Originally Posted by herk7769
While you can find lots of folks towing 5th wheels with heavy duty 1500 series pickups, at the end of the day every one of them wishes it was a 2500 series.
While a given motor/trans/rear combination 1500HD can PULL an Ultra-Lite 5th wheel, not many can CARRY the pin weight required to keep them stable on the highway.
Stay with a TT with a floor plan you like while you shop for a bigger pickup. Once the pickup is paid for; then start you 5th wheel shopping. To do the reverse is a recipe for disaster.
Originally Posted by dretired
Thanks for the replies.... We will take a look at at the rockwoods, flagstaffs, keystone cougars,prime times, springdales and any others anyone can suggest.. My 2010 F150 ,is rated for 9800 lbs on the Ford Towing guide... i would like to keep the dry weight ataround 7000 lbs. Or so.
That's what Lou is talking about. The MAX towing capacity of your F-150 will work, but the hitch weight of a 5'er will run between 15%-25% versus a tt that should fall between 10%-15%.
With a 7,000 lb dry weight you'll probably be at least 8,500 lbs after loading your tt and tv. At that weight a tt will have a hitch weight of 850-1,250 lbs versus a 5'er that will have a hitch weight of 1,250-2,125 lbs.
While your towing capacity will be good to go, your tv's payload capacity MAY NOT
Also remember that air bags can level your tv, but they do not increase your pay load or towing capacities.