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Old 02-09-2019, 09:28 AM
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I tow an 8x23 travel trailer. You won't even know the U-Haul is back there. Not all U-Haul trailers have brakes, but the larger ones do. The ones that do have brakes all have surge brakes. I second the comment that the longer the trailer is, the easier it is to back up.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:48 AM
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Just buy a new bed problem solve =)
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:52 AM
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I pulled a Uhaul 6x12 trailer fully loaded from Oregon to Tx when I moved back to Texas and ran 80-85 most of the way with out any issues, like most others said you will hardly even notice it back there.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:06 AM
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I have pulled both with my truck. Mine has a 5.4L V8, so your newer truck will do just fine. I hardly noticed they were back there power wise. Did notice needing to stop sooner with the bigger trailer.

Main thing for me with the bigger trailer was me not having tow mirrors. The other times I have towed, it was a boat, which wasn't easier to see around. If I was towing that cross country, I would want tow mirrors.
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I towed a completely stuffed 6'x12' with my Jeep Cherokee from VT to NC and it was fine. Your F150 will handle it no problem.

The biggest issue I had was that a few of the u-haul trailers on the lot looked to be in poor condition. Some were missing 2 lugs out of 5!

For a trip like that, I'd recommend having a look around the trailer before you drive away with it.
Would be good to have all 5 lugs, ensure the tires look ok, and the tire pressure's are in spec.

Have a safe drive.
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Just make sure it is packed correctly. You'll want more of the weight in towards the front axle (closer to the truck).

A few year ago, I was hauling a bunch of stuff from temp storage & I must have been a bit rear heavy and/or going a little too fast. The trailer started to wiggle a bit, but luckily I was able to let off the gas & it settled out. Stay cautious!
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:22 AM
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I pulled a 6x12 U-Haul loaded down (about 4k lbs trailer and 1k lbs for the truck) from Houston to Chicago with my 2.7L. Averaged about 12-13mpg running about 70mph on the interstates.
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+1,000 on carefully inspecting the trailer, especially the age and condition of the tires and ensuring they have all their lugs. Then get in the trailer and close doors and look for daylight, some have holes and leak in the rain.
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Your truck will pull either size just fine. I've pulled 5x9 trailers multiple times long distance. There are no surge brakes on the smaller trailer.

And the advice to look a the trailer before agreeing to take it is solid. If they have multiple trailers, ask if you can look at them first and pick one out. Look for good, undamaged tires, verify the lug nuts are all on, and verify the box looks water tight - very common for there to be some holes in the box from damage. I know you need at 6x12 to move a queen, but not sure on the king size (if it will fit).

Load it heavier in the front (not all the weight, but heavier) so it tows nice. To little weight on the tongue and it will wiggle something fierce...
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:45 PM
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Fun fact - a king mattress is the same length as a queen mattress. But it's 76 inches wide, i.e. 6 feet, 4 inches.

And U-Haul has the dimensions on their website... It's 8 feet long (check) and 4'8" wide (nope) and 5'4" high (nope). It would fit on the diagonal, but that would kill loading. Queen fits because it's 5 feet wide, so it fits on its side.

6x12 is also not going to fit unless it's at an angle. 11' 7" long (check), 6' wide (nope) and 5'5" high (nope). So it would fit on top of everything, with a tilt to it. However, the door opening will be a challenge as it's only 5 feet wide.
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