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Old 10-09-2010, 07:27 PM   #15
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I've done quite a bit of research on this subject for my own TV selection. Payload capacity was one of the major factors in my selection. Living in Colorado, I wanted a 4x4 and I wanted four doors. If I am reading the brochure correctly, the 2010 5.4 with the 3.55 ratio has a payload capacity of 1670 lbs. However, this is misleading. Once you account for fuel and vehicle options, the number goes down quite a bit, about 350-400 lbs lower depending on trim line. There's a sticker on the driver's door which tells exactly how much people and cargo the vehicle is rated for without exceeding the GVWR. For sake of discussion, let's say it’s 1300 lbs for the truck you are thinking about.

I am guessing the hitch weight, after weight distribution, is going to be about 750-800 lbs for the 25'. Add a couple of people, some stuff in the truck such as tools, camping gear, generator, bed cover, pets, etc., I think you could be exceeding the GVWR of the truck.

If you opt for the max tow package on the Ford, the payload jumps up to 1960 lbs giving you about 1600 lbs of actual capacity for people and cargo. The package also requires the 3.73 rear end I believe.

A F250 heavy duty will increase your carrying capacity to 2000 lbs or more but with a harsher ride. There are plenty of posts about this subject with strong opinions on both sides.

As for the 5.0L in the 2011’s, the stated payload is only 1560 lbs in the specs I saw. A max tow package could be available which would boost this, I don’t know. The payload for the new 3.5L EcoBoost is 1960 lbs. I’ve been told this engine won’t be available until first quarter next year.

Good luck in your shopping.

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Old 10-09-2010, 07:42 PM   #16
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We tow a Safari 27'FB Special Edition with an '05 F-150 5.4l (to my knowledge, there is no difference in the engine between mine and the newer ones. The BIG change came from '03 to '04 when they went with the 3 valves/cylinder giving a huge boost in both HP and Torque).
Last summer, did a 3900 mile trip without a hiccup from the truck. Just be prepared for the gas mileage.
Loaded truck and partially loaded trailer: Using AC = 10.5 mpg
Loaded truck and partially loaded trailer: not using AC = 12-13 mpg

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Old 10-10-2010, 07:20 AM   #17
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