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Old 12-29-2013, 09:48 AM   #1
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Question 5.4 engine on a 3/4 ton?

Still on the hunt for a truck. Saw a 2010 Ford 250 w/ a 5.4 engine.
Anyone using that setup?
My 5ver is at 9000# ready to go and thinking it will be my last trailer.
This engine have enough oomph?

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Old 12-29-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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I see a few running around town and some on the freeway but most are not towing.
The one I remember towing had a Jay Feather behind it.

Where you plan on driving may be the tell.
The 351 is not a bad motor.

What rear end gears?

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Old 12-29-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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The 5.4 does a good job pulling my 5500 lb. camper, but might be a bit of a challenge pulling 9000 lbs. A lot has to do with the type of terrain you will be visiting. On level, open road, the 5.4 should not be taxed too much, as all you are overcoming is wind resistance. In hilly terrain, then the 5.4 might be a little under-powered.

I have regularly pull my trailer up 7 & 8% grades, and a few 9% grades.....but again, the trailer weighs in around 5500 lbs.

Another factor would the final drive ratio.

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Old 12-29-2013, 10:20 AM   #4
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I had a brand new 06 F250 3/4 ton quad cab with the 5.4 when I worked for Level(3) Communications. It was a turd, and once I hooked up a loaded trailer it went from a turd to a bucket of turds. I would not recommend it because of it's lack of power and awful fuel mileage.
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buddy of mine bought my old 99 V10 f250 from me and complained about the MPG`s, then he went out and bought a new F250 CC 4x with the 5.4 and traded it just about 2 months into ownership, said MPG suck worse then the v10 and power was not available to do anything.. but maybe he had a lemon and yours will do better
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My experience is about the same as MtnGuy, only I did have the F-250. It did great pulling my 5500 pound (as we pulled it) TT. But I believe you will be stretching the limits of that engine, unless you go really deep into the rear end (4.30 or 4.56 gearing). I still would try to find at least a 6.8L (V10) or a diesel to pull that much trailer any further than the relative flats of East Texas.
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:23 AM   #7
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Compared to other v-8's of comparable size, the 5.4 has a good torque curve. A 6 speed tranny helps. Not sure what tranny it would have.
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The 5.4 is a 333 cubic inch engine, not a 351.
Mine works the same as MtnGuy. I live in the mountain state, and it works really well pulling my camper, but if I were to move to something heavier, I'd also move to a diesel.
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Here is the 2010 Ford towing guide. I would go with the 5.4l with 4.10 gears.
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Originally Posted by Dovetail View Post
thinking it will be my last trailer.
think again.I said that 3 times ago... and most would agree that is not your last. if you ever plan to upgrade in size, ever, up grade the truck first. it makes the purchase less painful in the long run

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