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Old 03-28-2014, 09:48 AM   #1
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Towing Question (Payload) 2013 F150 Limited

Let me just start out by saying, when Ford says Limited, they mean limited.

I have read many threads about towing and what others have encountered with towing and their payloads with 1/2 tun trucks, but wanted some advice.

We have and 2013 F150 Limited and looking to purchase a 2014 Rockwood Roo 23IKSS. The following are the specks on both the TV and TT.

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3.5L V6 Eco
145" Wheel Base
3.7 rear end
GVWR = 7,200
GCVR = 13,400
F-GAWR = 3,750
R-GAWR = 3,850
Payload rated on door for tires & suspension = 1,180
Actual payload 1,160 (got trucked weight this morning and came in at 6,040)

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GVWR = 6,500 (fully loaded)
Actual weight on yellow sticker 5,100
Tongue weight 510lbs

So if I load the care with just family (550 lbs total), weight distribution hitch (100lbs) and estimated tongue weight of trailer 433.5 (510lbs x 85% going to truck, this leave me with 76.50 lbs to put in truck. So basicly nothing will go in truck and everything distributed evenly through out trailer.

So my question is, do you think we will be fine with this trailer towing it with such a LIMITED paylod left on truck?

Thanks in advance for your advise.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:09 AM   #2
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Where did your tongue weight figure come from? That looks to be only 10% of the sticker weight. That will only go up.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:10 AM   #3
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Personally I think if you are careful driving, you will be more than fine...sure your close to max but like you said, you can laod/manipulate the rest of the stuff in the trailer...with the eco engine and 3.7something rear it will pull more than fine..I dont know the tow cap , but generally its payload that goes over first anyway...

My .02 is enjoy and be safe.....you obviously are aware of tow ratings so you know what your dealing with....

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Old 03-28-2014, 10:24 AM   #4
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The tongue weight is my big variable factor right now. I know it will go up and feel that if it ends up being over 600lb (knowing ths is over my payload by a little) that I could always adjust by getting rid of these 22inch tires that ford should never had put on this truck. By doing this, I may get a litte of my payload back for the lighter wheels and tires (I hope).
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If you're looking for opinions, here's mine: Take of the P rated tires and replace with either an LT or XL load rating. Install Firestone Ride-Rite airbags. Replace factory shocks with Bilstein 5100s or Rancho RS9000XLs. Get a good hitch like an Equalizer 4 point. Go camping and have fun.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:31 AM   #6
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IronJ... Yes I have learned a lot from these threads and have towed a few trailers, that helps with my decision.

The biggest disapointment I have is with Ford (but then again I should have done more research) and dealer, thinking I was guying a truck that had a higher payload. I guess I will just need to adjust or move up to an F250. The limited sold me on the Red seats.

We will probobly be towing the trailer a total of 5 to 6 times a years. I just told the wife and kids they need to pack light and nothing can go in the truck.
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Dustman... Now that is a great suggestion. I can't weight to get rid of the tires. I have had the truck for less than a year and already dented two rims in pot holes for a total cost to replace of $3,800 (ouch).

New England was not ment (nor a truck that you want to us) for 22" tires.

I wonder how much these modes would cost?
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Dustman... Now that is a great suggestion. I can't weight to get rid of the tires. I have had the truck for less than a year and already dented two rims in pot holes for a total cost to replace of $3,800 (ouch).

New England was not ment (nor a truck that you want to us) for 22" tires.

I wonder how much these modes would cost?
Maybe switch to 20" wheels? I have found that I can get 20" XL rated tires for considerably less than 18" LT tires. I'd bet that with a Craigslist post you could find someone with Ford Factory 20's ready and willing to do a trade.
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Maybe switch to 20" wheels? I have found that I can get 20" XL rated tires for considerably less than 18" LT tires. I'd bet that with a Craigslist post you could find someone with Ford Factory 20's ready and willing to do a trade.

My thoughts exactly. Heck, you may be able to buy some 20s or 18s, then sell your 22s and make a little profit.
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Great idea about craigs list and swapping. Thans for the advise.

After finding out what they would cost to replace two of them, the thought of buying all four wheels an tires crossed by mind, but th dent wasn't that bad, so Ford ended up repairing the rims.

I will take a look into 20". Thanks.
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