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Old 02-21-2012, 06:10 PM   #11
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Derek700,

A friend of mine (dale2629 @ RV.NET) purchased a F150 EcoBoost last year, and I found it to be an impressive truck when looking it over during a camping trip last summer. You may find his review of his TV/TT combination at RV.NET interesting relative to mountain towing.

http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...4.cfm#25353964

Bob
This was the information I was looking for was some real world towing experience. The extra data makes me confirm I am looking in the right place now. I seem to rmember that I did weigh my truck and trailer once, we were fully loaded for a week of camping that time. I will see if I can find it in my truck.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:18 PM   #12
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Ok ran out and found the weights. They are in kilograms so I will times by 2.2 for pounds.

Front 3256lbs (1480kg)
Rear 4532lbs (2060kg)
Trailer 6336lbs (2880kg)
Total 14124lbs (6420kg)

That is me, wife, 2 dogs, usually we pack way too much food, all camping gear.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:36 PM   #13
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Derek700,

I assume that the weights are with the TV/TT hitched, WD spring bars engaged, and you were on a three platform scale.

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snip....... watch that you don't exceed your TV's GVWR (overloading TV box, etc.) and/or payload capacity (which includes tongue weight).....snip
Your F150 has a GVWR of 7,200lbs, and your loaded axle scale weights reflect a weight of 3,256lbs + 4,532lbs = 7,788lbs gross TV weight, which tells us we are exceeding the TV's GVWR by 588lbs. Also remember that the 7,788lbs includes the loaded TT hitch weight. This is where the limited payload capacity (and/or GVWR) with 1/2 tons can become an issue. Is there a way to reduce the cargo weight in your TV...., possibly move some weight into the TT?

Also, knowing the loaded TT tongue weight (would have involved another scale weigh-in process) would have told us how much of the TV's payload capacity it was using.

The scaled gross weight of your hitched TV/TT combination of 14,124lbs is below your TV's 15,000lb GCVWR, good here.

The scaled loaded TT weight is 6,336lbs (hitched, doesn't include tongue weight) is below the TT's GVWR of 7,350lbs.

So, it looks like the scale weights provided tell us that we have an overloaded TV, but this can be corrected if you can reduce/relocate some TV cargo weight, and/or tongue weight (maintaining a 13% to 15% tongue weight of the loaded TT weight).

Please check my math, just in case I misapplied a weight.

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Old 02-22-2012, 05:53 PM   #14
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We were loaded for a week and we had way more stuff than we needed that trip. I could move a couple things into the trailer and possibly tighten the bars up a link or two as well. That trip wasn't our usual load. Good to know if I need to that I could move some things around to carry on(scale was closed by the way that day). With this much info the last thing I am going to do in question your math
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:02 PM   #15
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snip....... I could move a couple things into the trailer and possibly tighten the bars up a link or two as well.....snip
Derek700,

Yeah, I know what you mean about way to much stuff...., I'm guilty of taking more than I need even for an over-nighter!

Sounds like you know what you need to do about shifting some cargo around...., but I wouldn't change the WDH's number of chain links under tension unless you go through a proper WDH adjustment to confirm the weight distribution effect to your TV's front axle. Helpful guide: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...d/17730894.cfm

Spring is just around the corner, and now they are forecasting 5"-7" of snow here Friday morning!

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Old 02-22-2012, 07:12 PM   #16
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Spring is just around the corner, and now they are forecasting 5"-7" of snow here Friday morning!

65* here today Bob, I was out in a tee shirt again painting boats, tuning lawnmower, etc. 70* predicted Thursday and Friday.
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Sorry to hear about the comming snow Bob. You need to move about a thousand miles South.
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Sorry to hear about the comming snow Bob. You need to move about a thousand miles South.
Clutch,

Yeah, all that's on the local news today is the "Winter Storm Watch". Heck, I can remember the days when 7" was nothing!

Anyway, I hope to be spending next winter in the deserts of Arizona with the smart campers

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