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Old 05-31-2014, 06:25 AM   #1
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Towing a Whitehawk 28DSBH with F150 Eco?

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I am new to the forum and have some towing concerns. I have a 2013 F150, 5.5' box, 4x4, ecoboost, with 3.55 electronic axle. I do not have the max tow package. The truck says I should be able to pull 9600lbs and yellow door sticker says combined weight should not exceed 1361lbs. I am shopping for a travel trailer and I'm looking at a Jayco 28DSBH. It has a hitch weight of around 640lbs and a dry weight of about 6000lbs and is 32' long. I'm worried that this is too much trailer for the truck. I have never pulled a camper before and I don't want to set myself up to fail. Does anyone else have this combination? I have read about so many different problems with towing something this long that I'm considering waiting until I can step up to an F350 and going to a fifth wheel. Am I over-reacting?

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Old 05-31-2014, 07:26 AM   #2
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Going from Zero to 32', with no towing experience will be a challenge. One thing I can tell you is that the White Hawks tow like a dream. My 2014 is 34' and it towed fine with my 08 Chevy 1500 other than I was getting some higher tranny temps. The numbers on the 1500 said I was ok. I upgraded to a 2500HD so the question is no longer in play.

Time will tell with the ecoboost but if you believe Ford, it is a towing machine. I'd worry more about the length and let Ford deliver on the towing.
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Old 05-31-2014, 08:00 AM   #3
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I have the same exact setup as you are talking about. This is our second camper but our last was a 17ft expandable and I pulled it with a minivan. The truck you have will do a great job. We are actually pulling ours from central MN to the Black Hills next week. The only thing that I added was Roadmaster Active Suspension. If you have any other questions, send me a PM.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:03 AM   #4
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I have no issues towing my 28DSBH with my F150. I've towed my 20' boat for many miles before buying my TT and actually find towing the TT is much easier. The extra length makes backing in the driveway so much easier than the boat. You will have no issues with that setup, just keep in mind when towing you need to make wider turns and just take your time.
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:11 AM   #5
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The Jayco published 640lb hitch weight isn't representative of the "actual" loaded hitch weight. The loaded hitch weight for a 32ft TT should be 13% to 15% of the TT's actual loaded weight, and the TT loaded weight is the result of your personal loading habits.

Using the 28DSBH's GVWR of 7,500lbs (worst case), the recommended loaded tongue weight would be 975lbs to 1,125lbs.

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snip...... I do not have the max tow package. The truck says I should be able to pull 9600lbs ......snip
Since you don't have the Max Tow Package, you will have to confirm your F-150's payload capacity because the TT's loaded tongue weight is subtracted from the TV's payload capacity.

As stated, a 32ft TT is a long trailer requiring some additional awareness while in-tow and in confined areas (some campgrounds/campsites, gas stations, etc.).

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I used to have an F150 Ecoboost but with the Max Tow package. In fact there's a thread that I started in August last year showing results of taking it to a CAT Scale.

I think you'll be close to the limit when loaded under real world conditions.

I believe you will definitely want a WD hitch with built in sway control.

The engine can handle it without a sweat going up hills, but I felt it was a little weak when engine braking going down.
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I think you'll be close to the limit when loaded under real world conditions.

I believe you will definitely want a WD hitch with built in sway .
This is great advice I towed my trailer with an F150 and it did a good job but the trailer would sway the truck a little so we went to a Reese dual cam setup and it was much better to tow with. A Reese dual cam or Equilizer E4 hitch will be the way to go. We upgraded to a one ton now so we have no issues at all anymore.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. From the research I've done, and your comments, it seems that the truck will handle pulling the trailer although it will be close to reaching the payload of 1361lbs. I completely agree that a 32' trailer is pushing it for a novice, and believe me, it gives me pause. I started out looking at smaller floor plans with bunks, but once we saw the oversized bunks of the 28DSBH it was hard to go back to looking at the small coffin style ones. We like the hybrid X23B a lot also, but it's tough to justify the price of the hybrid when can spend just a little more and get something so much more substantial like the White Hawk.
I have a brother that is an experienced semi truck driver. So whatever I decide on, I'll definitely have him put me through 'drivers ed' before I try to go too far on my own!
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You should be fine... Like 1 member said they tow like a dream!
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Old 05-31-2014, 09:13 PM   #10
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you will be over on payload once you are loaded up and hitting the road imo. No doubt the ecoboost has plenty of power to pull it though...you just dont have much payload and will have to be very aware of what you take with you
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