Originally Posted by Squid701
Planning a trip from Ga to Maine this summer pulling my new Surveyer 294 QBLE. Tow vehicle is a 2004 F150,short bed, 5.4, 3.73 rear, 4x4. Am I asking too much from my old warhorse ?
While it may be the "old warhorse" you will want to do a couple of things first;
1 Do a quick trip close to home first "dry run" to see how you and all the truck and trailer do.
2) Ford 150's just like all the others may be sold as "TRUCKS" they are not any more, meaning the build goes more creature comforts that real muscle, and being that when you connect the trailer ever with WD hitch there will be rear squat as the progressive springs are just to soft to really tow with out the squat. So talk to your local dealer or look on the hitch websites for the weight of the WD bars so you should be close the first time, and you might still need to add air bags depending on the hitch weight of your trailer.
3) while most states require trailers to have brakes on a trailer over 1500 lbs, do not think they will work the same as your truck brakes. They are electric drum brakes so the work jerky, and will fade much quicker than the disk brakes on your truck. SO do not tailgate, shift down going down a long hill, and be aware of the road conditions around you, you will need over double the trucks normal stopping distance in a emergency. Now your trip up and down the east coast as long as you safety near the coast will not have hills to worry about.
4) the tires on your trailer (like all trailer tires) are only rated for a max speed of 60 to 65 mph, now that does not mean you can drive full weight on a 95 degree day for 8 hours at 65 mph as the trailer tires will most likely not make it. SO as said before (slow down, enjoy the trip and not on the side of the road)
Now that I made you think you should not go on your trip, YOU SHOULD but please take the advice given by me and others here and be safe, don't speed and enjoy the trip and Happy Camping
P.S. please make sure when you do your dri run to watch all your gauges closely to give you any idea of pushing your truck, you can add extra coolers to help keep things cool, both the engine and the transmission are very important for you.