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Old 04-08-2019, 07:10 AM   #1
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So I just purchased a 2019 Ford F150 with upgraded towing package and was going to tow 2015 Jayco JayFlight 27RLS, but now have fallen in love with the Jayco 30.5 Fifth Wheel with Middle Bunkhouse. My question is the 5th Wheel weighs 10,000 lbs and the truck is rated to tow 10800, am I pushing it. Most we trailer is about 3 - 4 hours from the house. Both the Ford and the Jayco say yes. I will upgrade to 3/4 ton in 3 years when I retire and we travel the county. What say you, am I safe to tow. Want the Grandkids protected and safe.
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Old 04-08-2019, 08:51 AM   #2
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I have a 30.5 MBOK and tow it with a GMC 2500HD Duramax. This is a big FW and although my truck doesn't have any problem with power...I know I'm hauling a good sized load when hooked up. Personally, I wouldn't want a half ton truck to tow this trailer. The half ton has much smaller brakes than a 3/4 ton and much lighter duty front/rear suspension. Would your dealer let you hook up for a test drive to see how it does before you buy it?
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So I just purchased a 2019 Ford F150 with upgraded towing package and was going to tow 2015 Jayco JayFlight 27RLS, but now have fallen in love with the Jayco 30.5 Fifth Wheel with Middle Bunkhouse. My question is the 5th Wheel weighs 10,000 lbs and the truck is rated to tow 10800, am I pushing it. Most we trailer is about 3 - 4 hours from the house. Both the Ford and the Jayco say yes. I will upgrade to 3/4 ton in 3 years when I retire and we travel the county. What say you, am I safe to tow. Want the Grandkids protected and safe.
I would think that your rear axle weight rating is going to be exceeded before you put an ounce of equipment in the FW. Towing capacity and the amount of weight sitting on your rear axle are light years apart.
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I recently paired a new '19 30.5 CKTS to an F250 SuperDuty with the 10,000 lb GVW and factory fifth wheel puck system, I would not want to run so close to your truck's trailer towing capacity rating. I use a guideline of no closer than 85% which means you should only pull about 9200 lbs of trailer. You will have a lot more cargo weight than you think, and you need to include your passengers and their "stuff" as cargo. You can probably get away with it, but know that you are going to over-tax the transmission and the brakes on the F-150.
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I have a 30.5 MBOK and tow it with a GMC 2500HD Duramax. This is a big FW and although my truck doesn't have any problem with power...I know I'm hauling a good sized load when hooked up. Personally, I wouldn't want a half ton truck to tow this trailer. The half ton has much smaller brakes than a 3/4 ton and much lighter duty front/rear suspension. Would your dealer let you hook up for a test drive to see how it does before you buy it?
I have the exact same truck and fifth wheel and agree 100% with what 1carguy said.
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First of all, both Ford and Jayco are going to say yes, they're ONLY concern is the sale.

Inside the drivers door on the door pillar are 2 stickers which list the GVWR, both front and rear GAWR, and the payload capacity of your truck as it left the factory.
You're likely to exceed those numbers before coming close to the towing capacity of the F150.

The 9820 lb Unloaded Vehicle Weight of the 30.5MBOK as defined on Jayco's website is the "typical weight of the unit as built at the factory... and does not include cargo, fresh water, LP gas, options or dealer installed accessories."
Meaning the battery, propane, 2nd A/C, generally anything listed as an option is extra weight and not represented in the 'unloaded weight' number. And that's before you put a single pot, pan, flashlight, camp chair, water hose, sewer hose, etc. in the trailer, or the hitch in the bed of the truck to pull it with.
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Iíve seen people towing even smallish 5th wheels with newer F150ís and have to say it did not look like a comfortable ride at all. Even the latest 1/2 tons with lofty tow numbers are not designed for hauling a 5th wheel.
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To update my previous reply: I took your reference to the weights to be the total gross of the trailer and the total weight capacity of your F-150. If you are actually looking at the 30.5 MBOK you are referring to the empty weight, not the total gross, which Jayco lists as 11,950 (with an empty weight of 9,829.)
To learn more so you know what to look for, look at a towing guide such as the Good Sam (Trailer Life) Guide to Towing to see what tow vehicle options are available and how to match engine, transmission, axle ratios, tire size, etc etc to get a sense for how tow ratings are arrived at. Also look very closely at the specifications of a trailer you want to match to a given vehicle making sure you look at the total GROSS weight of the trailer, including hitch weight specs for a fifth wheel.
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I have a 2018 MBOK and 2016 F250 6.7. I am very comfortable pulling the unit. We've pulled as close as 11 miles and as far as 600 miles over different elevations. I'm not sure I would be comfortable pulling the same trailer with a F150. That being said - check the weights and measures as mentioned by the other above...
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So I just purchased a 2019 Ford F150 with upgraded towing package and was going to tow 2015 Jayco JayFlight 27RLS, but now have fallen in love with the Jayco 30.5 Fifth Wheel with Middle Bunkhouse. My question is the 5th Wheel weighs 10,000 lbs and the truck is rated to tow 10800, am I pushing it. Most we trailer is about 3 - 4 hours from the house. Both the Ford and the Jayco say yes. I will upgrade to 3/4 ton in 3 years when I retire and we travel the county. What say you, am I safe to tow. Want the Grandkids protected and safe.
Youíll burn up a 1/2 ton. I haul with F250 and itís a load.
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