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Old 03-15-2011, 09:44 PM   #1
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Question with F250 Towing

Hi,

Looking for advice on the following new to large campers:

I have a 2005 Larait F250 Superduty with a crew cab and standard bed and tow package.

The GVWR is 10,000 lbs and the wheel base is 172".

The camper breakdown is this: PUMA 30-KFB total lenght 34' GVWR is 11, 315 lbs
Dry weight is 8,130 lbs,

Question too much trailer for the F250?

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Old 03-16-2011, 10:44 AM   #2
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Your hitch weight is gonna be between 1,000 and 1,700 lbs. Probably in the 1,400 lb range. Your cargo rating is 2,500lbs and the max trailer capacity is 12,500. You'll be close but I think you'll be fine.
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:40 AM   #3
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That hitch weight is already at 1155 lbs so adding gear is going to increase the weight on the tongue. I'm sure there is a label (or was) on the receiver of your truck stating the maximum allowed weight is 1200 lbs with a weight distribution hitch. It is your call.
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Old 03-16-2011, 02:39 PM   #4
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Hi,

Looking for advice on the following new to large campers:

I have a 2005 Larait F250 Superduty with a crew cab and standard bed and tow package.

The GVWR is 10,000 lbs and the wheel base is 172".

The camper breakdown is this: PUMA 30-KFB total lenght 34' GVWR is 11, 315 lbs
Dry weight is 8,130 lbs,

Question too much trailer for the F250?

Thanks,
I have the CC with a long bed and my wheelbase is 172". So if you are referring to an 8' bed as a standard bed your's will be the same. I believe a 6Ĺ' bed has a wheelbase of 156". My GVWR is 9200 lbs & tow capacity is 9700 lbs, but I have the 5.4 V8. So if you have the V 10 or deisel then you should be alright.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:14 PM   #5
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The inside of my door states 9800 GVWR I have the 6.0 Power Stroke Diesel engine. I contacted my RV dealer stating my concern and he stated that the truck would handle the TT and recommended a Equalizer hitch system.

I'm new to this so my major concern is getting the RV we want but most important safety of family and others while towing.

So I'm confused..........

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I have the CC with a long bed and my wheelbase is 172". So if you are referring to an 8' bed as a standard bed your's will be the same. I believe a 6Ĺ' bed has a wheelbase of 156". My GVWR is 9200 lbs & tow capacity is 9700 lbs, but I have the 5.4 V8. So if you have the V 10 or deisel then you should be alright.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:18 PM   #6
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I pulled wih a 99 F250 for 12 years and pulled a 30 ft Montana,. I weighed at 11,700 loaded for travel and I had a tounge weight of almost 1700 lbs. I added air bags on the rear and narry had a problem in 70.000 miles with the exception of tire wear. It is accelerated a bit but I felt worth the cost.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:38 PM   #7
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I pulled wih a 99 F250 for 12 years and pulled a 30 ft Montana,. I weighed at 11,700 loaded for travel and I had a tounge weight of almost 1700 lbs. I added air bags on the rear and narry had a problem in 70.000 miles with the exception of tire wear. It is accelerated a bit but I felt worth the cost.

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how did the unit handle?

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According to the TrailerLife tow guides, for a TT, your max tow weight is 12,500, and for a 5th wheel it's 15,400. You should be fine, but do get a good weight distribution system and sway system. Here is the link to the tow guides so you can double check those figures.

http://www.trailerlife.com/images/do...ngs_p12_15.pdf
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The dealer recommended the Equal-i-zer 1,200/12000 4-point sway control hitch 90001200.

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According to the TrailerLife tow guides, for a TT, your max tow weight is 12,500, and for a 5th wheel it's 15,400. You should be fine, but do get a good weight distribution system and sway system. Here is the link to the tow guides so you can double check those figures.

http://www.trailerlife.com/images/do...ngs_p12_15.pdf
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Your truck should pull the trailer OK. You'll probably be closer to 10,000 lbs than 11,000 lbs when loaded. The equal-i-zer hitch will work well for you. I have the same and have no problems with it. It will make some noise but you will get use to it and it will quiet down some as it gets broke in. My trailer is 34'11" and the truck handles it very well. I haven't had any sway issues and I've towed in gusty winds and rain. I barely notice semis as they pass. As with everything else, make sure it's set up correctly. I had to redo it after I got home from my dealership, but the instructions are easy to follow.

Good luck and happy camping.
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