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Old 04-17-2015, 01:59 PM   #31
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I think you will be fine pulling that trailer although it will be close to the limits.

740lbs payload
4892lbs trailer + 1000lbs gear = 5900lbs loaded

590 up to 885lbs tongue weight range.

If you invest in a good hitch with sway control you can probably get away with 11-12% tongue weight (700lbs @12%). You may have to load up the bunkbeds while traveling to avoid some tongue weight. I would also remove your hardtop tonneau to get the extra payload. That is probably 75 to 100lbs.

I had a 2013 f150 with the 5.0 engine, 1400lbs payload and 3.55 gears pulling a 28bhs which has an extra 500lbs and 3ft extra length on the 26Bh. The truck did fine pulling that trailer but the wind did blow us around a bit. We were within 36lbs of our rear axle limit.
The reason we upgraded is that we knew that we would only be adding weight and stuff to the truck as our young kids grew up so we wanted the extra payload. The power to pull and stop our 6500lbs trailer was always there even with the 5.0 engine.

I don't think you will find a lighter trailer with bunk beds so you may just have to live with being at the limit and being careful. Is a hybrid an option?
The X23F has lots of beds... 2015 Jay Feather Ultra Lite X23F | Jayco, Inc.

Or upgrade your truck if possible.

Good luck with the decision.

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Old 04-17-2015, 03:03 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by goducks View Post
Here's my opinion on it. If someone has to worry about 100lbs then they have too much trailer or not enough truck.

FWIW I've always been under the impression that anything that's added to the truck is payload. Where does the 100lbs go? Part of it may go to the TT axels and the other part may go to the front of the truck. All transferred weight. But if not much weight needs to be transferred then most will be on the receiver. Any weight on the receiver is IMO considered payload.

Reading the Ford towing guide closer it states " Maximum Loaded Trailer Weight (as shown in the
Trailer Towing Selector charts pages 16-21) is the
highest possible weight of a fully loaded trailer the
vehicle can tow, based on a minimum towing vehicle
GVW. It assumes a towing vehicle with any
mandatory options, no cargo, tongue load of 10-15%
(conventional trailer) or king pin weight of 15-25%
(fifth-wheel trailer), and driver only (150 lbs.).
F-Series Super Duty chassis cab models also assume a
second-unit body weight of 1,000 lbs. Weight of
additional options, passengers, cargo and hitch must
be deducted from this weight.

For some of us we need to get by with what we have. That extra 100# on the tongue makes a huge difference. We need to know that we can do it and do it safely even if it means it may be close. I'm sure most people can't upgrade both a truck and a trailer at the same time so one will always be catching up with the other.

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Old 04-17-2015, 08:59 PM   #33
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My 26BH was #5800 fully loaded. Water tank in that trailer is fairly far forward so don't carry much water.

I pulled this trailer with a 06 Tundra with a 4.7 litre engine, which was working pretty hard for it's living on the hills, and had a GCVWR of #12500.

You should be fine with your truck, and I am very conservative.

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