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I'm planning to buy used Ford F150 4x4 cab, automatic or standard to tow on all 4s, is this a right toad?, or what is the best dingy??, not planning to spending money (retired) for modifications.

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Ford is the best source for this information.


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look up owner's manual for that make model year etc. and see what they say.
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Is it the right toad? Depends on what you’re towing it with. A full size truck is a pretty heavy vehicle to tow around. It will exceed the ratings of a lot of MHs. It may be ok behind a class A but probably not behind most class Cs.


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Keep planning but check closely before you buy...4 down towable, MH max tow weight etc.

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We saw many a pick up towed 4 down behind MHs, As ( rear and front gas or diesels) and Cs ( again either fuel) both auto trans and manual. 4 WD trucks have a neutral in the selector switch to allow towing.
It. also allows carrying other cargo like a M/C. Your expectation of power,economy and gcvr is the limiting factor. Definitely install auxiliary brakes on the tow. You cannot have a heavy vehicle pushing the coach.

A consideration if you are adventurous in your travels that puts you in a situation is,

I have seen and done backing up a 4 down many times, just have a spotter watch the front wheels. Its no different than backing a trailer except for the front wheels, if you have to turn sharp they may not follow the turn. It is a myth that 4 down cannot be backed or that damage will happen. Hitches that can pull can also be pushed on.
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Look at the Dinghy Guides:
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Even if your chosen vehicle is on this list or any other towable list....Before actually buying a vehicle, be sure to look at it's owner's manual under "recreational towing" or similar (not to be confused with roadside assistance towing).


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If it has a N position on the 4WD selector then chances are good it's 4 down towable. But always check the owners manual to verify.


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Most likely too heavy for a Class C, or a gas Class A. What MH do you have?


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IF you decide on a f 150 be sure it is a "manual" activated transfer case, IF it is an electronic activated transfer case ( where you push a button vs shift a shifter to engage 4x4) be sure that the dealer is able to install the program/access to the computer of the vehicle to enable "N" on the transfer case. Went through that and was unable to get a dealer able to enable the computer to put the transfer case in neutral.
Just something to investigate and to check before you pull the plug on a f 150

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