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Getnsmart

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I have a 2003 F150 Super Crew with a 5.4L V8, 3.55 limited slip rearend, Class III Tow package.
GVWR 6600lbs, 138.8 wheelbase,Torque 350@2500.

Just for future reference if I decide to upgrade TT.

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You can use this information from F150online.com as a general reference but keep in mind that SuperCrews didn't exist then (1999) so you'll need to correlate your weight with the nearest weight listed:

Engine.Cab...Trans...Axle...Drive..Trailer(lbs)

4.6....SUP....MAN....3.08....4X4....1700
4.6....REG....MAN....3.08....4X4....1800
4.2....REG....MAN....3.31....4X4....1900
4.6....SUP....MAN....3.08....4X2....2000
4.2....SUP....MAN....3.08....4X2....2100
4.6....REG....MAN....3.08....4X2....2300
4.2....REG....MAN....3.08....4X2....2500
4.6....SUP....MAN....3.55....4X4....3000
4.6....REG....MAN....3.55....4X4....3100
4.2....REG....MAN....3.55....4X4....3200
4.6....SUP....MAN....3.55....4X2....3300
4.2....SUP....MAN....3.55....4X2....3400
4.6....REG....MAN....3.55....4X2....3500
4.2....REG....MAN....3.55....4X2....3600

4.2....SUP....AUTO...3.31....4X2....4600
4.2....REG....AUTO...3.31....4X2....4800
4.2....REG....AUTO...3.55....4X4....5400
4.6....SUP....AUTO...3.08....4X2....5500
4.6....REG....AUTO...3.08....4X2....5600
4.2....SUP....AUTO...3.55....4X2....5600
4.2....REG....AUTO...3.55....4X2....5800
4.6....SUP....AUTO...3.55/17.4X4...6100
5.4....SUP....AUTO...3.08....4X2....6300
4.6....REG....AUTO...3.55/17.4X4...6300
5.4....REG....AUTO...3.08....4X2....6600
4.6....SUP....AUTO...3.55/16.4X4...6600
4.6....REG....AUTO...3.55/16.4X4...6800
4.6....SUP....AUTO...3.55....4X2....7000
4.6....REG....AUTO...3.55....4X2....7200
5.4....SUP....AUTO...3.55/16.4X4...7700
5.4....SUP....AUTO...3.73/17.4X4...7700
5.4....REG....AUTO...3.55/17.4X4...7800
5.4....REG....AUTO...3.55/16.4X4...7900
5.4....SUP....AUTO...3.55....4X2....8000
5.4....REG....AUTO...3.55....4X2....8300


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Also from F150online here's the 2001 Supercrew specs which should be consistant with your 2003.

Series..Engine..Gvwr....Max Trailer Wieght
4x2.......4.6.......6350.......6600
4x2.......5.4.......6600.......8000
4x4.......4.6.......6500.......6300
4x4.......5.4.......6750.......7700

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Thats more than I thought I could tow which is good.

Thank you very much!!!

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CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION:

Tow ratings are your ABSOLUTE MAX and only take into account one 150-lb drive and no options on the truck.

You'll generally max out at about 1000 lbs UNDER your tow rating.

Also, conventional wisdom says you can tow a travel trailer of limited length - up to 20' for 110" of wheelbase, plus 1' for each extra 4" above 110".

*This Message was edited on 21-Mar-03 01:53 PM by Westronics*



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What Westronics said and you also have to consider your GCWR, which will be at the most, #13,000.

So, if you subtract the MAX trailer weight listed of #8000 from your actual GCWR, your truck can only weigh #5000 fully loaded with gas, passengers, stuff and including the trailers tongue weight......

I can tell you that just is not going to happen. My F150 weighs #5000 before I even get in the thing!

You should get your truck weighed so you know where to even begin. Remember to add anything or anybody that was not with you when you weighed as well. Weight adds up pretty fast on these things.

IMO, if you stick to a trailer with a soaking wet weight of around < #6000, you and your truck will be a much happier 'camper'.

Good Luck!

*This Message was edited on 21-Mar-03 02:03 PM by MitchF150*



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According to some sales guys at the local RV dealer you should be able to tow a 65 foot airstream.


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No problem, I'm sure I can make do with a TT that weighs 6000 lbs or less.

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GetnSmart
See my signature.. my rig weighs a little more than 5000 lbs road ready. I have about the same tow vehicle as you.. GCWR at 13000. My trailer is 26+ ft.

Even though I am under my maxiums "by the book" I have found with real life towing experience that this is absolutely the most I want to tow with this mule.

Westronics is right on in my opinion. Good luck.


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Weigh your truck. Add gear, people and gas to determine the truck GVW. Subtract formn the GCWR of your truck which is assumed at 13,000#. Then the difference between the GCWR and the truck GVW is the loaded weight of a trailer that you can tow. Use the dry weight of TT from the company brochures and add water, propane, gear, food, etc., and "back into" the weight of trailer that you can tow. Do not be disillusioned at the size of rig you can pull. Be safe by going through this weight comparison.

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