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Re: towing question

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03-06-2013 17:37:22

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I used to have a '92 F-150 extended cab with the 302 and 4-speed automatic. If I remember correctly, the tow rating of that truck was 7700 lbs. I hauled a late Deere B (around 4400 lbs plus the trailer) 400 miles from Colorado to Kansas without problems but of course that is pretty flat country. The few hills on the trip made the little V8 work pretty hard.

If your truck has a manual transmission the tow rating is much less. A friend had a truck similar to mine with the 5-speed stick and his rating was only about 4000 lbs. Apparently this transmission wasn't up to the constant loads like the auto was.

No matter how much power you have the ability to stop is even more important. Make sure your trailer brakes are fully functional before loading up and hitting the road.

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03-09-2013 14:27:23

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 Re: towing question in reply to Brendon-KS, 03-06-2013 17:37:22  
All 1/2 ton OD manual transmissions were light weight junk and not geared low enough or built heavy enough. Chances are if it's a 5-speed OD or 4 speed OD it's rated 2/3 to half of the automatic, if it's a granny low 4-speed, it's made to work, but those got dropped in favor of the OD boxes.
We used to have a 300 4-speed(T-18) F-150 and it would pull and haul, neighbor had a 300 4-speed(OD) F-150 and you had to rev it up to pull away in 1st or you'd stall. Drove a 89 C1500, 305 5-speed, same thing, it would stall on level ground if you didn't rev it up when letting clutch out.

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