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Old 02-07-2016, 11:59 PM   #1
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Can my 2013 F150 tow this safely

We just bought our first travel trailer and I have a few concerns after bringing it home from the dealership (and then right back for some warranty work). I have a 2013 F150 Supercrew (145" wheelbase) with the 5.0 V8 and 3.31 rear end. Our new trailer is a 2016 Vibe 250BHS and the hitch weight is 611lbs and the UVW is 4800lbs based on what the manufacturer says. The truck seems to do fine however I can definitely hear the engine working a little harder on hills and sometimes it struggled to stay at 65 mph on the highway. Of course the dealer says this is normal but really wanted to hear from some of you guys who have been doing this a lot longer than me and who have more experience. Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:03 AM   #2
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:32 AM   #3
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It is normal to hear the engine working on the hills. Lock out overdrive to help you out. Do you have the tow package with a heavy duty transmission cooler?

Looking at the numbers, you are likely within specs for your truck. You have a payload of 1638 and a likely loaded trailer weight of around 6300 lbs with a likely loaded hitch weight of around 800-950 lbs. Depending on how you load both truck and trailer you might be at max or a little over or under on payload. Only way to truly know is a trip to the scales. You want unloaded truck weight with separate rear and front axle weights (front axle on scale pad 1, trailer axle on scale pad 2). Then get a weight with truck as in 1st weigh but trailer with wdh hooked up and trailer axles on scale pad 3. Then get a third weight of truck and trailer no wdh truck on scale pads 1 and 2, trailer axles on scale pad 3. Make sure both truck and trailer are loaded like you would g or camping with all pets, occupants, gear etc and a full tank of fuel. This takes the guesswork out of it.
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Seem like you are ok but there is a lot of variables when trying to figure out weighs. I made a lot assumptions but you can make them closer to true weights.

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The max speed your trailer tires are rated for is 65mph...so not being able to keep speed of 65mph is "a ok"
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Old 02-08-2016, 06:33 AM   #6
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We have similar setups. My payload is 150 pounds higher. I have the EB and 157" weelbase. My dry weight on trailer is 5300 pounds. I've been to a scale, and I am 100 pounds over payload when ready for a trip. Family of 4 and dog.

The truck is stable, and I'm comfortable being within a few hundred pounds of the limits. I'm a cautious driver, my interstate speed is 58mph.

That gives a reference point, but it is all guessing without going to a scale loaded up.
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Just keep it in mind that you need much more room to stop. Give yourself plenty of room from the guy in front of you. Even with the brakes on the trailer, it's going to take much more to come to a complete stop than with no trailer.
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:33 AM   #8
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Make sure you have OD off too that way your trans isn't searching for gears all the time.
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It is normal to hear the engine working on the hills. Lock out overdrive to help you out. Do you have the tow package with a heavy duty transmission cooler?

Looking at the numbers, you are likely within specs for your truck. You have a payload of 1638 and a likely loaded trailer weight of around 6300 lbs with a likely loaded hitch weight of around 800-950 lbs. Depending on how you load both truck and trailer you might be at max or a little over or under on payload. Only way to truly know is a trip to the scales. You want unloaded truck weight with separate rear and front axle weights (front axle on scale pad 1, trailer axle on scale pad 2). Then get a weight with truck as in 1st weigh but trailer with wdh hooked up and trailer axles on scale pad 3. Then get a third weight of truck and trailer no wdh truck on scale pads 1 and 2, trailer axles on scale pad 3. Make sure both truck and trailer are loaded like you would g or camping with all pets, occupants, gear etc and a full tank of fuel. This takes the guesswork out of it.
If one always tows with a WD hitch why is weighing the TV without it relevant?
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If one always tows with a WD hitch why is weighing the TV without it relevant?
I don't have a TT but I would think you need this weight so you know how much weight you have transferred to the front axles on the truck.

OP, if the numbers you are using are from the brochure those are somewhat fictitious.
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