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Old 06-19-2015, 11:39 PM   #1
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puma 30FBSS -wondering if my truck can pull it!

We are looking at a 2015 30FBSS puma Total dry weight is 8130 and hitch dry weight is 1155. I have a 2011 ford F150 supercrew 4X2 V8 5.0. The axle ratio is 3.55. Also have stabilizer bars added.

My trailer hitch says max hitch weight 1055 but towing capacity is 10000. We do not live in a hilly area and do not go more than 3 hours or so from home to camp My question is will my truck pull this camper ok or will my axle break?? I have had three other campers, but they keep getting bigger each time we buy. The salesman said it would be no problem... but I am still worried.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:24 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, your F150 probably won't do too well with that rig. The top max tow rating for your rig is 8000# for a supercrew 4x2 V8 5.0l with a 3.55 axle ratio. GCWR is 13,500. Base curb weight is 4664#'s, max payload 2130#'s, max pin weight 1130#'s.

The hitch's capacity has little to do with your trucks towing capability, but you would be over the hitches max rating by 100#'s and you haven't loading anything into the trailer yet.

So.. dry pin weight.. you're over by 30#'s already, trailer dry weight.. you're over 130#'s already, GCWR you are in the black, but only by 700#'s, max payload you're in the black there too with 975#'s, but you can't exceed 700#'s to stay within the GCWR.

Basically what that means is you have 700#'s to play with to stay under GCWR. That would be passengers, cargo, water, weight distribution hitch, trailer batteries, food, clothing, kitchen goodies, etc etc etc. Just ballparking it, it's pretty common to use a figure of 1000-1500#'s above dry weight of your trailer for just the basics, so it would be extremely difficult to stay under 700#'s anyway, but it's kind of a moot point since without adding a single thing to your trailer or tow vehicle (passengers included) you're already over the max rated allowances on your pin, and tow capacity.

I fear your dealer may have steered you wrong.
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:12 AM   #3
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You made the #1 newbie mistake, you believed a salesman.
Most of them know very little about towing requirements, only want to make the sale.
Most know little about RVs.
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:05 AM   #4
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Another thing to add in which is hidden is the tone weight. Trailers are never weight at the factory with battery or LP tanks filled. Another 100 plus pounds.

I only had one dealer tell me that my truck was border line for the trailer I wanted and he mentioned he would not recommend buying it. Really like the campers they had but also a little more pricy so I opted for the V-lite again. Later RJD
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:10 AM   #5
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your hitch is rated for 10,000 lbs, the truck is not.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:28 PM   #6
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Yehaw. Here we go! ;o)
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Old 06-20-2015, 02:03 PM   #7
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I would say not a good combination......start reading

http://www.fleet.ford.ca/resources/f...ng%20Guide.pdf


MODEL 30-FBSS

Dry Hitch Weight 1,155 lbs. (524 kg)
UVW 8,163 lbs. (3,703 kg)
GVWR 10,663 lbs. (4,837 kg)
CCC 2,500 lbs. (1,134 kg)
Exterior Length 34' 8" (10.6 m)
Exterior Height 11' 1" (3.4 m)
Exterior Width 96" (2.4 m)
Fresh Water Capacity 51 gal. (193 L)
Gray Water Capacity 42 gal. (159 L)
Black Water Capacity 42 gal. (159 L)
Awning Size 21 ft
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We are looking at a 2015 30FBSS puma Total dry weight is 8130 and hitch dry weight is 1155. I have a 2011 ford F150 supercrew 4X2 V8 5.0. The axle ratio is 3.55. Also have stabilizer bars added.

My trailer hitch says max hitch weight 1055 but towing capacity is 10000. We do not live in a hilly area and do not go more than 3 hours or so from home to camp My question is will my truck pull this camper ok or will my axle break?? I have had three other campers, but they keep getting bigger each time we buy. The salesman said it would be no problem... but I am still worried.

Sure it will tow it but just look at the important things. Weight is the killer, your brakes will be working harder, your suspension will be flattened out. You have to stop these things plus the fact you have to put water, food, clothing and all the essentials you want to travel with. You need to step up to a F250 or F350 Gas or Diesel.
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Old 06-20-2015, 05:20 PM   #9
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Dont rely on the salesman word--I have pulling a Crusader with a Tundra dry weight very close to your number after a couple of trip in 3 years last trip I lost 3 studs back driver side, a 1/2 ton is not built to take that much weight of a 5th wheel, change it or dont buy the RV
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Agree not enough margin. Need 2500 preferably diesel
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