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Old 03-31-2019, 10:45 AM   #1
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1st time trying to buy a travel trailer!

Hi would really appreciate some input. Iíve never towed a travel trailer before. Iíve tried to read and understand about trailer weights and tongue weights and this and that and I just donít get it! Hereís the question: I have a 2018 Ford F-150 with a 2.7L eco boost engine. I called Ford and with my VIN they said I could tow 7600 lbs. Iím between a Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S (brochure says it unloaded vehicle weight 4816) and a Rockwood Ultra Lite 2304DS (unloaded vehicle weight 5654). Are these too heavy? Iím not a rocket scientist I just want to go camping! I will be traveling across country so there are those darned mountains!
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:51 AM   #2
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Check your payload capacity, stated on a yellow sticker on the door jamb. This will be one of your limiting factors. You’ll have to factor in the trailer tongue weight, hitch, passengers and anything you have in the truck.
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:54 AM   #3
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Unloaded dry weight is a meaningless number...

Add at least 1000 pounds to those numbers at minimum.

Traveling the way you are talking about, I'd stick with the lighter one.
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:55 AM   #4
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Inside the door jamb of the truck or the trailer?
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:58 AM   #6
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Inside the door jamb of the truck or the trailer?
Inside of the drivers door of the truck...
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Old 03-31-2019, 02:00 PM   #7
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Love our MiniLite

How many people will be regularly traveling and sleeping in your TT? Pets? If just you, the Mini would be a great choice! My husband and I snow bird for 4-5 months at a time and weíre quite happy with our space. Every unit has itís ďif onlyĒ itemsólike our unit doesnít allow bathroom access with slide closed. But we work around that. The MiniLite will pull great with your truck, even in the mountains. Weíve been in the Rockies and the Tetons without any issues. Happy camping once you make your choice
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Most folks these days have the larger engines and are limited by cargo capacity, not towing capacity, but with the 2.7 you'll likely be near the limit on both. The F-150 should have cargo capacity around 1600 or higher, and that includes you, the family and everything else you pack in the truck, including your truck cap if you added one. Your hitch weight as listed by the dealer will be for the dry weight. You probably should add at least a 1000 lb to the trailer weight, and therefore about 120-150 lb to the hitch weight. Most folks carry some water in the fresh water tank and unless you are sure you will always dump when leaving a campground you'll have a few hundred pounds of water or more at 8.3 lb/gal.

My tow weight is around half the maximum allowable, hence I don't really feel the trailer unless I'm heading up a very steep mountain. Maybe someone can comment on towing something 90-100% of the tow weight. I'm guessing that unless you live in the flat lands you'll want the lighter trailer.
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Old 03-31-2019, 02:06 PM   #9
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No matter what you buy, buy the best Weight Distribution Hitch you can afford and MAKE the dealer set it up properly for you before you leave the lot.
Do some research yourself first so you know they are doing it right and you don't get just a "your good".
It takes a couple hours to do it right with all the adjustments IMHO.
Good luck and hope you find what you want!
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Don't trust the dealer to tell you what will work with your truck, they really don't care as long as it gets towed off their lot. What JohnD10 said about adding a 1000 lb allowance for cargo to the dry weight is a good rule of thumb. Then, try to stay at no more than 80% of the rated tow capacity, unless you are only towing in Florida or similar terrain.
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