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Old 03-16-2010, 07:19 PM   #1
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Whats the biggest trailer I can pull with my f-150??

I have an '08 F-150 2wd crew 4.6v8/3.55rear tow package. My wife, myself and our 2 small kids are going to buy a travel trailer this spring. Can anyone recommend a specific make/model, length or weight trailer that I will be able to pull comfortably when loaded and still accommodate us all?
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:16 PM   #2
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Welcome to FRF! Visit often!

With the info you provided on your tow vehicle, a bunkhouse camper about 25 - 26 ft, perhaps with a small slide, as long as the gross weight is less than 6500lbs.

It'll provide many nights of happy camping!

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Old 03-16-2010, 10:24 PM   #3
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From what i could find you`re tow rated at 8000-9000lbs so you could go up to a 28 ft as far as wieght goes but you will need a good hitch and weight distrubution bar and an anti sway unit to haul this size camper safely
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A resource you may be interested in:

https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...TTgdeSep08.pdf
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:45 PM   #5
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The chart says 6400lbs max for conventional towing assuming its a short bed.. The limiter is the 4.6L with the 3.55 rear end ratio.

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Old 03-16-2010, 11:39 PM   #6
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I had an '04 F-150, Reg Cab, short bed, 4.6 V8, 3:55 gears, 6,600 lbs max tow rating. At the time I had a 26' Salem tt with dry weight of approx 5400 lbs., so I was probably around my max when loaded. In less than a year I traded for a 5.4 V8.

Alot depends on what kind of terrain you plan to travel. I would try to find a tt that is approx. 5,000 lbs dry and load as little as possible.

There are alot of choices out there. Of course I recommend a Forest River product. Look at their Grey Wolf or Salem lines.

www.forestriverinc.com/nd/default22.asp?nav=rec

Good luck and let us know what you find.
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Thank you for the warm welcome Dave and you are exactly right, the small block and the bad gear ratio are big limiters (not that my half ton suspension, etc. are helping any).

To answer Mr. Rhodes, I am trying to be realistic and target the NC coastline, and local lake campgrounds but would like to have the ability to pull the trailer over the foothills and in to the Appalachains. I have always had 3/4-1 ton trucks and have never tried pulling with anything less. My fear is the light weight truck being pulled around rather than the trailer. I realize I can pull "up to 6500" so says Ford but I would love to know what actually feels safe and proportionate for my truck without having to by a trailer to find out.

Would it be unreasonable to pull a 4500-5000lb (UVW) trailer up to a mountain campground with my setup? Does length play a part? do the aerodynamic shapes really help that much with wind resistance? I have a ton of questions for you guys..........buckle your seatbelts.
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I believe that with a good weight distribution hitch with sway control, such a Equal-i-zer or Reese Dual Cam, along with a good brake controller you should be just fine as far as handling and stopping. The only issue is pulling that weight up grades. If you want, a axle ratio change on your truck is easy as it's a 2wd...I'd go as high as 4.10. You'll give up some gas mileage, but it will tackle the hills much better.

To put things in perspective, that truck with a 5.4L and 3.73 rear ratio is rated for 9500 lbs.

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To answer Mr. Rhodes, I am trying to be realistic and target the NC coastline, and local lake campgrounds but would like to have the ability to pull the trailer over the foothills and in to the Appalachains. I have always had 3/4-1 ton trucks and have never tried pulling with anything less. My fear is the light weight truck being pulled around rather than the trailer. I realize I can pull "up to 6500" so says Ford but I would love to know what actually feels safe and proportionate for my truck without having to by a trailer to find out.
I agree with what Dave said. Using a proper hitch with sway contol and a good brake contoller, you should be able to tow a tt in the 4500 to 5000 UVW safely. Your payload capacity should handle the tongue weight (10-15% of loaded tt weight) of a tt that size. With a tt approx. 26' I believe your okay with your wheelbase vs tt length. Don't forget to check your GCWR.

Towing in the mountains with the 4.6 will be tough. I use to have that 4.6 screaming while towing in these rolling hills in eastern OK. I don't think you'll necessarily need a 3/4 ton, but I would advise getting a 5.4 V8 if you are to tow in the mountains. Your tow rating should go up to 8,600 lbs with a 5.4 V8 using the the 3:55 gears and I believe around 9,200 lbs with the 3:73 on a F-150, CC, Short Bed, '04 through '08. The '09 & '10 will be even more.

Good luck with whatever you decide.
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I pull a 30 foot V lite from Flagstaff, and I have a 380 hp. hemi 5.7 engine with a 3:54 rear, and I couldn't imagine pulling this rig - 7575 lbs.DRY weight (as shipped), loaded is probably closer to 8200 lbs, and just the pulling up and down the hills- We have a bridge here in Jax that is fairly steep over the St. Johns river, and my setup has a very hard time topping that bridge at 50 mph. BUT I do know that a rear end change would make a world of difference with my set up. Yes, I would like to do that, but for me, in Florida, I use the truck for daily driving, as well. That would be your best bet, if you want anything bigger than a 4500/5000 lb. camper. My 2 cents worth. Randy
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