Trailer towing - 04 5.4L - No power
Want some opinions from other F150 owners who tow. The only thing I have ever towed up until last week was about 1500 lbs of WaveRunners. I didnt even know they were behind me and could pull hills at 75mph with little effort. This was five years ago. Havent towed since then.
Last weekend we rented a 5000lb travel trailer and towed it from Salt Lake City up into the high Uintas east of the city. According to Ford I can tow up to 9900 lbs. Tell you what, there were times I was looking at the top of a hill and wondering if we were going to make it. Pedal to the floor, RPMs at 4000+ and we werent going very fast. 40mph, 30mph, all the way down to 20mph with Dodge 1500's passing us with their trailers like we were standing still. I had to use my flashers a few times and these hills werent really all that steep.
We had one issue pulling out of the campground where it was a stop sign on a hill and it literally took me 60 seconds to go from dead stop about 200 feet to get on the main road. I had it floored, I tried gear 1 and 2 and was about to drop it into 4x4 Low just to get moving. It was - in a word - embarrassing.
So my question - a F150 FX4 SuperCrew with a 5.4L engine *should* be able to tow a 5000lb trailer right? My truck has the factory tow package so I would assume towing a trailer was envisioned by the team that designed the truck. When I am not towing I seem to have plenty of power, truck runs great etc. I only have 30,000 miles on the truck (I dont drive much) and have used full Synthetic in every oil change since the first.
Any opinions on what could be up? Do the rest of you tow trailers of this size?