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Old 04-04-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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Hello all. I am new to the travel trailer world. I have a 2011 F150 Platinum SC 5.5 bed, 7200 GVWR? Ecoboost with 3.31 rear end. Built in brake controler, and anti trailer sway. My max tow rating is 8200lbs. Front axle max 3750lbs rear 4050lbs. My hitch is a class 5 with max of 10500, and tong 1050 with weight distrobution hitch. I do have a 4 point WDH. My trailer is a 2012 Sandstorm SLC 233. Dry weight of 6145, tong weight of 876. The trailer has the 40g fuel tank and 100g water tank. If I pull fully loaded with 650lb atv in the trailer I am looking at 8000lb to 8200lb. most cargo in this camper will be towords the middle and back of the camper. With the trailer dry and WDH my sag in the rear is only 1 1/2in. I have pulled trailers before but not a travel trailer. I live in Colorado and will be pulling in the mountains a couple times a month. I did resaerch before getting the trailer, and I did ask many questions of the dealer "camping world" in Colorado Spings. They were sure that I would be able to tow this rig with no problems even being close to or at max weights. I hope that I was not missled. Any info will be great. hope I did not ramble to much. Thanks SFC C
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:29 PM   #3
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How so?? Am I screwed? I hope not. The only dif from my truck and the F150 max tow is the 3.37 rear end, and they are rated at 11,300lbs. We took a big step by buying this camper. I had heared nothing bad about htis camping world, but it would be my luck to get screwed. I also called Ford and they said that even pulling max weight I should be ok, but I do nead to not excead max tong or tow weight. Man I dont feel real good right now.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:38 PM   #4
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I think where you're really going to be hurting is the "mountains" part of it. On flat land, even at or close to your max weights, you might be okay. You will likely really struggle in the mountains though.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:40 PM   #5
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If you need to fill your fw tank 100 gallons times 6 lbs a gallon that's 600lbs
Fuel tank is roughly another 240 lbs full. Thats 840lbs .
Just wondering if you figured that weight.
and mountains to boot at or near capacity more than likley over
Since you may not have figured all the extras installed by dealer
Such as propane tanks full weigh around 80lbs each
Batteries
You and your family has to be added
Any upgrades that dealer installs is not in the uvw of trailer
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:43 PM   #6
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Welcome.

I'm afraid to say that you are maxed out or overweight with this setup. Get yourself to a CAT scale and also weigh the tongue.

Your truck can pull a max of 8200 lbs and your loaded trailer is an estimated 8,200lbs. There is no margin.

This 8200 gives you a tongue weight of approximately 820-1,230lbs, which is 10-15%. Using a reasonable 13%, than the TW will be about 1,066. Again - no margin.

You mentioned most cargo being to the middle and the back of the trailer. Be careful with that because your tongue weight could drop down too much causing towing issues.

Do you have the payload max for the truck? That's the only other thing to compare although I suspect you are OK here.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:49 PM   #7
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Guys thanks for the help I really appreciate it. Please keep it coming. I did figure the extras, but I might have been blinded buy the hole process. I am going to pull this weekend on pretty flat roads. I am going to fill the FW and fuel tanks and load it with all our stuff, minus the atv, and have it weighed. Man I am really excited to have this thing, and all the camping we are planning. I just hope I am not hurting the truck or being unsafe. I want to be responcible.
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The difference in your rear end ratio of 3.31 verses 3.73 will be very apparent when towing in the mountains. You didn't say whether you have a RWD or 4x4...drive ratio can be changed, however quite expensive on a 4x4.

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Ya its a 4x4, and I dont have the max tow. I am going to get it weighed this weekend. I will prob make weight saving buy carring less water and fuel if need be. It is a toy hauler so when I load the atv it will be tied down pretty much over the excels. Damn!! I really thought I had reaserched this, and could trust the dealer.
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Don't feel too bad. You are not the first.

Read up on how to weigh at the scale (if you have never done it). You will need two or three separate weights. Below is a recent thread on the topic ...
Weighed my Rockwood 2306 on a CAT scale


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