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Old 09-04-2007, 09:54 AM   #1
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Can I tow with 6 cyl F150 automatic?

I am close to buying a 1977 Sovereign 31'. I have a 1994 F150, 6 cyl automatic. I was wondering if this truck could pull the trailer to my home a few miles from where the trailer is currently stored?
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:08 AM   #2
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I am close to buying a 1977 Sovereign 31'. I have a 1994 F150, 6 cyl automatic. I was wondering if this truck could pull the trailer to my home a few miles from where the trailer is currently stored?
I am not sure what the hitch weight is...but IF you have a load leveling hitch on it..I see no problem..IF NOT....it might sag a bit too much in the rear depending on the hitch weight. If hitch weight is say 600 lbs or less you should be fine without a load leveling hitch. You are only pulling it for a short distance so you sould be fine...just use common sense of course and if it looks like too much ...stop...before you get going. But I doublt if you will have a lot of problems. It might do a better job then you think.

My son has the same truck as you....He often pulls his utility trailer with 4 or 5 thousand lbs in it.
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Hello ben and welcome to the Forums! Can you or should you? A used Airstream of this vintage is over 1000# lighter than a corresponding Airstream of today. It probably has some weight distribution (WD) equipment installed on the tongue; you will need that WD gear's corresponding hitch bar for your truck receiver for the WD to function. It will probably have the proper 2 5/16" ball already on that hitch bar.

You'll no doubt hear that this truck should not be your steady tow vehicle and I will support that completely. If the trailer is as empty and light as you can make it, I do feel you can get it home safely if you take it slow and easy. It'll be a pig but should handle it on a one-time basis. A tranny temp gauge is desirable but you might be okay if there are no big uphill grinds -- not a sure thing in your area.

But definitely plan on researching for a better tow vehicle (larger 8-cyl, 4.10 rear end...). Keep on postin'!
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Ben---Welcome to the forums. Lots of technical smarts and experience here. Does you truck already have a receiver hitch installed? If not, and you don't have a need for a hitch for future use, consider renting a truck for the day.
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Find one of your pals with a beefier tow rig to lend a hand. I think the combo is to sketchy unless it is all 2 lane flat towing and truely just a few (like 5 or so) miles. Not what you want to hear, but thats how I see it.

I have a 24ft trailer and my 8 cly stand transmission is really to small. I might try towing your 31ft with it a short distance, but it wouldnt be fun.
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Thanks for all the info

I think I've got the jist that this truck might just make it the easy few miiles, but not to think about anything more. If I can find another truck to do it, I think I might ask them to do it and look for a better TV.

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Ben - Like bobkelly says, you might want to check if you have an installed hitch receiver that will work. I wouldn't go out and have one installed for such a short trip. Look for a Class III/IV 2" receiver and a 7-pin connector on your truck. Otherwise recruit a friend as Rodney says. You'll definitely want a Class IV hitch on your next tow vehicle.

Another issue - has the trailer's umbilical been changed over to the current day 7 pin plugs? You will need to get law enforcement guidance if you want to tow these few miles without proper lights hooked up.

Don't go buying an SUV and ask here later -- 31' is a lot of trailer and you'll need a long wheelbase that most SUVs don't have.
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OK for level tow...

Ben-
The truck should manage a local tow, on generally level roads, assuming it has a receiver hitch, and a way to hook up brakes, or at least brake lights.. Places like Kragen and Pep Boys and U-Haul sell lots of adapters to mate truck light harness in rear with trailer lighting, though brake controller is separate box and problem.. Others may weigh in, but stopping or explaining issues to law enforcement in event of problem with no brake system to activate trailer brakes is a risk. Some here have assumed it to get units moved, others are unwilling..

Long term challenge is that getting out of northern Calif requires towing over hills.. Whether Sierra's, Tehachapi's, Siskayou's or Coastal Range, eventually the Ford 6 is going to be stressed, as will the transmission if it doesn't have tow pkg and cooler.. Good advice to shop eventually for something with longer wheelbase if you are going to pull the trailer on lots of trips. If you're going to park it as local vacation/guest cottage, don't sweat it...
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I am close to buying a 1977 Sovereign 31'. I have a 1994 F150, 6 cyl automatic. I was wondering if this truck could pull the trailer to my home a few miles from where the trailer is currently stored?
I bought my '74 31' from a guy that tried to pull it with the same thruck. The big problem he had was the soft side wall 15" tires on 5 lugs, he could not control the trailor in any amount of wind. The truck will pull it, the question is stability when you need it most. As far as just pulling it home a few miles I would expect that you will have no problem!
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