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Old 12-12-2016, 03:56 PM   #1
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2017 Ford F250 and Eagle HTs

I currently have an older 2002 4x4 F250 (no lift, but big tires) that I pull our 29.5 BDHS HT with.. I had ours upgraded with the larger Maxxis tires, and it looks really level to me when attached to the truck.. surprisingly so.

Early next year, I will most likely be upgrading the truck.. Anyone seen a 2017 F250 4x4 hooked up to one of these HTs? They seem pretty tall, and was curious as to how they pulled.. I've read how some people have had to do all sorts of modifications on their trailers to get it level (which is why I was surprised mine seems just fine - we are running the Ultimate fifth wheel hitch), so trying to plan ahead (budget) on figuring out what we might have to do to fifth wheel if I get a new truck.

Thanks for the advice / information!
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Old 12-12-2016, 04:45 PM   #2
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I drive a 2016 F-250 Super Duty,Lariat, SRW, 4x4,shortbed w/ 20" Tires and 20K pullrite slider hitch. Have no problem with the Eagle HT being level. I have a friend who just purchased the 2017 F-250, same trk as mine. The 2017 fords in the super duty are 2" higher . That's from the ground to top rail and also from bed to top rail. Don't know how much effect it will have on the level pull on an Eagle HT. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:03 PM   #3
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Thanks, lanedawg!
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lanedawg I just recently bought a 2014 eagle ht 23.5 and plan on towing it with my 2016 f250 also with 20" wheels. I've measure my truck, and it sit in the stock height according to the 2016 superduty brochure, 35" at the bed and 55" to bed rail. I haven't looked at the tire size of the camper, but I think it's the stock 15", If I had the axles lower by moving the axle down on the bottom hole of the shackle do you feel this might be alright. I know it is just an opinion, but I will take any input from someone who tows one with the same truck as mine. Thanks.
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I tow with an 11 F350 which is equivalent to a 17+ 250 (350’s have a 4” rear lift block vs a 2”) and my 17 HT sits close enough to level for my liking with the suspension on the lower holes and stock 15” tires.

Also note that 20” wheels make no difference vs. 18’s- the outside circumference of the tires is virtually identical.

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Thanks repacs0103, that a nice setup you have there. you wouldn't remember your bed load level and bed rail heights off hand? With the measurements I have of my truck, I trying to figure out what steps are necessary, if any, to be able to tow it with minimum alterations and expense. I feel I will need to at least make sure the axle has been lowered to the lower hole on the factory shackles, providing it hasn't already been done. The dealer I bought it is closed till mid January, they came in on their own time to let me view the 5th wheel. What 5th wheel hitch do you have?Thanks again.
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I have a 2017 f250 Lariat FX4 with 20 inch wheels and pull a 2018 Eagle HT 28.5 RSTS. The height from ground to bed rail is 59 1/2 inches. The Eagle has 16" tires, Mor/Ryde 3000 and the shackles innhe lower holes. The Eagle sits 1 1/2 inches high. We will call it level. We have 5- 5 1/2 inches from bed rail to bottom of FW. Tows great, turns great and pulls great.
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2017 Ford F250 and Eagle HTs

I don’t think I’ve ever measured the bed floor, but my bed rail height with no weight in the truck is a shade over 57”. My 29.5BHDS drops it down to ~55, roughly the same height as when I’m working and have my normal load of tools- I only ever empty the truck to go camping.

I have a non-sliding Curt Q16 hitch- it goes about the lowest as any hitch on the market. On its lowest setting I was almost dead level, but it only gave me 5.75” bedrail clearance so now on the next setting up I have well over 7” and feel a lot more comfortable.


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repacs0103, your bed rail sit a bit higher than mine which is what i figured based on the info from ford brochures for the year 2016 and 2017. 2nOZ your truck sits even higher so that give me hope that I should be OK with the axles dropped on the lower holes on the shackle, what hitch are you using? Just wondering if their are any more 2016 f250 owners, and what if anything, was done to be able to tow with it being level or close to level. Thanks repacs0103 and 2nOZ for your input.
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repacs0103, your bed rail sit a bit higher than mine which is what i figured based on the info from ford brochures for the year 2016 and 2017. 2nOZ your truck sits even higher so that give me hope that I should be OK with the axles dropped on the lower holes on the shackle, what hitch are you using? Just wondering if their are any more 2016 f250 owners, and what if anything, was done to be able to tow with it being level or close to level. Thanks repacs0103 and 2nOZ for your input.
I'm using a ProEagle hitch that was provided and installed by the dealer. It's the same hitch as the Curt E16 non- slider. Very happy with the set up.
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