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Old 07-27-2012, 07:56 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Master-Spud View Post
it's a 3.73 a believe, and the GVWR is 7650,
Hmmm.....I thought the maximum payload option took the GVWR up to 8200 lbs., but that 7650 is higher than the GVWR of my truck at 7200 lbs, wich I think is the standard GVWR.....unless things have changed a lot in the last 6 years. Don't know what is going on there.

The 3.73s are good.


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Old 07-27-2012, 07:58 AM   #12
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I don't have the max payload, just max tow, so there is a slight bump up in gvwr but not as much as max payload.

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Old 07-27-2012, 08:06 AM   #13
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I have a 831 QBSS and pulled it with a 1/2 ton dodge with all the towing bells and whistles for a year. It pulled good, didnt pass many gas stations. Handled okay. My biggest concerns were braking and pulling hills. Also pushed weight capacity.

I found a great used 3/4 ton diesel very similar to my 1/2 ton and very comfortable towing now.

I have plenty of room to upgrade to a different TT it I want something bigger.

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Old 07-27-2012, 11:18 AM   #14
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I have a pretty similar combo with an Ecoboost Max Tow and V-Lite 30WRKSS. I figure our TT is right around 8,000lbs as loaded. I have only done a short tow, but the combo did very well. We have our TT on a seasonal site, and don't tow very often.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:30 AM   #15
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Well first things first here what is the dry weight of the trailer
2/ take 10% of that figure and that will be your tongue weight
that figure must be included in the pay load figure/ say trailer is 7000 lbs dry the tongue will be 700lbs add that to 500lbs of people and cargo = 1300 and your fuel which is 6.02 lbs per gallon @ 40 gallons = another 240 lbs and the hitch weight with bars and ball and slug that will weigh about 170 lbs for a rough figure comes to 1710 and don't forget the weight of the batteries and two full tanks of propane will add about 150lbs for the batteries and about 90lbs for propane at two 30lb tanks all together comes to 1990lbs for payload, I'd would advise you to take up to 200lbs out of the cargo to keep in safety limits and make sure you have a Tranny cooler installed in series with the factory one or you might not get very far. As well as that also it wouldn't hurt to get a oil cooler installed for the engine oil.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:31 AM   #16
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Master-spud, you should be okay with the combo...just need to be mindful of payload as it'll be you limiting factor. You should visit a CAT scale when fully loaded for camping and verify the numbers. It may also give your some direction as far as loading of the camper to achieve the 13% tongue weight.


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Old 07-27-2012, 11:32 AM   #17
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we have a similar model ours is a 8317ss..we had an expedition with the really stuggled on hills and hard on the tranny, yeah it pulled it, but I didnt feel confident, this is why we upgraded ton an excursion.

But with that that said, my folks have the 2012 ecoboost, twin turbo, and I bet that thing could tow mine with no problem, the torque is amazing! also is built for towing, they tow a v lite! forget the model, but is a Rockwood!
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:17 PM   #18
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I tow the same camper with a 2500 hd silverado and it does fine. I would not want to haul this camper with anything less.
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:19 PM   #19
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I have that exact trailer and tow it with a 2007 Toyota Tundra. When all hooked up I'm over my payload capacity. Truck handles the trailer just fine, no problems starting or stopping. However, my next truck will be at least a 3/4 ton just for the peace of mind.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:21 PM   #20
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Ford F-150 towing a 34 footer!!

You will be okay and your weights will be legal. The only weight that may be sightly over is the rear axle, the bearings can take it.
I would highly reccommend the Hensley Hitch, it makes the drive super relaxing, absolutely no sway.
We tow a minimum of 5000 miles per year, mostly on Interstates as we do the East coast to Florida every winter, the F-150/3.73 gears/ tow package does very well especially with the Hensley Hitch.
Yes, I agree that the suspension of a F-250 would give a firm base to tow a 34 foot trailer but it would be to much truck for picking up the groceries the other 9 months of the year.
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