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Old 07-08-2016, 09:32 AM   #1
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Is anyone towing a white hawk 28BHKS with a half ton?

I'm new to this forum so sorry if this has been covered already but I couldn't find it anywhere. I am looking at getting a 2015 Whitehawk 28BHKS, its dry weight is listed at 6160lbs loaded 8200lbs. My 2012 F-150 is rated for 9400lbs max tow. Is this too much TT for my truck.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:51 AM   #2
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From what I've read on this forum, that TT is probably too much for your truck. Not in regards to towing, but more to payload.

I'm about to get a Whitehawk 27DSRL anytime now and it's fairly close to what your set up is. Even though I've seen other forum members make it work, it's probably not ideal. I'll probably upgrade to a 3/4 ton next year for safety. I'm sure others will chime in.
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Old 07-08-2016, 09:53 AM   #3
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Pulling is rarely the problem and you can pull your new trailer, however what is the tongue weight and the maximun payload on your truck ? That is going to determine if your truck is capable or not. And remember, for some the truck is never big enough......if you do your homework you will know for sure if the numbers are within the truck specs, and i think it will since its a max tow, so ....... you wont have to follow the upcoming recommendation about buying a fully loaded 3500Duramax allisson dually with reinforced leaf spring :-)
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Old 07-08-2016, 10:10 AM   #4
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Todd,

Welcome!!!

As mentioned, just because your truck is rated to "pull 9400lbs", t is the available payload that is the issue. As a starting point, the yellow payload sticker in your drivers door jamb will state "all occupants and cargo not to exceed XXXXlbs".... How much is the stated payload?

Any passengers, cargo (coolers, bikes, firewood,etc), any accessories added to the truck (truck topper/tonneau cover, step has,etc), the wdh (weight distribution hitch), and the tt tw (travel trailer tongue weight) ALL count toward the trucks payload....

Good luck!!!
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The sticker on the door jamb says GVWR 7350lbs
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The sticker on the door jamb says GVWR 7350lbs
7350 is a pretty healthy GVWR. Does the sticker say anything like "the total weight of occupants and cargo is not to exceed X,XXX lbs"? That will be your available payload as the truck was equipped from the factory.

As an alternative, you can take your truck to a scale loaded as close as you can get it with passengers and gear as if you were going camping and weigh it. Subtract that number from the 7350 GVWR listed on the sticker and that's your available payload.

As others have said, it's payload and Rear GAWR you will run out of first on that truck. "Towing Capacity" as listed in marketing materials is virtually irrelevant when it comes to pulling a big box down the freeway. Since you don't yet have the trailer, I would start with its GVWR, and 15% for tongue weight as a stepping off point for your weight estimates. That way you KNOW you will be within spec when the trailer is as heavy as it can be.

All that being said, and off the cuff, I think you'll likely be okay with that combination, but be sure to do your due diligence and check the numbers for your self to be certain.
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my front gawr is 3750lbs and rear gawr is 4050lbs. The listed dry hitch weight is 710lbs. Sorry I'm new to this whole weights thing
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In the trucks drivers door jamb, should be a yellow sticker with tire info, stating max payload. What is that amount?
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yes the sticker says the weight of passengers and cargo should not exceed 1375lbs.

thanks for all your help
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That is the manufactures "brochure" dry tw of 710lbs??? Know that the listed "brochure" dry tw does not include the weight of the propane tanks or a battery on the tongue.... Those will add ~120lbs for 2-20lb tanks and a battery, or ~160lbs for 2-30lb tanks and a battery.... So your tw is up to 830lbs or 870lbs before loading the trailer with anything.

That is why some suggest to use 12% (or 13%) of the trailers gvwr to estimate the loaded tw. Helps to compare for adequate tv payload, and to purchase the correct rated wd bars....

What is the total family weight? What do you anticipate to load in the truck bed weight wise?

Don't worry, we all started out with a ton to learn as well!!! Just don't hesitate to ask any question you may have!!!

YW!!!
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