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Old 07-24-2015, 01:26 PM
 
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Hello I've got a 2004 Ford F150 5.4 V8 XLT truck. Just bought a 23 foot trailer wanted to see if I should keep it or trade it in for diesel? My F150 is lifted 6inch with the regeared and also chipped.
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:27 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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What's the weight on the trailer, what's the tongue weight on the trailer, and what's your truck rated to tow?
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Old 07-24-2015, 01:49 PM
 
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Few more details. But it should be able to tow it, as long as the trailer isn't super heavy.
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:23 PM
 
Location: East TX
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The 23 foot trailer will be no problem. What's in it may add up to more than the truck can handle depending on the trailer type and the contents weight. Need more info.
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:25 PM
 
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The 23 foot trailer will be no problem. What's in it may add up to more than the truck can handle depending on the trailer type and the contents weight. Need more info.
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Definitely trade that turd in for a new 6.7 PSD!
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Old 07-24-2015, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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It'll tow a little hard going up hills or against the wind, especially at higher elevations, but it should be okay. And that's coming from someone who normally suggests diesels for towing. But 23 feet is pretty small, and being a TT rather than a 5er, wind resistance/drag will be a little less, and most of the weight will be off the truck (and on the trailer's axles).

Check your weights (truck and camper) and tow ratings. They'll vary depending on rear end, tires, transmission, trim package, etc., etc.

It's the weight of the trailer that's important. Length doesn't matter, but I'd bet weight's not too great on a 23 footer. You'll probably want to keep it as light as practicable, i.e., keep the fresh, black and grey tanks close to empty, etc.

All that said, if you've been wanting a diesel, you've found a reason for one. A 3/4-ton or 1-ton turbo diesel pickup would make the towing much more enjoyable.
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:14 PM
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Ya, a 1/2 ton truck will pull a 22' camper but you'll probably burn it up. The tranny will go first when its "huntin" for gears on the interstate and going up hills.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Huntsville
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I just sold my 2006 F150 5.4 two weeks ago. Yes.... it could probably pull it (definitely need more info on trailer weights) but the 5.4 is very weak. I have been pulling a 14' single axle trailer with a Polaris RZR 800S and a Suzuki Vinson 500 4wheeler on it and have struggled to get it up to speed. On top of that I was getting 11 mpg when I did get there.

I bought a 2008 F250 6.4 diesel and haven't looked back. 18 mpg unloaded driving to work, and 22-23 mpg on the highway. I got 16.5 mpg towing a trailer with TWO RZRs on them this weekend.
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:05 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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It can, braking will be iffy. Regardless, get a good anti-sway setup for your hitch. You do NOT want to experience that.
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