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Old 02-19-2015, 11:28 AM   #21
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If you all ready have the truck I would give it a go and see how it does. You may find that it does OK or good enough to get you through this season. My work truck is a 2011 with the 4.8l and 3.23 rear end, I tow a couple of different enclosed trailers the bigger one being 24' x 8'. I had a 3500 lb plow and a 1600 lb plow in it and it pulled it but would downshift to 2nd on every incline to maintain 65. This truck has the 4 speed transmission and I don't even try to tow in overdrive, if yours has the 6 speed it may do a little better.

I have never heard of HD brakes as part of a tow package option. That being said my work truck would stop that big trailer just fine with the trailer brakes doing their part of course.


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Old 02-19-2015, 11:40 AM   #22
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HD brakes can be found here. Depending where you tow, might need them.

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Old 02-19-2015, 12:53 PM   #23
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You said they were part of the towing package from the manufacturer.
"Factory installed towing packages usually include those two items PLUS an aux trans cooler and HD brakes".
That is what confused me.
I know you can get them from the aftermarket.

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Old 02-19-2015, 08:25 PM   #24
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I am wondering the same thing. i have a 2009 Ford F150 Supercrew 4x4XLT 4.6V8 with an aftermarket hitch. The sticker on the shows Towing Capacity 6000lbs/ Hitch Capacity 600lbs and Weight Distribution 11000lbs/ Hitch Capacity 1100lbs.

My trailer is about 6500lbs if it loaded to the max.
Jefferson, those numbers are for the hitch not the vehicle. Hitch can hold more than what vehicle can support.
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:57 AM   #25
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Jefferson, having just an aftermarket hitch isn't the same as a factory tow package.
It doesn't increase your truck's towing capacity.
Your truck has only the minimum towing capacity.
You need to go to Ford's 2009 Towing Guide and find what its real rating is.
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:53 AM   #26
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Thanks, found the 2009 guide and the door sticker at 7000lbs.

I knew I was borderline.
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:25 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by jefferson View Post
Thanks, found the 2009 guide and the door sticker at 7000lbs.

I knew I was borderline.

That 7000lbs is probably your least limiting factor. If you're close to 7,000lbs loaded for camping, your combined will certainly be over... Probably by a lot.

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Old 02-20-2015, 12:42 PM   #28
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I had a Tundra 4.7 and it would pull my 19RR ok but I didn't like the way it struggled with it and stopping was also causing issues with the rotors. I felt like the truck just wouldn't hold up long towing that much weight. It was always hunting for a gear too. I reluctantly went with a new truck (what I have now) which handled it just fine. I like to concept of getting the trailer you need and then getting the matching TV for it.
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I made the mistake of not planning for the future. Started out with a sport trac pulling a very heavy popup. Got a Silverado with a 323 gear and it was fine until I upgraded to a 23ss hybrid. the constant struggling trying to find a gear drove me nuts. Now I have a 2012 F150 ecoboost max tow. No issues until I upgraded to a Salem 27DBUD. Pulls fine but the trucks overloaded in payload. Moral of the story. Plan for the future. If you think you will upgrade down the road (and you may very well) you won't have to truck shop at the same time. This is an expensive hobby but done right it's not so bad.
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