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Old 03-30-2012, 06:37 PM   #21
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I pull with a 2005 F-150, 5.4 with--------

I pull a Rockwood Signature Ultralite 8285WS with a 2005, F-150, Supercrew, 5'6" box, with a Pulrite #3100 slide hitch with no problem. My F-150 came from the factory with the "TOW PACKAGE". I also added Firestone Air Springs that I run with 55# of air. I can't win any races in the mountains but the picture was made in Nova Scotia and I live in florida. Does that answer your question. Not bucking any head wind I get 10MPG.

Now, here comes the weight POLICE!
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:46 PM   #22
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Now, here comes the weight POLICE!
Sid,

Pull what you like; where you like. I have to say I am amazed at what pulls into the campgrounds. 15,000 pound Montana campers pulled by 2500 gassers. Maybe 5-10 at every campground.

When I ask what the pin weight is or the truck weight I get the "Reservist Salute" (a shrug for the uninitiated) from every one of them.

"Never been on a scale!," they say with pride.
"Pulls GREAT!"
"Get almost 15 MPG." <gag>
What EVER...

Oh, one more thing. Love your camper. Looks like mine...
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:29 PM   #23
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For several years I pulled a 29' Cardinal Fifth Wheel behind a 1997 F150. Never had a problem and went on lots of long trips and through the Rockies. In relatively flat areas it was never a problem to tow 70-75mph. during this same time period I had a number of friends that towed similar campers behind Chevy and GM 1/2 tons. All of us were towing fifth wheels with super slides. Since then some have dropped out some have upsized trailer and truck and I have switched to motor home and now to toyhauler. All trucks had tow packages.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:46 PM   #24
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So,

A guy is blowing down the highway and a cop pulls him over.

Cop says to the guy, "Sir, You know how fast you were going?"

Guys says, "No I don't officer. "My speedometer is broken; but I never use it anyway."

Cop goes, "Uh Huh, Well do you know what the speed limit on the highway is?"

Guy says, "Why no, what does it matter anyway; I don't have a speedometer."

Cop says, "You got a point there."

Where was I going with this? ....
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:18 PM   #25
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Towing is not only about moving weight.
A few more thoughts, if you don't mind considering them...
The wind resistance of a taller profile unit
Towing into headwinds
Swirling winds in a canyon
Higher center of gravity
Amount of leverage applied through the pin to the crossmembers, frame, springs, axle housing and the axles themselves. We don't have full floating axles so there is a tremendous amount of force on the axles themselves

The numbers that Ford gives for these trucks does not sit well with me.
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Look at the 2012 Ford F150 towing capacity guide... on -line... look at the top of the page and see ...with the right wheel base ...engine, rear end ...and MAX PKGS available...you can have 11,300lbs of towing capability ..AND 2,650 lbs of payload... 7 lug steel wheels ..
Dretired, OP didn't ask if an F150 would pull a 5th, He asked if his F150 would pull a fifth and listed HIS payload as 1900Lbs. I was just pointing one of a number of variables that he had to consider based on the responses prior. to determine if the F150 in question could pull a "to be selected" 5th.

I realize you can order a TV based on the capacity you need, but that was not what was asked Cheers
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:39 PM   #27
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Towing is not only about moving weight.
A few more thoughts, if you don't mind considering them...
The wind resistance of a taller profile unit
Towing into headwinds
Swirling winds in a canyon
Higher center of gravity
Amount of leverage applied through the pin to the crossmembers, frame, springs, axle housing and the axles themselves. We don't have full floating axles so there is a tremendous amount of force on the axles themselves

The numbers that Ford gives for these trucks does not sit well with me.
I've towed both a TT and a 5th wheel with the same truck...the 5th wheel is way more aerodynamic and stable than a TT. I got virtually the same gas mileage towing the 5th wheel in spite of it being 2500 lbs heavier than the TT.

I don't understand your comment regarding Ford's towing #'s for these trucks. You think Ford is making these up?

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I don't understand your comment regarding Ford's towing #'s for these trucks. You think Ford is making these up?

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Nope! but, I think they are "cooking the books" in the "truck Wars."

They also say we have 1 percent inflation. Anyone who buys the groceries or fills the truck knows what "cooked books" look like.
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Nope! but, I think they are "cooking the books" in the "truck Wars."
Why would their F150 ratings be any more optimistic than their ratings for F250/350?

I think this interpertation is more to do with someone's bias. It's not easy to accept that Ford's HD half ton has as much payload as our 3/4 ton trucks...gas or diesel.

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I think a lot of folks just like to justify buying the bigger trucks and don't want to believe a 1/2 T will do what they do regardless of whether it is a Chevy, Ford, Dodge or whatever brand.
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