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Old 10-01-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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Towing Questions and Limits

First timer, just wanted to get everyone's input on towing this TT (2014 Shasta Revere 30BH). I just bought a Revere30BH (not picking up for another 2 weeks). The weight on it is about 7045lbs, hitch weight is 620. I have an 05 F-150 super-cab 4x4 lariat that i am going to pull it with. I also installed air bags in the back. I was fine with it at first and now i am reading too many posts that say it may be too much. Just wondering if anyone could steer me in the right direction.

Will i be OK pulling this trailer with my truck? It says its rated for about 8800 but with loading it up with supplies i might be pushing it.

Should i get the weight distribution bars and stabilizer bars from the dealer?

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:12 PM   #2
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A good quality weight distribution hitch is HIGHLY recommended and do not forget about sway control. This will make towing a lot easier.
Just my 2c.

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:22 PM   #3
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Read this:

You have to know your weights.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:24 PM   #4
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IMO. That is a lot of trailer for your truck. I think you will find you may not be too happy with it. You will need a very good weight distribution and sway control at the very least. I would reconsider the purchase and maybe find something smaller if you could, or upgrade the truck.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:17 PM   #5
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The weights you posted are dry weights:

•Dry Hitch Weight - 620 Lbs

•Unloaded Vehicle Weight - 7,045 Lbs

I could not find the GVW numbers but figure adding 1000 - 1500lbs of stuff. You might not think you all add that much but you will. Then you factor in the hitch weight loaded and you might be over your limits. That is going to be a lot of camper for a F150. Look at the yellow sticker on the drivers door that says cargo should not exceed XXXXX. This is the total cargo. This number includes people, stuff in the bed and the hitch should not be over that amount.

Dont be overly concerned with the 8800lbs pay closer attention to the cargo capacity and the GVWR.

We towed our Rockwood with a GVW around 7700 with a F150 and it struggled on hills and could not get over 55mph. I knew it was back there all the time and had many white knuckle moments. We have now upgraded to a F250 and it is so much better at towing.

I don't think you are going to enjoy towing that trailer with the F150. I would look for a smaller trailer that the GVW is 7500 or below if you are going to stay with the F150.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:24 PM   #6
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agree that using "dry" weights is one of the big mistakes for newbies.
most manufacturers don't include the weights of normal "options" in the "dry" weight number. things like: awning, oven, spare tire, microwave, a/c and so on.

Shasta's specs are confusing in that they show a UVW and then a "Ship" weight.

i can guarantee that the weights of any of the listed options on the website, are not included in that 7045 number.
so, loaded for camping, you could easily be over 8000lbs., which is a lot for a 1/2 ton pickup, unless it's an Ecobeast.
it would help if you posted the truck's specs, engine size, cab size, bed size, rear end ratio.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:10 PM   #7
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I have an F-150. I was going to buy a TT about the same size as the one you're going to buy MTAF-150. He told me that I wouldn't like pulling it. He recommended that I change to a 5th wheel. I did and my F-150 pulls a Flagstaff 28' RKWS fine. The dealer did not make more money by getting me to change to the 5th wheel. I'm glad I did, I like the floor plan and space in the 5th wheel.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:19 PM   #8
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I also have an F150.
Because of the specs on my truck I would never consider pulling a 5th wheel with it.
Ignore the blanket statements about towing and pulling.
You have to use all of the numbers to know if the combo you are looking at is even feasible to drive with.
If the payload rating for your truck is 1320 lbs and the pin weight for a fifth wheel you bought is 1280 lbs you have enough capacity to have a 40 pound driver in the truck. Is that possible?
Now load the truck and fiver and hit the road. Check the weights on a scale.
Are you comfortable rolling down the road at 65 mph when the truck is at 100% of capacity?
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:30 AM   #9
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Thank you everyone. I have trailed a lot with this truck from bobcats to smaller campers on the beach. I did my home work last night and crunched the numbers. One good thing is my axle ratio is 3.73 and for my wheel base 145" Ford clocks me in at a maximum trailer weight of 9300#. The base weight of the truck (5500#) plus added people (250) plus supplies (150#) plus tounge weight (710#added 100# with cargo) = 6610 GVW. The camper plus 1000# of cargo, which i calculated my cargo at less than that equals 7100#. 6610# plus 7100# is 13,710#. Max GCWR for this truck is 15,000#. I am not going accross country nor am i driving in the Rockies. I could totally understand big mountain driving and having an issue. My normal trips are Long Island and Upstate NY. Upstate is hilly not mountainous.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:37 AM   #10
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I miscalculated there. The trailer plus the 1000# is 8,050 plus the 6,610 equals 14,660#. I know i am on the edge of the max but ill keep a tally of all the cargo. I'm sure ill be upgrading some time in the near future.

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