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Old 10-11-2016, 06:21 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by ebell619 View Post
Our kids are turning 6 & 8. We are planning on the "Super Cab" (if that is the 4 door option). I would love to put a camper cover on the truck so that we can bring our dogs with us on some of the trips, but haven't researched the weight on that.
As the kids get older, there may come the desire to bring friends which means more weight. The camper shell again adds more weight to the equation. If you look at the 150/1500 class you will see that you are quickly running out of safe towing and cargo room. This will have you spending time to ensure your weight is disbursed properly. As some do, you will travel without full water tanks, or you will be picking out items to leave behind, sometimes that may mean finding a sitter for the dogs, etc.

As I stated in my earlier opinion. a 250/2500 class or larger truck in a crew/super cab will allow for all you want, camper shell, dogs, kids, future expansion, etc. If you are going on a boondocking camping trip, you will fill your water tank to full and head out without a worry in the world.
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Old 10-11-2016, 06:33 PM   #12
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I have the 2016 28BHBE with all that the Op will have on theirs and I come in Empty at 6819 pounds with full propane bottles.
Highly recommend the 250/2500 class.


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Old 10-11-2016, 07:01 PM   #13
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IMO -- the only possibility to get away with a 150/1500 class with that trailer is to order the "unicorn". The the often discussed, but rarely seen F150 EcoBoost with Max Tow and Max Payload package.

However that trailer really needs 250/2500 class pickup.
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Old 10-11-2016, 07:08 PM   #14
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Like others have said, it can be done.

I tow mine with an F150 SuperCab 3.5 Ecoboost with a 2003 pound payload. I use a weight distributing hitch with sway control.

I will state for the record I have towed her nearly 2,000 miles this season and did not have any issues BUT, I do wish I had a bit more truck. If I was in your position and was making a tow vehicle choice, I would definitely go the F250 / 2500 route.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:28 PM   #15
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I don't have the Elite package, but my 28BHBE weights in around 7200lb loaded with an an almost empty freshwater tank. The tongue weight on these trailers has been reported to vary between 700-1100lb. This is a trailer that definitely pushes the limits of a 1500, not always in weight but also due to its height and length.

I tow with a GMC Sierra 1500 about once a month during the season, short to medium trips. A 1500 can definitely tow the trailer, given that it is spec'd with a high payload (1800lb+), transmission cooler, etc etc. The main issue, in my experience, is suspension and subsequent wear-and-tear on the truck.

I agree with Marcm157, given my experience with the trailer, unless it is a barebones version that you will be towing infrequently, look at the 2500s!

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Like others have said, it can be done.

I tow mine with an F150 SuperCab 3.5 Ecoboost with a 2003 pound payload. I use a weight distributing hitch with sway control.

I will state for the record I have towed her nearly 2,000 miles this season and did not have any issues BUT, I do wish I had a bit more truck. If I was in your position and was making a tow vehicle choice, I would definitely go the F250 / 2500 route.
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Old 10-12-2016, 05:48 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by ebell619 View Post
Our kids are turning 6 & 8. We are planning on the "Super Cab" (if that is the 4 door option). I would love to put a camper cover on the truck so that we can bring our dogs with us on some of the trips, but haven't researched the weight on that.
Like others have said you are looking at a supercrew. I don't have any experience with the cover so i can't and won't speak intelligently about it. I'm not going to get into the debate over what truck is better or more equipped. there is no doubt that a 250 would pull it easier, as well as there is no doubt a 350 would pull it even easier and so on and so forth. your husband would use it for work every day, i don't know how many time or how often or how far you would pull your camper that would be a factor in your decision. Also a decision would be money, your budget is your budget regardless of what vehicle you would want. do what is best for you, your family, your budget. My kids are 3,5,6. all the advice is great and everyone has their own experiences, take it all with a grain of salt including mine. good luck
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:32 AM   #17
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As others have said... Go for the 3/4 ton and you'll be glad you did. Search the forum.. There are several threads where this trailer and TV are discussed. You'll run across the occasional person who raves about their half ton towing it fine but the overwhelming majority will tell you to get a 3/4 ton.
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:34 AM   #18
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Are you more likely to get a fully loaded vehicle like the Platinum or King Ranch or bare bones more like the XLT? The higher trim level vehicles will have much less payload.

Lets assume you get a properly equiped F150 with 1800lbs payload.....

1800 - 1000lbs tongue weight
- 450 lbs for 4 passengers
- 200 lbs for cap
- 100 lbs for hitch
- anything else you put in the truck or box.

You have 50 lbs left before you are overweight. Now the truck won't blow up the second you exceed the payload but you are already really close. Your kids are only going to get bigger and you will likely want to bring more and more stuff with you.

That trailer is definitely in 3/4 or more territory.

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Old 10-12-2016, 07:55 AM   #19
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I will add a recommendation to seriously consider a 3/4 ton truck.

There are F-150s that can handle the 28BHBE, but you really need both the max tow and max payload options. They're probably getting easier to find, but when they first came out, that was not so. Equipped properly, that specifically configured F-150 will do a fine job. But that's probably about the only 1/2 ton class truck that will do it with any amount of margin. And the EcoBoost engines are really a marvel from what I understand; no problem in the power department.

Payload is where you'll run out of room, so forget the "tow rating" and focus on payload. Whatever you do, DO NOT take any dealer or salesman's word on what can be towed with what. And that's true no matter which 1/2T class truck you're looking at. Do your own research. If your payload (real payload, not brochure payload) on the truck can handle the trailer tongue weight (I would figure it at 15% of trailer GVWR) AND all the people and gear you will put in the truck on your HEAVIEST load out, You're probably okay. I would want to be at about 80% of my truck's max payload. Also consider the rear axle GAWR.

What you don't want to do is figure it all up on paper, and then ink a deal on a truck that is maxed out or close on paper. In other words, don't buy "just enough truck", because before long (or even right away), it won't be enough.

And remember, it's not all about the numbers. First, just because the numbers work, doesn't mean it will work for YOU out there in the real world. Second, the whole point of this is to create fun family adventures and have a good time. I can tell you from personal experience, worrying about weight all the time SIGNIFICANTLY detracts from that enjoyment.

I started our journey with our 28BHBE towing with a 2012 GMC Sierra 1500. It did okay with just me, DW and the wonder mutt, but once she got pregnant, I was upgrading. We were at the very max of our capacities, and it was only going to get worse, so I sucked it up and upgraded as soon as I could. I don't regret it even a little. I have plenty of capacity for anything I want to do, and so I focus more on having fun with my family and less on weights of my gear and loadout.

It's kind of cliche, but in the towing world, you never hear "I wish had less truck". You have a unique opportunity now to save yourself the heartache (and $$) many of us have had to endure by getting the right truck for the job right up front.

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Pay Attention to those who have towed with a modern F150

You will find on this website that anytime somebody requests opinions on pulling a travel trailer with an F150 you are bombarded with useless opinions from the Ram fanboys that your family's safety requires a minimum 250/2500 on the side of the truck. This a bunch of BS and just because they chant over and over that 2+2=5 does not make it so. You'll want to pay attention to the posts of those that have actually towed a 28BHBE with a properly equipped modern F150. A 10 year old 250/2500 has lower manufacturer specs than the 2017 F150 with HD Payload does not increase safety over a 2017 F150 with tow/haul mode, electronic anti-sway control, anti-lock brakes, airbags, anti-slip etc. etc. You'll have to sort through the uninformed opinions of those who "towed with a half-ton once" or "knew somebody that towed with a half-ton once" and white-knuckled it or failed the clean short test. An HD Payload F150 with +/- 2800 lbs of payload is not the same "half-ton" as an F150 with 1200 lbs of payload. Depending on how an F150 is equipped, the payload can vary from about 1100 lbs to 3000lbs yet people who do not know any better consider them all the same truck.

Payload will be your limiting factor and relying upon the assurances of the Ford salesman will result in buying an underequipped truck which will provide an unpleasant tow experience with an overloaded tow vehicle.

You definitely will want your F150 equipped with the Max Tow Package (the tow package is different) which will give you approximately 20% increase in tow capacity. If you pack light, you may be able to remain within the specs of the Max Tow Package. To give yourself some additional payload capacity you may wish to look for a truck with the Heavy Duty Payload package which has extra leaf springs and thicker frame to further increase the payload abilities. HDP F150's were not available in 2015, but they are available in the 2016 and 2017 models and may not be on the lot at your local dealer, but you can order them or your dealer can find one on the lot of another dealer.


Higher trim packages (i.e. Lariat, Platinum etc.) will also cut into your available payload. If you do your research, I doubt will find anybody who has actually pulled this size of trailer with a truck equipped with the HD Payload package having any concerns about pulling this size of trailer with a quality WD hitch. I use a Propride 3P (research the Propride and Hensley Arrow hitches for more info) and would not tow without it.

Our 28BHBE loaded for camping has a tongue weight of 1050 lbs with a gross weight of 7800 lbs (the Eagle model is a few hundred lbs heavier) with 10 to 15 gallons of fresh water for bathroom breaks while travelling and we fill with fresh water when we get to campground. I do not put heavy items in the box of my truck, bikes go on the bike tray on back of trailer and I do not have a truck cap.The payload on my truck is 1687 lbs and our family of 3 is easily able to remain within the specs of our truck.

I have no problems maintaining the speed limits with my 5.4 (6spd 3.73 rear end) through the Eastern mountains of Pa, NH, VT, NY, Me, Va, NC etc. although I do occasionally get held up behind semis that are unable to maintain the speed limit and accelerating to pass while climbing a steep grade can be challenging. The V-8 5.0/5.4's will provide better engine braking than the 3.5 Ecoboost but the Eco will has far superior low end torque and will pull as hard or harder than any gas 250/2500/350/3500 and if I was doing a lot of towing in the mountains I would definitely opt of the Eco. (Look up the Pike's Peak Challenge to see a towing comparison of the Eco vs. competitor V-8's). The gas engine 250/2500s do have comparable torque and hp specs, but the downside is at least a 30% reduction in fuel mileage and you'll be adding at least 30 to 40% to your annual fuel bill. If you can afford a 250/2500 diesel, having twice the torque is never a bad thing while towing.

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