Originally Posted by mesuezee
We have a '17 28bhbe. gvwr 9250. dry weight 6510. hitch weight 685. equalizer wdh with sway bars. the truck we estimate to have 1600lbs of payload. estimating 650lbs of cargo in truck leaves us 950lbs payload. loaded total trailer weight distributed in trailer approximate 8000lbs. 13% of that is 1200lbs. Max towing package on truck, 3.55 gear. max gcwr 18,100, max towing 12,700. I know we are close to capacity but having the weight distributed correctly what are your opinions on this being a good set up? We were pulling with a 2014 f 150 with a 3.73 max towing of 11,200 but looking to change trucks since the lease is up.
The hitch-weight on our 28BHBE Eagle was also advertised in the brochure to be 660 lbs which must have involved a lot of helium balloons. The brochure TT weight was supposed to be 6,700 lbs but ended up being 7,200 delivered. With 1000lbs of stuff and camping gear loaded for camping our trailer weight is 8200 lbs with a 13% tongue weight of 1050 lbs. There have been forum members that have claimed hitch weights of 1400+ lbs on the 28BHBE so it can really make a difference in hitch weight depending on how you pack.
You will be close to capacity and will have to pack carefully(ie avoid heavy stuff in front pass-through) and will probably want to avoid travelling with full fresh water tanks and shift as much weight as possible from the F150 into the trailer. 200lbs taken out of the truck box/cab and placed in TT will equate to 26lbs of tongue weight at 13%.
You may also want to look into a high quality anti-sway WD hitch and ensure it is properly adjusted. There have been forum members that did not have good quality hitches and/or did not know how to set up their hitches that have had stability issues with that TT/TV combo. There are many forum members that have had relaxing trouble free towing with Propride/Hensley hitches. They are not inexpensive, but worth every penny when you are towing heavy.
There are some other threads regarding towing the 28BHBE. Try to ignore the uninformed opinions that insist that a "half-ton" is unsafe to tow a TT with and focus on the weights and experiences of forum members that have actually towed with similar setups to what you are contemplating.
Feel free to come back with any additional questions you have.