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Old 10-07-2013, 04:45 PM   #491
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With the Hensley make sure that the two strut bars with the square adjusters are tight. They are the ones that are parallel to the A frame of the trailer. If they are loose even a little the whole thing feels awful.
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:46 PM   #492
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I have 150 E boost HD payload Max tow and it is a dream to drive and tow with the Hensley.
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I have a 2013 4X4 F-150 TT V-6 with (MaxToe Pac Chrome .Max Trailer Tow .Power Heat/Sig/Tel/Fold Chrom $565) i.e. Huge Mirrors and 3.73 Electronic Lock RR Axle required($570) and Upgraded Rear Bumper, I have no idea about this. I did replace my tires with new Coopers, and had re-installed from my 2011 f-150, RoadMaster Springs…. I Free Ball YES FREE BALL my 2011 25FB … Flawless now for about 15,000 miles… all over the USA… no problems… EZ, simple, and no problems with set up or use. Don't even know most of the time when a large rig is passing …. unless I see it coming up in the huge mirror.
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Labigdogs - do you have the heavy duty payload package? If you have the 6.5 foot bed and limited slip rear end (not e-locker) then you might. With this comes a stronger axle and springs.

You might consider getting the Anderson WD hitch. Its not strong on weight distribution (apparently not an issue for you) but great for sway control and porpoising.
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All good reads. I have a 2013 Eco. Where I screwed up is with the "payload". Thanks Mr. Dealer as they know nothing about towing. I should have gotten the HD towing package. While I am a little skinny with the payload capacity I am in good shape with everything else. Easy towing and little if any sway with the Pro Series WD hitch. 11-12.5mpg towing and 18+ while not towing. I do kick myself everyday about the payload issue. BTW, I have been to the dealer twice to get the oil changed at around 5000 miles and they tell me not to waste my money that these engines are designed to go at least 7500 miles between oil changes.
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ECOBoost TIRES

As I said in an earlier posting my truck is getting pushed around on the highway big time and I don't like it, and after some investigation I have narrowed the likely cause to the tires

The OEM tires are Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza tires on my F150. They are passenger (P) tires.

The local Firestone/Bridgestone sales manager said today that I have the wrong tires on the truck, and I should not be towing with these tires.

I am wondering what tires others may have on their F150's?
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My 2011 F150 came with Pirelli tires but they were worn out at about 28,000 miles. I then switched to Michelins. I hope I get better mileage out of them.
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Squirrely F150 2nd Posting

After some added research including talking with Hensley who said that the cause was probably that the struts were not snug. I will check that tomorrow. I got the same comment from BigAl of this forum.

I also, called my local Firestone/Bridgestone dealer since the corporate office was closed. Their assistant manager said that my F150's tires (Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza, P225/55R20/115 M+S) are not suitable for the application of trailer towing, and should not be used for that purpose.

Hmmmm.

He went on to say, "They are passenger tires, will only handle the weight of the truck, and over loading the tire will cause the tire to move laterally."

Hmmmm.

Tomorrow I will speak with the help desk at Bridgestone and then I will visit with my Ford dealer.
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Your tires ought to at least be rated for rear and front GVWR. You can find this on your sticker on the drivers side door opening. See what the tires can carry (printed on sidewalk of tire) and compare to the truck rating per axle.

I recently replaced my worn out tires with Michelin LT rated tires. They are rated well above my trucks axle ratings at 80 psi. I run them at 35 to 40 psi when not towing and about 50 when towing for the stiffness. The tires do not provide additional payload. I got the LTX M/S2 E rated tires. They are rated for 70,000 miles.
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After some added research including talking with Hensley who said that the cause was probably that the struts were not snug. I will check that tomorrow. I got the same comment from BigAl of this forum.

I also, called my local Firestone/Bridgestone dealer since the corporate office was closed. Their assistant manager said that my F150's tires (Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza, P225/55R20/115 M+S) are not suitable for the application of trailer towing, and should not be used for that purpose.

Hmmmm.

He went on to say, "They are passenger tires, will only handle the weight of the truck, and over loading the tire will cause the tire to move laterally."

Hmmmm.

Tomorrow I will speak with the help desk at Bridgestone and then I will visit with my Ford dealer.
Hi, OK; I see the problem here and it didn't come from Ford. My 2000 F-150/ Lincoln Navigator has been towing my trailer just fine for nine years now with "P" tires. Your vehicle came with "P" tires and that is what your vehicle was rated with by Ford. "Not suitable for towing"? Give me a break. Read your Ford owner's manual and show me where it states that you must change your tires to tow. "Passenger only tires will only carry an empty truck" ????????? Are you kidding me? Your truck's ratings are with the tires that came on your truck. And yes, we all know that over loading is bad. [beyond your truck's pay load and towing specs]

Your local tire dealer should be sued and put out of business or at least the assistant manager should be fired.
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Good point Night, I didn't take my explanation far enough. Thanks for filling in the gaps. I think it's the tires that get our payload up but it sure needs to be ordered correctly to get it right. Thanks again!!
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Light trucks often come with low quality P rated tires. Ours came with Goodrich P tires, they wore fast, we replaced them with Michelin LTX A/T2 tires and they lasted 70,000 miles. We replaced those with LTX M+S2 and they are fine too.

Bob's right. If the dealer doesn't do something for you, contact the Ford regional manager (and tell the dealer that is the next step) and explain the situation and see what they do.

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Look on the sidewall of your P metric tire and tell us what it's max load rating is.This will tell all.
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My F150 came with Pirelli's rated for 2403lbs. per tire. They seem to be working fine. My concern is that I am about 400lbs over weight on the drive axle because of a low payload capacity. I have spent some time with the parts department at Ford and he went through my truck item by item and said that I have a good towing setup and did not think 400lbs over weight was excessive enough to warrant a new truck. Still annoyed that the selling dealer did not tell me about the "Max Tow Package".
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