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Old 06-12-2012, 08:28 AM   #21
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Look in the forum Reference Library at the 1999 Classic Brochure, there is non for a 1994, go down to the chart and under UVW weight for the 31Ft it is 5920 lbs plus air conditioner etc. will add at least another 200lbs, giving a total weight for the 31ft trailer at 6120 lbs. Hitch or tongue weight is 800lbs in the chart, the 1994 will be close to the same thing.
I didn't get enough information about your truck but I gave you the 1999 tow rating chart, match your truck with the chart, and see what your tow rating is, you may not be able to pull the trailer. Also not just any conversion van can pull it either. Hi-Lo trailers are not necessarily light and in some cases are heavier than the same length full height trailer. Also you picked one of the heavier ones.
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Found the owners manual (it was misplaced). Just added to my confusion though lol it says "your vehicle may tow a class 1 2 or 3 trailer provided the maximum trailer weight is less than or equal to the maximum trailer weight listed for your engine and rear axle ratio" which says 7,200. Yet on the back bumper it says maximum trailer weight is 5,000 which I found on further inspection. It also is wired for electric brakes with the cap saying ford on it - does that mean it was factory installed? I was also wondering if when the owner told me 5100 lbs wouldn't he have taken that number off the title?
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Weights on titles are rarely right. I went to a service when I got the new title for my 2209 and I forgot to bring the weight with me, so he said guess, which I did and I was wrong. It sounds like it is a Ford hitch.
Your manual is stating the maximum, that is if all conditions are met. Factory tow package, correct axle ratio, etc. Manuals are more or less generic. Use the 1999 tow rating chart.
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Yes 5600 - 7200 based on 3 different ones ( F150 4.6 v8) I still can't differentiate which is the correct weight though.
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What is it a 2door, 4dr, is it a 4X4? I have the other information but forgot to ask this.
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I assume the 500# tongue weight is if you do not use a WDH. Most F150's will handle more than that with a WDH. If you have the truck's manual look in the towing section, there may be more specific info there.
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I assume the 500# tongue weight is if you do not use a WDH. Most F150's will handle more than that with a WDH. If you have the truck's manual look in the towing section, there may be more specific info there.
Yes that was where it said 7200 maximum trailer weight with 11,500 total. thats why I dont understand why it said 5,000 maximum trailer weight on the bumper. I'm wondering if the trailer place we are going to later might be able to weigh the F150 Ill have to check
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What is it a 2door, 4dr, is it a 4X4? I have the other information but forgot to ask this.

A 3 door 4x2 and I was wrong it is a 98 not a 99
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That's a 98 F150 with 4.6 V8, Auto, 2 wheel drive, Super Cab, with a 3.55 axle ratio. going by the 1999 tow rating chart, 98 would be the same, your max tow rating for your truck is 5,400 lbs., which is less than the weight of the 94 31ft trailer which is close to 6,000 lbs or more.
Rule of thumb is the trailer weight should be no more than 85% of the truck max tow rating, which would be 4,590 lbs. trailer weight. You can go to the max for fairly level towing but mountains would be hard on the truck.
Bumper tow rating is not the same as having a class 4 tow hitch, which is mounted under the bumper.
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That's a 98 F150 with 4.6 V6, Auto, 2 wheel drive, Super Cab, with a 3.55 axle ratio. going by the 1999 tow rating chart, 98 would be the same, your max tow rating for your truck is 5,400 lbs., which is less than the weight of the 94 31ft trailer which is close to 6,000 lbs or more.
Rule of thumb is the trailer weight should be no more than 85% of the truck max tow rating, which would be 4,590 lbs. trailer weight. You can go to the max for fairly level towing but mountains would be hard on the truck.
Bumper tow rating is not the same as having a class 4 tow hitch, which is mounted under the bumper.
I see 5400 and 6300 for the v8 (not v6) supercab (am I reading it wrong?) I asked my husband if ours was considered the supercab and he said no the supercab was 4 door. He's not very mechanically inclined though lol. It really would in all actuality only be used for this one trip before we purchased the conversion van. How much difficulty would we encounter finding a conversion van to pull this?
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