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Old 05-10-2013, 09:16 AM   #11
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I have a 2010 Ford FX-4x4 with a 5.4 liter V8 engine and a 3:73 rearend gearbox. A Sidewinder hitch, air-lift doughnuts and helper springs. I'm looking at a Palomino Sabre 5th wheel 35 ft with 3 slideouts. the dry weight is
9980 lbs. The truck GVWR is 7200 lbs and a rv dealer said I can tow 11,200lbs safely. Is this RV too much for a 1/2 ton pickup?
With the hitch and the beefed up suspension that you mention it looks like you were already towing a fifth wheel. I'm curious, what was the weight of that fifth wheel?

Normally I'm not in the same corner as the "weight police" but in this case I am. I think you would be making a big mistake buying that Sabre to mate with your current truck.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:46 AM   #12
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The unit is a Palomino Sabre 2012 model year and model number is 31RLTS-6.
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The truck does not have the hitch or helper springs or the air lift doughnuts yet...the dealer said he would add these for installed for $1500.00. I have never had a trailer (5th wheel), this will be my first experience towing and using a travel camper.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:51 AM   #14
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The unit is a Palomino Sabre 2012 model year and model number is 31RLTS-6.
Almost maxed out with my sabre and 3/4 pickup.
Look for a bigger truck my friend.

Dry weight or uvw means nothing. Ignore that figure on ANY trailer you buy.

On your door of your truck look at the
Payload number or ccc then look at the pin weight on the camper and I can guaranty that alone will overload you.
The pin weight only goes up as you start adding your camping gear and items.
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1615 lb pin weight.

Now look on the door of your pickup for the ccc or payload number.
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What Turbo said. The dry pin number is going to max out your F150, never mind that it's artificially low. IMO, bad combination.

That said - I have a fundamental problem with a 35' fifth wheel only have 2,000 pounds of cargo carrying capacity. By the time you add your necessities and personal effects, you're going to be butting up against the maximum carrying capacity of the camper itself. But, that's just my 2 cents looking at specs online.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:22 PM   #17
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Btw you'll love the sabre ! Just not behind that 1/2 ton.

If your dealer says you can tow that camper and is going to "beef" yours to do it I'd find a new dealer.

And air bags or air donuts or anything of the like will NOT raise your towing capacity!
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I concur with Oak. I don't normally see GVWR as a brick wall like many do. But you are going WELL beyond what the F150 needs to be towing. Fully loaded, you'd likely exceed the GVWR of many 3/4 ton trucks, but I would think a 3/4 would be fine.
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without doing too much math, you will be 1000 lbs over your gvwr of the vehicle. The pin weight will be close to 2000 lbs and your truck rear axle can take app. 1000 lbs. No helper spring, air bag etc will make it safe and legal.....


Model 31RLTS-6
UVW 9,842 lbs.
Hitch Weight 1,615 lbs.
Axle Weight 8,227 lbs.
Exterior Length 35' 11"
Exterior Width 96"
Exterior Height 12' 4"
Ceiling Height 80" +
Fresh Capacity 42 gal.
Grey Capacity 84 gal. (2 tanks)
Black Capacity 42 gal.
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So....

Find a new dealer.

If he is lying to you BEFORE the sale; Just think of what your are going to get AFTER the sale...
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