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Old 09-26-2007, 09:56 AM   #1
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Towing a Wolfpack 25SRV with a 2006 F-150

I have recently bought a 22 foot Wolfpack Toy hauler (my first one). It is my unstandering that my 2006 F-150 Supercab 4x4 with a 3.55 diff will tow 8200#. The trailer GVWR is around 11,000# and the dry weight is 6250# plus an onboard Honda generator (150#) I will be adding. My typical toy payload will be aprox. 1700# to 1800# (1 sandrail or 2 pilots and a 4 wheeler) with out gear water etc. This puts me near the max towing capacity. Im looking at putting any tools and riding gear etc in the back of the truck to keep the tow weight down. I believe the max payload of the truck is 1800# including people. I coulds also put one of the 4 wheelers in the back of the truck if I had to. Prefer not to because of the additional work to load and unload. So basically I'm looking for advice and any experience along these lines.
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:54 AM   #2
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Do you have the 17 or 18 inch wheels on your truck? Are you sure the diff is not 3.73? Anyway, with the Ford Tow package the max pull is 10,000 lbs. I have an 05 and have no problems. I also get an additonal 36 HP with my air and exhaust system. Just keep the overdrive off!
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:56 AM   #3
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What kind of Anti-sway and WD are u using?
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Old 09-26-2007, 11:46 AM   #4
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Based on the info on the window sticker it says 3.55? I bought what they called the Tow and go package with 5.4 trident, 4x4 , hitch, factory wired for brake controller (not supplied) and trans cooler. I had called an RV dealer and he told me that the tow capacity was 8200# for this model truck? As far as sway control unless its part of the weight distribution system I dont have one. The tires are 17". Where did you get the 10,000# number from? I dont pick up the Trailer and weight distribution system untill next wensday. Gonna be out of town until then.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:03 PM   #5
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The tow information is so sketchy and varies on where you look and who you talk to, so I went to my service manager. Are you sure it's 3.55? I know that's the bore of the cylinders in the 5.4. I was pretty sure the rear diff came with a 3.73 or 4.10 gear.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:46 PM   #6
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It does say 3.55 diff on the window sticker and I also call a dealer with my Vin No. and they concured. The 3.55 was available in the 2005 to 2007 s. Here is a link for new vehical take offs:http://www.newtakeoff.com/index.asp?...OD&ProdID=8152

I also noticed you use the Equilizer hitch system. I dont know what the RV dealer is giving me however it does not have sway control (side of hitch style)and that would be an extra $75.00 to bring the total to $400.00 with tax. I can get the 10,000# Equilizer on Ebay for $446.00 shipped.
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:09 PM   #7
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GET THE SWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Too much trailer for the 1/2 ton. U NEED IT!
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:21 PM   #8
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Too much trailer for the 1/2 ton. U NEED IT!

Now that statement concerns me! I am assuming that your talking about the trailer being able to push the 1/2 Ton around not that it is too small to pull the weight?
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:26 PM   #9
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It will pull fine. You'll get up to 65 on the HWY and you'll get 7 1/2 to 8 MPG doing it. You don't even want to be messing with a swaying trailer when you are "small".
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:27 PM   #10
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My delaer let me test drive my trailer...you should make it a deal stopper.
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:38 PM   #11
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Base Vehicle
Model: 2006 Ford F-150 Lariat Super Cab
4x2
Styleside
145 Wheel base
6.5 ft Cargo Box
7050# GVWR

Power train:
Engine: 5.4L 3-valve V8
Exhaust System: High performance cat back dual rear exit exhaust system

Differential: 3.73:1 gear ratio with limited slip differential

Transmission: Ford 4R100 4 speed automatic with overdrive
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Old 09-26-2007, 01:39 PM   #12
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I'm really surprised they have such a high gear in your truck with the tow package. Just make sure you leave overdrive off and you'll be fine.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:13 PM   #13
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Yep Im looking at the window sticker and it says:
3.55 Ratio limited slip axel
7200# GVWR Package
Trailer Tow package
Electronic 4 spd auto over drive

Dont know why they would use that either other than being able to get better milage. Although I only get about 15/16 mpg since i put the cap on it now and 18 before.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:52 AM   #14
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Yeah, the cap puts a lot of drag where the "bubble used to be in the bed and mad air miss the tailgate. I said earlier the dealer let me tow it befor I bout it. I would recommend that.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:07 PM   #15
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Well I had allready signed the papers with out making that tow before you buy stipulation. I pick up the trailer tomorrow. BTW I received my Equal-I-zer Hitch over the weekend. The RV dealer was not to pleased because I was originally going to buy his unit made by Reese so he is going to charge me to install it, go figure. At least I know that I have done every thing possiable to make it safe to tow this weight of trailer with my F-150. Who knows maybe next year I will be trading it for an F-250. Really dont want to take a large hit on the truck however some times you have to "Pay to Play". I was on the fence about buying the Blast 210 model weighing in at 4200# however something had to be cheapened up to get it down to the number so I decided to go this route with the heavyer unit. Hope I have not made a mistake.
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:49 PM   #16
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Installation of the hitch is pretty easy if you have a little mechanical know how and a good torque wrench.
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:51 PM   #17
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You'll be good to go. Remember, The difference between 60 MPH and 65 MPH is 120 miles over a 24 hour period (2 hours) and HORRIBLE gas mileage. Slow and easy. At least that's what....nevermind
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:48 AM   #18
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Actually I have quite a bit of mechanical ability to do the job, what I dont have is a thinwall sockt to tighten the ball nut. I have partilly assembled the hitch. I am going see if they will let me do the rest on there premises brfore i leave. I just ordered a set of new airbags on ebay for a third of what they retail for to assist in the weight distribution. That way I can air them up for towing only.
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Old 10-03-2007, 11:59 AM   #19
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Pretty cool.....I used a thinwall and an impact wrench. Hardest part was setting the stupid angle. Remember to have the bags on the Truck when you go to have it set up, because they need to level the brackets on the tongue to the TV. No bags, and they'll set the brackets too low.
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Old 10-05-2007, 08:31 AM   #20
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Well I picked the trailer up on Wensday. Unfortunatly I did not receive the air bags in time so I will have to reset the tension angle after I install them. As it stood it towed fine however it was also unloaded. Should i have the load in the trailer before I reset the tension angle or just change it with the air pressure. I'm thinking use the air pressure to adjust ride hieght would be easyer than having to change the tension angle for when Im just camping versus when I take the Sandrail or Pilot and 4 wheelers.
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