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Old 08-12-2015, 09:10 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle for 2016 264bhw

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My wife and I take delivery of our first TT, it's a 2016 264bhw this Saturday . We have been waiting a long time and are beyond excited. My question: is my 2005 ford E250 van with a 4.6L V8 going to get the job done? We live in SE PA so we can go to the mountains or stay on flat terrain. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:22 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I previously had a 2003 F-150 with the 4.6 and towed a Jay Flight with it. It was a smaller and lighter model than yours. That truck didn't do very well towing the trailer. It moved it, but struggled doing so. The torque converter was always unlocked which pushed the transmission temps, and we got about 7mpg because it was always revving so high to make power.

Your 4.6 is the 3 Valve (I think) which is slightly better than my previous 2 Valve, and I doubt you're running larger and heavier LT tires like I was. My advice to you is to start by towing on the flat areas and see how it behaves. I have very high expectations that it will be no good for hilly/mountainous areas but you will have to see for yourself. Start easy and go from there.

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Old 08-12-2015, 10:41 AM   #3
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At 4400 lbs dry, I don't think that 4.6 will tow a loaded 264bhw very well but like SkyBound said, once you hit the hills, you will see for yourself and you can be the judge.
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Old 08-14-2015, 11:24 AM   #4
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That is a 3/4 ton van. What gears are in it?
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:36 PM   #6
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Well, he has the gearing.

Checking, your van has a 6600 pound tow limit. Your 264bhw is rated at 6500 GVW. This is pretty much at your max and allows not a lot of weight in the van, depending on the E250's payload.

Check the numbers for axle weight limits on the drivers door post. Keep in mind your tongue weight could be in the 900+ pound range.

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I just don't want to over stress my truck. Of course the dealer says everything will be fine I was just looking for opinions / experience. Thanks
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I tow a 2015 264BHW with a 2013 F-150 with a 5.0L V8. We have towed in hilly (but not mountainous) areas with no problems, but we can definitely tell the camper is back there. Towing capacity of the truck is around 8,000 pounds.

On some of the steepest hills the transmission drops to 3rd gear, but most of the time it goes no lower than 4th. We average around 11 mpg. The truck has the towing package, so I use the tow/haul mode when pulling the camper. We also have the integrated brake controller.

I personally would not be comfortable towing that camper with your van, given its 6600 pound towing limit. You might be OK on level ground, but you would really be pushing the limits.
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Old 08-14-2015, 02:04 PM   #9
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My door post says GVWR 8600. Rear GAWR FRONT GAWR 3800. Does this help any?
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Old 08-14-2015, 02:21 PM   #10
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Actually checking Ford's towing guide, your max trailer weight is only 5,600 (5,400 for extended van). I wouldn't be towing in the mountains with that. It will probably struggle but survive on flat land.
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