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Old 06-21-2014, 07:06 AM   #1
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Will a F150 tow a Whitehawk 33BHBS?

Greetings all,

My wife and I are looking at a new travel trailer after owning a used Holiday Rambler 2007 Savoy SE for a bit (6500LBS). We are looking at the 2015 White Hawk 33BHBS, but have a few concerns. we are going from a 30' to roughly a 37' trailer and adding about 600lbs so we're not sure how my 2012 F150 5.0 will handle it. We REALLY like the trailer and it has such a great set of options it's hard to find together. Also, I'm 6'4" and my wife is 5'11". My 6 year old is 4'4" and my 3 year old is 45", so if I'm going to keep a trailer a long time...need some good options for taller/larger people.

Really appreciate the feedback!

Thank you.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:21 AM   #2
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You'll need to provide the details on the F150 to help. Axle ratio, Max Tow?

Also, curious if you looked at the 28DSBH? It's 32' and about 6000 lbs with propane and options, so closer to what your used to and the F150 can likely handle it, depending on your specs.

Just bought one and it has plenty of head room. Probably same as 33, with crowned roof.
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Axel ratio is 3.73 locking rear axel 7350#GVWR package. I don't have max tow in it.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:03 AM   #4
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I do have the OEM brake controller in the truck. But the sticker simply says trailer tow package.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:40 AM   #5
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The smartelleck in me wants to tell you that most people on here will tell you the ford f150 will tow every trailer made...Most will give you all kinds of numbers that justify their lil f150s pulling their monsterous trailers...Me personally my 2 grand daughters and my life is worth more than saving a few bucks on the right tow vehicle!!!!! I bought a trailer thinking my tow vehicle would actually tow it with no problem,after all all the numbers added up but in reality it really just didnt work safely...This is a subject I suggest you do ALOT of research on until you fully understand it and then do the configuration out yourself......after all its your FAMILY thats going in the truck,not theres!!!!!! All you have to do is drive down the highway and pay attention to the RVs being pulled down the road ,alot of them are being pulled by an inadequate tow vehicle....JMO
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Exactly my point. There is what the truck can do in the "book" then there is reality. The truck really had no issue. Pulling my old one was no problem. I want to get some feedback from someone that has pulled the BHBS with my truck config. I can't see going to a diesel for the amount I tow.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:39 AM   #7
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We have a Whitehawk 30DSQB(35 feet total)...7500 lbs loaded...was using a Chevy Avalanche(1/2 ton) TV in the beginning....traded for 2014 Chevy 2500HD(3/4 ton)(6.0 gasser with 3.73)....with the Avalanche it felt like I had 7500 lbs pushing me all the time and TV was under a constant strain even though the numbers all fit...just pulled with the 3/4 ton for the first time and really felt like I was in control at all times...much more relaxing 3 hours down the highway!!!
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I tow the 28dsbh with the F150. Its comfortable but I wouldn't push it anymore. Eventually we will get a bigger truck and a 5th wheel.
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Old 06-21-2014, 11:34 AM   #9
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The smartelleck in me wants to tell you that most people on here will tell you the ford f150 will tow every trailer made...Most will give you all kinds of numbers that justify their lil f150s pulling their monsterous trailers...snip
On some other RV forums you might be absolutely correct..., but I have found the JOF community to be a fairly grounded and realistic group of folks

Your point about doing a lot of research is spot-on!

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Old 06-21-2014, 12:02 PM   #10
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snip.... so we're not sure how my 2012 F150 5.0 will handle it.....snip
Welcome to JOF

The 33BHBS is a nice TT, and at 37ft long insuring that you have an adequate TV is a smart move on your part.

With a 8,500lb GVWR, if one were to load the TT to it's maximum (most don't), the loaded tongue weight would be 1,105lbs to 1,275lbs (13% to 15%)....., and the tongue weight comes of the TV's payload capacity (GVWR).

Jayco's published UVW is 6,610lbs, but the actual factory ship weight will be around 7,060lbs (check yellow sticker on TT), add in another 100lbs for dealer stuff (battery, etc.)......, so figure 7,160lbs as your starting point.

Just an example: UVW 7,160lbs + Cargo 600lbs (no fluids) = 7,760lbs loaded TT weight. So 7,760 @ 13% - 15% = 1,009lbs to 1,164lbs loaded tongue weight (subtracted from TV payload capacity). Everyones loading habits are different, so take this into consideration with your family of four.

Where most 1/2 ton trucks fall short with the heavier TT's is the "available" payload capacity to support the TT's loaded tongue weight and the WDH weight (about 50lbs), even when the published Tow Rating is adequate.

Actual Tow Ratings: https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f37/what-is-my-actual-tow-rating-3866.html

If you want to know how much "available payload capacity" your 2012 F-150 has, take your F-150 to a CAT scale and weight it under loaded conditions (full fuel, passengers, cargo), then subtract the CAT scale weight from the GVWR noted on your driver's door. The CAT scale visit will take only a couple of minutes and about $9.

Without the CAT scale data, I'm tending to think the 33BHBS is going to exceed one or more of your F-150 (as configured) weight limits under loaded conditions.

Hope this helps in your do-dilegence.

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