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Old 02-24-2011, 03:08 PM   #1
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Default Can I tow more conventional or 5th wheel

I have a 2011 ecoboost 4wd scab on order. It has max payload. says capacity is 2080 lbs.

If I wanted to haul 10,000 lbs am i better with a 5th wheel (or gooseneck) or bumper pull.

Since fifth wheel puts more weight in bed (20-25%) isnt conventional pull better (may 10-15%)?

what about weight distr. hitch. When do you need that? at what weight?

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I would say gooseneck is way better, as the bumper pull puts more weight further back on the truck and the gooseneck puts it over the rear wheels.
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I would say gooseneck is way better, as the bumper pull puts more weight further back on the truck and the gooseneck puts it over the rear wheels.
Agreed

I just don't like having to attach the ball or the 5th wheel hitch in the bed of my truck. That's a big load your going to be pulling. Let me know how the little 3.5 does. I'm very intrigued by this engine and it may have swayed me into buying an '11 rather then a used '09/'10.
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Go to woodalls site, they have all the info you"ll need in regards to towing, it's a very active site and has helped me a lot.
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I disagree with the above on the 5th wheel. Although it will tow better (be more resistant to cross winds etc.), its the tongue weight that is going to kill you with an F150.
Do the math on your truck's GVW, including the fifth wheel hitch, you, your family and all your gear, and you'll see that there is not much left (likely less than 900 to 1,000 pounds).
I tow a 32 foot TT with a tongue weight of only about 850, and with a good equalizer hitch, it only drops the truck about 1/2 of an inch....
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I disagree with the above on the 5th wheel. Although it will tow better (be more resistant to cross winds etc.), its the tongue weight that is going to kill you with an F150.
Do the math on your truck's GVW, including the fifth wheel hitch, you, your family and all your gear, and you'll see that there is not much left (likely less than 900 to 1,000 pounds).
I tow a 32 foot TT with a tongue weight of only about 850, and with a good equalizer hitch, it only drops the truck about 1/2 of an inch....
Depends on your trailer, there is no reason you couldnt get a 5th wheel trailer with low tongue weight. 5th wheel is better every time.
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Depends on your trailer, there is no reason you couldnt get a 5th wheel trailer with low tongue weight. 5th wheel is better every time.
I agree. 5th wheel would be better. Before you go with a 5th wheel setup make sure there is enough clearance between the top of the bedside rails and the trailer. The F150's have fairly deep boxes that may be an issue depending on your 5th wheel hitch.
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Depends on your trailer, there is no reason you couldnt get a 5th wheel trailer with low tongue weight. 5th wheel is better every time.
Yeah, but he mentions a 10K 5th towing weight. I don't think there is any way to get a tongue weight compatible with a 1/2 ton at that heavy a 5th wheeler.......
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I guess im no trailering expert, but I spose it depends on how often he plans on towing that load and how much over rated capacity it really is. I would probably beef up the back suspension a bit, put on some bags or something and go with 5th wheel anyways. She can handle it!
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If the OP is going to be towing often at or near the maximum allowed then a 3/4 or 1 ton would be a better choice.
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