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Old 06-22-2015, 03:45 PM   #1
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Survey: Pulling 5th-Wheel with F150 4x4

I would like to know how many people do or have pulled a 5th wheel with a half ton pickup. I have been looking at upgrading to a small 5th wheel and don't want to buy a new/larger truck yet. Jayco has a line of 5th wheels that are advertised to be pulled with half ton 4x2 pickup. My truck is a 4x4 and curious to know if that makes a difference. Would like to hear from others that have already been down this road.

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Old 06-22-2015, 03:52 PM   #2
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4x4 generally have less cargo capacity because of the exrtra weight associated with transfer cases and larger front axles.
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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4X4s generally do not pull as much as a standard 2-wheel drive. I have a 2008 Tundra, stock 5.7 TRD/SR5 with an 8' bed. It's rated at 10,500. I know some of the newer 1/2 tons pull more, but so do the newer diesels. I have been pulling my 5r for six years and put 60,000 miles on it. My 5r goes in at 9,600, I to would like a F-350 6.7 Dually, but the Tundra keeps on ticking like a watch.....
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Old 06-22-2015, 04:03 PM   #4
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We have a 8280WS Rockwood with the diamond package and pull it with a Silverdo 4x4 1500 extended cab series with a trailer package . Rockwood makes this series so that the can be pulled with a 1/2 ton pickup . This is a great 5r . Plenty of room , out side ref ., fireplace . When you do order a 5r be sure to get a fan in the kitchen with a switch on the wall . Ceiling is very high .
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I'd say it depends on the distance you want to haul it. A half ton will pull almost any 5th wheel for a short distance. I pull mine with a half ton but my main camping spot is only a mile from the house. If I was going to pull it for any more than 60 miles or do any hilly driving I'd have to use something else.
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:09 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for quick replies. I need some help understanding all the different weights. Here are the weights for my F150
GVWR = 7350
Occupants & Cargo = 1618
Max Loaded Trailer Weight = 9400 (Ford Towing Guide for my year)
GCWR = 15,100

Is it correct in thinking that I should only be concerned about the 1618 limit and not so much on the GVWR. And that the trailer weight with all of it's cargo should not exceed 9400. But what concerns should I have with a GCWR of 15,100?
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Old 06-22-2015, 05:20 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for quick replies. I need some help understanding all the different weights. Here are the weights for my F150
GVWR = 7350
Occupants & Cargo = 1618
Max Loaded Trailer Weight = 9400 (Ford Towing Guide for my year)
GCWR = 15,100

Is it correct in thinking that I should only be concerned about the 1618 limit and not so much on the GVWR. And that the trailer weight with all of it's cargo should not exceed 9400. But what concerns should I have with a GCWR of 15,100?
From the 1618# you subtract the weight of passengers, cargo, fuel,hitch, etc. What you have left is the max weight the pin can exert onto the truck.

Also, what most fail to consider is that manufacturers use a flatbed trailer loaded with steel to arrive at their towing capacity. That 8' x 12' tall wall you are trying to pull is a lot different.. Imagine pulling a parachute.
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Take the GCWR of 15,100 and subtract the actual running weight of the truck, that is your max, legal trailer towing weight. GCWR is gross combined weight of the truck, trailer, and all cargo, gas, etc.

You are correct on being concerned with the 1618 for cargo too. Even a smaller 5th wheel will be a good portion of that.
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We pull a 32 foot bumper pull with our 4x4 f150. I feel I can pull more trailer this way than a fifth wheel without overloading the truck. As stated earlier in regard to frontage we have less frontage and wind drag than a fifth wheel. All the weight calculation are important but the one of most concern is the weight on the truck and your cargo capacity in the truck. Our trailer has a tongue weight of about 700 lbs. an equivalent 5th whelel would be more like 1500 lbs or more of pin weight.
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:18 PM   #10
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I did for 1 season 2012 F150 4x4 ecoboost , while it pulled ok would not want to pull a long ways with it .So i took the plunge on a 2015 silverado 3500 dually and have not regretted it > that Camper sales said i could pull with no problems and the guys on here explained why they would not , and now i agree
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