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Grit dog

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Posted: 12/31/17 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

goducks10 wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

I'm about as far from the weight cops as anyone on here and I wouldn't call that an ideal setup if it's a 10klb fiver.
I'd pull it and it wouldn't scare me. Fine if it was local trips and not mountains. For extensive travel I'd find a smaller trailer or a bigger truck.

Unlike most of the posts, the pin weight wouldn't bother me at all. Shore up the rear suspension by one of many competent means. 2000lbs giver take on the back of a newer half ton truck won't hurt it, in my experience.
My issue would be first, it's a 2010, so 5.4/4 speed correct? Reliable combo, decent power, but nothing compared to the 2011 and up Eco or 5.0 and 6 speed or the newer versions with 10 speed.
Second, is its kind of a smallish truck for that trailer. Again, depending on how/where you're planning on using it.
Last, it's a 2010. If it's high miles, you're pushing the capability of the truck more than if it's low miles/newer. This is dependent on the condition of the truck.


2010 had the 5.4 with a 6sp. Big issue is that you only have tow haul mode. No way to lock out OD. I towed 72-7300 lbs with my 2010 5.4 3.73. The tranny hunted all day long. On the flats running around 60-62 mph and approaching an overpass it would kick down to 4th, completely missing 5th, then when cresting and heading down the overpass it would go to 5th, then 6th and then once settled in it would either drop back to 5th or stay in 6th. For the most part it was very irritating. I had a scan gauge and monitored temps. The good part was that Ford beefed up the tranny cooling and the tranny temps stayed pretty constant even with all the hunting.
JMHO here, but the 5.4 (dog) and the non selectable tranny was probably the worst combo for anything over 5000 lbs. The 5.4 even with 3.73 gears didn't have enough power to hold a gear even on the slightest inclines.


My bad, the 6 speed did come a couple years before the new engines. No manual mode though?
Agree, I'm not a fan of the 5.4 for heavy towing vs the 5.0 or Eco.


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Posted: 12/31/17 02:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The newer F150's with the HD payload only have 6 studs. My brother has one and tows a 2016 puma 5th wheel. I think its around 27'. His truck has 2450 payload and he has a few hundred pounds to spare on his rear axle when loaded up. Tows no problem with the 2nd generation 3.5 ecoboost.


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