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Old 03-06-2015, 12:26 AM   #11
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:34 AM   #12
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Yes hitch up and go. Everything will be ok. Have fun and be careful.


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Old 03-06-2015, 10:11 AM   #13
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Thanks guys. With your help last night I was able to determine that based on the truck rear axle weight rating and the truck rear axle weight from the scales, I could have 1,100 lbs tongue hitch weight.
However, the actual curb weight of the truck (6500 lbs) compared with the truck GVWR (7200 lbs) limits me to 700 lbs tongue hitch weight.
Another thought hit me last.
The Weight Distribution Hitch.
Correct me if I'm wrong. It appears that I could put 1,000 lbs on the truck hitch if the WD Hitch would distribute at least 300 lbs of that weight to the front truck axle. Right?
Perhaps I'm overthinking this, but as a commercial pilot, I have a respect for weight and balance limitations.
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:18 AM   #14
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To distribute 300 lbs. to the front axle is possible, but the weight is still on the truck, and goes against the payload.......you are taking 1000 lbs, putting 300 lbs. on the front axle, but still have 700 lbs. on the rear axle.....to a point. There is another factor when using a WDH.....some of the weight goes back to the trailer axles. In the case of my 700 lb. trailer tongue weight, I am sending about 120 lbs. back to the trailer axles.

Another thing you need to consider is the hitch weight rating. There should be a sticker on the hitch stating maximum weight carrying capacity, as well as a maximum weight distributing capacity. Make sure your hitch is up to snuff.
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Thanks for your input. You're right.
Even if I shifted 300 lbs from the rear axle to the front with the WD Hitch, it is still excess weight on the truck.
The hitch rating should not be a problem. Although there a number of good WD hitches on the market, I decided to try the Anderson WD with Anti-Sway/Anti-Bounce TDM (True Motion-Dampening) system.
It has many good customer views, for sway control, being super quiet and light weight (25 lbs shank and ball).
It has a 14,000 lbs GTWR with the
2-5/16 ball and a 1,400 lbs tongue rating. I have not had a chance to tow with it yet.
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The hitch rating should not be a problem. Although there a number of good WD hitches on the market, I decided to try the Anderson WD with Anti-Sway/Anti-

My apologizes. I was referring to your truck receiver hitch rating.........but did not state that as such.
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:06 AM   #17
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6500 lbs is almost 1000lbs heavier than the listed weight of the 2011 super crew ecoboost what was in the truck when you weighd it
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Old 03-06-2015, 11:26 AM   #18
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No problem. I appreciate your input.
I did not realize there were so many factors and variables.
My objective was to find with a 1/2 ton truck with great towing capacity and yet still good gas mileage when not towing. My research steered me to the F-150 with the twin turbo Ecoboost V-6, with a 11,200 lbs tow rating.
Found a good clean low mileage 2011. Love the truck and I do get 21-25 mpg on the hwy without towing.
Found a good clean FR toy hauler with a max GVWR OF 8,000 lbs.
Figured I'm good to go with plenty of margin for safety and less wear and tear on the truck. Right?
Seems like I have a little issue with the hitch tongue weight load on the truck. So I'll experiment with the location of cargo in the toy hauler and amount a water in the 105 gallon tank. Anyone know if the water tanks have baffle plates to help keep partially filled tanks from sloshing around?
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I doubt there's a baffle.
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Old 03-06-2015, 12:15 PM   #20
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate your input. Seems like one question leads to another.
I have thought about replacing the original 3500 lb tandem axles with new 5000 lbs axles.
My thought being, that I currently have a toy hauler max GVWR of 8011 lbs. and with a trailer dry weight of 5800 lbs, I only have 2,200 lbs of cargo capacity.
My 2 seat RZR side by side weighs 1,100 lbs and with full 105 gallon water tank and full 30 gallon fuel station I'm about right at the cargo capacity and I don't even have any bacon or eggs in the refrigerator.

If I went with new 5,000 pound axles, I'd get 12" brakes vs the current 10",
heavier leaf springs and axle bearings and could use higher rated 16"" tires with 6 bolt wheels vs the current LT 15" tires and 5 bolt wheels.
My question though, would the tandem 5,000 lb axles boost my trailer max GVWR to 10,000 lbs??
Or would perhaps the trailer frame not be able to handle the additional 2,000 lbs? This might be an engineering question.
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