Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
I'd never tow a 7,000 pound trailer with a V6. I have a half-ton F150, but it has a V8 and my trailer empty only weighs 2,500 pounds. Even fully loaded it doesn't go much over 4,000 pounds, and I'd never ask a half-ton to pull more than that. I'm rated for 7,000 pounds, but that doesn't mean I ever want to haul that much.
Plus, it's not just the strain on the transmission, a lighter truck simply doesn't have the stopping power of the 3/4 ton or full ton vehicles.
When I'm not hauling, I get 20 mpg in my F150. I have a 4X2 though, so if you're going with a 4X4, you have to consider the weight of that because it definitely affects gas mileage.