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Old 03-24-2011, 10:05 PM   #1
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Need Help with towing a 2006 Salem 29BH

We have a 2006 Salem 29BH and have towed with a 2007 Ford Expedition. I recently traded up to a 2011 f-150 FX2, Crew Cab. I am concerned that It may not tow my trailer. It has a 5.0L, 6.2L or EcoBoost engine, with
GVWR, 3450 Front
GAWR 3850 Rear
GVWR 7100

My husband thinks we don't have a problem, but I am a worrier. What do you think?
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:42 PM   #2
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which engine is it? makes a difference.
also, which rear end ratio does it have and do you have the factory tow package?
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It is an 5-liter V8, w/3.73 axle ration and does have factory tow package.
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It all comes down to weight and length. You need truck empty weight, truck loaded weight. Also trailer loaded weight, tongue weight. All of this info can be found in the manuals and brochures, at least close enough. Then you have to do some math, and see what the numbers say. If you towed the trailer fine with the Expedition, you should be ok with the new truck. You do have a smaller engine in the truck, but I haven't checked the specs on that engine so I don't know how it compares with the 5.4L you had.
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:41 PM   #5
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Thanks so much for your information. The sales person said, "sure it will pull it". I have tried towing, and it seems fine, just want to be safe. When I towed with my Expedition, I got a little sway when trucks passed. My new truck has Trailer sway control???, but haven't tried it on the interstate yet. I have the weight distribution hitch, but no sway bars.
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:42 AM   #6
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there's no way i'd tow that long of a trailer without some kind of sway control.

my goodness, i think everything i've read suggests sway control for anything over 26'.
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there's no way i'd tow that long of a trailer without some kind of sway control.

my goodness, i think everything i've read suggests sway control for anything over 26'.
Big time uh-huh !!

The 145" wheelbased F150 with truck springs, should handle a trailer better than a 133" wheelbased Expedition with SUV springs.

I am not familiar with the stats on the 29BH, but that is probably plenty of trailer for a 145" wheelbased truck. Adding sway control before you next outing should be done.
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:27 AM   #8
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I pull a 2005 Salem LE 29BHSS with a 2000 F150 5.4 ext cab with tow package. No probelms except for the MPG sucks bad while towing. I am looking to move up to a F250 or 1500HD. I would like a little more power and a bigger truck. I hear good things about the Ecoboost. I think the 5.0 liter will not enough power I would go with the 6.2 Liter option.
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Big time uh-huh !!

The 145" wheelbased F150 with truck springs, should handle a trailer better than a 133" wheelbased Expedition with SUV springs.

I am not familiar with the stats on the 29BH, but that is probably plenty of trailer for a 145" wheelbased truck. Adding sway control before you next outing should be done.
We have a 2005 29BHSS, it is long, heavy, and big to tow. I use a Equalizer WDH with 4 way sway control, F150 ext cab with tow package and 5.4 auto, and I still get a bit of sway in high winds and the occassional Semi passing. I can not imagine towing it without sway control, that would be extremely dangerous in my opinion.
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I pulled my Starcraft 27FB with a 1994 Chevy 1500, TBI 350, and it pulled great. The trailer has a GTW of somewhere near 7,000, and I know it was loaded to that point when pulled. Your Ford (even if it had the V-6) has tons more power than my old 350, and also has the advantage of over 20 years R&D. Depending on how many people you're hauling (just the two of you, kids, dogs?) and how much stuff you take the 150 should pull it with no problems. Ford seems to have a good rep overbuilding their trucks.
If you're still a bit concerned the best thing to do is load the truck and trailer up as you would if camping (all your stuff plus a full tank of fuel), take the rig to a certified scale and weigh the truck and trailer separatly; weigh the front separately from the rest of the trailer, as well, so you get an accurate tongue weight. Take those weights and check them against Ford's factory tow ratings. You should have no problems with your set up.
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