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Old 12-17-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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HELP! Will this tow combo be ok? Whitehawk 26 with F150?

We are looking at a Whitehawk 26DSRB. It's gross vehicle weight is 7250LBS (so that's full with water and everything), and 5500lbs dry.

We own a 2012 F150 Supercab FX 4 (4x4) 5.0 Litre V8 with a 3:73 axle and a trailer towing package, meaning it has the trailer break, connections etc.

I am worried this is getting tight on weight. Can anyone offer any advice? Thx!
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:32 AM   #2
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I think it will be okay as long as your comfortable towing it. I used to have a 2006 f150 and towed a jayco 29 bhs with a weight of around 5500 lbs and loaded I figured we were around the 7000lbs mark and it towed fine.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:02 AM   #3
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At one time (2010) Ford had two towing packages for the F150, a light duty and a heavy duty package. The heavy duty package significantly increased the towing capacity. I don't remember the exact numbers but you should be fine with the heavy duty package. You may be marginal with the light duty package. A Ford dealer service department should be able to tell you what you have. They would need the VIN to look it up. Be sure to check the payload capacity of your truck (should be on a sticker in a door frame). The tongue weight of the trailer (loaded) along with passengers and cargo in the truck should not exceed the payload capacity. I towed an Eagle Super Lite (6500 lbs dry) with a F150 and the heavy duty package with no problems. I am sure we were close to (or over) the payload capacity of the truck (around 1300 lbs.) and not close to the towing capacity of 11,200 lbs.
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Here is a link that should get you in the ball park as far as towing and the F150. This is for the 2012 year, but they should not be to much different for 2010.
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:54 AM   #5
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You will be fine with 9400lbs tow.
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As mentioned, not all 1/2 tons are created equal, especially when it comes to Payload Capacities...., and it should be noted that manufacture published weight capacities/limits are based on the "Curb Weight" of the vehicle, not the weight as it sits in one's driveway. A high "Tow Rating" doesn't mean there is ample Payload Capacity.

Ykcamom, I would take your F-150 under loaded conditions (full fuel, passengers, etc.) to your local CAT scale and weigh it....., simple 30 second process for about $9. Subtract the CAT scale weight from the GVWR identified on your driver's door.., the remaining weight is the available F-150 Payload Capacity weight you have for the TT's loaded tongue weight and any other TV weight not accounted for at the CAT scale. Yes, the TT's loaded tongue weight gets subtracted from the TV's payload capacity because it's supported by the truck...., and using a WDH only transfers about 10%-15% of the tongue weight value to the TT axles, the rest remains with the TV.

The CAT scale will eliminate a lot of the guess work, and may save you from purchasing a to heavy TT (depends on your vehicle & loading habits). With the Whitehawk 26DSRB figure a loaded tongue weight value of 13% to 15% of the TT's loaded weight.

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As mentioned, not all 1/2 tons are created equal, especially when it comes to Payload Capacities...., and it should be noted that manufacture published weight capacities/limits are based on the "Curb Weight" of the vehicle, not the weight as it sits in one's driveway. A high "Tow Rating" doesn't mean there is ample Payload Capacity.

Ykcamom, I would take your F-150 under loaded conditions (full fuel, passengers, etc.) to your local CAT scale and weigh it....., simple 30 second process for about $9. Subtract the CAT scale weight from the GVWR identified on your driver's door.., the remaining weight is the available F-150 Payload Capacity weight you have for the TT's loaded tongue weight and any other TV weight not accounted for at the CAT scale. Yes, the TT's loaded tongue weight gets subtracted from the TV's payload capacity because it's supported by the truck...., and using a WDH only transfers about 10%-15% of the tongue weight value to the TT axles, the rest remains with the TV.

The CAT scale will eliminate a lot of the guess work, and may save you from purchasing a to heavy TT (depends on your vehicle & loading habits). With the Whitehawk 26DSRB figure a loaded tongue weight value of 13% to 15% of the TT's loaded weight.

Bob
X2 it is common for 1/2 ton trucks to have little payload left when weighed.
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