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Old 03-31-2013, 09:40 AM   #1
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Dummy bought RV to big for truck

I should have done my research first, now Iíve got problems. I have the 2012 Ford F150 XLT 4X4 super crew 5 Ĺ ft box EB with tow package 1. !st rule broken I brought it to the RV dealer and asked to see RVís that I can safely tow. Now I believe we have a Truck and RV that donít match up. This is the sticker that was on the RV itself.


This is the sticker from my Truck

I havenít taken Delivery of the RV yet but it sure looks like I am going to be way overloaded. What can I do at this point short of getting a different TV to make my truck and RV safer. Iím mainly concerned with the out of proportion Tongue weight.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:52 AM   #2
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A lot will depend on what motor you have as well. Here is a listing of towing capacities (check the last page and x-reference your options)

http://media.ford.com/images/10031/2012_F150_Specs.pdf

I'm thinking you might be alright, but close in payload (see this post for more on that: Payload Calculation Realities - Page 3 - Forest River Forums)
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:53 AM   #3
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I would also suggest a load leveling/weight distribution hitch, if your dealer didn't already
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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The best way to determine where you are as far as payload capacity is to weigh the truck, full fuel, passengers and gear, ready to camp. Deduct that number from your GVWR of the truck which is 7200 lbs. I'd suspect that your truck weight will be around 6200 lbs depending on # of passengers, gears and after-market add ons (tonneau cover, step bars, etc). I'd expect the loaded camper weight to be around 7500 lbs and you'd want a tongue weight of 13% or 975 lbs. Sounds like you'll be maxed out on payload...real truck weights will help eliminate the guesswork.

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I have the Eco Boost motor.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:56 AM   #6
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Yes the dealer did include that. Not sure of the Brand but I know that I am already looking at an Anderson. To replace the dealers hitch.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:56 AM   #7
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I have the Eco Boost motor.
rear end gear ratio?
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It's great that you noticed the problem before any disaster happened. It sounds like you already know what your options are:
1) Different Truck
2) Smaller RV.
I would go with #1 because that truck has a very low tow capacity. Besides, it won't be long until you're ready for a larger RV (happens to all of us) and then you'll need that bigger trick for sure.

A 1-ton diesel would cover you nicely.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:58 AM   #9
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As much as the weight is an issue, your drive down the road with a 33' TT behind a short bed F150 is going to be a white knuckle ride at times. I think you will be ok to tow down the road once in a while, but making your existing truck "safe" to tow that trailer is going to be a impossible task. Maybe find a seasonal site for this year, and buy a new TV next year if the $$ is not in the books for this year.

Good luck with your decisions and be safe with your new TT. Safe Travels.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:11 AM   #10
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I'm not relly sure but looking at the charts I would say 3.55 I will have to check with the Ford Dealer here in Woodstock, NB.
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