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Old 05-03-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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I am about to embark on a trip from New Jersey to Alaska towing a Jayco FB-22, Gross weight 6500. It looks like my final weight will be about 5500Lbs.
I anticipate in driving 400 miles +/- each day
Tow vehicle is a 2010 Ford F150 Super Crew, with max towing package. It will be me and my wife and about 250Lbs of cargo in the truck half of that will be a generator.
Researching the net I see that there are some negative comments about towing that far with a F-150.
Any advice or comments that you would like to offer would be appreciated.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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Rocky,

I don't know how you will do on your planned trip but I just returned from a 100+ mile trip with my new F150 towing my 22FB and all I can say is "wow!". This thing tows like a dream!

I've made the same trip many times with my old 2004 Tundra 4.7L and it while it did fine, I was always a bit nervous.

I'm getting ready to leave for a 5,000 trip later this month and my confidence level is very high that I made the right choice going with the F150.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:51 PM   #3
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Rockyroads,

If your F-150 is mechanically sound, IMO there is no reason why it can't make the trip. If I were to do anything prior to the trip I would take your "loaded" TV/TT combination to your local CAT scale and confirm all your weights (pay close attention to your TV's rear GAWR and GVWR). This will also give you the opportunity to confirm that your WDH is adjusted correctly, thus taking all the guess work out of the equation.

The following JOF sticky will walk you through the weighing process at the CAT scale:

https://www.jaycoowners.com/showthread.php?t=3871

Enjoy your trip, and take lots of pics

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Old 05-03-2012, 07:35 PM   #4
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Met a family who drove a loop from BC south to Cal. east to Fla. North to New Brunswick and west to BC. It took them a year with a Ram 1500 and 21ft. trailer with front bunks and rear king bed slide. No issues, just make sure you stop for maintenace along the way. I can't see a problem. 400 miles is only 7-8 hrs a day at 55mph.
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well... it IS a FORD... hehehe. just kidding...


what type of negative comments? i don't see why there should be any worry... other than the fact that everyone prefers a diesel, i guess.....but i can't see the problem with an F150 and that rig... even with a few mountain passes and long hills.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:28 AM   #6
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good luck on your trip, sounds like a blast, be safe, happy camping!
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:09 AM   #7
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Researching the net I see that there are some negative comments about towing that far with a F-150.
Obviously the biased articles you read were written by Ford haters.

There is no reason I can think of why this would be true unless your 2010 has been thrashed and poorly maintained.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:14 AM   #8
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Just want to say thanks for the replys. Hope to be on the road in about 10 days from now.
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:55 PM   #9
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Rockyroads... Here's our experience; hope it helps

(See signi) Our tv does well long distances pulling our 30.5' tt (hitch to bumper) which weighs 6k loaded (hitch runs around 1000-1050lbs depending on what's stored where and how long we plan to be on the road etc.)

We have made several trips cross country and have well over 12,000 miles on our 2 1/2 yr old tt. Some days we did 10hour runs(with breaks) at around 60-65mph.

Issues we have is that our tv slows to about 45 mph (in tow haul) on long mountain grades, or to about 55mph on longer slight hilly terrain. However what's nice is that heading down the grade our tow haul mode keeps us slowed so we don't ride the brakes.

Definitely keep up on maintance and check your tire pressure etc etc as needed. Visitng a CAT scale will give you piece of mind.

Happy travels and have a great trip (don't forget to post pics)
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:56 PM   #10
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On The Road

I am a 1000 miles into my trip. Getting roughly 9 miles per gallon. I am trying to maintain 60 mph while on the interstate and 55 on side roads.
Currently I am in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The truck tows GREAT.
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