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Old 06-27-2016, 06:14 PM   #1
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Advice on my TV and TT of choice

We have a '99 F-150 4.6L 3.55. We may be getting a 2016 26BH.

I wouldn't consider a TT this size except it's new and dealer stock with the Elite, Thermal, TV, Electronic Sway Command Control, Electric Stabilizer Jacks, Aluminum Rims, Chill 'N Stor, Bumper Mount Outside Grill, & Roof Ladder.

They've discounted this to sell being a '16 and this fits what we're looking for our family of 5. No slide and bunks.

Now I understand my setup will struggle at times. We are coming from a PUP so we've learned to pack light. I typically take an EZ Up and 4 bag chairs. Having the secondary fridge most likely eliminate the need for a packed cooler. I've PMed a few people here who have the same TT with a similar or even smaller vehicle so I know it'll pull. We also typically take 2 vehicles since we camp fairly close so It's typically just me pulling and the rest of the family coming a few hours later. Before anyone says I need to upgrade my truck. I just can't. It was my late father's so there is sentimental value here. It has less than 100k miles and is in pristine condition. And most important. It's paid for

Our camping style is typically one place we like to go and it's roughly 45 minutes away. No mountains. Straight up the interstate. The other place we like to go is also 45 minutes away, but over 1 mountain. Not too bad here in VA. If anyone is familiar with the area its the mountain on Rt. 130 going to Lynchburg. Moving to a TT we'd like to pull to Tennessee (Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area). And maybe Virginia Beach. This is all interstate travel for us with no mountain climbing except Afton Mountain going to VA Beach.

I see people posting about CAT Scales. I have 2 near me. I'd like to give this a whirl. What exactly am I looking for if I go? Should I go with and/or without the TT? Thanks again for everyone's help here.
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Well I don't know what the tongue weight of the trailer is but I would say I have pulled more with less and as long as its set up right with brakes and wdh it should be fine if you take it easy
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Well I don't know what the tongue weight of the trailer is but I would say I have pulled more with less and as long as its set up right with brakes and wdh it should be fine if you take it easy
Jayco's website lists it at 475lbs.
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I would say you would be fine .... of course I am not one of the people who uses the scales but I go by what I feel comfortable towing. I do think there are limits to safety but I don't think you would be pushing it as long as the truck is in good mechanical shape
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I offered you my opinion in your other thread on this subject and that opinion was based on very similar pup's and TT. But being your F150 has "sentimental value"
and you seem to have your mind made up I won't offer the same advice again. However I will say to you that even if you say "we've learned to pack light" I will say that will change as you will be able to pack more and make things more comfortable than with a pup. The TT you are considering is very close to the gross weight of what the TV is rated for. I don't know your towing experience but will you be comfortable towing the new TT with a 4.6 engine. Only you can determine that.


As far as CAT Scales read the attached link
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...html#post24549


As you said some say you can and some say no I am not saying you can't tow it But there is no way I would and again that is based on towing similar TT's and pup's


If you look at my current TV and TT you will see that the ratings of both as far as gross leaves a very good safety margin. And my feelings are to be safe not sorry and to end up being someone's else sentimental memory.


Again just my honest opinion But you do whats best for you and I will wish you all the best
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Old 06-27-2016, 09:04 PM   #6
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My motto is and always has been better safe than sorry. My TT weighs in at around 4500 lb and even at that I know I probably have overkill with regards to TV and setup. I tow with a 2001 F250 long bed crew cab and use a Fastway 2 setup that is WDH and double anti-sway built into one unit. Towing my TT and my previous TT which weighed about 3800 lb with our previous 1/2 Ton, I always felt the TT was in control of the TV and didn't like that feeling. I only tow around 65 mph max...and usually stay around 60 in case of a tire blowout or cross winds. I say do makes you comfortable, but I would keep the sentimental truck and find a better TV.
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I offered you my opinion in your other thread on this subject and that opinion was based on very similar pup's and TT. But being your F150 has "sentimental value"
and you seem to have your mind made up I won't offer the same advice again. However I will say to you that even if you say "we've learned to pack light" I will say that will change as you will be able to pack more and make things more comfortable than with a pup. The TT you are considering is very close to the gross weight of what the TV is rated for. I don't know your towing experience but will you be comfortable towing the new TT with a 4.6 engine. Only you can determine that.


As far as CAT Scales read the attached link
https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f3...html#post24549


As you said some say you can and some say no I am not saying you can't tow it But there is no way I would and again that is based on towing similar TT's and pup's


If you look at my current TV and TT you will see that the ratings of both as far as gross leaves a very good safety margin. And my feelings are to be safe not sorry and to end up being someone's else sentimental memory.


Again just my honest opinion But you do whats best for you and I will wish you all the best
I appreciate the advice. I still haven't made my mind up. Safety is obviously the issue. This is the frustrating part of the process. The numbers all say I'm within my limit, maybe close, but it all works out. Then you have one side telling you yep you're good and those are typically who are in my situation with a regular 1/2 ton vehicle. The other side is telling you no way. There is never any gray area in all the research I've done.
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My motto is and always has been better safe than sorry. My TT weighs in at around 4500 lb and even at that I know I probably have overkill with regards to TV and setup. I tow with a 2001 F250 long bed crew cab and use a Fastway 2 setup that is WDH and double anti-sway built into one unit. Towing my TT and my previous TT which weighed about 3800 lb with our previous 1/2 Ton, I always felt the TT was in control of the TV and didn't like that feeling. I only tow around 65 mph max...and usually stay around 60 in case of a tire blowout or cross winds. I say do makes you comfortable, but I would keep the sentimental truck and find a better TV.
That's ultimately my plan. I don't need anything new to tow with. I have 2 kids 2 years from driving age anyway.
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One thing I have learned about asking for advice and getting replies from those that say Yes do it and those that say No don't do it. Most people want to hear what they want to do. so if your thought are to do it then you will listen to those that say yes because they confirm what you want to do. But also keep this in mind Just because the want to jump off the bridge and say its safe Is that what you want to do.


I agree with what Roosevelt008 posted "better safe than sorry" keep the 150 and look for a better TV.


It is far better to be overpowered than to be close to the max ratings.
And just because Ford says a TV is rated to tow a certain weight and most likely it can but there is a big difference towing a flatbed trailer at 6000 lbs as compared to a TT that is the same weight.
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We were in same situation with a Ford Expedition w/ heavy duty tow. Numbers on paper worked but I knew it was close. Bought our desired tt (2nd choice actually because first's weight made me too nervous.) Pulled it all of 2 times and I knew we needed a 3/4 ton. Now that we have the larger TV we are super comfortable with set up. Ask yourself if you are willing to buy a TV if it doesn't work well with current one and that tt. If the answer is no then I would find a lighter tt.

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