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wrangler 10-08-2012 12:23 PM

towing 24' cargo trailer
Hello all. New to the forum.

I have been towing this trailer with a 2005 F250 6.0 diesel with no problem at all. There are some upcoming issues with the truck so I got rid of it and picked up a near new 2009 f150 XLT 4X4 supercrew with 5.5' box and 3.55 gears. 5.4 with six sp. auto. It has the tow package (not max) with the factory ford brake controller. Factory tow hitch with 7 and 4 prong wiring harness. My problem is I am Dyslexis with numbers.(numbers come out backwards to me) Had it all my life. The truck is 7200 GVWR with 3750 GAWR front and 4000 GAWR rear according to door sticker. The trailer has a UVW of 4064 lbs., cargo weight not to exceed 2936 and a GVWR of 7000 lbs. The trailer is loaded with equistrian supplies that I haul to horse shows. It's like a mobile store. Bridles, 3 light saddles, horse care products, clothing, boots etc. No live weight, feed or water or propane tanks. There should not be more than 1000 lbs. (l500 max to be on safe side. The truck would have me at 150 lbs and full tank of gas. Longest trip would be 30 miles flat 3 times a summer and rest less. There should be no problem with this truck should there and should I use an equilizer hitch. Sorry for being long winded but all the weight numbers confuse me.

Thank you.

rikard 10-08-2012 03:12 PM

Your owners manual should have a max combined weight that includes the truck and trailer. Most newer 1/2 tons with a max tow package would be capable of 7000 lbs but since your truck has the lighter duty package it may be only good for 3500 to 5000 lbs. Find out what the differences are between the two packages. The max package may have better axles, springs, electrical, and increased cooling for the trans and engine. Personally with older trucks I would limit the 1/2 tons to 5000 lbs and go for 3/4 tons for anything bigger. I also installed the biggest cooler I could for the transmission with an aux fan.
Yes you should use a WD hitch.

willieboy 10-08-2012 03:59 PM

According to Ford, you should be good to Tow 9700lbs.

Keep in mind, you still need to be aware of tongue weight, and how it affects your payload. But if it is just you and that trailer as you describe, I suspect you can tow this load with no issues.

wrangler 10-08-2012 04:27 PM

I made a mistake. My truck is the supercrew. 4 doors. Manual says GCWR 15,400 lbs. Trailer weight to tow 9700. The trailer loaded should only be about 5500lbs.

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