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Raptor tow truck????

I have an 08 F250 Diesel which tows my trailer like it's not even back there but due to the fact that I use the 250 in my business it's about time to replace it due to needing a write-off. As my next truck I have considered an F150 and from what I've learned it would pull my 20' enclosed trailer fine. I like the Raptors but have read where they are not good tow trucks. One would think with the wider stance they would be an even better truck for towing than a regular 150. Just wondering if anyone uses their Raptor for towing and how it does or is there some reason I'm overlooking that makes a Raptor incompatible with towing. Thanks
 
Isn't the Raptor issue more of a weight capacity? It might be fine for towing a lighter open trailer but with a larger encolosed trailer it gets too close or above it's rated capacity. I test drove one last Fall it it's very nice. Feels like a big sports car actually but not fast enough. ;D

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My friend has one, he used to have an F250. He tows a fairly large enclosed trailer with 4 motorcycles and tools. It is pretty comical to watch, the truck bucks and sways quite a bit, but it is not so fun inside especially in stop and go. I would say that is the biggest disadvantage with conventional towing, the suspension has too much movement. Probably not a good idea to use one of those in the bed hooks either, with all that bucking.

It can be done, it just is not as good as a regular truck.
 
Thanks for the tips. I read on the F150 showroom brochure that the Raptor, in stock form, has an 8,000lb. towing capacity and I figure my trailer with a car inside will be about 7200lbs. The regular 150 can pull up to 11,000 something, with the same big 6 liter gas engine as the Raptor, so it must boil down to the shocks and suspension travel. Maybe a firmer shock would cure the problem. I am not into off-roading, just like the way the Raptor looks. The other thing is I probably wouldn't pull a trailer but a couple of times a year at most so maybe it is doable. Thanks
 
Didn't the tow rating used to be lower? I didn't get one partially because I sometimes drag a 10k lb dump trailer and I seem to remember the rating being more like 5k.
 
I don't know about the older ratings.. It was a 2013 brochure I was looking at and "towing package" was one of the options listed for the '13 Raptor.
 
I have a 2012 Raptor supercab. I traded in my 09 F250 for it a year ago. Yes there is a huge difference in the towing ability. LOL. I tow my 7000lb (max load) dump trailer pretty often and I have towed several cars including my girlfriends 68 SS Chevelle 396 with no trouble. Although I can definitely feel the trailers when their loaded. It s best to think of the Raptor as a BOSS that you can take off road. It is fast and rides like a Caddy, it just feels alot different from the BOSS. I have beat a coworkers '10 WRX drag racing several times (on the street). And he gets madder each time! LOL.
 
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If it were me, and money wasn't an issue, I'd be getting another diesel.

The 6.7L that Ford has the Super Duty line, combined with the automatic 6, is phenomenal. 800 ft-lbs of torque right off the showroom floor with a warranty. The transmission is really nice for towing. Either leave it in Tow/haul and let the computer figure it out, or place the shifter in 'M' and use the switch on the shift stalk to manually go up/down in gears, and to stay in the gear that you want.

Raptors are cool. The Super Duty is a tow vehicle.
 
Thanks for the additional info. I am really on the fence as to what I'll end up with. I recently drove a new F250 with the 6.something gas and didn't seem to have the power I was expecting leading me to think diesel again. Problem is my truck is my daily trans and I am tired of a big rough riding diesel and the sometimes aggravation of finding fuel when you are on a trip. If Raptors ride like a Caddy then I may try one. I'll only be pulling a trailer once or twice a year maximum so it would seem like a decent trade off even if the Raptor is a little weak for the job. I have also considered an Excursion but finding a nice one isn't easy. I wish Ford would bring the Excursion back.
 
I have the super cab Raptor and it is OK as a tow vehicle but it is no where near as good in that role as my older F-250. If I am towing a car for any distance the F-250 is the vehicle of choice, it pulls so much better and you don't notice the load like I do with the Raptor But the Raptor is more fun to drive and I would use it to tow a car in a couple hour radius, it will get up and move if you get on it while towing.
 
I may be over simplifying what you said, but based on what I read, you should get yourself a diesel and spend some money to make it look however you like. If you primary reason for wanting a raptor is the looks, it doesn't make sense to buy one and then modify it to be as a solid tower as it sounds like you need.
 
My '09 F250 was way better for towing and I plowed snow with it too. I had the 5.4 with 3.73 gears, supercab and it towed any loaded car trailer I towed with no problems. I had an F 350 diesel before that and it towed way better but I prefer gas to diesel. Just personal preference so no need to lambast me. I know the diesel is the better work horse. But in New England diesel is about a dollar a gallon more then gas. The Raptor is more fun to drive everyday and it does get better milage then my F250 did. I get average 14 mpg in Raptor. I drive 50/50 city/highway. I did all the mods to the F250, tires, rims, flares, etc. but the Raptor is still more fun. I do go four wheeling so its not just for the looks. I only tow a car a couple times a year and usually not more then 4 hour radius. I do tow my dump trailer at least once a month but it's max is 7000lbs. I usually have my John Deere Gator or lawn mowers, wood etc. in it. So for me the Raptor is perfect. I like it better then any truck I've ever had. And the seats are second only to the Boss 302!
 
"Here, hold my beer for a second..."

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Probably not a lot of relevant information contained within this video. ;)
 
This happened just north west of Dallas at an event called "Rednecks with Paychecks". Go figure


Jimmy Pribble said:
"Here, hold my beer for a second..."

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Probably not a lot of relevant information contained within this video. ;)
 

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