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2011, 07:34:14 AM »
Main reason for wanting to get a pickup, is to pull a 22'-24' boat for fishing in the sound. 

Sounds like you don't have the boat yet... There is a lot of variables in that range of boat and trailer combo's to be cutting towing capacity close to what you think it's going to be, then really wishing you'd gone with a heavier vehicle.  That said, if you don't plan on towing it often and took the back roads, you could probably do it with a Ranger...

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Re: towing capacity of a F150 w/5.4L Triton V8
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2011, 08:49:21 AM »
the truck would mainly be used for commuting back and forth to work, between covington and renton, and then on the weekends to pull the boat to/from covington and point D.  don't plan on pulling it all over the place.
And I must be missing something on the diesel issue, cuz I don't understand the recommendation to go with diesel.  Isn't diesel fuel like @.30/gal more expensive than regular gas?  What?  Is the gas mileage on a diesel that much better than a regular gas engine?  I used to have a F250, with the 460 in it, and that thing would pull like a mother, but it couldn't pass a gas station.  It only got between 5-8mpg depending on if I was pulling the 35' fifthwheel trailer I used to pull.  I can't imagine what a big turbo diesel would be like; specially using it for commuting mainly.
And yes, I do not have the boat yet.  can't get the boat till I have something to pull it with.  don't think my saturn vue with the 3.5L 6-banger would pull much of anything.  In any case, the boat will probably be more in the 20'-22' range.  thanks for the input so far guys.

 

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