Used One Ton Trucks For Sale – How Your Tow Vehicles Are Stacked in the Real World
I was watching television that night when a Ford ad appeared. They have two competing vehicles linked to a trailer weighing 11,000 pounds and the man said something along the lines, will need two trucks to pull the trailer weighing 11,000 pounds unless you have a Ford F-150 with a full box frame. Now, because of what I did to make a living, this commercial ad immediately caught my attention.
My first thought was that a fully frame box might be a good feature, but I find it hard to believe that this is the reason the truck can be heavier than the other half-ton trucks on the planet. The last time I checked, the reason for the strong crane rating was due to factors such as the engine, transmission and rear axle ratio. This tickled my curiosity and I decided the next morning I would forget my daily work plan and investigate this claim, that half a ton of Ford F-150 could actually withdraw 11,000 pounds safely.
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The first order of business is to examine some of the pull guides published to confirm Ford’s claims. I started with the 2007 Ford Fleet Puller Guide. When I went to the half-ton truck section, I found that the highest crane rating issued for half a ton of F-150 was 10,500 pounds. After further investigation, I found that there was only one F-150 truck, out of 56 available configurations, with a rating of 10,500 pounds. It is a regular 4X2 taxi, with a 144.5-inch wheelbase and 4.10 axle ratio. But wait for a footnote, the sound of this truck also requires a heavy duty cargo package, and in parentheses he said (late availability). I don’t know when this crane guide was issued, or whether this heavy duty package was available at the time of this writing.
Let’s see where we are so far. Of the 56 configurations between the regular cabin F-150 and a half tons, supercab and supercrew trucks, two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, short beds and long bed models with a shaft ratio of 3.55, 3.73 or 4.10, only there is one half-ton F-150 truck rated to attract 10,500 pounds. The last time I checked an ordinary taxi, a long two wheel drive truck was not a favorite choice among the masses in the category of truck purchases.
But wait, there is another problem; TV advertisements say Ford has a half-ton F-150 that can produce 11,000 pounds, not 10,500. Before spending a lot of time, for no reason, I decided to examine some of the other 2007 towing guides that I had laid out to see if any of them could eliminate some of this confusion. Towing Guide The 2007 RV Business contains 49 F-150 trucks in various configurations, where the highest crane rating is 9,900 pounds. Again it is an ordinary taxi, a two-wheel drive with an 8-foot bed and a 5.4-liter V-8 engine. There are two footnotes asking for automatic transmission and axle ratio 4.10: 1. The Trailer Life 2007 Annual Puller Guide lists the 49 configuration, the same F-150 as the same model with a 9,900 pound tow value. Now I’m really confused. Can the F-150 withdraw 9,900, 10,500 or 11,000 pounds? I decided to contact someone at Ford about TV ads and find out what happened. Who is right, a television advertisement or one of the pulling guides published?
I searched and searched for contact information for Ford representatives who might quickly solve this problem, but soon found that it was a challenge to reach the top. The closest thing to me is the Ford Public Relations telephone number that I found on the Internet. I talked to a young woman about my dilemma; he said he was not allowed to give me his name. I explained the problem between the television ad and the crane guide that was published and he told me that the crane rank was based on how the truck was equipped. I tried to explain that I really understood this, but this did not answer my question. The final response was that I contacted the local Ford dealer and they would be able to answer all my questions. Now I have been at this RV towing for some time, but for the sake of doubt and to comply with the guidelines given to me, I contacted the local Ford dealer. I’m glad I don’t have to pay for phone calls because what I suspect is true. I talked to the sales department and service department and no one could tell me what the highest crane value was for F150 2007, based on any configuration.
I let everyone rest for a few days, so that I could get caught up in the work I left behind. Low and see I see the same ad on TV again. Now, instead of just being curious, I’m starting to worry about a large audience watching this same commercial ad. The next morning I did research on the Internet. I soon found this ad was part of the Ford Challenge ad campaign. They even have a website for that. Take the challenge. See why Ford is a better choice. I’m sure you might have seen a number of other Ford challenge advertisements involving Ford Fusion and Ford Expedition. Basically, Ford Challenge ads highlight some of the features and capabilities of the vehicle compared to its competitors. The F-150 offers the best cargo and towing in its class.
In an effort to be fair and non-judgmental, I tried the second time to contact someone at Ford who might solve this problem. This time I have to be satisfied to send an email to the customer service department under the sales and advertising list. Ten days later I received a response from the Ford Motor Company Customer Relations Center regarding the maximum trailer weight of the Ford F-150 2007. It reads, “In an effort to help you, we have examined your question. According to our resources, the maximum trailer weight is in pounds for F -150 properly equipped without cargo is 10,500 pounds. ” There is no mention of the 11,000 pound rating advertised in the email response.
Now I think I really need to contact someone at Ford for an explanation. As a third attempt I went to media.ford.com. This is where all types of media can access information that is not available to the general public. I registered, registered my credentials and was given access. After researching the media site, I called the contact point for a press release which referred to the F-150 11,000 pound rating, but never heard it. I then contacted the Ford Manager for North American Marketing and Sales Communications via email. I didn’t get a response for more than a week, so I called and left a voice message. I still haven’t heard anything at the time of this writing. Personally I would think someone at Ford wanted to clear up this problem.
After some additional research, that is my opinion, and only my opinion, that when Ford learned of the 2007 Toyota Tundra offer for 5.7 Liter V-8 with 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque, they felt a little threatened. Earlier this year, Toyota said the half-ton truck would have a 10,000+ pound crane rating. A review of Toyota’s Tundra Edmunds.com 2007 states that regular 4X2 taxis equipped with Tundra can pull up to 10,800 pounds. This will be the highest crane rating in its class for 2007. According to Autodata, Ford saw F-Series sales drop 14 percent in the first quarter of 2007. Did Ford claim 11,000 pounds due to not wanting to lose? Not losing sales to competitors? After all, Ford trucks have been king of the hill for some time.
I find it interesting that in 2004, 2005 and 2006 the highest crane rank for the F-150 was £ 9,900. In August 2006, Ford announced the 2007 F-150 was able to attract 10,500, and in January 2007 it increased to 11,000 pounds. The only difference between these trucks, to justify this increase, is the whole box frame ??
Vehicles go through rigorous testing to rank cranes. There are many factors involved such as engine size, transmission, wheelbase, axle ratio, brakes, cooling system, crane package, and more. The problem I see with crane rankings is that even though there are many factors involved and there are rigorous tests involved, there are no standards set to measure these things, at least I’m not aware.
Let’s look at some of the actual specifications between the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra and then we will count them. The intended Ford F-150 has a 5.4L V-8 engine with 300 horsepower @ 5,000 RPM and 365 lb-ft @ 3,750 RPM. The Toyota Tundra has a 5.7 L V-8 engine with 381 horsepower @ 5,600 RPM and 401 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM. Both have a rear axle ratio of 4.10: 1. Ford advertises a 11,000 pound crane rating and Toyota advertises a 10,800 crane rating. The F-150 has a Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 15,800 pounds and the Tundra has a 16,000 pound GCWR. It’s interesting that Toyota has higher horsepower, torque and GCWR, but a lower crane rank!
Perhaps the bigger problem is, consumers don’t really understand the rating of vehicle cranes and no one on the side of vehicle manufacturing is really trying to educate consumers on this topic. I mean really, advertises a crane rating of 11,000 pounds to the masses when in reality only one version of the F-150, out of 56 available, can tow close to the weight advertised. And unfortunately in the real world the puller can’t even do that. Let me explain.
When the manufacturer ranks the crane is usually based on empty vehicles, without many choices, and the driver’s weight. Most of the weight used for registered drivers weighs 150 pounds. I think the last time I weighed 150 pounds was one time in junior high school. This is how this crane works. You want to buy the F-150 to tow Recreational Vehicles. For starters you want a supercab so there is room for the family. And of course you won’t die without a four-wheel drive, and it must be a short wheelbase model. Next on the list, you want something that has decent fuel economy because you will use it to drive to work when you don’t pull the trailer. So you compromise and use a 4.6 liter V-8 with 3.55 axle ratio: 1. From 56 F-150 truck configurations you now have one to choose from. That’s right, one model meets your criteria and your new F-150 crane rank is 6,000 pounds, not 11,000.
This took us back to an empty truck with a driver who weighed 150 pounds. Let’s see the real world again. You have a wife and two children with a combined weight of 330 pounds, who are conservative. The additional options you want on your truck such as bed liners, brush protectors, and side stairs add 150 pounds, again becoming conservative. Now, are you planning to put something behind the truck when you go camping? Well it’s a good place for bicycles and park chairs, and don’t forget about your tool box. Because we have been conservative at this point, we will only add 130 pounds to the cargo. And the difference between your actual weight and the driver’s 150 pounds is, say 40 pounds, which in my case is still on the conservative side. Now let’s count. The tow value of 6,000 pounds minus 650 pounds of additional weight equals a tow rating of 5,350 pounds. You see, everything you add, or load into the truck takes the same amount of vehicle crane rank.
Oh, and don’t forget the weight of the trailer tongue you pull. Additional weights such as tongue weights and other weights added to vehicles cannot exceed any vehicle weight ratings such as Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) and Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). While on the subject of weight, I mentioned the other previous weight ranks that were not too often discussed, Gross Combined Weight Ranking (GCWR). In the real world, GCWR is very important when you talk about pullers because the maximum weight allowed from a fully loaded towing vehicle and a fully loaded trailer. If you go to a set of scales and weigh a fully loaded truck and a full trailer it cannot exceed the GCWR of a tow vehicle. We can go further and say that regardless of the crane rating advertised if you reduce the vehicle’s sidewalk weight (plus additional weight) from the GCWR the tow vehicle will give you the weight of the vehicle that can really be towed. In our last example, the GCWR for trucks in our example is 11,500. The sidewalk weight is around 5,360 plus our additional weight is 650 pounds. But don’t forget to reduce the driver to 150 pounds. So our trucks can tow 5,340 pounds before exceeding the GCWR. GCWR considers all factors, unlike vehicle crane ratings. Go to the scales to find out how things accumulate in the real world of attractors.
It doesn’t stop here; there are many other things to consider. For example the receiver of the obstacle on the back of the tow vehicle has a heavy rating too. The truck may tow 5,340 pounds, but if the recipient is given a 5,000 pound rating, that is what you can attract the most. You see everything in the crane system is based on the weakest link in the system.
As you can see there is a lot more involved with the ranking behind it than commercial television commercials, fully frame boxes. I can write an entire book on this topic. I actually do. More information is available in my book, The RV Book, and a DVD titled Trailer Towing, Weights, Hitchwork & Backing, is available at http://www.rveducation101.com
What I really knew was that the last trailer I had weighed around 7,300 pounds when it was loaded to go camping. My ¾ ton truck at that time had a 8,800 pound crane rating and I was under the GCWR. Pulling a trailer is not always a pleasant experience. I feel nervous when I hear about a 1/2 ton truck that can pull 11,000 pounds, right?
This is my Ford Challenge to Ford. Let me review the 1/2 ton F-150 which can attract 11,000 pounds. I will connect it with an 11,000 pound trailer, take a test drive and write a review. If I am wrong with my doubts that he can pull a trailer weighing 11,000 pounds safely and easily, I will be the first to admit it. I will continue to check my e-mail, but I will not expect too much.
I will leave you with a few thoughts to ponder:
1) Don’t let commercial advertisements plant seeds that all F-150 trucks can pull 11,000 pounds, when in fact only one model is valued at 10,500, at least that’s what the Ford towing guide says. Then do a calculation and see what one truck can pull in the real world.
2) Does the truck manufacturer cross the line that is good with the advertised rear rating? I have been involved in several legal cases, as expert witnesses, where people were paralyzed and killed. A common factor in this case involves towing vehicles and unsuitable trailers. Don’t rely on car dealers and RV dealers to always give you information that is 100% accurate. Do your homework before buying a tow vehicle and trailer.
3) Do RV manufacturers make trailers too heavy for trucks today? Is this the reason for increasing the crane rank? If a trailer has a GVWR that is higher than the value of your vehicle’s crane, that is a mismatch. If you load the trailer into your GVWR, you will exceed the rank of your tow vehicle.
4) At this level what will happen to the crane rank in 2010?
UPDATE: JUNE 1, 2007
After much effort to contact Ford representatives and after writing this article I was finally contacted by Ford Public Relations Group, Ford Truck Commercial Manager. I believe that is his title. He claimed that the Gross Combined Weight Assessment for the half-ton truck was raised from 15,800 pounds to 16,400 pounds, on May 31, 2007. Initially 15,300 pounds, then 15,800, and now 16,400. I questioned what changed the vehicle to take into account the latest improvements in the GCWR and was told that shackles and bumper attachments were repaired and something about the unique tires that the truck has. He also told me that the truck went through the same truck endurance testing cycle that all Ford trucks had done to determine its capabilities. On more than one occasion he mentioned that Ford was not only manipulating numbers. One problem I still see is that there is no standard testing for vehicles to determine crane capacity, so basically it is left to the manufacturer to rank. I was still skeptical about a half-ton truck that could safely withdraw 11,000 pounds, but as a note Ford finally stepped up and said their truck could do it. I will let you, the consumer, become a judge.
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