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Old 02-19-2015, 03:33 PM   #1
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Am I gonna regret this

Ok I'm new here so please don't be too
Tough on me. By the numbers I think I'm good. My truck info is gcwr 14,500, tongue max 990, hitch max 9900, max trailer weight is 8800. My new trailer is a 2015 fr 8312ss. It weighs 7200lbs. tongue weight is 730? My truck is a 2007 f150. It's got 5.4 motor, 373 gears, 145" wheel base. I have a Reese 1200lb weight distribution hitch and a tenkosha controller. I only had it for a week than had to take back to the dealer😢. When we were playing with it in our driveway we noticed stereo problems. So as we anticipate the return I'm trying to get schooled on camping life. So let's hear some opinoins. Thanks

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Old 02-19-2015, 04:03 PM   #2
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First welcome to the site. Glad you came here. I won't get into equations about what you can tow. There will be many others who will do that for you. In my humble opinion you should be okay. You don.t say where you live or what the terrain is where you tow but if you feel comfortable with your rig you will quite likely be okay. Just take your time and don't let other drivers try to shame you into a bad decision. They can wait but be courteous and try to accommodate them. As for the stereo that has to be one of the most common complaints and hopefully you have a good dealer who will see you through it okay. Congratulations on your purchase and I hope you have many great trips that leave you with pleasant memories. Maybe some will be to FROG rallies where we can cross paths. Take care and travel safe. Old Guys (Brian and Joanne)

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Old 02-19-2015, 04:04 PM   #3
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Your truck's payload is likely the limiting factor, but you should still be fine provided you don't load the bed with the grill, firewood, bikes for all, and more than one case of beer! You can read the payload/CCC right off the sticker on the driver's door or door jamb.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:11 PM   #4
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I'm sure others will have better opinions than mine, but
1. I wouldn't use a 1/2 ton
2. The 5.4 liter sucks
3. get anything else but a Ford
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:19 PM   #5
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Numbers will not look great for those who will spend the time number crunching for you.

Based on my experiance towing less with a halfton. I did not like it, was more then what I was compfortable with. Lot of pushing and pulling, just an uncomfortable tow. With that said I did it for 3yrs so it can be done, comes down to your compfort level. I had a 6500pd dry 30ft camper with a ram 1500. I was under all my numbers, anti sway hitch, added airbags and e rated tires but nothing would get rid of the lack of control feeling I had.

My experiance only, again did it for three years and never hurt myself or anyone else. Just got really tired after a few hours of driving and never looked forward to the tow.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:21 PM   #6
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Do you know your truck's payload capacity?

Your TT has a very similar floor plan to our Tracer 3150 but your TT is slightly heavier empty (7200 vs. our 6500...) Ready-to-camp our TT is about 8,250 with 1,100 of that being tongue weight. This makes our payload 2,200 with (2) adults & (3) kids. We even mounted the bikes in the dinette area to keep weight out of the PU bed...

Some folks on this forum routinely run their trucks over max payload with no major issues... IMO if you watch how you pack, you could have a safe first year camping, etc. without upgrading your truck. However, if you plan to take longer trips and/or more camping gear you should plan to upgrade your TV eventually...

EDIT - We are new to camping also & although our TV is a 3/4 ton, ready-to-camp we are close to our max GCVW (15,000) but NOT our payload of 3,000... Near GCVW our truck handles great because we are 750 or so UNDER each axle's max rating... The 3/4 ton's rear springs keep the back-end up & we ride totally level. We have 13% of our TT's weight on the hitch, which keeps the back-end of the TT from swaying.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:35 PM   #7
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The payload is 1442lbs. I live in York PA.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:48 PM   #8
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JC, I towed a Rockwood 2703 SS with the same truck. The engine screams a bit, typical V8 climbing hills. I had no problems towing or stoping. Tongue weight was 1000 lbs and trailer was around 8500. Keep the weight out the truck bed, I do the same now with my Fiver and new Ecoboost F150.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:00 PM   #9
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Based on a web search your 7200 lb weight number appears to be "dry." That means you're going to be 8000 lb or more after you've loaded batteries, accessories and you're stuff. That'll bring tongue wt up to 800 lbs or so.

Add a wife, a couple/3 kids, and all their stuff to the vehicle and IMHO, you're overloaded.

You should have asked before you pulled the trigger on the trailer. Oh, wait. I'll bet the salesman told you, "oh sure, you can pull this with a 1/2 ton!" Right?
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:01 PM   #10
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MY TV for last year was a 97 F150 with the 4.6 V8. However, the engine was a rebuilt Jasper engine with a lot of power. Yes, it screamed going up the steep grades if I wanted to maintain speed, but I just let it slow. 4400 rpm makes a bit of noise when I'm listening to the radio. On every trip I took, I was overweight, but by no more than 300 lbs.

All that said, the truck was up to the task. No problems starting or stopping. But the transmission has 283,000, and I just wanted to get an F250 Diesel - its in my sig.

With the F250, I don't realize a big jump in payload, but I can nearly pull the face off a mountain. The payload is smaller because I have nearly option known to man. I also wanted creature comforts. However, its plenty and I have room to upgrade if I want.

I never had a "white knuckle" event with the F150. It did its job.

I should have added that the overload was in payload - not the trailer or tow capacity.

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