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Old 10-26-2014, 06:15 PM   #1
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I currently own a Flagstaff Micro Lite 21 FBRS and am looking to upgrade to a longer heavier TT. What number do I look at in determining the towing weight. I have an F150 rated for 7900 lbs. debating whether I need to upgrade my truck as well.

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Old 10-26-2014, 06:40 PM   #2
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Do you know how much weight in gear and stuff you have put in your current trailer? If so then you can add that to the yellow sticker weight on the trailer. If not then safest to go by trailer gvwr. Figure 13-15% of loaded trailer weight for loaded tongue weight.

Do you want to keep your current TV or are you ok with upgrading? If you want to keep your current TV, then go weigh it loaded with all occupants, pets and cargo plus a full tank of fuel. Subtract that scaled weight from trucks gcwr to get your available towing capacity. Subtract the scaled weight from your trucks gvwr to get your available payload. Subtract the rear axle weight from the trucks max gawr to see how much room you have available on the rear axle. The loaded trailer weight should be below your adjusted towing capacity. Your loaded tongue weight should be below both the available payload and the room remaining on your rear axle.

If you want to upgrade your TV then shop for your new trailer first, see what you fall in love with and mAtch the truck to the trailer. Pay attention to the tire loAding sticker on a new truck where it will say "occupants and cargo should not exceed x lbs". This sticker will be inside the drivers door of the truck. It will likely be way lower than any internet specs for the truck and will be your limiting factor. Happy hunting!

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Old 10-27-2014, 03:12 PM   #3
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If you don't have a good estimate for cargo weight, and you feel that you don't tow more than most, I've seen that the following are decent estimates to add to dry weight:
600 lbs (popups)
800 lbs (hybrids)
1000 lbs (large TT)
??? lbs (full-time TT/5er)

Using GVWR is the most conservative, but some trailers have more CCC than most would ever be able to use (with out a large traveling rock collection).
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