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Old 03-06-2014, 08:07 AM   #171
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Yes, I've been through the hitch and pin box adjustments. I have one more notch I could use on the pin box, but I am currently at about 6.25 inch clearance. I could go down to 5 inches, but I have TPMS and on a recent 1500 mile trip, I didn't see any significant difference in the pressure rise or temp on front axle vs. rear. Also, the trailer is rear kitchen, so I suspect there is some weight difference even when level. I'll check again when the weather is warmer, and will to up to load range D when I change tires.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:35 AM   #172
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Five years of towing two different 5rs. One GVW 10,300# and the one I have now GVW is 9,300# with the same truck. Truck is still on original brakes but does get a little extra maintenance, is still going strong and is paid for. Gas milage sucks if I take it over 60 and in the mountains. I can buy allot of fuel for what the cost and payments would be on a 3/4 or one ton truck.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:23 AM   #173
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Yes, I've been through the hitch and pin box adjustments. I have one more notch I could use on the pin box, but I am currently at about 6.25 inch clearance. I could go down to 5 inches, but I have TPMS and on a recent 1500 mile trip, I didn't see any significant difference in the pressure rise or temp on front axle vs. rear. Also, the trailer is rear kitchen, so I suspect there is some weight difference even when level. I'll check again when the weather is warmer, and will to up to load range D when I change tires.
Dexter sells a lift kit for torsion axles that would raise the camper 2"...would be perfect for you. This is the same kit that other FR owners with torsion axles have been using to raise the camper to solve tire rub.

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Old 03-16-2014, 08:26 PM   #174
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Here is our new setup, details in the sig. We use the Pullrite ISR 15K (#2700). Squats the truck a sum total of 1/4" further than the TT we towed before. Sits dead level loaded for a week long trip. Pulled with no issues, and got a little better mileage than the TT we towed before. Very happy with this setup and my "little V6".

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Old 03-17-2014, 10:13 AM   #175
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OK!..OK!.. excellent thread, (I wonder on this "ALL" the time) heres what I got.. 2010 Ford F150 4X4 Lariat Supercrew .. GCWR 7700#.. 5.4l V8..320HP..157" WB.. 3.73 axle..Payload 2000#..6.5ft bed.. (SHEEW!) Im looking at THE SALEM HEMISPHERE 286rlt. however!.. the UVW and hitch weights are all-over the place!. On the (FR) website I see.. (7920 UVW--1625 hitch weight before dealer options) well ive seen these TRICKOUT about 900 lbs more on the yellow sticker. Anyone towing one of these with an F150 or 1/2 ton PU? Also, chime in on the other numbers!
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:03 AM   #176
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OK!..OK!.. excellent thread, (I wonder on this "ALL" the time) heres what I got.. 2010 Ford F150 4X4 Lariat Supercrew .. GCWR 7700#.. 5.4l V8..320HP..157" WB.. 3.73 axle..Payload 2000#..6.5ft bed.. (SHEEW!) Im looking at THE SALEM HEMISPHERE 286rlt. however!.. the UVW and hitch weights are all-over the place!. On the (FR) website I see.. (7920 UVW--1625 hitch weight before dealer options) well ive seen these TRICKOUT about 900 lbs more on the yellow sticker. Anyone towing one of these with an F150 or 1/2 ton PU? Also, chime in on the other numbers!
Just more data for you: The published UVW on my trailer is 7869. The delivered weight (that is before full propane tanks and a battery) is 9170.

GVWR for your truck will be 7700 lbs, GCVWR is 17100 per the ford towing guide for 2010.

So, the numbers:

Trailer delivered and loaded weight: ~9500 lbs assuming 7920. Of course FR website says the UVW is 8440, meaning the weight will really be closer to 9900 lbs.
Delivered pin weight: ~1900 lbs (using 20%, calculated by published hitch weight/published UVW)
Truck Payload Capacity: 2000 lbs (Ford's door sticker number assume wet weight, no driver).

Thus, you can only have 100lbs in the truck in order to tow that trailer.

I would be looking at single slide units, with no slides in the overhang, just to keep the pin weight down.

The fifth wheel hitch will weight at least 125 lbs with the hitch, rails and bracket. A normal driver is 150 lbs (according to most vehicle manufacturers). So even rigged to haul the trailer, you will be over weight. Add a driver, passengers, gear, step bars,grill guards, mud, bigger tires, etc. and you can see where this is going.
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Thanks (TONS!) Mr Williamson (Smile) for the reply i do get my GVWs GCVs Gs and Cs mixed up on occassion. Im still Looking.. do dealers have weighing capabilities? is the yellow sticker accurate?
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Thanks (TONS!) Mr Williamson (Smile) for the reply i do get my GVWs GCVs Gs and Cs mixed up on occassion. Im still Looking.. do dealers have weighing capabilities? is the yellow sticker accurate?

I wouldn't think many dealers have weighing capabilities. The yellow stickers are accurate as far as how the camper was built at the factory. I believe it includes full propane but may not include a battery. I've read enough contradictory information written with authority that buyer beware on that one. Any extras that the dealer adds is not included (slide toppers and stabilizers were 2 things I had my dealer install).
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I was told the yellow sticker was how it rolled off the factory floor. If it was built with 20lb tanks, then it includes them, empty. However, I have no idea if that is correct. I do know the battery is not part of the weight.

The truck yellow sticker is the wet weight with no drivers (full fuel tank) as it rolled off the factory floor. Any extras are not included.

Most dealers do not have the capacity to weigh vehicles.
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Old 03-17-2014, 03:46 PM   #180
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...The truck yellow sticker is the wet weight with no drivers (full fuel tank) as it rolled off the factory floor. Any extras are not included...
Also keep in mind the truck stickers are probably listed with P load range tires. Putting LT LR D or E tires on it changes everything.
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