In Reply to: Pickup truck posted by Island Mike on December 06, 2020 at 19:56:20:
I had a '93 Ford Aerostar with the bigger V6 and it pulled my boats for years just fine, even through mountains to Smith Mountain Lake.
Van got 20 mpg when not pulling boat.
My 2001 Ford F-150 has the same basic V-6 but I have not used it to pull the boats, so I cannot vouch for it. The F-150 must be geared lower because it never gets much better then 15 mpg.
I now pull the boats with my 2001 Expedition with the smaller V-8 and it works about the same as the Aerostar, so that V-6 was a good motor in the Aerostar.
The Expedition has never gotten any better then 15 mpg, but it sure is comfortable and has never gotten stuck in snow or mud. I can pull a 20 foot boat and hardly know it is back there until I get to a big steep hill and cannot keep up 65 mph...
As a side note. I did once or twice pull my Chapparal Boat with my Ford Ranger when I was much much younger. It had a five speed so I could climb mountains slowly. But I would not recommend it for any distance, because that boat would push you down a hill and off of turns.