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Old 03-02-2016, 09:55 PM   #1
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2010 ford f150 5,4V8 4X2 tow cap.???

my bro in law just bought a 2016 TT that is about 5800lbs dry he has a new blue ox WDH and is concerned about this trailer being to heavy for his truck. does he have anything to worry about. I don't think he does but I told him I would put a post up on my Jayco site and ask the pro's?? he has a 2010 f150 5.4 V8 4X2 any help or info would be helpful
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:12 PM   #2
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Well, it would depend on things like rear end gearing and his tow rating. Take a look at this link and you will see the 2010 F150 tow guide from ford:

https://www.ford.com/resources/ford/...vF150sep09.pdf

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We had a 2004 Expedition HD tow package, 5.4 V8, 3.73 gears. Towed our 4800# dry trailer a couple times. How many passengers will you have? We had 6 so a full car. Our rear end sagged pretty bad. I believe Expedition and 150 are same chassis? Someone correct me if I'm wrong. It did okay but slow up inclines for sure. Our tow rating was 8950#.
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More practical way to figure weight is using the GVW of the trailer, not the empty or dry weight because no one goes camping with a dry or empty trailer..Take 10% of the GVW of the trailer to get a better "ball park" of your hitch weight also..
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We had a 2004 Expedition HD tow package, 5.4 V8, 3.73 gears. Towed our 4800# dry trailer a couple times. How many passengers will you have? We had 6 so a full car. Our rear end sagged pretty bad. I believe Expedition and 150 are same chassis? Someone correct me if I'm wrong. It did okay but slow up inclines for sure. Our tow rating was 8950#.
Hmmmm, I don't see an option anymore to edit my posts even though my permissions seem to be on.

I just wanted to add that our GTWR is 5995#. Even though our tow rating with the Expedition was 8950# we could never actually tow even close to that because of payload restrictions. Once you add passengers, cargo and tongue weight of trailer it disappears fast!!
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Old 03-03-2016, 08:47 PM   #6
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my bro in law just bought a 2016 TT that is about 5800lbs dry he has a new blue ox WDH and is concerned about this trailer being to heavy for his truck. does he have anything to worry about. I don't think he does but I told him I would put a post up on my Jayco site and ask the pro's?? he has a 2010 f150 5.4 V8 4X2 any help or info would be helpful
4x2 5.4. Assuming 3.55 as that was most common. As long as its not a king ranch he'd likely be fine as long as he has at least the standard tow package (tranny cooler etc) but max tow would be better with the 3.73 and more robust towing goodies. I towed our little jayco (slightly lighter) with our '10 F150 5.4 3.55 and while it was nothing spectacular, it got us by. Pretty steady but liked to rev and wheezed it's guts out going up grades. But it performed as designed with no issues.
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As long as as the F150 has the 5.4 it will pull that 5800 lb trailer with no issues. It probably will weight in around 6500 packed for 2-4 people. Now having 3.73 gears would be nice rather than 3.55. He should keep it out of overdrive and be sure that it has formidable tranny cooler. He's probably going to need 750lb bars minimum. I towed an 8000 lb sun line with an F150 for years, that truck just would not die.
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I own a 2010 F150, 4 door, 4x4 with all the bells an whistles. It has the tow package too. So on the shifter there is a tow haul button. It also has built in brake controller. I can tow with out a problem around 7500 lbs. I believe it is rated for 9k. 2 doors are rated around 11k. I have a 2010 x213 TT. Wet it sits around 5500+- I tow it without weight Distribution hitch but do have sway control bar. Sits level and have never had a problem. Just an FYI. Also there is a sticker on drivers door that should give you all info.
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I own a 2010 F150, 4 door, 4x4 with all the bells an whistles. It has the tow package too. So on the shifter there is a tow haul button. It also has built in brake controller. I can tow with out a problem around 7500 lbs. I believe it is rated for 9k. 2 doors are rated around 11k. I have a 2010 x213 TT. Wet it sits around 5500+- I tow it without weight Distribution hitch but do have sway control bar. Sits level and have never had a problem. Just an FYI. Also there is a sticker on drivers door that should give you all info.
If your trailer is 5500lbs then your tongue weight is 550 lbs at a minimum. That is over your receiver weight rating and you need a weight distributing hitch. It may tow fine but that is a dangerous scenario without.

As for the op as long as your brother in laws payload is over 1400-1500+ then he should be fine. The truck will pull the trailer. Just needs to watch payload if the trailer is around 6500lbs loaded. Even more so if he has passengers in the truck.

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I towed a 31' 7300lb (loaded) TT with a 2010 F150 XLT 5.4 3.73 SuperCrew Max Tow 4x4 that had 1857lbs or payload. I tow where there's a fair amount of mtns and hills.
Several issues that made it just adequate.
1st was that I had a shell on the truck and loaded quite a bit of stuff in there. I had a 900-950lb TW depending on how we were loaded as far as water and other items goes.
I was at the RAWR of 4050lbs with 4000lbs.
2nd issue is the crappy Ford 6sp tranny that has no provision for selecting gears. Once you put it into D you're at the mercy of the trannies programming. The tranny wanted to constantly shift thru 4th, 5th and 6th gears. It would settle into 6th on the interstate but once you came to an overpass it would drop to 4th then go to 5th and as you got onto level ground would shift back into 6th. If you came upon a semi to pass it, just the wind from the front of the semi would drop the tranny to 5th. Even on semi windy days the tranny would go back and forth between 5th and 6th.
Needless to say it got pretty irritating after 2-1/2 years and 10,000 miles of towing.
Moved to a Ram 2500 CTD and the shifting stopped. In fact it never shifts out of 6th unless it gets to a stepper hill. Of course the mtns will keep it in 5th 90% of the time.
I know ford changed out the tranny in 2011 so you could select what gear you want to stay in.
The 5.4 while being virtually bullet proof is a dog compared to todays V8s and especially the 3.5 Eco. I got around 8.5-9 mpg towing on the flats. I get 11-12.5 towing with the CTD.
JMO but while towing 7000+lbs won't hurt anything, it doesn't really make for an enjoyable trip. If I knew what I know now I would've kept the TT weight to 55-6000lbs and maybe in the 25-27' range.
Handling wasn't really an issue although I would get the normal push pull stuff when over taking semis. I used an EQ with 4pt sway. I also added E rated tires and SuperSprings to the rear.
If the OPs BIL only tows a few times a year and not in the mtns then he should be happy. We go about 40-50 nights a year and rack up about 4-4500miles a year. We also have to go over a small and large mtn range to get to our CGs. For us it was not the best truck. But it could be under the right conditions.
Also if the OPs BIL has 3.55 gears then his experience will be worse than mine. I would've loved to have 4.10s. Would've kept the tranny hunting down to a tolerable level.
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