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Old 04-18-2019, 11:44 AM   #1
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F150 ecoboost

Just came from Ford dealer. Want a short box F150 SuperCab Ecoboost w 373 gears to tow Flagstaff Superlite 8900lbs.5th wheel . Salesman says need long box to tow it. Is he right?
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Long box will give you more stability. Seems like a lot of trailer for that but to each his own. I'd be looking at at least a 3/4 ton.
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Isn't part of the concern the clearance of the TT nose to the pickup's cab? Isn't there a special sliding 5er receiver to counter that? More $$.
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That s what i have now F250. Just looking for better ride
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That s what i have now F250. Just looking for better ride
There is a whole lot you can do with your F250 without having to buy a new ride.
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Old 04-18-2019, 12:30 PM   #6
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you need the 6 1/2 box in order to have the Heavy duty Payload Package to tow a 8900 lbs camper (assuming it is dry...) otherwise you don't have payload enough for it.
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Just came from Ford dealer. Want a short box F150 SuperCab Ecoboost w 373 gears to tow Flagstaff Superlite 8900lbs.5th wheel . Salesman says need long box to tow it. Is he right?
Most important factors:

1st- what's the Flagstaff's pin weight?
2nd- you'll need to get one with the HDPP and Max Tow package, to possibly do this. Probably will have to order it.

Just saying Ecoboost and 3.73 gears, isn't enough to take in consideration, ESPECIALLY towing a 5th wheel.

Since I never have owned a 5th wheel, I'll let others answer that question.
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if you are not going to every load a single thing in it and you never travel farther then 10 minutes from your house, sure go for it. otherwise you need a 3/4 ton truck or a smaller unit.
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That s what i have now F250. Just looking for better ride
Seriously, don't risk overloading a 1/2-ton truck just because you want a better ride. Keep the F250 and upgrade the shocks/suspension to provide a better ride without compromising tow/weight capacity.

Also, check the tire pressure in your truck's tires. If you're running 80psi that is overkill and will make the ride much worse than if you run at the factory-recommended PSI which I suspect is around 65psi rear, 60psi or so front. Check your tire placard.
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A 10,000 lb 5er will put 1,500 - 2,000 lbs on your pin, using the 15-20% range. So, pick a middle number at 1,700 lbs. Assuming SCab preference means no kids, then you'll need at least another ~500-700 lbs for your hitch, passengers, gear, etc.

So, you need a truck with a payload of 2,200 lb at a bare minimum. 2,500 lbs and greater would be much better and every pound will help. This will be more difficult to achieve in a 1/2 ton without careful planning -- HDPP (as mentioned above) is probably a necessity for towing a 5er with an F-150.

I don't know about the geometry of a 5er in a 5.5' bed. Seems like not a great idea, but I could be way off.
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