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Old 02-02-2014, 12:54 PM   #1
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Newbie towing question

We just purchased a 2014 salem 30qbss and i am towing with a 2004 f 150.

I am wondering if either towing gear setup is better then the other. The dealer sells the round bar style, but people are telling me that the "reese" style square bars are better. Any opinions???? I will also be running dual cam sway. Any info is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-02-2014, 04:58 PM   #2
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depending on how your Ford is spec'd, you may be over its limits.

that trailer is very tongue heavy and when the truck and trailer are loaded, may be too heavy for the truck.

you need to post the truck's engine size, cab size, bed size, rear end ratio, 4x2 or 4x4 and payload capacity.

either way, figuring you have a big family, that's why you bought the bunkhouse, you will be close or over the truck's capacity.

and you better make sure you get a real good WDH with built-in sway control with a 33' TT. like a Equalizer or Reese Dual-Cam. or if you have the money, a Hensley or ProPride.
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Its a FX4 supercrew with a 5.4 with 3.73 gears. Weight is not an issue but honestly I am a little worried about the tongue weight..
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980 lbs of tongue weight on the unit I googled, bet is closer to 1200 lbs. when said n done.
To me it seems like a lot tongue weight for a 6575 lbs unit. Maybe too much tongue weight for 1/2 ton imo.
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Looking online, it looks like your trailer's max weight is about 11,000 lbs (about 6,500 lbs dry + 4,500 lb cargo). That would translate to at LEAST 1,100 lbs on the tongue, probably more. A couple F-150's in the 2009 trailer towing guide (oldest one I've got) went up to 11,200 lbs (this would be without any passengers or stuff in the truck), but most did not. No tongue limits are given in the guide. But I agree with Bikendan, you're most likely over the limits already. Would need to know more, like bed length, tow package, etc.

Bottom line: Read your owners manual. It should tell you the max tongue weight, as well as all the other weights you need to worry about, for however your truck is set up.

I hope your salesman didn't tell you "Oh, this is 1/2 ton towable!" (That's the biggest lie in the RV salesman's repertoire!)
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Would you guys recommend air bags??
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According to Ford that year model had a max towing capacity of 9,500 lbs; and that probably was not for the FX4 style.
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Yea from what I found I am rated for 9,500 towing. Honestly never checked tongue weight.
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Yea from what I found I am rated for 9,500 towing. Honestly never checked tongue weight.
Your truck's 10 years old. I think you just found an excuse for a new one!
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Yea from what I found I am rated for 9,500 towing. Honestly never checked tongue weight.
Dude, you're going to need a f250 for that new trailer.
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