Advice on Long-Distance towing with D-150

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by rhhipster, May 17, 2016.

  1. rhhipster

    rhhipster Junior Member

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    Hi there!

    My friend has recently given me his 1986 D150 with a 5.2 L V8 engine. He has taken good care of it.

    I am looking to tow a travel trailer long distance. The weight of the trailer (equipped with trailer brakes) and passengers and everything will likely be ~4500 LBS. There is no sticker I can find on the vehicle, and I've seen conflicting anecdotes and advice about what people have towed with this vehicle type before.

    So, is 4,500 LBS too heavy a load for this truck? If so, what would you recommend as a maximum safe towing weight? I am planning on installing a transmission cooler and electric brake controller.
     
  2. crazzywolfie

    crazzywolfie Senior Member

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    i think 4500lbs would be about the max legal tow weight just because of how light these trucks usually are. my truck only weights 4100lbs with me in it. usually the rule of thumb is that the haul vehicle is suppose to weigh 10% more than what your hauling.
     

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