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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-04-2011, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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My wife and I are currently looking into buying a bigger trailer but little 4.6l comes with 2 different gear ratios and wheel base sizes. where do I find that info?
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If you still have your window sticker it will tell you the gear ratio of your truck. If not you can decode the vin to figure it out. The dealer can tell you as well. How big of a trailer are you planning on pulling with that "little" 4.6l? I hope you have 3.73's in the rear-end.

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Wheel base will be 126, 133, 139, 145 or 163 inches - listed under "WB" on the bottom of the pillar inside the driver's side door
Gear ratio will be as follows - listed under "AXLE" on the same sticker:

19 = 3.55 non Limited Slip
25 = 4.10 non LS
26 = 3.73 non LS
27 = 3.31 non LS
B5 = 4.10 Limited Slip
B6 = 3.73 LS
H9 = 3.55 LS
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I got 3.73 gears and looking to haul a trailer around 26 feet long.
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I'm not the best person to answer that question as 1. I don't tow and 2. I don't have a 4.6 with 3.73s but I'm going to give you my opinion anyway lol.
The 26' trailer will likely be a tall order for that truck. I think it's all about how much towing you'll be doing i.e. are you towing it to a spot for the summer and leaving it there until fall, or are you going to be putting on alot of miles. The framing of the trailer (aluminum or steel) will also play a large factor in the weight of the trailer which will make a big difference in how much work it'll be for the truck.

If you're just towing it once in awhile, I'd say you should be OK. However, like I said, I'm not the expert.
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I don't think you should have a problem towing that size of a trailer, if you notice your truck down shifting out of 6th gear alot just turn your tow/haul on and your truck will handle the trailer much better.

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http://www.f150forum.com/f38/5th-whe...m-doing-52823/

Lots of info in regards to proper towing.. as well covering alot of 5th wheel specific stuff
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I got 3.73 gears and looking to haul a trailer around 26 feet long.
What about weight? Thats really more important than length. Probably 3000-3500 dry weight is the most you'll want to go

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The trailer that we have in mind dry is about 4500lbs. We will be driving with it alot possibly we have tossed the idea of a seasonal spot. I don't have a tow/haul button on mine but I can shut the o/d off.
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