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Old 10-12-2015, 03:30 AM   #1
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New owners of a 2016 28BHBE

We've been eyeing the 2016 28BHBE for months now, and after checking it out at a local RV show, we finally pulled the trigger on an upgrade. They were all sold out at the show, so we placed an order for one equipped with the Elite Package. Since we are worried about tow capacity pulling with a 1/2 ton, we decided against the fiberglass walls. I understand from other posts pulling this rig with a 1/2 ton will be challenging. We would consider upgrading in the near future to a F-150 with HD Payload package & 3.73 axle ratio. I'd like to know if this an option worth pursuing given the hit we'd take trading up. Unfortunately, a 3/4 ton is out of the budget this time. Thank you for your suggestions in advance.
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Old 10-12-2015, 07:55 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new rig!!!!

Probably the best thing you could do is load up like you're taking a trip (less trailer), normal passengers, anything that normally is in the truck bed, throw the hitch in, and to weigh the truck. That will let you know how close you are to the gvwr of the truck.

Chances are depending on how you pack (truck and trailer), you may need to run with very little in the bed with your current 150.

As for the 150 with the HD payload, don't rule out a 250/2500.... Can't remember if it was here, rv.net or maybe a sled forum, but a guy just recently priced both and they were the same price (close enough to call the same- same trim and options)!!!! That trailer does not need a diesel, the gas motor is plenty. Any of the 3 250/2500 gas trucks are plenty.

Good luck!!!
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:16 AM   #3
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You'll definitely feel the weight of your trailer with a 1/2 ton.

I don't pull mine with anything but some wood blocks in the bed and I'm almost over payload.

My trailer is lighter and my truck is heavier and I'm at the top end of my truck and I can feel it.

Congrats and good luck!
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:26 AM   #4
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With your TV, this rig is going to push you around. Loaded up, you will most likely be over your limit.
The HD package is not going to do much for you. If you are going to upgrade, you need to consider the 250/2500.

x2 on pulling with an empty truck bed.
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I'm towing the exact same trailer with my 2016 RAM 1500 with the 5.7l hemi. It does not push me around! I can say that the trailer itself is on the heavy side for a half ton and I do not carry water with me. I do carry 4 bikes, wood, and my family of 5. As long as you distribute the weight evenly, I think it's fine. Be sure to get a weight distribution hitch and airbags. They are amazing!

If you plan to tow it long distances or a full timer, I would say get a 3/4 ton diesel. My truck will tow with the best of them, but it's not a diesel.
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You will soon enough figure out what you are comfortable with when towing. I have the same trailer. When towing with F150, I would get pushed/pulled around by every pickup and large SUV that passed me on the highway. If your comfortable with that, then great. If you don't travel the highway much, it may not even be an issue for you.

A 250/2500 pick up will be a night/day difference in towing.
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Another vote to add airbags. It won't increase your trucks gvwr, but it'll do wonders for the ride, as well as take some of the squat off the back.
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You will soon enough figure out what you are comfortable with when towing. I have the same trailer. When towing with F150, I would get pushed/pulled around by every pickup and large SUV that passed me on the highway. If your comfortable with that, then great. If you don't travel the highway much, it may not even be an issue for you.

A 250/2500 pick up will be a night/day difference in towing.
My thoughts exactly when I towed the 5k lb 26BH with a 1500. Glad I switched to a 2500.
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Sorry to have to say it, but it does not matter what you "add" to a 150/1500 series light duty truck. It is still a light duty truck. You have to realize that at gvw and max tongue weight, the 28BHBE TT will have approx 1350lbs on the tongue. That IS the max payload of a lot of 150/1500 series trucks. You are overweight before you leave the yard. This is a large heavy trailer and a 1/2 ton regardless of which manufacturer is not suitable to tow it safely. I am not saying you need an oil burner to tow it, but a 3/4 is a minimum. If it is a diesel, watch your numbers closely as the engine is heavy. We also have the 28BHBE and our usual numbers are 8800lbs gvw,1200lbs tongue. Just my 0.02.
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Northern Jay, no one is saying that the maximum weight & tongue of the trailer could be over the rating of a 1/2 ton or air bags add extra payload. They do help level the truck. Heavy duty shocks wouldn't hurt either.

If you be conservative, you will be fine. Be sure a qualified person sets up the hitch. There a lot bigger trailers being pulled around the US with 1/2 tons! Not saying it's right.
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