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Old 07-14-2011, 07:55 AM   #1
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F150 and hemesphere 32QBUD

I am a newby here in this forum and I would like to clarify a concern that I have before making a purchase on a 2011 Hemesphere 32QBUD I am in the process of buying my 4th and biggest Forset River RV I will be towing it with a Ford F150 super crew with the Max tow package, 3.73 gear ratio.The truck is rated to tow 11000 pounds the Hemesphere is 6800 pounds dry and a GVWR of 9500 pounds. My truck has a Fiberglass bed cap that weighs about 1000 pounds with all the shelving
I would like an easy towing experience, will I be fine with this setup or is it to much camper for the F150?

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Old 07-14-2011, 08:07 AM   #2
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Even though your truck is rated to tow that trailer, your truck is going to be way over the GVWR. Comparing to my empty truck that weighs ~6000 lbs. with me in the drivers seat, I have 1200 lbs. to go before reaching my 7200 lb. GVWR. If you have a similar empty weight, just adding the bed cap brings you up to 7000 lbs. With a trailer that big, you are probably going to have a 1000 lb. tongue weight, slightly offset with a WDH. Not knowing what family, dog, camping gear that will be added, but you can probably see that you will be well over 8000 lbs. on a truck that is rated for 7200 lbs.


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Old 07-14-2011, 08:50 AM   #3
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I towed our 29 footer with a 2000 F150 crew cab 5.4 Triton with factory tow package and It pulled fine but I would not want any longer of a TT back there. The truck would top out at about 75-80 loaded with TT, but I would only pull at about 60-65 mph. I would have liked a little more HP. Sway was not a problem I use a Eqaulizer 4PT WDSC hitch and a prodigy P2 controller. I wuold still be using this truick if it was not totalled by a rear end accident. my TT weighs about 7000lbs loaded and I think was about the max the truck could handle.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:14 AM   #4
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Sounds like a lot of camper for a 1/2 ton truck, especially with a 1000# cap... Between weight and length might be a hairy ride...
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:05 AM   #5
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11,000 to start with .. take away the cap you are down to
10,000 Lbs

You and the family of lets say four is roughly 500 Lbs and the stuff you bring into the truck another 200 Lbs you are down to
9,300 Lbs ...

Your hitch receiver and the bars probably weigh another 100 Lbs and gas and other miscellanous stuff in the bad add another 100 Lbs, you are down to 9,100 Lbs towing capacity and that is the absolute maximum.

That trailer with all the accessories like awning, ac, full propane tanks, batter is more like around 7,200 Lbs with none of your stuff inside. Lets say you only put only 1,000 of stuff into the trailer, you have a trailer of 8,200 Lbs ready to go camping and a tow rating of 9,100 Lbs ...

The more yo uload the trailer the more you will be at your maximum tow rating. What is the bed size ? That might make a difference in towing stability if it is the 6.5' bed.

I would say, you are very close to your limits .... You gotta watch your weight carefully, based on all the calculations, theoretically it is doable but you will be operating your truck to its maximum capacity or very close to it.

It would be better to have an F250/2500 series truck for this weight. And yeah, you will not like your mileage either ....

Your call ... I do tow at or very close to my truck's limits . This the only alternative I have and I do it.

Good luck with your decision ...

I just saw MTNGUY's post about the truck's GVWR which I did not address, if you are going to exceed it as I suspect you will, this is an easy decision You need to get more truck or less trailer ...
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:31 AM   #6
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I have the same trailer in the wildwood family and tow with a Tundra crew cab. I have zero problems with pulling the weight. Highest I have gotten it too was 8400#. Now the tongue weight, different issue all together. The trailer tongue is listed around 840#, however my first weigh in had it closer to 750 (just purchased no supplies). Weight reduction was to to rear options (outside kitchen, jiffy sofa instead of bunk and spare tire) after adding a battery, and loading the from pass through with wood blocks, 2x8 leveling planks and gear let's just say u just a bit. This trailer is difficult to load the back due unless you can open the rear slide as there is no rear outside storage). I had nearly 1000#'s of available cargo capacity and went over on my next weigh in. I moved some items to the back got rid of wood levelers got the plastic Legolike things and am now barely under. It is a headache everytime I load to make sure I get it balanced. But I will say it tows great

Having said that I will be looking to upgrade to a 250/350 in a year or two all based on tongue weight. Even at 8400# it is 1500# less then my adjusted towing capacity (gvwr-actual truck weight) but that darn gvwr drives me insane. I can work it so that it is safe but u would rather not have that concern everytime we go out. The 8400# was a one time long trip, my other trips are usually under 8000#.

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