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Old 03-25-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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Is my F250 big enough to handle a Puma 26-FBSS

Hi,

All I posted a week ago about getting a Puma 30-KFB. We didn't get the TT after reading the replies I got about weigth, lenght and WB. I didn't feel comfortable about getting a 34' camper for my first TT.

So now we are looking at a Puma 26-FBSS the specs are:
Hitch dry weight - 705 lbs
Dry Axle weight - 5460
Total dry - 6165
Carrying cap - 4662
GVWR - 10,865
Lenght 29'9"
Height 11'1"

The salesman was no help to me as he told me I could pull anything on his lot with my F250 which I felt was a ploy to sell me the 34' TT.

My TV is a 2005 F250 Lariat Super Duty Diesel with 35,000 miles:

Trailer Hitch Receiver 12.5K
3.73 ratio Limited slip
142" WB
Trailer towing package -
Suspension with Stablizer bar
Mono Beam Coil Spring
9800 GVWR#


Based on all the experience here what do you think? I plan on buying Airbags and a Equalizer hitch system.

Thanks for you help.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:39 PM   #2
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He is probably close to say you can pull about everything in the lot.

Your truck, that camper. Your truck wont even work up a sweat.

airbags not needed, unless you want it.
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:41 PM   #3
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For once, the dealer was almost right. Usually it is the opposite and they try to put the 34' trailers on a half ton truck and say it will be fine. Your truck will handle most any trailer you can find, except for a 5th wheel with a heavy pin weight.
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:27 PM   #4
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Thanks,

We pick up the new camper at the end of April as we ordered it with some extras i.e. matress upgrade, different color, better vent fans.

The dealer suggested that I consider a Blue Ox system as it will allow me to back up without having to disconnect the bars as I would with a equalizer hitch.

what is the prefered system here?

Thanks again I'm glad I found the forum,

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Old 03-26-2011, 07:37 PM   #5
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We have a Blue Ox and it is great. Also a great company to deal with, see my posts on them. Another thing is there is no noise with it like some other brands and you can dial in the amount of sway control you need.
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You don't disconnect the bars with an equalizer hitch. Not sure where you got that info from.

Your truck will pull virtually any travel travel you choose without any problem.
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:53 PM   #7
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I use a equalizer (on an f250 by the way) and never unhook to back up, it is not necessary.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:18 PM   #8
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I pull his with my F250 14K. Yeah Im over on pin weight but have no problems with sway or power use airbags for added pin weight
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:37 PM   #9
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Let me put it into perspective. There a a lot of new half ton trucks rated to tow more than the older 3/4 tons like my 2000 f250. They have softer springs, weigh a couple thousand pounds less and do not have full float rear axles.
Which do you think will be happier towing a 10k+ trailer in hills?
Which do you think will actually last while doing such a job?
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You don't disconnect the bars with an equalizer hitch. Not sure where you got that info from.

Your truck will pull virtually any travel travel you choose without any problem.

Is the equlalizer a sway and weight distribution system?

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