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03-09-2011, 11:34 AM
Looking to buy a used 2010 F150 4.6l 3 Valve. I believe it has a 3.13 rear end. Will be towing a 2350 Bluewater (figure @ 6000 lbs loaded). Mostly local, 2 times/ year to Keys (300 miles roundtrip). According to Ford, towing capacity is 8100 lbs. I have a brand new trailer with Kodiaks on both axles.
Anybody have any experience towing with this truck? Any pros and cons. Thanks.

03-09-2011, 11:40 AM
From my experience the 4.6 is weak compared to the 5.4. I wouldn't want to be towing much weight with it especially with a 3.13 rear end. That being said, I'm sure the truck would pull the boat.

03-09-2011, 11:40 AM
I towed a 25 Bluewater from Clearwater to NC with an F150 (4.6).. No real problem but you sure knew it was back there, and couldn't maintain speed on high bridges. Don't know what the rear end ratio was on it.

I should add that towing a heavier boat than the Bluewater with a 5.3 Tahoe with 3.73 rear-end ratio, the Tahoe handles it sooooo much better than the 4.6 Ford did.

03-09-2011, 12:09 PM
I would get a truck with bigger engine. Yep, I am one of the ones that went with the smaller v8 offered in my truck trying to save a few bucks. A couple years from now you could end up upgrading your boat and you might have some towing limitations, you just never know.

Right now I am shopping for a boat, and it is not very hard for any decent console to be at 8k lbs including the trailer and all the additional crap that is added to the dry weight.

just my 02 cents

03-09-2011, 01:47 PM
Thanks guys, The 2010 4.6L apparently is different from the past. It has 3 valves (per cylinder, I guess) which gives it @ 40 more HP. According to the brochure the 3 valve has a towing cap of 8100 where the 2 valve has 5500. This sounds kinda far fetched to me.

I tow it with an Expedition with the 5.4 in it now and it does good. It's got 130,000 miles on it, though and it's getting long in the tooth.

Anybody have experience with the 2010 3 valve 4.6L. I know it's pretty new but hopefully someone has one.

03-09-2011, 06:42 PM
I just looked at the paperwork and it's a 3.31 axle ratio not 3.13 like I said earlier.

03-10-2011, 06:51 AM
I tow my 205 Bay Boat with a 2010 4.6 3v with 3.55 gears. (Much lighter than the OP's)

The 3v motor feels much more powerfull than the 2v 4.6's I have driven and in every comparison I have seen has beat out the 5.4 from the previous generation trucks (the 6 speed tranny's gear ratios have much to do with this).

My previous tow rig was a 2004 5.4 F150 with 3.73 gears, my current truck has almost as much grunt but gets much better mileage and is very smooth.

If I was in your shoes I would wait for a good deal on a 2011 5.0, I drove my buddy's the other day and it is very impressive :

03-10-2011, 06:57 AM
With the smaller motor you're going to have to make up the difference with lower gearing. I'm not familiar with the newer Ford trannies and how the final drive ratio compares, but I would want the lowest gearing they offer with that 4.6.

Lower gears will also make it easier on the tranny. :thumbsup:

03-10-2011, 07:03 AM
I went with the 5.4 versus the 4.6. Actually you will probaly get better mileage with the 5.4 and the vehicle will not be in a strain all the time. The 4.6 is a great engine but I think you may be dissapointed later down the road.

03-10-2011, 09:01 AM
Thanks again guys, I think I'm gonna be patient and maybe wait on finding a newer Exped with the 5.4 in it.

03-14-2011, 05:32 PM
Thanks again guys, I think I'm gonna be patient and maybe wait on finding a newer Exped with the 5.4 in it.Why not ask them to use it to test it with the boat behind it. I pull my 2150 with a Tacoma with a V6 and it does fine. I recently pulled it from Fort Pierce to Miami (Bluewater used it in the show) and it pulled fine. The owner of Bluewater pulled a 2850 down with a 2011 F150 with the 5.0L and it pulled great.

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