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Originally Posted by MooManChu
snip..... I ran the numbers with 800 lbs of people/stuff in the truck and 1,000 in the camper and looked just under the limit on paper, but paper and real life are two different things ....snip
Not knowing your specific TV weight limits, the following info may be helpful as you continue your do-diligence:
* Your TV's "actual" Tow Rating will be lower then it's published Tow Rating of 9,700lbs (based on curb weight), because the combined weights of the TV's passengers, options, cargo, etc., have yet to be subtracted: http://www.jaycoowners.com/showthrea...uot-Tow-Rating
* I would assume adding another 500lbs to the published 314BDS UVW of 7,465lbs would be representative of the Ship Weight (yellow sticker on TT), so assume a 7,965lbs factory Ship Weight: (7,965lb Ship Weight) + (125lbs RV Dealer battery, WDH, options, etc.) + (800lbs TT cargo, no fluids) = 8,890lbs Loaded Weight.
The TT's GVWR is 9,975lbs, so IMO a family loaded 'ready-to-camp' weight of 8,890lbs is very realistic for the 314BDS (fluids not included).
* Your TV's GVWR must be able to handle the combined weights of the TV's passengers, cargo, and the TT's "loaded"
tongue weight. For example: With the 33 foot long 314BDS TT a 13% to 15% loaded tongue weight range would be desirable..., that's 1,156lb to 1,334lb loaded tongue weight range on a 8,890lb loaded TT.
I know that Ford offers with the F150 Ecoboost a HD Payload Package that I believe provides a Payload Capacity around 2,200lbs, is this what you have?
I also agree that since you already have the TV, a "loaded" trip to the CAT scale will provide you with a real GVW to work with in your TT selection process.