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Old 04-24-2016, 07:49 PM   #1
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What is the longest trailer I should tow? I have a f150 with a 145 wheel base, 3.5 Eco boost and maximum tow package. The gvwr is 7000 and towing capacity is 11,500. Thank you.
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Old 04-24-2016, 09:10 PM   #2
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Weight and pin weight is more important, in my opinion, than length. I towed a 26' at 5000 lbs and @550 lbs hitch weight with half ton for years with no trouble. My brother tows a 34' with half ton. He's at around 8000lbs and 800lb hitch weight. I now tow a 32' 5th wheel with half ton at @1300lbs pin weight. So many factors to consider.
Sway control is important also. Usually the longer the travel trailer the more sway potential it will have. Again many other factors. How comfortable you feel with the tt behind you is also an important consideration. Hopefully some others will chime in.
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Old 04-24-2016, 09:33 PM   #3
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Hello, I had a 32 ft Rockwood 2703SS Travel Trailer at 9,000 lbs GVWR with heavy Superslide and Rear Dinette slide. This trailer was sway prone no matter what was done with hitch or the truck. What settled it down was more weight on the tongue. I ran with a full water tank all the time.

I have a 32 ft 8289 WS Rockwood fifth wheel, 10,000 lbs GVWR. I did to it with the F 150 but was over on Cargo Carrying capacity. It towed fine but I always knew i was pushing it. I kept the box empty as much as possible, ran with less fuel and no water in the tank.

Must haves, Truck tires, get rid of mushy P Passenger tires. It is up to you how much you tow. If I did it again with a Half Ton I would go with 8 ft Box and Heavy Duty 7 lug wheels version, I don't think Ford is making that truck yet in current models.

I have a Super Duty Power Stroke 3/4 ton now.

Check your Yellow door post sticker. Make sure a sales rep doesn't sell you on shipped or dry weight, you need to size your load on full GVWR weight this way you will not go over the trucks capacity.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:31 PM   #4
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What's the yellow sticker payload capacity of your truck?
Trailer length is somewhat meaningless.
You can have a long ultralight TT, that can be quite light for its length.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:58 PM   #6
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7000#loaded with a F150 EB, just 28' Like the 35' 5er with the F250 better.
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I'm at 7k pounds and have no trouble whatsoever. I did just change my stock tires to "E" range, which improved stability (which wasn't really a problem). Of course, I'm significantly shorter at 28' ball to bumper (24' box).
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Old 04-25-2016, 08:41 AM   #8
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We are at 32 feet. No problems. I have had trailers that tow better but this trailer is heavy in the rear with rear slides on each side. Picture in signature below.
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