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Old 03-13-2019, 09:20 AM
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There is simply not an F150 made that will have the mass needed to counter a 37' long wind catcher, any one who thinks otherwise is a fool.

An HDPP is only 800 pounds heavier in GVWR, where a 3/4 to 1 ton has at least 2000 pounds mass over the F150. You need that mass to keep the trailer from controlling the truck, regardless of what hitch it has. I have seen a wind gust take out a 3/4 ton that was pulling a large trailer, the wind just suddenly kicked up along one stretch of road, no warning at all, and it caught the trailer just right to push the rear out and tip it off the curb wheels, and it was all over for the driver. Lucky for him the truck remained upright and didn't roll with the trailer, but had he been driving a 1/2 ton, it would have taken the truck with it.

One time when I was in Utah with my trailer, I was parked in a way side lookout area and it was calm, very little wind, then a gust blew up and lifted the trailer up a couple inches, enough that the back of my truck came up. After a few minutes it calmed down, and all I could think was, damn glad I wasn't driving!
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Originally Posted by acdii View Post
There is simply not an F150 made that will have the mass needed to counter a 37' long wind catcher, any one who thinks otherwise is a fool.

An HDPP is only 800 pounds heavier in GVWR, where a 3/4 to 1 ton has at least 2000 pounds mass over the F150. You need that mass to keep the trailer from controlling the truck, regardless of what hitch it has. .....
Totally true.

Pulling the same trailer with an F150 and F250 is like night and day. My old F150 had a GVWR of 7200, 1529 payload and even when maxed out, still didn't feel very planted rolling down the road. The F250 has a GVWR of 10,000, 2766 payload and feels great pulling. The mass of the F250, even when it's empty, is more than the loaded F150. It's just plain a bigger truck to handle the same load and it excels at it.
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