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Old 01-17-2015, 11:11 AM   #11
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In my mind, you are trying to put 10 lbs of Stuff in a 5 lb bag. Guess you can make it work, but have to ask. Why did you buy a shortbed 1/2 ton if you were thinking about a 5er?

I suspect (like many others have erroneously done) that he's only focused on the weight that his F150 can PULL and/or a salesman told him it could.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:23 AM   #12
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well i can tell you i was towing my 27.5 BHS with a 2006 f150 with a 5.5 ft box

i had the reese pro series 15k sliding hitch with a sidewinder and i like it the best because i never have to worry about taking the adapter off when i drop it off at the dealer

as for actually having to get out and slide it, on flat level ground you never really have to worry about it, the only time i ever had to slide it was when we were pulling it out of the driveway and parking it in the campground and that was more for piece of mind then anything else, the only downfall with the sidewinder and the slider is it is easier to take the tailgate off for your trip because it can get in the way

and as far as ability my 06 with a 5.4 and 35's with 3.55 gears towed great, i just upgraded cause i also have a boat that i want to double tow and she did not have the ability for that, if you have any questions about it shoot me a PM
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:32 AM   #13
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also what gears do you have? if you have the 4.10's you will be in the best shape with 11,000+lbs towing capacity, and i believe the payload on them is above 2000, which would be close but should be ok
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:27 PM   #14
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OK, this got to bugging me so I've chased down a few specs.

According to this http://www.fordf150.net/2014/2014-f150-tech-specs.pdf this F150 Eco has a payload range of 1750 to 2080#, depending on cab size and number of drive wheels. The very max is 2080# IF equipped with tow package on a 2wd SuperCab .

According to this http://www.jayco.com/products/fifth-...le-ht/295bhds/ his trailer has a dry hitch weight of 1500 pounds.

Assuming that he carries no cargo in the camper, the math (2080-1500) shows at best it will have less than 600 pounds for fuel, people, pets, clothing, etc. These are best numbers. With a different config TV and/or cargo in the camper this allowance goes down as the hitch weight goes up.

This truck will pull it, but ...
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:02 PM   #15
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he can put stuff in his camper, he just needs to load it more to the back to take some weight off the pin, yes he would be better off with a 2500 but if he only plans to tow within a few hours and maintains both properly he should have no issues till it is a reasonable time at which he can upgrade his truck
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:18 PM   #16
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Please check your driver door stickers, then go to your Ford Dealer/competent truck salesperson.
I have a 2011 F150 EcoBoost XLT 4 wheel drive, long bed. I anticipated a 5th wheel - 3.73 axle, 8200# package, Max Tow (11,200) and Heavy Duty Payload Package. All that and the door sticker shows my max combined (in the cab/bed) should be less than 2,393 pounds. My Reese hitch weighs 90# and the tongue before cargo is 1,340#, leaves me 963# cab/bed. All said and done the 8,200# minus the public scale 6260# = 1,940 Cab/bed. Think that leaves me 600# in the cab/bed, (2 adults/2 kids). Am I close to right?
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:45 PM   #17
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The pin weight of a properly loaded FW should be a Minimum of 15% - while 25% is generally the proper target. Example: a loaded 10K pound FW calls for a 1500# minimum (2500 pounds recommended) pin weight.

That weight (when placed on the FW hitch) is directly loaded to the TV as cargo.

Placing cargo behind the trailers axles will reduce the load of the pin but will also shift the proper 25% balance necessary for safe towing.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:18 PM   #18
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Cargo weight of the tow vehicle is basically dictated by axle capability. Just pulling make believe numbers here but lets say the axle/tire is rated for 8000 pounds max.

Even within the same basic model tow vehicle, there are hundreds of different possible weights as some people order them with oversized tires, some add full size spares, some want power seats and windows, some delete radios, some add Ham gear ... you get the idea?

But lets just say this vehicle stands on the scales at 6000#. Your available cargo weight is the 8000 - 6000, or 2000 pounds remaining. Once you add gasoline and your fat butt you've just subtracted from that 2000. Add the wife, her laptop, and a lap dog? More subtraction. Remove your loaded toolbox and you've regained some capacity. The idea is not to overload the axle, it dictates the cargo restrictions.

Adding a fifth wheel hitch (someone earlier said 90#) and 25% of a properly loaded FW quickly adds significant weight to the axle.
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:20 AM   #19
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I have a Ram 1500 and I pull a 27.5 RLTS HT without any problems. My setup is a 16K Husky fixed with a Reese Revolution. It gives me 22" and I can spin circles. Look at the YouTube video under Reese Revolution. By the WY I don't have a problem pulling in the mountains
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^^^that is amazing to me as I had a 2013 ram 1500 Laramie and with a kids quad in the bed and a utility trailer with two full size big bore quads, my ram sagged in the rear and steering was compromised a good bit. My payload sticker was only 1061lbs...I wouldn't have trusted that truck to pull a whitehawk tt, let alone anything heavier
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