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Old 06-21-2018, 05:32 AM   #1
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Payload Question - F150

Hi everyone - I've been a member for a while, majority of time here has been reading since we don't have a travel trailer so I don't have much to add to the conversation. We've been looking at trailers for a couple years and are now considering a 2015 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2608WS. Our youngest has two more years of college then he will go into the Army so it will be just my wife and I using the camper.

I think I understand the weights but don't have any idea about the loaded weights since we have never done this. My concern is the tongue weight on this unit.

2015 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2608WS: UVW = 5,796 (from the sticker on the camper) / empty tongue weight = 748 (from the 2015 brochure)

2018 F150 (my daily driver): Super Crew / 5.0 / 3.73 / 1,608 Payload / factory tow pkg / factory brake controller

Me, wife, small dog = 325 lb. / WD-Sway hitch maybe another 75 lb. so with the tongue weight that is about 1,150 of the 1,608 payload. Not planning to travel with much (if any) water in tanks. I understand that 10-15% of trailer weight should be on tongue.

Again, not knowing how much all the stuff wanted/needed for camping weighs - is this setup reasonable?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:45 AM   #2
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You're going to get a ton of reply's on this, but I'll just give my personal experience.
Pulled a 2007 28' Jayco Dry weight 6500 and about 7400 loaded for nine years. First pulled it with a 2003 F150 Lariat Crew 5.4 and then with a 2013 Silverado Crew 1500 LT 5.3. Both did fine and never had any issues. Pulling in Mountains...very slow. I now have 38' with a gross weight of 11,070 and I'm pulling it with a 2014 GMC 2500 Diesel.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:58 AM   #3
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Yeah, not concerned with pulling the weight but being mindful of the lower payloads Iím kinda focused on tongue weight so looking at trailers this size, (25-30 ft).
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:59 AM   #4
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2018 F150 (my daily driver): Super Crew / 5.0 / 3.73 / 1,608 Payload / factory tow pkg / factory brake controller
I would look at actual yellow sticker on your driver side door jam for ACTUAL payload of your F-150 and make sure of your numbers...

Also your actual camper loaded tongue weight will likely be 200+# higher then the unloaded (listed) weight of 748 you see on the camper sticker... adding battery, propane tanks and gear to your rig adds to that published tongue weight...

My yellow sticker is shown below so look for yours... my payload is 1309# as seen on top half of sticker
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:00 AM   #5
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Hi everyone - I've been a member for a while, majority of time here has been reading since we don't have a travel trailer so I don't have much to add to the conversation. We've been looking at trailers for a couple years and are now considering a 2015 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2608WS. Our youngest has two more years of college then he will go into the Army so it will be just my wife and I using the camper.

I think I understand the weights but don't have any idea about the loaded weights since we have never done this. My concern is the tongue weight on this unit.

2015 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2608WS: UVW = 5,796 (from the sticker on the camper) / empty tongue weight = 748 (from the 2015 brochure)

2018 F150 (my daily driver): Super Crew / 5.0 / 3.73 / 1,608 Payload / factory tow pkg / factory brake controller

Me, wife, small dog = 325 lb. / WD-Sway hitch maybe another 75 lb. so with the tongue weight that is about 1,150 of the 1,608 payload. Not planning to travel with much (if any) water in tanks. I understand that 10-15% of trailer weight should be on tongue.

Again, not knowing how much all the stuff wanted/needed for camping weighs - is this setup reasonable?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Vince
Your truck will have no problem at all. Your goal should be to put most of your stuff in the trailer when towing.
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:18 AM   #6
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Yes - 1,608 is the payload on the door jam. And your estimate of 200 lb hitch weight is what I'm looking for, knowing that the loaded weight will be more. I just don't know what the typical increase is from unloaded to loaded. I know that varies depending on how you camp and how you load just looking for feedback from experienced campers.
Thanks, Vince
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:26 AM   #7
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Dry Weight (lbs/kg) 5716 / 2592.8
Payload Capacity (lbs/kgs) 1515 / 687.2
Hitch Weight (lbs/kgs) 748 / 339.3

With these specs for this trailer, you can expect a tongue weight of app. 900 lbs when loaded.


http://www.rvguide.com/specs/forest-...te/2608ws.html
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In your manual find your GCWR for your particular truck. look at light blue tag on drivers door frame for GVWR. Off the trailer get the gross weight (this is UVW + payload capacity).


GCWR-GVWR-trailer gross weight. If the results are a plus you can tow the trailer fully loaded, if a minus you will need to calculate exact weights of truck, trailer, cargo to get the result equal or positive.
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Water hoses, sewer hoses, chocks, leveling blocks, dishes, food, appliances, another TV, slide covers, grill, towels, pillows, sheets, blankets, etc. Maybe another 300 lbs? After towing my similarly sized Rockwood with a half ton I'll tell you that you are at your max. Towing a TT is like towing a heavy billboard.
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From what I read online, your fully loaded trailer will weigh around 7200lbs. Most trailers carry about 13% of the weight on the tongue which gives you a tongue weight of about 940lbs. Assuming your truck's cargo capacity is 1300lbs like rsdata, that would leave you with 360lbs of capacity for passengers and other items.
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