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Old 03-30-2012, 09:14 AM   #1
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5er with a F150 5.5' bed ?

I guess the first question is "Can I tow a 5er with a F150 with a 5.5' bed ?"

The second question is "What 5er's can be towed by a F150 ?"

2012 F150 Ecoboost, Max Tow package, super crew, 5.5' bed.
1900 Payload
11,300 Tow

So far I have assumed that I cannot tow a 5er, so I haven't even been looking at them. But if I can, it will give me more options.

Anyone have a small 5er that they really like ?


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Old 03-30-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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I have seen more and more late model F150's towing 5ers. I am sure with the right combo its possible. I was shocked the first time I saw one back into the site next to us last year. Talked with him a bit.....the max tow package increases the payload to the point it can handle the pin weight of the lighter 5ers. The major issue is the legnth of the bed but apparently there are options with the pin box and hitch that help with this. In my opinion just towing our TT that is 30% under my tow cap I would feel better with any trailer over 7k behind a 3/4 ton truck.

As far as specific trailers that you can tow....Keystone is now marketing a 1/2 ton 5er. However....if the pin weight and GVRW are within specs pluss an allwoance for gear, passengers and fuel there are many possible combos I would assume. even at 1900lbs payload it will get eaten up quick with a family, fuel and a few coolers in the back.

In my opinion the all of the big three's 1/2 ton towing guides are a bit un realistic. My 2011 Ram has a 10K towing capacity with a 1400lb payload....IF I were to tow a trailer at the max capacity of 10K and load the trailer to have aprox 13% of the weight on the hitch that would leave me with only 100 lbs of payload. Un safe IMO.

Your numbers with a Standard 5er if properly loaded (20% on the pin) at 8k would result in a 1600 lb hitch weight not counting people, fuel and gear. So you would have roughly 300lbs to play with. However...people are doing it. I am sure others will chime in with their thoughts.

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Old 03-30-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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Yes it is possible, but it depends on the weight of the trailer. Like ryand mentioned, I would look to stay under 7k lbs. Your payload is where you are going to run into issues. With 1k of pin weight, that leaves you 900 lbs for people, hitch, and gear.

Also, look into the Reese Sidewinder/Revolution (more info) pin box. We ordered it with our Flagstaff, and I love it! It moves the pivot point from the hitch back to the trailer, and eliminates (at least on 6.5' beds) the need for a slider.

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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Of course it can be done physically, but you need to constantly pay attention to the actual weights, but that it'll remove the fun of having a trailer. Transmission life will depend on where you are also. Check the laws of all the states you will ever visit too, the pin weight it self will be more than 1000 lbs which is over 1/2 ton already and the cops may not like that.

I recently purchased a 5er and already had an F150 with tow package. I ended up upgrading to an F250 so I can pull my Ultra Light 9500lbs fifth wheel. This is without any water, stuff to eat, wear, play with and of course the people that go with it...

In other words, it wasn't worth all the stress to keep what I had! Also, I was only going to get a 5er, so the choice was obvious.

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Old 03-30-2012, 11:52 AM   #5
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There is no way that I would haul a fiver with an F150. IMO, it is a ridiculous idea. I mean no offense to anyone.
My Dad has used 3 different 1 ton dually 4x4 trucks to haul a TT and 2 different fivers. None of which was over 29 feet.
My conventional tow rating is 7700 lbs. If I change to 3.73 gears the rating goes up to about 9300 lbs. No other changes to the truck would be required. How can that be? There would be nothing different about the truck that would make it more capable of handling and stopping another 1600 lbs at freeway speeds or winding mountain descents.
Some features of the truck would be different with the max tow and HD package.
Look at the tow ratings on the Ford website. Depending on the specific truck, an F250 will have a LOWER tow rating than an F150. The numbers for the F150 are reaching into 1 ton territory. Does that make any sense at all to anyone?
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If I had a 1/2ton I would feel comfortable pulling this 5er below. It's a Wildwood Model 19EX. Unit length is 25'Dry weight is 4391 lbs. Pin weight is 1041. Nice unit and I'm sure it wouldn't break the bank. Best of luck.

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Old 03-30-2012, 12:49 PM   #7
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Bean - read this thread over on the F150 Forum. I think he has a 5.4 with Max Tow.
5th wheel towing with F150- I am doing it!!!! - Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans

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This is my rig has a 6 1/2 box and did very well going from Michigan to st. Augustine Florida and back for 3 months... BUTTT>> If ..i had to buy a New F150 for a Fiver.... get either the super cab with a 8 ft box or a crew cab with a 6 1/2 foot automatically get the MAX PAYLOAD PKG..also get the eco-boost engine... and...MAX TOWING PKG....3.73 limited slip...4x2...and have 2,650 payload and 11,300 lbs of towing Click image for larger version

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It may be possible, but you cannot get to 7K even. remember you want 20% on average to be you pin weight so 7K = pin of 1400lbs that is the max payload for the 150. and you have to figure in all the variables including rear axle load as well as max payload.
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Originally Posted by camper_Lucy View Post
It may be possible, but you cannot get to 7K even. remember you want 20% on average to be you pin weight so 7K = pin of 1400lbs that is the max payload for the 150. and you have to figure in all the variables including rear axle load as well as max payload.
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 can have 11,300lbs of towing capability ..AND 2,650 lbs of payload... 7 lug steel wheels ..

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