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Old 12-22-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
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Anybody tow with a Ford F250 5.4 V8 ?

I am looking at a 2010 Ford F250 Crew Cab Super duty 2WD that has a 5.4 V8. If you tow with the 5.4 V8 what is your impression ? What is the fuel mpg solo and towing ? Any input on a truck like this would be appreciated.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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I don't hear much about the 5.4 on these boards. If you have a 34' it may be pushing the tow rating limit, even with a 4.10 rear end.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:26 AM   #3
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I have an F150 with the 5.4 and a 3.55 LSD. If you're not afraid to put the spurs to it, it'll pull pretty well, but i'm just towing a 24' Argosy. I get about 12 mpg towing ~65 mph on fairly level routes, more like 10.5-11 in the hills. I'd want the 3.73 or 4.10 rear end and the 6speed to pull a 34, and I wouldn't head for the mountains. I'm pretty sure the 2010 F250 would have the 6 speed, but the rear axle is configurable. Check the tag on the driver's door frame and look up the rear axle code. It would have to be a really good deal for me to choose it over the V10 or the diesel for towing a 34-footer.
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I am looking at a 2010 Ford F250 Crew Cab Super duty 2WD that has a 5.4 V8. If you tow with the 5.4 V8 what is your impression ? What is the fuel mpg solo and towing ? Any input on a truck like this would be appreciated.
Hi, not enough power for mountains. My Lincoln has the best 5.4 L engine made with the exception of the Ford GT and the hot rod Mustangs. I pull a 25'er with a GVWR of 6,300 lbs. In the real mountains, I can make it, but mostly in second gear and sometimes in first gear. Not only is your trailer way heavier, but the F-250 by it'self is heavier than my Lincoln with a similar engine with similar power.

2010 F-250 / 5.4 L V-8 single overhead cam three valves per cylinder / 300 HP @5,000 RPM / 365 lbs torque @ 3,750 RPM. [6 speed trans]

2000 Navigator / 5.4 L V-8 dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder /300 HP @ 5,000 RPM / 355 lbs torque @ 2,750 RPM. [4 speed trans]

Same size engine, same hosrepower at the same RPM, Lincoln has 10 lbs less torque @ 1,000 RPM less.
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Old 12-23-2011, 05:01 AM   #5
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THe Ford website shows it with a 3.73 rear axle to tow 9700lbs and my trailer probably weighs 8500lbs.Of course I know these tow ratings are on paper and not real world with different driving conditions. My Dad used to have an E350 van with the 5.4 and I would not have dared to tow my trailer with it due to lack of power. I did not know if the engines were different in the F250`s with more power.
The truck has less than 20,000 miles and is priced less than $ 25000 so it does not sound bad to have a like new F250 but if it is underpowered then that is not worth anything.
Thanks for the replies.
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:37 AM   #6
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A electrician friend of mine has one of these for a work truck. He has a big, heavy utility body on it and uses it in his business in the Colorado mountains with high elevation and lots of hills.
His truck is a slug. He hates it. Fuel mileage is poor because he is using lots of throttle to keep up with traffic.
Get a diesel or 6.2 liter gasser, particularly for a 34 foot trailer.
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We tow a 31ft. Classic with our 2007 Expedition EL which has the 5.4. Power doesn't seem to be an issue but we have yet to do any serious mountain pulling. My plans are to move up to a 250 or 350 series when I retire and start doing some serious pulling. I would say the 5.4 would be very limited in pulling a 34 footer.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:42 PM   #8
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We have a 2010 Ford F250 Supercab with 8' bed, 5.4 gas engine with 3.73 rear end and 2WD. We tow a 2009 28' Flying Cloud. 2010 was the last year for the 5.4, I believe. It is coupled to a great transmission. Performance in the mountains is acceptable. Towing at 60-65mph, I see 10-11(rarely 12)mpg. Without the trailer at the same speed, it gets almost 18mpg; push it up to freeway speeds and mileage falls off fast. A great feature for towing is the 38 gallon fuel tank. All this said, I'm suspect the power would be inadequate for a 34' AS.
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I have an F150 with the 5.4 engine and I think it is a good match for my 19' 3700lb-AS. I get the same mileage everyone else does: 11/18. It is good in the mountains of Washington State but semis do pass me on I-90 going up to the pass. I'm waiting to see how the new Eco boost V-6 turbo works out over time; it has been getting good reviews, but probably would not be adequate for an AS your size. Whatever you buy you will need to upgrade the truck tires if it comes with OEM 2-ply. I learned the hard way, even with my relatively small AS.
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We have a 2010 Ford F250 Supercab with 8' bed, 5.4 gas engine with 3.73 rear end and 2WD. We tow a 2009 28' Flying Cloud. 2010 was the last year for the 5.4, I believe. It is coupled to a great transmission. Performance in the mountains is acceptable. Towing at 60-65mph, I see 10-11(rarely 12)mpg. Without the trailer at the same speed, it gets almost 18mpg; push it up to freeway speeds and mileage falls off fast. A great feature for towing is the 38 gallon fuel tank. All this said, I'm suspect the power would be inadequate for a 34' AS.

That sounds good. I actually tow with my GMC Yukon XL 1500 5.3 V8 also and does well . I do wish it had more stability and I think the F250 would give that. We do not go into the mountains so if it would perform as well as my Yukon in the power range then it will do ok for me. We do not get to travel that much anyway due to work and usually don`t go over 4 hrs away from home here in south ga.
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Thanks for all the replies. After considering the information on here from ones with experience I decided not to go with the truck in question and purchased a F250 diesel instead and it handles the trailer great.
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