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Old 05-15-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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2001 F150 Tow Rating ??

I have a 2001 F150 Super Crew 4.6 Liter, I ordered the truck with a heavy duty tow package and heavy duty hitch. I can not seem to find what my maximum tow weight is. One book tells me 7,200 pounds and another 7,300. We are trying to determine what size travel trailer we can, tow. Most of our trips will be less than 50 miles up and down moderate hill. We are not full timers just enjoy a few weeks every fall and spring camping out . Any ideas. Big Bill
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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Bill, you will need to find out what your final drive ratio is get the tow rating. There should be an axle code on the drivers door. Call your local Ford dealer with that number, or your VIN, and they should be able to find your axle ratio....and may be able to tell you the tow rating.

The Ford site only lists back to 2002. For 2002 it lists either a 3.55 or 3.73 axle ratio for that cab configuration and the 4.6 L. Oddly enough, for the 4x4 it lists a 6200 lb. tow rating for the 3.55 axle, and a 6100 lb. tow rating for the 3.73 axle.....go figure. For a 4x2 it lists a 6600 lb. tow rating with the SuperCrew.

You can check it out here: https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...150_Ranger.pdf

The 2001 Trailer Life towing guide offers similar results: http://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conten...Guide-2001.pdf

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Old 05-15-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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I have a 2001 F150 SuperCrew with the 3.55 rear gear. My book says 6900 for the 4x2. Didn't say anything in book about max trailer package. The trailer we have is around 4500 to 4600 pounds and it will pull it but feels like it is straining especially on hills. High RPMs when going up not really big hills. Again this is my opinion if keeping this truck get something smaller that what I have. I have a Grey Wolf 26BH. Very nice trailer, just a bit much for my current truck. Will be buying a newer F150 with the 5.4 and 3.73 rear gear. Currently looking at a 2010.

Attached 2001 Manual. At least I think I did....
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:18 PM   #4
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I had a 99 F150 Supercab 4x4 w/ 3.55 gears and 4.6. I pulled my 4900lb Heartland with it and it struggled going up hills. I wasn't very happy with that combo, so I bought the Ram and never looked back.
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I had a 2001 F150 Supercrew with the 5.4 ltr 4x4 and never could find a consistent listed rating. My responses, even from the dealers I called, ranged between 6,000 and 7,200 lbs. My trailer maxes at 7,000 loaded. Spouse loves the trailer and we are full timers traveling all over the West coast so my only option was to get a bigger truck.
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According to the owners manual found here,

http://www.motorcraftservice.com/vdi...&VEHICLE=F-150

1st edition, under driving, page 123, the max trailer is 5800 with a 3.55 rear axle, and 6300 with a 3.73 rear axle. Forgot to check if that was 2x4, or 4x4. 4th edition manual has a better table, so you just have to find the data for your truck. The axle code is on the sticker on the drivers door jamb, and the owner's manual will tell you how to decode it.

Don't go overboard, that is not the best pulling engine, but should be adequate for the camping you described.
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I have a 2001 F150 Super Crew 4.6 Liter, I ordered the truck with a heavy duty tow package and heavy duty hitch. I can not seem to find what my maximum tow weight is. One book tells me 7,200 pounds and another 7,300. We are trying to determine what size travel trailer we can, tow. Most of our trips will be less than 50 miles up and down moderate hill. We are not full timers just enjoy a few weeks every fall and spring camping out . Any ideas. Big Bill
Thanks guys, I think I have the answer, according to Ford I can tow up to 6350lbs. The truck is paid for and has had excellent care. It would be hard to sell my faithful old truck. I am just a poor boy and can't really afford to spend a lot of money on a bigger truck. I had rather spend the bucks on a great travel trailer. So for now I'll keep my weight at or below 6300 pounds.
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