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Old 03-09-2014, 07:24 AM   #1
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32BHDS Tow Vehicle

Hello everyone, I am new to the forum, and looking at purchasing the 32BHDS. Currently I have a 2010 F150 Screw Lariat 4X4 with 3.55 axle ratio and integrated ford tow package. Truck is rated at towing 9600lbs. I am pretty sure I wont be doing much dry camping, so I most likely will not be towing with the TT loaded with water.

I was wondering if anyone else is towing this trailer with a F150 and how it pulls?

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Old 03-09-2014, 07:46 AM   #2
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I just looked at the specs, assuming you are thinking the Jayflight 32BHDS.

I would be concerned with GVWR, rear axle rating, and payload. I expect you will at maximum or maybe even over on rear axle rating and payload even with the trailer dry. I never travel with water in the tanks, but there is a big pile of other stuff.

I have a little smaller trailer but went the 3/4 ton truck route - easier to pull, easier to brake, no payload issues. Truck is not working at full capacity, which your 1/2 ton will be.

A lot depends on what you want to do - drive an hour to tour favorite campground or take a 6,000 mile trip? If short, local distance I don't see a real need to change trucks. I would go to 3/4 ton for a 6,000 mile trip.

Appears possible, but you'll have to hit the scales and check everything carefully.

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Old 03-09-2014, 08:14 AM   #3
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I live in Maryland, and my family has a membership to a campground in Gettysburg, which is about 70 miles away, that would most likely be about 75% of the trips we would take right now. Down the road I will be upgrading to a F250 6.7 Diesel. I was more concerned about right now since I found a great deal on the trailer that has pretty much everything we are looking for. I would say the farthest trip that we would most likely take, would be probably 400 miles one way or so.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:58 AM   #4
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Not even close, a 32BHDS is much to heavy for a 150/1500 class truck....even without your family in the truck or stuff in the trailer.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:08 AM   #5
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Welcome to JOF

If your objective is tow the 32BHDS within your TV's specified weight limits/capabilities, then the distance of the trip is moot.

As mentioned, TV Payload Capacity is important because the TT's "loaded" tongue weight is subtracted from the TV's available payload capacity.

I would take your F-150 to a CAT scale under "loaded" (full fuel, passengers, cargo) conditions and weigh it (simple process & about $9). Subtract the CAT scale weight from your F-150's GVWR noted on your driver's door, the remaining weight is the available payload capacity for your TT's loaded tongue weight and any other TV weight not accounted for at the CAT scale weigh-in.

Unfortunately folks find that most 1/2 ton payload capacities fall short when it comes to towing heavy TT's.

Here is another recent F-150 & 32BHDS thread that may be helpful:



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Old 03-09-2014, 10:42 AM   #6
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I don't think I'd go far with our 32BHDS towed to our F150. We tow with a 3/4 ton or sometimes our F550 Diesel. Do you currently have a TT? By the time we pack up our truck and TT, who knows how much it weighs, but it adds up quick.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:19 AM   #7
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I have a similar TT to yours, a 32TSBH. I was looking at new trucks, don't think I am going to get one, anyways, from what I researched, I would require a 3/4 ton for me. Guess it can wait while. Keep mine stored at the campground.
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Old 03-09-2014, 12:04 PM   #8
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I wouldn't tow ours with a 1/2 ton fo sho!!
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:04 PM   #9
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I have a 2012 32BHDS and the dry weight is 10600 lbs. I pull it with a 2011 F250 6.7 with no problems, but I don't think I would attempt it with a 1/2 ton truck.
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:40 PM   #10
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I will have to go to the scale and weigh my truck, and take into account that I will be adding weight of cargo and stuff, and the dry weight of the trailer at the dealer is 8162lbs, and I know that the GCW for my truck is 16000lbs, but I will be keeping an eye out to upgrade to a F250 or F350.

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