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Old 03-12-2013, 09:56 AM   #1
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Getting a new 23LB and I have some questions

First off, I want to make sure my tow vehicle is going handle it alright. I have a 2001 F150 5.4L 4X4 with the off road package. It has the transmission cooler so I am fairly certain is has the towing group. This is the only thing I have been able to find on towing capacity.
I have attached a picture of the door sticker from my F150. Can some of you knowledgeable people help me figure out if this combination is going to be OK?
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum!


What's the camper specs?


Also you should edit your picture as to not reveal your entire vin number.
Less than shady people may use it for illegal purposes. Just fyi


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Old 03-12-2013, 10:01 AM   #3
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According to this, that "19" under "Axle" means my axle ratio is 3.55 non-limited slip. I am fairly certain I have the 5.4 though. Is my towing capacity going to be somewhere between the 6100 and the 8300 lbs listed in the previous link?
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for the heads-up turbo. I have attached the edited image.

Here are the weight specs for the 23LB:

UVW 3,570 lbs.
Hitch Weight 290 lbs.
Axle Weight 3,280 lbs.
Cargo Capacity 1,148 lbs.

Edit: I guess that varies somewhat from what Forest River has on their site:
Dry Hitch Weight 356 lbs.
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 3,630 lbs.
GVWR TBA (TBA)
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1,088 lbs.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:27 AM   #5
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Here are the specs for your truck.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:32 AM   #6
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Actual printed specs may very from actual model depending on options.
Each model is weighed as it comes off the line and sticker is printed and attached.

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Old 03-12-2013, 11:02 AM   #7
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OK, according to the towing guide and the Axle ratio above, it appears that I have an 8,000lb towing capacity. This seems to jive with the link I posted earlier. If I take the UVW of the trailer plus the cargo capacity I get a max of 4718lbs. It appears that I should have plenty of capacity for the trailer loaded with cargo. Does this sound like a reasonable conclusion? Is there anything else I should be aware of?
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More times than not, with 1/2 ton trucks you but up against GVWR of the truck before anything else. From the GVWR (in your case, 6500 pounds), you have to subtract the weight of the truck, the weight of the occupants (driver and passengers), the weight of the stuff you carry in the truck + truck bed (snacks, supplies, firewood, generators, chairs, pool toys) and the weight of whatever hitch hardware you're using (hitch/weigh distribution hitch/etc). The number left over is what you can carry as tongue weight.

The tongue weight of the camper is generally 10%-15% of the trailer's weight. I'd be a bit more cautious and say 12.5%-15% because you don't want too light of a tongue weight. Because no camper weighs the "unloaded vehicle weight", I tend to take the camper's max weight because it's static and unchanging and go from there (e.g. the unloaded vehicle weight + the cargo carrying capacity) = 3,630 lbs. + 1,088 lbs.

This tells me that you'll have a maximum tongue weight of between 472 lbs (at 10%) and 700 lbs (at 15%).

That left over number above - do you have this much weight left?
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Is there a way to determine the weight of the truck? It doesn't appear to be on the sticker. Do I need to take it to the scale?
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Is there a way to determine the weight of the truck? It doesn't appear to be on the sticker. Do I need to take it to the scale?
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