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Old 01-28-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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Can I safely tow this

I am considering moving up to a FW.I have a 2013 F150 super cab 145" WB Max tow pkg. 3.73 gears. My payload is 1958 lbs. I'm liking the Rockwood 8280WS .The specs are 7513 base weight and 1089 hitch weight. I'm planning on getting LT tires also and I don't know if I need air bags. I know a lot of people say no way with a half ton but this truck tows like a bear. As for payload I Know this is where the trouble starts. But with a hitch weight of 1100 lbs I think I can keep it just under or real close with the proper loading of the FW.Its Just me and the wife. I took pic of stickers on door frame.

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Old 01-28-2015, 08:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like you would be OK, especially with the LT tires


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Old 01-28-2015, 08:35 PM   #3
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Numbers look really close but should be ok if you are careful like you state. Airbags and lt tires are a smart move.
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Old 01-28-2015, 09:16 PM   #4
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"can i tow this" is always a grey area...

you could tow that with a cavalier if you tried hard enough LOL

As far as the numbers game goes, you are borderline but still in the green as far as legality goes. your already on the right path with airbags and LT tires. Pretty much anything will tow whatever you hook to it, theirs a big difference between that and towing it safely (keeping it on the road!). Just try not to increase the pin weight too much for travel or you are going to push your luck as far as legal axle weight on the truck.

bags and good 10ply tires and dont try to tow it at 150mph, youll be just fine.
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Old 01-28-2015, 09:30 PM   #5
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I mostly only tow less then a100 miles from home a couple time a month for 4 months a year and never exceed 60mph
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Just the two of you, or do you have kids? I would guess your pin weight will go up 300 -500 lbs once you actually get a "real optioned" trailer. Case in point, my trailer showed an unloaded weight of 7869. Actual delivered weight was ~9200 lbs. Actual weight loaded and rolling is ~9800 lbs. So I would suggest going to a dealer lot and checking out what an actual trailer weighs and then just figure the percentages to get a guesstimate of the pin weight.

FWIW, I towed our current Fiver with a F150 that had 2400 lbs of payload (HD payload package, crew cab 2wd), and we were within 200 lbs of exceeding the payload capacity with our family of four (~450lbs of people) and our stuff. Part of payload was taken up by the 200lb superglide hitch I use. A standard fifth wheel slider will be more like 100lbs, plus ~50lbs for the rails and install hardware.
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First off, that payload sticker on the doorjamb isn't worth the vinyl its printed on. Running the truck over a scale will confirm actual weight. I had a 2004 F150 ex cab 6.5 bed FX4 that weighed in at 6k even. I'd bet your payload lowers by an easy 300 pounds or so once the actual weight is known.

The rear axle rating is whats going to be the issue. You're not going to be running long distances, so you may be able to get by with a set of E rated tires and careful driving. But I'd highly doubt you'll ever be able to keep from exceeding rear axle weight rating.
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Besides airbags and LT tires, I would look at upgrading the shocks to some heavy duty ones.
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:37 PM   #9
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I tow with LT tires, no shocks or airbags. I load the weight over axles in the trailer and avoid overloading under the bed. This truck is more than capable..
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Bags will keep you level and lessen the bump when you bottom out the suspension on highway dips.
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