Originally Posted by bck4911
The problem is, there are some major rebates expiring this Monday so we have to make our decision, and find the truck, within the next few days!!
Big rebates are great, but you really need to look carefully at what vehicle is needed to pull that trailer.
That trailer is almost 37' long.
The GVWR is in the 10,500 lb. range. The empty tongue weight is listed at 841 lbs., and that will (and should) grow significantly. Even if you can keep the weight on the trailer at 9000 lbs., with an ideal 12-15% tongue weight, that is gonna be 1080 to 13,500 lbs.
At a minimum with the Ecoboost, the maximum tow package in addition to the maximum payload package would be necessary. Typically with a bunkhouse model that means kids. Kids, plus mom and dad and Fido add up quickly as payload. Hang a 1000 lb. trailer tongue on the bumper, and a standard 1/2 ton truck is gonna be way over the GVWR, and probably the GCWR. Even with the Ecoboost maximum payload package, it may be over those numbers.
Also, even though many 1/2 ton truck receiver hitches might be rated to pull the the maximum towing capacity, they will sometimes not handle but 10% of the tongue weight. A 12-15% tongue weight is better, and that might overload the hitch.
The wheelbase. With that trailer, you need as long as you can possible get. If sticking to the Ford F150s, that means a crew cab, 6'5" bed that has a 157" wheelbase.
IMHO, that trailer should be towed with 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck, big gas engine or diesel, lowest final drive (highest number) available, with a crew cab and 8' bed (172" wheelbase).