Originally Posted by CaptnJohn
... I suppose some would believe their barber could do just as well taking out their gall bladder as a surgeon too.
My medical school daughter informed me the other day that at one time barbers *were* our surgeons. So yeah this would be believable
For my money and research pulling a 7714 GVWR bumper tow TT... my 2014 Ford F150 FX4 is a typical car-truck. Ford specs it on the low end of their GVWR range. However Ford did offer options for two 500 lb bumps in GVWR in the Max Trailer Tow and Max Payload packages. Digging through the documentation and such the FX4, while it does not state as such, does include all the content of the Max Trailer Tow with the exception of the two mirrors. It has the hitch and wiring and trailer brake controller and, most importantly, it has the heavy duty cooling system. So in theory I should have design margin for the first 500 pound step in GVWR (even if not on the sticker and I have no idea why Ford did not put the higher number on the sticker?).
I have weighed my full setup and am within all specs with the exception of the rear GAWR where I miss by a ~200 lbs. I know the Ford Max Payload option bumped the rear springs and shocks and swapped rear end for an increase in rear GAWR. Now that I am aware I have noted some amount of rear bounce and overshoot in the rear bounce. I can do helper springs and some Bilstein shocks and very likely be operationally good.
Or yes I could trade in a truck for $35-40k on a new $60-70k truck. I think I will try a few hundred before I commit to more than I paid for the RV on a new truck.
Heck the whole setup is operating right up against the limits with the 3500 lb axles and load range C trailer tires and everything.