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Old 08-14-2016, 04:37 PM   #1
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Have a 2010 F-150 XLT 5.4 towing package is rated for 9700 lbs. Looking at eagle HT weight 7300 lbs is this to much weight for F-150?

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Old 08-14-2016, 07:05 PM   #2
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Find the max payload for your truck and go from there. FW's have a pin weight of about 20% of the loaded weight of the FW. Then add about 100 or so pounds for the hitch, a full tank of gas, all your passengers and anything else in your truck. All added up should not be over the max payload.
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Old 08-15-2016, 09:46 AM   #3
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You may first want to do research about your truck's "real" towing capacity at this website: RV Safety|RV Towing Calculator|Tow Ratings|GCWR

The manufacturer may tout 9,700 lbs, but in reality, could be less. Plus, if your HT weighs at 7,300 dry, after you add cargo and water, you may be really close to your max tow capacity--leaving no room for headwinds and uphill climb. Also, look at your engine's torque output. You'll need more of this to tow than horse power of the engine. Which is why many folks who tow prefer diesel over gas engines.

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Have a 2010 F-150 XLT 5.4 towing package is rated for 9700 lbs. Looking at eagle HT weight 7300 lbs is this to much weight for F-150?

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I have a 2016 F150 5.0 with 5.5 Box, Max Tow and Max Payload packages and just bought a 2015 27.5 HT RLTS. We also never dry camp so never tow with anything in tanks. With the truck holding our gear and 4 people in the cab it pulls fantastic with no issues. Granted I am right at truck capacity and if I was towing in areas that had huge hills and mountains Id probably get an F250 but 100% of our trips are flatland with the odd hill etc so Im not concerned.
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Well, that is great to hear. Of course, the decision is yours to make, whether or not you have the capacity to ensure safe towing and stopping. We live in the Phoenix area, which is pretty flat as well. But, if we want cooler climate, then we have to tow our rig up North to Flagstaff at around 8,000 to 9,500 foot elevation. So, we opted for more power and torque. Good luck and happy camping!


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I have a 2016 F150 5.0 with 5.5 Box, Max Tow and Max Payload packages and just bought a 2015 27.5 HT RLTS. We also never dry camp so never tow with anything in tanks. With the truck holding our gear and 4 people in the cab it pulls fantastic with no issues. Granted I am right at truck capacity and if I was towing in areas that had huge hills and mountains Id probably get an F250 but 100% of our trips are flatland with the odd hill etc so Im not concerned.
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:39 PM   #6
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I'm OCD about weights, my apology for the rant.
A visit to the scales will give you your current TV axle weights. The difference between the Rear GAWR and the rear axle weight will be the cargo you call add to the rear. That number (minus about 100# for a hitch) will be about 25% of the Max 5er weight you should consider (IMHO).
As an example: the yellow w sticker says Rear GAWR is 5500#. The scale says drive axle weighs 3000#. Your total cargo (hitch, pin weight and any "stuff" in the bed) is 2500#.
Assume 100# for the hitch and you are left with 2400# of cargo. Let's add 100# of bicycles, firewood and adult bev's and we have 2300# of cargo remaining. That 2300# will be roughly 25% of the Max 5th weight you should pull. In my example that comes to 9200#.
Keep in mind that the published weight is probably less than the "shipped" weight and you will add more weight with your personal "stuff". I anticipate about 1000# of stuff.
Being at or slightly over axle weight max's is not a real deal breaker but I prefer to be under.
The scale will cost about $10.
The CAT Scale is your friend.
Rant over.
Edit: one last opinion, the dealer will likely tell you your truck will pull ANY 5er you want (bigger the better). Do your own research on that!
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Its never only just the weight ..... We used to have a charity event here in town where teams of 20 or so would have to pull a C-130 Hercules for a distance .... Moving it was not the problem ....
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Stopping, emergency manovours, bad weather. Is what really shows when you have to little truck. Going is never the issue, trucks 20 years ago had 150 or less hp. Like others have said you should stay within limits of the truck, tires, gvw and gcwr should be looked at. Driver also has to be comfortable driving it too.

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Old 08-19-2016, 02:02 AM   #9
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I have a ht too. they say they are made for a half ton. everybody I know has moved up to a 2500 hd including my self . But i do live in tennessee.
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Have a 2010 F-150 XLT 5.4 towing package is rated for 9700 lbs. Looking at eagle HT weight 7300 lbs is this to much weight for F-150?

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Yes it is too much. Unless you also have the Heavy Duty Payload package. If your wheels have 7 nuts you might (it includes several other upgrades, but that is the quickest way to guess whether you might have it or not).......it is a pretty rare option.
You will be able to pull it. But you very likely can't carry near the weight.

There are several 1/2 tons that can pull it, including yours. But only a tricked out Ford has a hope of carrying the weight. And then it is close to the line. Two people, max. Nothing else in the truck. No generator or other heavy accessories for the fifth.
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