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Want to buy 92-96 F150 4WD to tow - what to avoid?

Hi all,
I'm looking to pick up a 'new to me' F150 to tow my jeep and trailer around. Dual axle trailer, brakes both axles, typical built jeep, currently using a 79 F250 4WD, mild 400M, NP435 to tow, but the body is just getting too rough to keep dealing with it, and I'm looking to go cross-country in the next few years, and I can't see the old girl making the trip.

So, it's time to upgrade. This year range approx. fits my budget, which is probably in the $4K to $6K range. I think I'm looking for an automatic, v8, regular ol' F150. Are there any items I should look to avoid, like certain years, or transmissions, or anything like that??

Do any of you tow with a manual trans in this year range? Is that advised? I love the NP435, but does the new stuff have as good of a granny gear, or is it as robust?

I did search, and couldn't find anybody asking for this info.
Sorry for the length, thanks for any insight!
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Re: Want to buy 92-96 F150 4WD to tow - what to avoid?

I'd avoid F150s as tow <nobr>vehicles</nobr>. You want the F250 or F350. 3/4 ton should fit the bill for what you are doing. The 150 is underpowered and more importantly the brakes are unadequate for heavy towing. Just my .02
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Re: Want to buy 92-96 F150 4WD to tow - what to avoid?

I would agree, go for the 3/4 ton. I've towed with my 93 F150, which has the 300ci 4.9 6 cyl in it and a 5 spd manual. I towed a full size trailer with a jeep on it, and I even towed a wagoneer once. It towed ok, but braking was a bit sketchy, especially with that waggy on the trailer. Go for the F250 with a V8 in it. My dad has one and it's much better for towing, the PO used it to tow a 5th wheel camper and said it was the best truck he'd towed with in his opinion.
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Re: Want to buy 92-96 F150 4WD to tow - what to avoid?

Avoid the 5-speed it is a Mazda unit which doesn't hold up for towing.

Get a 351W and automatic. The 95 and 96 models had upgraded transmissions but the 92-94s are pretty stout. I think most of the 4x4s come with 3.55 gears which are good. Just make sure it doesn't have 3.08 gears. 94-96 have airbags.

If you have trailer brakes you will be fine stopping with a 1/2 ton. I pull an 18 ft trailer with brakes only on one axle and it brakes good. I pull a 21 ft boat without trailer brakes and pull tractors, trucks, cars on the 18 ft trailer without any problems.

My truck is a 93 351W auto 4x4 extended cab with 211,000 miles on it.

If the ONLY thing you do is tow then you could look at a 3/4 ton. The 3/4 ton does come with a good 5 speed if you want a manual.
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I've got a 91' f-150 2wd with 300/5speed and 2:72 gears and I have had no trouble whatsoever pulling anything with it. I've pulled trailes with and without brakes no problems I do recomend trailer brakes though. If you have a choice between the 302 and 300 take the 300 much better for towing. If I used mine for towing more I would get lower gears like 3:08 or 3:55. But its suprisingly strong considering the gears. If I can keep it up around 65/70 I can pull just about anything up a steep grade even with the AC on. As long as I am running at least 1400rpm it does great! Excelent MPG also. Other day I hauled a car 70 miles and got 18mpg I was running 70/75 with the AC on. Never had to downshift out of 5th. In my opinion a EFI 300 pulls better than any Carb'd small block.
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Re: Want to buy 92-96 F150 4WD to tow - what to avoid?

Hey guys,
Thanks for all the info. I have heard some good things about the 300-six.

I do think I'll go automatic, just for convenience. I guess it'll come down to what I find available in the 1/2 or 3/4 ton choice. Gearing is a definite thing to look at though. My trailer has good brakes, and the old 79' brakes I'm sure aren't as good as they used to be and my truck/trailer pair stops fairly well now, but brakes surely aren't a part of the package I want to be weak, so I may look more closely at the 3/4.

Thanks again for all the help. Much appreciated. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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