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Old 05-31-2010, 09:34 AM   #1
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Towing Rockwood 21RS with 2001 Ford F-150

We just bought our new Rockwood ROO 21RS and was wondering if you think a 2001 Ford F-150 with 5.4 L would pull this vehicle alright. We currently have a Ford Explorer with V8 but are going to opt to pick up something else to tow with. I was looking at a used 2001 f-150 supercrew just to tow the trailer with. The trailer has a dry weight of 4076 and tongue weight of 579. I am thinking that the F-150 with its long wheelbase and 5.4L should be enough to tow the ROO. Any experiences out there towing with an older F-150. Thanks

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Old 05-31-2010, 10:40 AM   #2
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the quick answer is Yes. but it would help knowing the rear end ratio to give a definite answer.

but it should easily pull the 21RS with that 5.4, even if the rear end has a 3.42 ratio.

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Old 05-31-2010, 10:51 AM   #3
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If the Ford was / is is good should good to go !!
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:33 PM   #4
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You should be good to go with the f150, smart to opt not to pull with the explorer, good to see someone trying to utilize the 1/2 ton truck rather than trying to max out with one
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:01 AM   #5
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The 5.4L can do it, but watch out!

I pull a 30-foot Surveyor with my 5.4L Expedition. It does well. HOWEVER, you should be aware of a very common problem with the 5.4L will blow spark plugs! When the aluminum heads get too hot, the spark-plug threads get soft, and one of the eight may let go and launch. Google "Ford 5.4 Triton spark plug" and read for yourself.

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We are a long-time Ford family, we love our Expedition, and we want to keep it. Here is how I make sure I keep it for a long time 1) Keep below 3,000 RPM as much as possible when towing. 2) Idle the engine when at rest stops to keep the water pump on; this will keep the aluminum heads cool. 3) Find a speed where the automatic transmission can visit overdrive often; running full time in 3rd gear is a sign of hard work. 4) Overall, keep the gas pedal off the floor when accelerating or climbing.

Even with these tips I can pull my 30-foot Surveyor at 70 MPH in 4th-gear-lock-up on the Interstate, and climb 6% grades in the Rockies at 45 MPH in 2nd gear at 3,000 RPM while driving at 8,000 feet in elevation. So far, 115K miles and no calls to AAA
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