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Old 05-30-2012, 09:45 PM   #1
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Ok guys and gals here we go again. I'm sure somewere on this forum this has been asked. My tralier dry is around 4700lbs. I have a 2007 F150 as my TV. (Bought used) The GVWR is 7050. The manual the truck came with says, 5.4L with 17 inch tires Rear ax 3.55 Max GCWR is 14000, Max tralier 8000. On the door plate below the barcode this is there TP/PS R(6) Axle (B6) TR (Q). DSO SPR 7F615 SSRR DO5.

On the rear end plate reads V913C, 739757AO8.

Can my truck tow this tralier with no probum. I have had it out a couple of times but I worry every time I go out and that dosen't make for a very good trip. I am planning a trip to Yosimite this summer and just want to be sure.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:01 PM   #2
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Well, the setup looks good in the picture. You really need to know the GVWR of the trailer. And if you want to be absolutely sure, run the rig across a weigh station (most truck stops have one). Then you can get the true weight of the rig.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:12 PM   #3
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The GVWR of the trailer is 7567, Dry 4761, Cargo not to exceed 2768. (That will not happen). Full water 416lbs. That will.

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I'm glad to see you're doing this check. Always good to know before a big trip.

There is a bit more information you need to provide. Most importantly, what is the weight of your fully loaded TT? Even a good estimate would help. Tongue weight would be usefull, too. As for the truck, what's its payload rating and what is the combined weight of all people and cargo within the truck and in the truck bed?

A related question is what hitch are you using and have you felt any issues while towing?
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A weight distribution hitch with sway control is suggested.
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Look at each tire and see what the date and weight rating is. Some tire places recommend you run 20% below that tire rating. Then check you axle ratings and make sure they are what you need for the load you are carrying....do this for both vehicles.... weigh the truck first and get front and rear axle weight, then hook the trailer to it and get the axle weights of the truck and trailer...and if you can weigh just one side of the truck and trailer hooked up....then you can start the math and figure how the trailer adds or decreases weight to the truck axles and how much weight is on the right or left side of the axles... then you will have an idea if you are exceeding tire weight limits....always remembering to check the speed that the tire is allowed to run and the CTP is correct (cold tire pressure)...

Speed at which you can stop the combined rig in time is highly important..
Speed at which the tires will maintain correct pressure and temps is important....

You will need a cat scale to get this info....I think if you goggle CCat or Cat Scale it will come up with a search engine to show where the nearest one is.....

Good luck with everything......worry makes you do the right things, and once you have done them.....slow down and don t worry.....
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:25 AM   #7
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Man you guys are making this complicated. Ok I have a weight dist setup and sway bar. I would have to say as for the loaded TT it would be around 5400lbs. As for the truck between all passengers including dogs would be around 400lbs. Weight in the bed of the truck would be close to 500 lbs. A full tank of gas is going to weigh around 162lbs. I'll be coservative and and say that total weight in cab and bed of the truck would be around 1400lbs.

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You are going to be just fine. Pulled a similar load all over the country with my '05 5.4. Have fun and try not to worry!
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I think you should be just fine, as many are pulling much heavier fifth wheels with a similar truck, although they are probably pushing it.
Just curious though, what are you putting in the truck box that will weigh 500 pounds?
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Ok guys and gals here we go again. I'm sure somewere on this forum this has been asked. My tralier dry is around 4700lbs. I have a 2007 F150 as my TV. (Bought used) The GVWR is 7050. The manual the truck came with says, 5.4L with 17 inch tires Rear ax 3.55 Max GCWR is 14000, Max tralier 8000. On the door plate below the barcode this is there TP/PS R(6) Axle (B6) TR (Q). DSO SPR 7F615 SSRR DO5.

On the rear end plate reads V913C, 739757AO8.

Can my truck tow this tralier with no probum. I have had it out a couple of times but I worry every time I go out and that dosen't make for a very good trip. I am planning a trip to Yosimite this summer and just want to be sure.
Thanks you for your help
OK, something ain't just right here.

1st of all, with the axle code of B6, you should have 3.73s with traction lock.

I can't tell from the picture whether that is 4x4 or 4x2, but given that your GVWR of 7050 lbs., I will presume that you have a 4x2. The 4x4s came with a 7200 lb. GVWR.

Looking at the chart here https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...trp16May07.pdf, for a 2007 F150, 5.4L, 3.73s, and a 144.5 wheelbase, you should have conventional towing of of 9500 lbs., with a GCWR of 15,000 lbs. They are some really good numbers.

You need to be sure that your truck came with the heavy duty tow package. Usually, a call to your local Ford dealer with the VIN should reveal that, as well as confirm your final drive ratio.

If you do not have the OEM heavy duty towing setup, then you will need to add a auxiallary transmission cooler, and make sure the hitch is up to pulling that kind of weight.

You did not list what model trailer you are pulling. The 144.5" wheelbase of the truck is good for fairly long trailers, but a weight distributing hitch with integrated sway control will probably be better than a conventional WDH with friction bar sway control. If you keep that system, you may want to consider adding another friction sway control bar if the trailer is over 27' or so.

The limiting factor to all of numbers is the 1/2 ton pickup itself. You have done great in adding up your passengers and cargo, and coming up with 1400 lbs. But you have to add the tongue weight of the trailer into that formula, also. Hang a 800 lb. tongue on your hitch, and that 1400 lbs. now goes to 2200 lbs. You may need to carry some of the stuff you plan on carrying in the bed of the truck in the trailer, since you have a fairly high cargo carrying capacity there. Weighing the truck and trailer loaded for camping should be 1 of the 1st things on your list when you get hooked up.

Like Bob had, I have a similar truck setup pulling a 5500 lb. 28.5' Surveyor, and it does a great job.
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