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Old 09-21-2020, 04:59 PM   #1
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What does the forum think about a 5 liter F150 with rwd to pull a 21ne ? In non winter weather.
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As long as you don't mind being a little careful about where you go with just RWD then go for it. I think Donna had/has a 5.0. I don't know if it's 4wd or 2wd though.
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They have plenty of power to do it. A towing package will help extend the life of the transmission (as it usually has a cooler for the fluid).
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Big difference in price. 2 seater cab, doesnt bother me. I have awd in garage. Will set tow capacity for what is prudent. Of course our 21ne isnt ready until May 15th. plenty of time to change my plan....geez
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My F-150 is RWD only, but has electronic locking axle. Please note that I am in Florida and do not ever drive or tow off road or in snow, ever. I had more than enough of driving in snow when I lived in New England, so I am only in the snow belt during summer months. If you do not plan to tow after the freezing weather sets in, you will be fine with RWD.
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The 4 wheel drive are on rwd when rolling down the road. Correct ?
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The 4 wheel drive are on rwd when rolling down the road. Correct ?
yes, a conventional 4x4 truck is RWD until you manually engage the 4x4. there's also no center differential on these, so 4x4 mode is NOT suitable for dry pavement, only for snow/ice, and/or dirt roads.
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Thx John, enjoy your posts.
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THx John !
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The only thing I might question and NOT want is a smaller fuel tank in a RWD only truck. The newer F-150s are getting really good fuel mileage, but I sure do like the 36 gallon fuel tank in my 4x4 F-150. YMMV
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Old 09-21-2020, 06:32 PM   #11
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Now lets work on the build sheet. Solar and batteries for sure. 75% shore power, 25% bonner. 21ne
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Ouch forgot about gas tank. Thx Donna
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The only thing I might question and NOT want is a smaller fuel tank in a RWD only truck. The newer F-150s are getting really good fuel mileage, but I sure do like the 36 gallon fuel tank in my 4x4 F-150. YMMV
Donna, the only problem with the 36 gallon fuel tank is that it isnít even bigger! Had it in my previous F-150 and my current one. It. It beats the smaller tank I had in my first F-150 by a mile......no, wait, by several miles.
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Might be able to change out tank.
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What does the forum think about to pull a 21ne ? In non winter weather.
1) I would if it has the electronic rear axle and I WOULD NOT if it doesn't have the electronic rear axle.

2.) I would put on all weather tires (they have the severe weather symbol). These tires are different than "all season".

I have had this setup in Minnesota for two years, never a problem (I don't take it off road, but winter and some slippery campgrounds have not been a problem so far).
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I have seen a lot of talk about the 36 gallon tank. I have towed across the country both west to east and north to south, and so far have never wanted for more fuel capacity. I know there are some areas in the west that i have traveled (without a trailer) where it seemed gas stations were few and far between, but not sure I couldn't travel the distance with the 23 gallon tank.

I am generally ready to take a break before my gauge gets to 1/4 tank. We don't try to cover a lot of ground in a day and we usually take the scenic route vs interstates so we find plenty of opportunity to get gas. I guess if I would anticipate a route that would give me concern I would bring along a jerrycan.
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not familiar with the 'all weather symbol', do you mean, the '3 Peak Mountain Snowflake' used on superior M&S tires?

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I wouldn't go without 4WD when towing. We had a campsite in a Provincial Park backing off to the lake. It was at the bottom of a hill and the site was gravel. We had the Ford Freestar and a big Fleetwood tent trailer. The van wouldn't even budge the trailer, tires just spun. The neighbor with the F250 4x4 pulled us up the hill. We bought the Tacoma shortly after that.

Another time, same park, a camper with his 2wd work truck was driving slowly and got stuck in a muddy section because of a heavy trailer.

Even know I rarely get my truck dirty, I wouldn't go without 4WD when considering towing. Keep in mind here in Canada I have had two 2WD pickups and did fine in the winter.
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Thx Ronn
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Ouch forgot about gas tank. Thx Donna
No ouch. Canadians only get the smaller tank with RWD. That's had zero effect on our usual gas stops.

I've towed from Alaska to Baja and Vancouver to Newfoundland with RWD. Works for me.

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