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Old 03-13-2019, 04:05 AM
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I weighed the truck today just to get an number to start with. Weighed in right at 5800 with just me, half tank of fuel, my mobility scooter in bed with a few other items and smallish tool box. Tomorrow I will empty bed, fill tank and re-weigh. Of course the RV dealer said I'm good to go. He pointed out that the trailer I want has tongue weight of 727 lbs. That might be dry weight, but loaded I will need 1235 lb tongue weight. He also told me the equalizer hitch takes off 20%. My GVWR for the truck is 7000 and for the trailer 9495 which puts everything at 16495. My CVWR is 17100, so I am only under by 605. Not good. The wife is on her computer building F250s. Lol! We really like the trailer, but I think I am going to pass.
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Not to worry, there will be other TTs. Maybe you could offer to do the laundry yourself?
I learned my lesson on the bumper pull I have now. "By the numbers" I'm good, close but good. In reality it is too much trailer for my previous tow vehicle.
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Old 03-13-2019, 04:08 AM
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Hard to believe the camper is already a year old. These are a few pics of the rig since I had the lower part of the truck painted Caribou. Wife likes the way it matches the camper!





That is one HUGE F150.
Nice looking rig!
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Why would you ever travel with all three tanks full?
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I was thinking the same thing. At the most I might have the fresh tank full (60gal=501lb) but probably only half full. And that water would end up in grey and black tanks.
I wasn't thinking of traveling, but if you are in the campground and don't drain the tanks for a while, it can get mighty heavy. If you are at one of those sites that has just a water hookup and you stay a few days, you have to move the trailer to the dump. Just because a trailer is sitting, doesn't mean you should overload it beyond its GVWR. Just something to think about.

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I weighed the truck today just to get an number to start with. Weighed in right at 5800 with just me, half tank of fuel, my mobility scooter in bed with a few other items and smallish tool box. Tomorrow I will empty bed, fill tank and re-weigh. Of course the RV dealer said I'm good to go. He pointed out that the trailer I want has tongue weight of 727 lbs. That might be dry weight, but loaded I will need 1235 lb tongue weight. He also told me the equalizer hitch takes off 20%. My GVWR for the truck is 7000 and for the trailer 9495 which puts everything at 16495. My CVWR is 17100, so I am only under by 605. Not good. The wife is on her computer building F250s. Lol! We really like the trailer, but I think I am going to pass.
Thanks for all the input.
That right there is a blatant LIE!!!! The WDH will not remove weight off the receiver, it just distributes the weight forward and back, but the weight is still there! The spring bars are carrying the weight. Think of taking a long bar and jamming it in the hitch, and pulling up on it, you are now carrying that weight, but the weight is still on the ball. Make sense?


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Hard to believe the camper is already a year old. These are a few pics of the rig since I had the lower part of the truck painted Caribou. Wife likes the way it matches the camper!





That is a perfect match between truck and trailer!
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:12 AM
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Finally pulled the trigger on a TT. Found a clean, used 28BH.

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That is one HUGE F150.
Nice looking rig!
Well they do have a Super Duty section on here!!
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Wow, just bought my 2017 4x4 crew 5.0 and have a Jayco 175RD 2950lb. Flipped from a 2017 Toyota Highlander. HAVE NOT PULL IT YET. Guess my worries about weight have been eliminated... perminately. I might as well try to get the Jayco 212QB 4000 lbs and have a walk around bed.. Got to keep it under 24' or cant get into many State Parks....Big Basin in particular. But thanks for the post, put my novice mind to rest.👍👍👍👍👍
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Love this thread/towing section. Big fan of the YT page "keep your daydream"

When the situation allows it and i can purchase a camper, i can't wait to travel the US. Until then, i will live through everyone else here. Keep up the postings and thank you!
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Here is a picture of my 2013 Autumn Ridge 266RKS and 2017 XLT 2.7 ecoboost , 3.73


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I didn't want to be towing at my max and the way I figured up the numbers, I would be within 600 lbs of my max combined weight. I am sure the truck could do it and I've seen pictures of many others on here with what appears to be at least that much or more. So, Monday we are heading to Florida to possibly purchase a Class C coach. That way we can tow my car trailer with a classic car on our trips. Also we have a Mini and Pt Cruiser that we can take along on a tow dolly. Not at the same time, lol. In fact we are driving one of them to Florida and buying a tow dolly there to bring it back. I have a dolly reserved for me down there. The reason we were upgrading was the wife wants a washer/dryer.

My local dealer really wanted to sell me a travel trailer and was trying to convince me that my truck would handle it without any problems. He doesn't understand tongue weights, kept telling me the tongue weight on the TT was only 700 lbs. I told him that was when it was unloaded and to tow you needed 10 to 15% of total weight. I wonder how many people end up with the wrong set up because salesmen don't know what they are talking about.

If it wasn't for this forum I might have been one of them. Thanks to all of you that chimed in with information and suggestions. I really appreciate it.

Anyone want to buy my TT. Can't afford both. PM if interested, will probably post in sales section if there's a place for it.
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Originally Posted by XLT Shaker View Post
I didn't want to be towing at my max and the way I figured up the numbers, I would be within 600 lbs of my max combined weight. I am sure the truck could do it and I've seen pictures of many others on here with what appears to be at least that much or more. So, Monday we are heading to Florida to possibly purchase a Class C coach. That way we can tow my car trailer with a classic car on our trips. Also we have a Mini and Pt Cruiser that we can take along on a tow dolly. Not at the same time, lol. In fact we are driving one of them to Florida and buying a tow dolly there to bring it back. I have a dolly reserved for me down there. The reason we were upgrading was the wife wants a washer/dryer.

My local dealer really wanted to sell me a travel trailer and was trying to convince me that my truck would handle it without any problems. He doesn't understand tongue weights, kept telling me the tongue weight on the TT was only 700 lbs. I told him that was when it was unloaded and to tow you needed 10 to 15% of total weight. I wonder how many people end up with the wrong set up because salesmen don't know what they are talking about.

If it wasn't for this forum I might have been one of them. Thanks to all of you that chimed in with information and suggestions. I really appreciate it.

Anyone want to buy my TT. Can't afford both. PM if interested, will probably post in sales section if there's a place for it.
They know, telling buyers the max tow weight is all that matters. I've had Ahhmmm.... discussion with a few in the last six months while looking. After awhile I just walked away when they started that. https://fifthwheelst.com/before_you_buy.html
I found the B&W work sheet to be a good tool to determine if I'm dealing in reality or it's wishful thinking. I had to make some assumptions based on what I know from towing my current TT but I think I'm close.
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