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Question for you F150 toad people. What do you need to do with the tranny & transfer case to tow 4 down? Just left the dealer and even after reading the manual I (we all) were confused because it referred to the transfer case but we could not find a button to put the transfer case in N. It does NOT have the manual transfer case and I'm almost certain I read that a F150 could be towed 4 down even without a manual transfer case.

 

For conversation the other option we looked at is the Dodge 1500 which does have a N button by the shifter (which is a turn knob now which is weird LOL!!)

 

We are looking at a short bed truck so we can put a motorcycle in the back if we want. We have towed a Jeep Rubicon the last 3 1/2 years but are looking to change things up a bit.

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Since you don't say what year model you are considering, I looked at both the 2015 and the 2016 and REMCO website states that both of the 4WD versions of the F150 can be towed without modification.

 

2016 Ford F-150 ALL 4WD V6 3.5L cyl 6-Speed Automatic 6R80
Notes
  • Towable as is without speed or distance restrictions. See Owner's Manual for confirmation and procedures.
  • Follow prescribed towing procedures outlined in your Owner's Manual.
  • Select "Neutral Tow" mode-refer to Owner's Manual.
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Ford introduced a new transfer case in model year 2012. There is no "lever" on this model and it looked identical to my prior 2011 (which could not be towed four down). On my 2012 (and I assume newer models) all you do is (1) put your foot on the brake, (2) turn the key to the ON position but do not start the engine, (3) move the transfer case "switch" from 2H to 4L five times. The instrument panel will then show something like "Neutral tow enabled". You then turn the key back to the OFF position but NOT LOCKED and leave the key in the ignition and the transmission in neutral.

 

If your F150 is towable there should be instructions in the owners manual. If is older than 2012 your out of luck unless it has a transfer case shift LEVER.

 

This is not a "manual" transfer case in the traditional sense. It is electronically controlled via the switch on the dash.

 

Lenp

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OK thanks. I read the manual while at the dealership and it made a statement that said put transfer case in N and then do the switching back and forth of dial and I just could not get my head around it I guess. Even the sales guy was confused.

So thanks again.

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I've been looking at buying a 1/2T pickup(standard cab,standard bed) for a towed too. I was going to look at Ford, but this thread made up my mind, I'll buy a GM or Dodge "Ram" pickup, no hassle with putting the transfer case in N. No fiddling with a procedure like press the brake 5 times shift the lever 5 times, etc.

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I will admit that after driving the Ram, GMC and Ford and for years being a Dodge hater after owning a couple in my much younger years the Ram Larado extra cab with a 6.5ft bed is at the top of the heap. Second would be the F150 with the offroad pkg because of the stiffer ride that I tend to like in a truck. But that Ram with all the goodies is almost like driving a luxury car. The Hemi had lots of power but I think I will go drive one of the Eco Diesels for fun. They have a bit more torque and gets a bit better fuel mileage (according to what I read) for only a couple thousand dollars more sticker price.

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We've been thinking F150 4X4 in 2017 or 2018... Suspect you have the ISL in you coach, as we have, though a bit older:)!

 

One of the spec's I've been looking at, is the weight of the truck. I've found that the F150 Eco Boost, is quite a bit lighter then GM or Dodge. And while climbing hills, or going down them (Is the Tiffen an Exhaust Brake, or a Compression Brake?), every pound less makes a difference.

 

While I'm not hung up on Ford vs GM vs Dodge - I do feel that over several years of ownership, that a lighter truck will pay back dividends on both hill climb's, decent's and overall MPG.

 

Just another angle. And if your running with a BIG BLOCK in that Tifffen - well take my input with a grain of salt, as much less of an impact with say a + or - 500lbs difference:)!

 

Best of luck to you on your decision:)!

Smitty

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  • 2 weeks later...

I tow a GMC and it tows nice. Dont need to leave the key in it. However.......I hate the electronic transfer case! It has given me trouble often. It usually will go into neutral ok but when I get to my destination after a long tow on a hot day, sometimes it will not go back into gear until it cools down. I even had a new transfer case installed...same problem. Ive been thinking about maybe switching to synthetic fluid in the transfer case to see if that helps.

I prefer a manual transfer case like that on my Jeep.....no problems with it.

I have heard this complaint before on electronic transfer cases.....with one of the new Jeeps.

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I tow a 2015 4wd Ford F-150. To put the transfer case in neutral you first turn the key to the on position and shift the transmission to neutral. Then you turn the 4wd selection knob from 2wd high range to 4wd low 5 times within 20 seconds. When the transfer case shifts a message appears on the info screen letting you know it is in recreational tow mode. Its always worked flawlessly for me.

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