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Old 05-30-2013, 05:10 AM   #1
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Probably going to buy 2013 F150 Crew Cab 4x4 w Ecoboost. Dealership has 2 that are priced about the same, but the one with more options only has 3:31 axle ratio......Other one with less options has 3:55.

I currently pull a 2013 Zinger 28BH. Dry weight 6400ish/estimated full to be 7500lbs. Live in Northern IL and don't travel through the mountains regularly but may consider a trip down the road.

Trailer Life Towing guide lists 3:31 as having a 9200 rating and 3:55 as having 9600 pounds.Anyone see a big difference between the ratios? </span>
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:56 AM   #2
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I suggest------you get the 3.73 gears. To do that you need the max tow package. With that you get LT245/75R17E tires,heavy duty shocks, upgraded springs and radiator, auxiliary transmission cooler.
Then you need the Max. trailer tow package, which is required for towing over 5000#. It includes, class IV hitch receiver, 7 pin wiring harness, trailer brake controller, I think it has sway control also. That's just a few of the extras that come with these packages. Some of the things you will have to buy extra if you choose not to go this route. If you do decide to go this way--you will have a truck that will handle the trailer, and do what you want.
I know it's easier to just go down to the dealers lot and pick one up that happens to be sitting there, but it more then likely won't be what you need. Tell them to either order you what you want, or go on line and find it.
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I suggest------you get the 3.73 gears. To do that you need the max tow package. With that you get LT245/75R17E tires,heavy duty shocks, upgraded springs and radiator, auxiliary transmission cooler.
Then you need the Max. trailer tow package, which is required for towing over 5000#. It includes, class IV hitch receiver, 7 pin wiring harness, trailer brake controller, I think it has sway control also. That's just a few of the extras that come with these packages. Some of the things you will have to buy extra if you choose not to go this route. If you do decide to go this way--you will have a truck that will handle the trailer, and do what you want.
I know it's easier to just go down to the dealers lot and pick one up that happens to be sitting there, but it more then likely won't be what you need. Tell them to either order you what you want, or go on line and find it.
x2 3.73 and all the extra goodies.
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Old 06-07-2013, 03:41 AM   #4
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If you don't want max tow and are sure about one of those trucks, get the 3:55. Better than the 3:31.
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Jguetch,
I have a Zinger 26bl very similar to your trailer and the weights are about the same. I have a 2013 F150 super crew lariat with the ecoboostengine and the max tow package which has the 3.73 gear. It pulls the trailer outstanding. I have pulled in the mountains of Pennsylvania and it handled awesome. More power the I needed. Before this tuck I hada 2001super crew lariat with the 5.4 triton and the 3.55 gear(no tow package).It handled the trailer okayon flat ground but really struggled in the hills of southern Ohio but again with the older truck I was at my limit for towing capacity. In my opinion I would get the max tow package on your new truck. That trailer is a big unit and it is always better to have more capacity then less.
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Sorry I meant 2012 F150.
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"...In my opinion I would get the max tow package on your new truck. That trailer is a big unit and it is always better to have more capacity then less."

Cannot disagree...
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