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Old 07-25-2015, 12:49 PM   #11
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Fords posted guidelines for that model year list max trailer weight at 6900 pounds with automatic transmission. Combined gross weight is 11100 pounds. You need more truck or less trailer, sorry.
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:55 PM   #12
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I need some help to determine if my current tow vehicle can tow my new rig...Even if just to get it to a seasonal site...
Although your 5er is fairly lightweight & "1/2 ton towable" its high profile creates a lot of wind resistance... Therefore the 4.6 Triton is going to struggle & once you add gear the heavier tongue weight of your 5er will also likely surpass your truck's payload...

However, we are also camping on a budget & IMO if you are just moving it to a seasonal site you can always drop it off mostly empty & then bring your heavier gear on a 2nd trip. If I were you I would add an affordable hitch to your current truck, tow it to a weigh station (empty) and see where the actual numbers are.

Later, when you have more funds to upgrade your TV, you can look at more capable trucks. IMO 1/2 ton trucks setup for max towing are pricey & hard to find used... IMO there are some good deals to be found on 3/4 gas trucks, especially if you do not need one with leather seats & all the bells & whistles...

In 2013 I found a 2 year-old (2011) Ram 2500 ST (stock) w/5.7 Hemi for $14K which was a lot less than same-year 1/2 tons setup for towing like the F150 Ecoboost, Nissan Triton, etc. It also had the balance of Ram's powertrain warranty whereas all of the 1/2 tons we looked at were out-of-warranty... My 2500 has a 3,000 lb. payload which allowed me to add a fiberglass cap to keep our firewood, bikes, etc. dry on the way to the CG.
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:59 PM   #13
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The concerning part I see is the 3200 lb. RAWR on your truck.

7000 lb. 5er would be around 1500 lb. pin weight and that doesn't take into account the hitch weight would also add to it.

IMO you need more truck.
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So if we are thinking that our current ford will not cut the numbers how about the 2007 Ford F-150 5.7L Triton V8 4x4?
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2007 Ford RV & Towing guide which should be of some help.
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Yep was just taking a look at that. Numbers look better i think??
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So if we are thinking that our current ford will not cut the numbers how about the 2007 Ford F-150 5.7L Triton V8 4x4?
4x4's typically have lower tow ratings than comparably equipped 2WD versions due to the added weight of the transfer case and front drive components.

A newer (post 2010) year truck will have the payload you are looking for.
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I don't know if anyone has ever said this but trying to figure all this out is very stressful.
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I don't know if anyone has ever said this but trying to figure all this out is very stressful.
True about most things in life though.

If you "don't know and don't want to" you open yourself up to being taken advantage of by unscrupulous people at every turn.

On the other hand, some say Ostriches are very happy birds....
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I had a 2014 f150 ecoboost with max tow and all the towing options. It had an 11300 pound towing capacity. I have a 7849 pound empty weight tt and the f150 struggled to pull the tt on any kind of hilly/mountain terrain. Even if you are somehow able to make your numbers work, you are not going to be happy with how your truck pulls your trailer.
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