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Old 09-16-2015, 09:44 AM   #11
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uhduh camping, you mention a longer wheel base truck does better towing a TT.
I have to buy a truck in a couple weeks becoming I'm buying anew trailer next week also.
My new trailer's GVW will be around 10,400# so you are saying I should get a long beed over the short bed version for a safer tow?
I just bought a SUV a few months ago anticipation of getting a TT. It turns out the TT grew from a 15 footer to a 30 footer. I had to sell the SUV because it could not handle the weight.
So I don't want to b=make the same mistake twice. I want to get the right truck. I don't think I will ever go bigger because of my budget. So long bed is better than short bed?
Just my opinion here..... You dont "need" a long bed. Yes a long bed will be overall "better" due to a wheelbase. I have a 30ft EVO (7700#) and a short bed 2500 and it is more than adequate. Even people with 5th wheels have shortbeds......
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:38 AM   #12
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I'll probably stick with the short bed so it fits in the garage. A long bed might fit in my garage now but if decide to move I might be stuck with a standard size garage then I would have to leave the truck outside.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:19 PM   #13
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Thanks for all of your replies. I'm considering a 2010 4X4 SuperCab F150 with the 5.4 L engine, 3.73 axle ratio and tow package with built-in brake controller. This truck, as I understand is rated to tow 11,300#. I believe that it is the short bed version, but I haven't actually seen it yet.

As we don't plan to travel more than 150 miles or so from home, in relatively flat country (western Ohio) at speeds of no more than 55 mph, I believe that this would be a significant improvement over the Expedition. Am I correct? I should also mention that I have an Equalizer brand hitch to use with this set-up.

Should I have any other concerns about reliability of this truck or any other issues that I should consider? As I can't afford to make a mistake in this purchase, I value any and all comments.

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Old 09-16-2015, 09:33 PM   #14
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I would not tow 11,300 pounds with that truck no matter what Ford says. Even the 8 thousand# 33ft trailer you have is a big load. Tow ratings go right out the window when you're white-knuckling down the highway. If it were me I would would get the F250. You probably can get it in nearly same configuration as the F150 you are considering.
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For the 11300 lbs you need the max trailer tow package not just the regular tow package.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:48 PM   #16
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Test drive a used crew cab f250 with v10 and see if it fits in garage, build a bigger garage, No really, don't disregard 4wd if found they are especially nice in hills and winter and muddy campgrounds when weather changes. Watch the campgrounds when you are there, all the heavy ones have diesels but yours can be pulled by right gas rig. I test drove an 05 f150 lariat extended cab that seemed nice enough for family before going to other side for GMC 2500hd gas.
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Old 09-18-2015, 10:11 AM   #17
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Thanks for all of your replies. I'm considering a 2010 4X4 SuperCab F150 with the 5.4 L engine, 3.73 axle ratio and tow package with built-in brake controller. This truck, as I understand is rated to tow 11,300#. I believe that it is the short bed version, but I haven't actually seen it yet.

As we don't plan to travel more than 150 miles or so from home, in relatively flat country (western Ohio) at speeds of no more than 55 mph, I believe that this would be a significant improvement over the Expedition. Am I correct? I should also mention that I have an Equalizer brand hitch to use with this set-up.

Should I have any other concerns about reliability of this truck or any other issues that I should consider? As I can't afford to make a mistake in this purchase, I value any and all comments.

Thanks,
R. Pittenger
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As stated previously you need to look at more than just what the truck can "pull". Look inside the drivers door jam for the payload capacity. With that weight of a trailer plus a WDH your looking at 1050 pounds at least and 1300 pounds depending on loading. I think the payload is right at 1400-1500 according to the towing guide online. So already you will be within a couple hundred pounds before you put any people, gear, toys, and bikes in the truck.
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Old 09-18-2015, 11:06 AM   #18
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Thanks for all of your replies. I'm considering a 2010 4X4 SuperCab F150 with the 5.4 L engine, 3.73 axle ratio and tow package with built-in brake controller. This truck, as I understand is rated to tow 11,300#. I believe that it is the short bed version, but I haven't actually seen it yet.

As we don't plan to travel more than 150 miles or so from home, in relatively flat country (western Ohio) at speeds of no more than 55 mph, I believe that this would be a significant improvement over the Expedition. Am I correct? I should also mention that I have an Equalizer brand hitch to use with this set-up.

Should I have any other concerns about reliability of this truck or any other issues that I should consider? As I can't afford to make a mistake in this purchase, I value any and all comments.

Thanks,
R. Pittenger
Troy, OH
Hello Richard,

I had this truck you are looking at first to tow with. The 5.4 screams to make torque. I did have EcoBoost Screw with 3.73 much better suited for towing. I see Bama mentioned for big or go home. To certain extent I agree. I did have the 5.4 as a truck only prior to buying a TT. I upgraded truck then bought a fifth wheel. I was offered top dollar on trade on my 2013 King Ranch F150 and took it for a discounted F 250.

You have valid budget reasons for the selection, but I would look at a 2012 Ecoboost as well. It tows much better.

Also 2009. 10. had issues eating control arm joints, make sure your mechanic looks at this, the emergency brake seizes as well in the rear drum
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A lot of good recommendations above. I recommend looking up owners manuals of the trucks on line. Ford has pdf copies on line you can check out and look up towing specs / weight ratings. The f250/350 models should all work. I would recommend the six speed, the 3valve motors in either the 5.4 or 6.8 are a plus too. We have a '12 expedition el and we are maxed out. Family is growing and we will be looking for a v10 or 6.2 gas f250/350 next year. Click image for larger version

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