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Old 08-13-2016, 01:51 AM   #1
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Recently bought a 2016 F150 Crew Cab with 5.5' bed 3.5L EcoBoost, 3.55's and tow package. . Own a Class C RV and never thought about towing a travel trailer. Mainly bought to tow a tractor on rare occasions. Truck is rated to tow 11,800 and payload with the current tires is 1650.

We started looking at a replacement RV and now are looking hard at Travel Trailers. Should I even consider looking at a trailer with a GVWR over 10k? I started looking at 5-6k under 30ft, but now have the itch to go up in size and quality.

I am prepared to get better tires, a good WD hitch and sway control. I know the truck has the power to pull it. My tractor and trailer are close to 10k.

I would have bought more truck, but alas, am stuck with what I have.
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Be careful with the payload capabilities..
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Mainly bought to tow a tractor on rare occasions. Truck is rated to tow 11,800 and payload with the current tires is 1650.
That 1650 is not your tire rating its your truck rating, replacing tires doesn't increase that rating nor do adding air bags or helper springs. Look at the rating on your hitch it should be on the side of the hitch. It probably only rated to 1200 lbs. The ideal tongue weight is around 12.5% of GVWR so 10,000 would be a tongue weight of 1250lbs and if it was high side of 15% it would be 1500lbs.

Here is a video put out by the RVSEF (RV Safety and Education Foundation) in how to match your Truck to the RV. It shows how the numbers relate to each other. These guys have been doing this since 1993 and weight thousand of RV.

Matching Trucks to Trailers

Safety is critical when towing an RV Trailer. This training video discusses the importance of understanding a Truck's ratings and how these ratings limit the size of the trailer that can be safely towed. You will be provided the tools and basic understanding needed to assist your endeavor to properly match a truck and trailer, so that you can enjoy RVing safely.
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Awesome video
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Been there myself. I would limit the tongue weight to match the combined weight of the passengers, hitch, gear in truck bed and the tongue weight combined. I would stay south of 1,000 lbs tongue weight for sure. I had 900 lbs and it was loaded to the max with 2 adults and minimal gear in the bed.
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I recently purchased a used f150 with similar payload. These fords tend to get squashed easily in rear if overloaded.
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LT tires add stability to the F 150 but run really rough dry. They do not add payload.
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Great info. I am aware that tires won't change the ratings. Just a bit of peace of mind for stability should the factory tires be a little spongy. I realize that I cannot improve the rated capacity.

Believe me, I am kicking myself for not getting a better tow vehicle.

Hitch is rated at 11,000 with 1,110 tongue weight.

Great video! Good thing phones come with a calculator. :-)

Off to the scale.
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Great info. I am aware that tires won't change the ratings. Just a bit of peace of mind for stability should the factory tires be a little spongy. I realize that I cannot improve the rated capacity.

Believe me, I am kicking myself for not getting a better tow vehicle.

Hitch is rated at 11,000 with 1,110 tongue weight.

Great video! Good thing phones come with a calculator. :-)

Off to the scale.
So if you have the ideal 12.5% tongue weight that would about 8800 max TT weight to stay with the 1,110 your hitch max tongue weight.

So it was on the high side with a 15% tongue weight that would 7400 max TT weight to stay within the 1,110 your hitch Max tongue weight.

Then if you have add 100 lbs for hitch and 400 for passengers and other stuff you be close to your max payload.
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