Originally Posted by cekkk
It needed to be said! lol
In the Spring of 2012, I bought my first travel trailer. I towed with a 2007 F-150. Up to the task, right? WRONG!
First TT was a Jayflight SLX 185RB with net weight somewhere around 3,000 lbs. "We're good" the RV person said, the F150 has the capacity to get the job done. Even had a 6,000 lb receiver with Tekonsha brake controller and 7 pin"connector...still hearing the echo of "We're good" resonating in my ears.
What could go wrong, 2" ball, straight drawbar to tow...so off we went.
To say the least, a 4.2L 5 speed F150 was not up to towing a 3,500 lb trailer. Gas mileage was about 8-9 mpg, had to run in 3rd gear into a headwind to maintain 50 mph,and it 'gassed' the oil in 1000 miles. Ford rates this powertrain at 2,640 GTW and 4,000 with the automatic....
Ended up trading the F150 for a Flex with factory tow package a few months later...