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Old 06-27-2016, 07:23 AM   #1
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new F-150 super crew trailer options

New to this forum, this is my first post. I have a new 2016 F-150 super crew cab with the 6' box, 3.5 ecoboost, max tow package. Time to get something to pull. I would like owners of this type vehicle to share what they are towing currently (Brand, tt or fiver, length, weight, pin weight / hitch set ups) what experience they have had especially the problems and if they would do something different than there current set-up. Looking to make some long trips when retire in a year and maybe some short ones until then.

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Old 06-27-2016, 07:46 AM   #2
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Jayco has a 1/2 ton towable. The 2017 Whitehawk. We saw it this weekend when we were visiting an RV dealer.

We personally tow a Forest River 33' Salem Hemisphere (lite) We tow it with our F150. The RV dealer said the truck wouldn't/shouldn't pull it, but we made some modifications like a larger cooling system, bigger tires, and a couple of other things my husband did (sorry can't remember.) We have not had any problems with the engine, rough towing, or transmission. I am not advising you do that without checking with your dealer or Ford Dealer.

People think we are nuts, but we haven't had the first issue. Unless the roads are bad, we don't even know we are pulling something behind us.

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Old 06-27-2016, 03:36 PM   #3
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I tow a 288bhs Apex (5,200/600 dry) with my 3.5eb 3.31 super crew and am more than impressed by the power. The rear suspension is really soft so I installed air bags to keep the trailer from bounce the truck. I use an equalizer 1000/1000 wdh and never had any sway.
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Old 06-27-2016, 04:11 PM   #4
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I see you have a brand new truck with most likely a warranty. Depending upon the terms of the warranty I would make sure not to do any modifications that will void the warranty or pull anything that will cause damage to the vehicle and not be covered. That being said I wouldn't pull anything over 70% of my total towing capacity or go over 70% of the gross combined vehicle weight. The reason I used 70% is it gives you a comfort zone of not having the TV maxed out on gross vehicle weight and towing capacity. Now there are many out there that will pull with a F150 maxed out both in gross combined and gross vehicle. That is their choice, not something I'd recommend. Check your manual. It will tell you what your ratings are and try to stay under them. Remember your TV's GVWR is when you have it fully loaded, kids, wife, dogs, golf cart, fuel, and any other cargo. Trailer weights on the stickers are dry weight. They don't account for food, water, propane, clothing, that extra TV, or BBQ grill. Look for the maximum weight on the trailer sticker and use that for your calculations. Back a few years ago I bought a 27' Trailrunner Bunkhouse. Planned to pull it with my 96' Bronco until my uncle who owns an RV sales and repair center told me not to go above 45. I asked why and he said you have more trailer length than the wheelbase on the Bronco could handle. I promptly sold it and got a bigger truck. Granted I don't have a F150, I did try to pull with my wife's Expedition which is built on the F150 frame and I didn't like the experience. If you must pull with the F150, make sure you have 10 ply truck tires as they get rid of the weak sidewall sway that regular tires have. They make a big difference. Other than that, look at the ultralight trailers and Rockwoods. Also the number of slides will make a difference in weight and the slide type also makes a weight difference. A '2 step' trailer has the slide on top of the floor. Less weight but you have to step up to get to the table or couch. A '3 step' has the slide built into the frame and the slide is flush when it goes out. Invest in a good WDH, one that you don't need an extra anti sway bar. The one with the two square bars is nice and there is even one on that has some sort of ball bearing in it that is supposed to help at varying speeds to control sway.
Oh and one last thing; never trust a salesman when they tell you your TV can tow a particular trailer. ALWAYS do the math yourself with your vehicle's specs in hand. They don't know every vehicle and what the ratings are, they just want to make a sale.
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Old 06-27-2016, 06:17 PM   #5
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Had a 15 F150, (that I just traded for a 250.) I agree with the above post.

Max length of about 30ft; max GVWR of about 7000 - 8000 lbs should be ok.

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Old 06-27-2016, 06:18 PM   #6
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Wildwood X-Lites are about this size.

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Old 06-27-2016, 08:37 PM   #7
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I have a Rockwood 2703WS and I pull it with a 2011 F150 XLT/SCAB 3.5 EB and 135,000 miles. I added Airlift airbags for stability and some good BFG K02 LT tires. We have had it on four trips. One long and 3 short. So far all is doing fine.
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Old 06-27-2016, 08:39 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum!

I have a 2015 F150 Supercab, 3.5 EB, 3:31 rear end, 6.5' bed, 4X4 and just the standard tow package.

I tow a 2014 Freedom Express 246 RKS with the Andersen WDH. Trailer is just under 5,000 lbs dry and not quite 6,000 lbs full of stuff for 2 weeks of camping. Its just me and my 13 lb dog and the truck tows the trailer just fine. I am nowhere near the truck's capacity and am completely comfortable towing in any condition. Trailer is 28' ball to bumper.

Good luck in your search!

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13 Ecoboost... 09 34 ft Sundance BH 5th wheel. no issues other than I don't have the park assist which would put it in the seasonal spot the 3rd time i try.

DW asked me how difficult could it be... tossed her the keys and said i was going for a nap.

I got back in the truck when i noticed i was on her flower bed.

the trailer is 8320 dry weight. I tow with all tanks empty and generally pick up groceries when we stop at a campground for a weekend.

The truck has no issues when hauling on hills or level ground.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:34 PM   #10
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I have a 2015 F150 King Ranch with the max tow package. I tow a 2012 FR 264 Surveyor TT that has a dry weight of over 5100 lbs, fully loaded with water and all our stuff we are about 7900 lbs. The trailer length is 29' 9". I have no problem towing this trailer with the ecoboost motor and I also use an Andersen hitch. I usually tow at about 62 mph. Now if I had a 5th wheel I would step up to a one ton.

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