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    Towing ? Is this safe, smart and legal in PA.

    I have a 2002 F150 XL with the 4.2L V6.





    The have the 3.55 axle which says I can tow 5700 pounds.

    Hereís the situation.

    My son wants to take his cub and his wagon to a tractor show in October. I would like to make it in one trip. The cub weights about 1600 pounds and the wagon weights 990.

    Trailer is a single axle with a 3000 pound weight rating. Itís weighs 1000 pounds.

    Iíd like to put the wagon on the truck bed and then his cub on my trailer.

    What are all your guys thoughts. Ideally Iíd just get a longer trailer but right now it just ainít going to happen.

    Thanks.





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    Your truck is 2 wheel drive?

    Is there another label in the door jamb that shows actual cargo weight?

    Here is a more comprehensive publication with charts for reference -

    https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...1/campercd.pdf

    What I see there agrees with your manual. I am surprised by this......

    Because of this stuff I weighed my truck a couple years ago - with a full tank of fuel and both of us sitting in it I have a payload capacity of only 790#.
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    Truck is 2WD. That is the only sticker I saw. Iíll look again tomorrow.


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    Looking at the picture of your truck with the trailer and tractor loaded, I'd do it. Take it easy, give lots of room and be prepared on braking. My 2320 was delivered on a single axle trailer, like yours pulled by a GMC Yukon. I have a trailer like yours and the one that delivered my tractor, and I would haul my 2320 on it, if I needed to. DOT isn't going to bother you.

    Make sure your tires are good and properly inflated.
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    Well the trailer weighs 1000 and the cub weighs 1600 to equal 2600. While that is over the reccomended weight for a trailer I wouldn't worry about it.

    Now the other thing is cargo capacity. Using 15% tongue weight of the trailer is 390. Add to that the wagon and you have 1380. I think that is more of an issue than the trailer weight.

    Legal? I doubt very much you would have a problem with an law enforcement. But....what happens if you are in an accident - even if it isn't your fault?

    Your truck has a GVWR of 6050 lbs. Without knowing what your truck actually weighs makes it tough to figure out your available payload. The payload is what is available for cargo and trailer tongue weight.

    If you do find another label it should have your GCVWR with is combination weight rating and might also have the cargo weight rating. With those numbers you will be able to tell exactly where you would be at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    Looking at the picture of your truck with the trailer and tractor loaded, I'd do it. Take it easy, give lots of room and be prepared on braking. My 2320 was delivered on a single axle trailer, like yours pulled by a GMC Yukon. I have a trailer like yours and the one that delivered my tractor, and I would haul my 2320 on it, if I needed to. DOT isn't going to bother you.

    Make sure your tires are good and properly inflated.
    You're probably right. My experience gets me too wound up about weights and legalities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Well the trailer weighs 1000 and the cub weighs 1600 to equal 2600. While that is over the reccomended weight for a trailer I wouldn't worry about it.

    Now the other thing is cargo capacity. Using 15% tongue weight of the trailer is 390. Add to that the wagon and you have 1380. I think that is more of an issue than the trailer weight.

    Legal? I doubt very much you would have a problem with an law enforcement. But....what happens if you are in an accident - even if it isn't your fault?

    Your truck has a GVWR of 6050 lbs. Without knowing what your truck actually weighs makes it tough to figure out your available payload. The payload is what is available for cargo and trailer tongue weight.

    If you do find another label it should have your GCVWR with is combination weight rating and might also have the cargo weight rating. With those numbers you will be able to tell exactly where you would be at.
    Operator's manual shows 10000 pounds, Stan.

    Manual also show max trailer weight at 2000 pounds.

    So, my official answer is I don't know.

    Unofficial answer is, I'd do it.
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    My trailer has a gross of 2990.

    1990 payload.


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    Quote Originally Posted by J3 Driver View Post
    I have a 2002 F150 XL with the 4.2L V6.





    The have the 3.55 axle which says I can tow 5700 pounds.

    Here’s the situation.

    My son wants to take his cub and his wagon to a tractor show in October. I would like to make it in one trip. The cub weights about 1600 pounds and the wagon weights 990.

    Trailer is a single axle with a 3000 pound weight rating. It’s weighs 1000 pounds.

    I’d like to put the wagon on the truck bed and then his cub on my trailer.

    What are all your guys thoughts. Ideally I’d just get a longer trailer but right now it just ain’t going to happen.

    Thanks.





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    A friend of mine had the exact same truck but a different color. I helped him pick it out when it was brand new. He also had a 24' enclosed car trailer. Usually I towed it with my 95 F350 dually. He sold his 71 340 Cuda to a guy from Maryland. Said he didn't want to bother me so he used the F150 to deliver it. Said it handled the trailer okay. However nothing was in the trucks bed but the trailers spare tire.

    I'd load it and see how she sits. If it looks okay take it for a local test drive. Then decide. You don't want to wreck anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    Looking at the picture of your truck with the trailer and tractor loaded, I'd do it. Take it easy, give lots of room and be prepared on braking. My 2320 was delivered on a single axle trailer, like yours pulled by a GMC Yukon. I have a trailer like yours and the one that delivered my tractor, and I would haul my 2320 on it, if I needed to. DOT isn't going to bother you.

    Make sure your tires are good and properly inflated.
    Good time to grease the bearings also.
    I'm with Don, drive smart, test it out a bit and you'll be fine.
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