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Old 06-13-2011, 12:57 AM   #11
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I have a 302 now, but I used to pull & launch my 27 ft boat w/ an I-6 A/T. 7,500+ lbs (a floating Winnebago), not counting the trailer. Don't recommend trying it w/ a bumper hitch though.

Wasn't the pulling so much as the stopping I worried about. Had to really plan ahead. No such thing as a panic stop.

Tandem axle trailers like mine make things easier, but you still gotta stop. Switching rear drums to discs in a good idea.
How can i change rear drums to discs? Ive been trying to research upgrading my brakes because i plan on this thing gettig bigger and bigger. And im pretty sure i hauled close to 8-9000 lbs of firewood today and i had ti downshift to slow down. Ive got a 5.8 aod. Downshifting+braking=decent stops. But with that load if there was an emergency my only option was the ditch. If i upgrade to bigger rims in the future is it possible to get bigger discs and pads? Im not very good with brakes.
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:26 AM   #12
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I've got the I6 and we towed our boat (6000 lb) about a 60 mile round trip last weekend. It's not my usual tow vehicle but I wanted to see how it would perform. It performed great my only concern on a longer tow would be the overall cooling capacity. It's also a light duty truck so it's a little spongy towing a bigger load (I'm used to our Excursion which is pretty stout).
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How can i change rear drums to discs? Ive been trying to research upgrading my brakes because i plan on this thing gettig bigger and bigger. And im pretty sure i hauled close to 8-9000 lbs of firewood today and i had ti downshift to slow down. Ive got a 5.8 aod. Downshifting+braking=decent stops. But with that load if there was an emergency my only option was the ditch. If i upgrade to bigger rims in the future is it possible to get bigger discs and pads? Im not very good with brakes.
If you get a trailer that has its own brakes and install a brake controller in your truck, you should be fine with the brakes as they are now. My camping trailer has brakes, and my truck has the brake controller. It makes a world of difference when the truck doesn't have to stop the weight of the trailer too.
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If you get a trailer that has its own brakes and install a brake controller in your truck, you should be fine with the brakes as they are now. My camping trailer has brakes, and my truck has the brake controller. It makes a world of difference when the truck doesn't have to stop the weight of the trailer too.
I almost did that, trailer was ready but sold the boat so it was a mute point.
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What transmission do you have, if you have OD than you DO NOT have a c-4 or other C series transmission. You have the AOD, AODE, or the E4OD.
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I carry a 15" spare I did have a full 270 gallon water tank in the bed a few times, I now have a trailer I pull it in.
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What transmission do you have, if you have OD than you DO NOT have a c-4 or other C series transmission. You have the AOD, AODE, or the E4OD.
Uh.. yeah, my bad.. I think it is an E4OD, pretty sure now.. but I'll check to make sure. Automatic with the button on the end of the column shifter for OD. 1,2 and D and then the OD makes 4.

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http://www.trailerboats.com/sharedco...mit=&x=85&y=27
According to this link, my 96 F150 4x4 can tow 7,200lbs.
Not too shaby...
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According to this link, my 96 F150 4x4 can tow 7,200lbs.
Not too shaby...
Amazing what these truck's will do if you ask em nice! 7,500 lbs. was my boat's "dry weight". Then there's the weight of 125 gal fuel & 80 gal fresh water. I'm afraid to do the math...but I will:

125 @ 7.3 = 912.5 lbs
80 @ 8.3 = 664 lbs
Total = 1,576.5

Boat + Fluids = 9,076.5 lbs. not counting trailer.
(I don't recommend it though)
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Amazing what these truck's will do if you ask em nice!
Very true - had an experience to rent a Bobcat skid-steer loader. Went through the check-out - no problems, nothing mentioned.

Flippin' A - truck was huffin' and puffin' to get up to 35 mph through town, and since I didn't have the trailer brakes hook-up - gave new meaning to standing on the brakes to stop. Even got pushed through one intersection after a light rain.

On taking it back and mentioning my challenges - the rental guy shared that this was a 13,000 pound load with the trailer and that they usually don't let it off the lot with anything less than a 3/4 ton - but I looked like I had some sense.

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