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Old 10-29-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
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I am thinking about buying a rockwood 8289.
Can I pull this 5th wheel with my 2010 Ford F150
4X4 shortbed 5.3 V8 and factory tow package.
Has anyone had any experience with this combination .
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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I am thinking about buying a rockwood 8289.
Can I pull this 5th wheel with my 2010 Ford F150
4X4 shortbed 5.3 V8 and factory tow package.
Has anyone had any experience with this combination .
Can you tow it.....sure. Can you tow it safely without exceeding your gross vehicle weight rating, the rear axle weight rating, and maybe even the gross combined weight rating, as well as stressing mechanical parts ...........probably not.

I presume the 5.4L is a typo, and that would be a 5.4L. But even with that, you have not indicated what cab configuration you have, along with bed length (there are 2 short bed lengths), towing and payload options as well as your final drive ratio. The 2010 5.4L engine 4x4 trucks are rated anywhere between 7700 lbs. and 11,200 lbs.

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The truck is a king cab with a 5'6" box
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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I think we need some kind of forum rule on people posting can I tow this...a form that puts in their truck weight ratings and the proposed trailer weight ratings. Probably see a lot less of these posts.

I am going to offer a very simply answer to this question, NO.

You cannot safely tow a trailer with manufacturer listed dry pin weight over 1500 lbs with 1/2 crew cab with a super short bed. part of the problem is you will not anywhere enough payload capacity, but the other problem is that your bed is shorter than a traditional short bed. it means your 5th wheel will have to be installed further back to keep from hitting the cab corners putting the weight behind the rear axle.
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I think we need some kind of forum rule on people posting can I tow this...a form that puts in their truck weight ratings and the proposed trailer weight ratings. Probably see a lot less of these posts.

I am going to offer a very simply answer to this question, NO.

You cannot safely tow a trailer with manufacturer listed dry pin weight over 1500 lbs with 1/2 crew cab with a super short bed. part of the problem is you will not anywhere enough payload capacity, but the other problem is that your bed is shorter than a traditional short bed. it means your 5th wheel will have to be installed further back to keep from hitting the cab corners putting the weight behind the rear axle.
I pull the same trailer with a f250 short bed, your unit will come with a reese revolution sidewinder. YOU WILL NOT HIT YOUR CAB if you activate the sidewinder. I think it's the best thing since sliced bread. You will hear that it is harder to hook-up, but I have never had a problem. I can not answer your question on towing, the guy who helped me out was David_ Monica on this forum. I hope he reads your post and question on towing, he is the GURU on towing caps......
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:28 PM   #6
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I pull the same trailer with a f250 short bed, your unit will come with a reese revolution sidewinder. YOU WILL NOT HIT YOUR CAB if you activate the sidewinder. I think it's the best thing since sliced bread. You will hear that it is harder to hook-up, but I have never had a problem. I can not answer your question on towing, the guy who helped me out was David_ Monica on this forum. I hope he reads your post and question on towing, he is the GURU on towing caps......

Did you catch the part about his bed over a foot shorter than yours, all of that taken out in front of the rear axle...
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not with a "dry" pin weight of over 1500lbs.!!!

if you insist on towing a 5th wheel with a 5.4 v-8 1/2 ton pickup, you're going to have to go much smaller and lighter.
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