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Old 06-15-2016, 12:52 PM   #11
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As per my sig, this is the 3rd season towing a 28BHBE with a 2010 F150 with max tow, towing the same length of trailer which is slightly heavier. On my first tow, I was not satisfied with the handling because the dealer had completely botched the installation of my Propride 3P hitch. Spent the weekend reinstalling the hitch and have never had a single issue with sway or stability since towing in high winds or passing trucks on the highway.

You will find on this forum that everytime somebody posts a question about towing with a F150 there is a chorus from the Gas Ram 2500 fanboys that F150's cause a hazard towing any trailer over 4000 lbs and all half-tons are the same. Two weeks ago on this forum I was told that towing a 5000 lb trailer with the exact same truck as mine made it immediately fall apart which was confirmed to be a bunch of BS. You can do a quick forum search for F150 to confirm for yourself how often this occurs including from one of those posters above.

I have no recent towing experience with the modern half-ton/1500's of the other brands and cannot speak to their capabilities, but based on my actual experience, those having stability issues when towing within the rated capacities of the 2009+ F150's will have one of 3 causes:
1) Inadequate equipment
2) Improperly adjusted equipment
3) Lack of knowledge of the actual weights on their setup

If you head over to the Ford Forums, you can get some accurate info from those that have actually towed with a 2009+ F150. On this forum you will have weed through a lot of "expertise" from those claiming that all half-tons are the same (F150 with 1200 lbs of payload will tow exactly the same as a F150 with 2200 or 2600 lbs of payload) because they knew somebody that towed with an F150 once and got into a horrible accident endangering their family and everybody on the road. There are many on this forum that don't realize that the 2009+ F150's are different from those of the 1980's.

Check your weights, get a good quality hitch and if you need to, install air bags and/or LT tires and you will have a pleasant towing experience.
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Old 06-15-2016, 02:49 PM   #12
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I have the same setup as dmward and have been very pleased with how it tows. No sway, very little bounce.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:30 PM   #13
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Thanks for the replies. I'm not sure though if you all tow with three passengers and a 60# woofer. At almost 800# off the payload capacity, I'm left with nothing after the tongue weight. If you all are similar, or if your little yellow sticker on the drivers door jamb says "passengers and cargo weight shall not exceed 1450#" then I'm okay with it.😃
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Thanks for the replies. I'm not sure though if you all tow with three passengers and a 60# woofer. At almost 800# off the payload capacity, I'm left with nothing after the tongue weight. If you all are similar, or if your little yellow sticker on the drivers door jamb says "passengers and cargo weight shall not exceed 1450#" then I'm okay with it.


3 passengers but only a 20 pounder pooch . Here's my yellow sticker. 1800 lb capacity.

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Old 06-15-2016, 04:54 PM   #15
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There is somebody on this forum towing similar trailer with Ford Bronco. ProPride hitch attached and no sway.

This is really annoying when people are saying that half ton truck should not tow 28DSBH or similar trailer.
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Old 06-15-2016, 05:34 PM   #16
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There is somebody on this forum towing similar trailer with Ford Bronco. ProPride hitch attached and no sway.



This is really annoying when people are saying that half ton truck should not tow 28DSBH or similar trailer.


Well, I wouldn't tow it with the smaller 6cyl engine
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Old 06-15-2016, 05:45 PM   #17
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If you need to tow a little bit slower going uphill, it does not mean that you have a setup which is not safe. I am from Europe where a common speed limit when towing is 45-50 mph. Slow pace results in many smaller cars towing mid-, larger size trailers, because the setups are stable. Many Dutch people who love camping are going from flat Netherlands down south to Italy, France, etc. They need to cross the Alps going sometimes 20-30 mph. If somebody tows occasionally in the mountains, V8 or diesel may not be required. You do not have to be the first on the top.
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:52 PM   #18
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I tow my 28dsbh with a 2015 Silverado 5.3l. No problem towing at 55 to 65mph. Yes it would be great if it was towed with a 2500 or F250 but the 1500 will do the job. WDH setup properly, if I am pulling more than 50 miles I do it with a empty water tank. Close hauls I will fill the tank
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Old 06-15-2016, 08:33 PM   #19
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Thanks everybody. I have been driving Superduties since they came out, and roughly a new each year to 18 mos. In between, I mixed in a few F150s, and had issues with weight, but that's another story. One time it had me over the gross rear axle rating... Substantially.
I am about fed up daily driving a one ton, but want to be sure of my move. It's easy to trade down, but a bear to go back up.
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This is really annoying when people are saying that half ton truck should not tow 28DSBH or similar trailer.
X2 - Don't disagree that a 250/2500 diesel with double the torque would make towing more fun, but the obsolete technology and 25% to 30% increase in gas consumption for comparable torque per pound performance in the gas 250/2500's doesn't make much sense to me unless you are saving a ton of money up front to pay for the extra fuel during ownership. F150 "half-tons" have payloads ranging from 1100 lbs to 3000 lbs (chev, Toyota and Rams probably have similar tow packages) and to state that all half tons are the same regardless of manufacturer ratings is simply ridiculous.
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