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Old 07-14-2017, 11:43 AM   #1
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Towing with 2010 F150 3.73E Max Tow Package

Any words of wisdom/experience of those towing a 25-28 AS with my particular set-up?

I have a 2010 F150 145WB Axel Code L6=3.73E Max Tow Package with 11,300 towing capacity.

I see the AS in this range all have a GVWR of 7,300 to 7,600.

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What is your vehicle-specific payload rating?
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I have a 2012 f150 Platinum with the Max Tow package and the 3.73 electrically locking rear diff. We stay within the payload capacity of 1571# and it tows our 27 foot Safari with ease. Even with the blingy 20" wheels. Of course switching to 18"s would increase the capacity if need be (but it doesn't for me). I air up the Michelins to about 42 and it is perfectly stable on the highway. I was a bit concerned about that when I bought it - BTW I didn't set out to buy a Platinum, but I when looking for used F150's - more along the lines of a Lariet - a few years ago, this was the only one I could find with the Max Tow, 3.73 etc. My local Ford salesman said that it's hard to find trucks with these options used as most dealers don't stock them that way when new - turns out I like all the bells and whistles anyway LOL - wouldn't fork out for a new one though - one other note, I actually prefer this older body style over the new one).

FWIW I traded in my 2003 Silverado Duramax on this truck and I haven't looked back. The Dmax was SLIGHTLY more stable when passed by trucks (neither of them were/are unstable at all), but in other regards, the 150 with the Ecoboost performs very well. Comparing the F150 to my older Dmax, the horsepower and torque ratings are not that far apart. 365hp/420 torque for the 150 235hp/500 (IIRC) for the Dmax. Plus the F150 is a lot more fun to drive on a day to day basis, it handles better than a 3/4 ton (safer in my book), brakes better and is like a bit of a hot rod with the ecoboost (not kidding- and I have owned hot rods).

That said, if I was going to go on long extend (months or more) trips all over the country, up and down the mountains etc. and wanted to load more cargo to take with me, then I would likely consider going back to a 3/4 ton truck. Note that I would also likely NOT get a diesel but get a gasser. The new diesels are not worth the money and maintenance headaches IMHO unless you are pulling very heavy (like a large 5th wheel etc.) but that's just my opinion, your mileage may vary.

So, long story short, if you watch your payload, as you should with any truck, you will be fine with towing the trailers you are looking at.
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What is your vehicle-specific payload rating?
GVWR of 7,200; payload of 1,740.
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GVWR of 7,200; payload of 1,740.
That is likely the 5.4 V8. Reasonable horsepower, not as much as today's models but fit for the purpose. You won't be able to go crazy with extra cargo, but with reasonable cargo loads (respecting your payload figure) that should be fine with the trailers you are looking at. Your tow rating is good, your payload is reasonable, now you need a weight distributing hitch, and careful attention to set up.

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