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Old 01-31-2014, 12:04 AM   #31
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[MENTION=83955]JCooper[/MENTION] I appreciate that. This will be our second season with a travel trailer. I have been towing for years, but I soon realized there is a huge difference between this lunch box on wheels and my car or utility trailers. This is our first travel trailer. They sure act different! All a learning curve. Appreciate the advice!
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:35 AM   #32
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I think what smurfs means is how do you determine how much tension to dial in on the WD hitch. The objective is to return the front axle back to the unloaded ride height. Easiest way to achieve this is by measuring from the ground to the top of the fender well unloaded, then crank down the WD tension to return the front to that measurement when loaded.
Within 1/2-3/4 of an inch.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:31 PM   #33
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Thank you everyone for responding! Wow, lots of info. My apologies for thedelay in responding, ive been extremely busy. Anyway, i will post my labels as requested, and after i post ill go find some info on the trailer we would like to have.



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Shipping Weight 6338
Carrying Capacity 1862
Hitch 955
Length 32' 2"
Height 11' 4"
Fresh Water 43
Waste Water 28
Gray Water 56
LPG 60
Tire Size ST225/75R15D
Type Travel Trailers
Region East Coast


Iguess it doesnt say much?

Here is a picture of it.


I will end up getting a distribution hitch wether im able to do or go lighter. I guess i just need to research the hitches. I will not compromise safety for my family, nor the others around me so if that means i cant have this trailer, so be it.
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I would say you're going to run out of payload with only 1500# Too much trailer IMO…
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:52 PM   #36
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Shipping Weight 6338
Carrying Capacity 1862
Hitch 955
Length 32' 2"
Height 11' 4"
Fresh Water 43
Waste Water 28
Gray Water 56
LPG 60
Tire Size ST225/75R15D
Type Travel Trailers
Region East Coast

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Dry hitch weight (955#) is 15% of the dry trailer weight (6338#).

Put anything in the trailer and you'll be up to the truck's receiver rating of 1150#.

Subtract that 1150# plus 50# for a WDH from your truck's payload (1521#) leaves only 321# for you, the wife, kids and gear.

EDIT: The WDH might reduce tongue's load on the truck by 20%, taking maybe 225# off the truck and onto the trailer's axles. This would give you maybe 321+225 = 546# for people and stuff in the truck.

Beautiful trailer, but it would be pretty hard not to go over Ford's weight ratings depending upon what's in the truck.

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Thank you everyone for responding! Wow, lots of info. My apologies for thedelay in responding, ive been extremely busy. Anyway, i will post my labels as requested, and after i post ill go find some info on the trailer we would like to have.

Have you added any accessories to the truck? My payload sticker says 1636# but after I've added a hard bed cover, small tool box, misc gear, wife, kid, 36gal fuel, WD hitch, and a few travel amenities on the interior and my available payload has dropped to 1170#. That's 466# of realistic cargo right off the top before you even hook the trailer up. Damn half tons..
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No it has no accessories
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Wow this sucks!
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Ok thanks everyone for your time and patience, i greatly appreciate it. A lot of knowledge here, its great!
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