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Old 03-12-2014, 06:08 PM   #1
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Towing A Siverback 29RE

Hi we have a 2013 29re Forest river silverback. Its dry weight is 9790 lbs from forest river site. Has any one pulled this with the f150 ecoboost with the 373 tranny and trailer package. Ford says it can pull 11500 lbs.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:17 PM   #2
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With a listed 1615 lb. dry pin weight that will "grow" when loaded for camping, IMHO that is way too much weight for a 1/2 ton truck.

Load up the family, anticipated camping gear in the bed, and head to some scales. Add another 100 lbs. for a 5th wheel hitch, then subtract that from the listed GVWR of the truck, and see if you have 2000 lbs to spare.
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I have the same trailer and tow with a 2500. I would not tow it with a 150/1500. Your ship to wait will be more like 10500 in your hitch weight will probably be closer to 1800 1900

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Old 03-13-2014, 12:11 AM   #4
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Our 2013 29RE had a weight of 10,273 pounds as shipped. Even with a light load of "stuff" in the camper it has to be 12,000 pounds or more. The actual pin weight is 1550 right now, but I plan to rearrange some stuff to get that closer to the 20% it should be.



We switched from a 2011 F-250 gasser to a 2013 F-350 diesel after one season with the Silverback. The gasser was OK, but the F-350 is much nicer to drive and has far more capacity then the Silverback will ever need.

Do yourself a favor, get the most truck you can afford, a lesson learned by us at substantial cost!! It will be easier and a lot more fun to drive not to mention safer, too.
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Hey N3, is that gauge connected to a scale of some type? what does the rest of that scale look like?

Would be nice to have some sort of portable scale.
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Hey N3, is that gauge connected to a scale of some type? what does the rest of that scale look like?

Would be nice to have some sort of portable scale.
Here ya go:

Sherline Trailer Tongue Weight Scales
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Keep in mind advertised dry weights are usually without options, also battery, propane, etc. The yellow sticker is as it left the factory & will never be that light again.

Our camper was over 500 lbs more than the advertised dry weight when it got to the dealer (by the yellow sticker). Its a TH so bad example but weights were about 9200 advertised weight, Yellow sticker is 9800 when it got to the dealer, and with gear by the Cat Scales 13800 lbs.

1/2 ton pickups are not a good idea for a camper of the weight weight you are looking at. The truck will always be under a strain until something gives usually the transmission, let alone safety issues. Not to say not, but after towing over the years of 1/2s, 3/4 and now a one ton would not tow anything of that weight with less than a one ton. But yes it can be done with a 3/4.(I will be like the manufacturers when equipped properly).

I agree with other posts buy all the truck you can afford even if if is a couple of years old.

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Hi we have a 2013 29re Forest river silverback. Its dry weight is 9790 lbs from forest river site. Has any one pulled this with the f150 ecoboost with the 373 tranny and trailer package. Ford says it can pull 11500 lbs.
Using this calculator, you can get a feel for what loaded pin weights will be by extrapolating from the dry weights:
Estimating Tongue/Pin Weight from Dry Weights - Towing Planner

It estimates that real-world pin weights will be possibly be around 2,200 pounds. You'll possibly/likely run out of payload with a 150 unless it has the max payload package (which is a separate option from the trailer package).

Can you check the truck for what the Tire And Loading Information sticker says from your doorjamb? It looks like this:
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We also have a 2013 29RE our sticker dry weight is 10300, pulled with a 2008 Ram CTD 2500 and now I wish I had a 1 ton. Get a different truck, stay safe!
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Great Info for the OP...don't short change yourself with the tow vehicle.

(Like asking someone who barely runs a mile to enter a 26 mile marathon in two weeks...not going to be pretty!)
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