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Old 01-26-2015, 09:28 AM   #21
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We are trying to decide if we can comfortably go to a 36' Work and Play. We have a 2014 F-250 Power Stroke with the 6.7 engine. The Work and Play we like weighs 10,110 lbs dry. Our major concerns are not if it will pull the camper but if we will be able to stop it comfortably. Can someone give me some feedback on this?

That's what trailer brakes are for.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:01 AM   #22
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Does it have the engine brake?
All wheel disc brakes?
Tow/haul?

Yes it should stop just fine.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:05 AM   #23
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How much difference does it make if we are pulling a TT instead of a 5th wheel?
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:14 AM   #24
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How much difference does it make if we are pulling a TT instead of a 5th wheel?
Fifth wheel is taller so more wind resistance, that is the only difference.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:19 AM   #25
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How much difference does it make if we are pulling a TT instead of a 5th wheel?
I may be missing something, but in lieu of reading through everything, the major differences in towing a 5w versus a TT are:

5W is taller
5W will place more weight on the tow vehicle, 15-25% vs. 10-15%
5W resists sway- pivot point is ~at rear axle of tow vehicle vs. a TT being several feet behind. A high quality hitch such as a ProPride or Hensley will make the TT pull very similar to a 5W.
5W and TV will be shorter than a same length TT since part of the rig is over the bed.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:48 AM   #26
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We are trying to decide if we can comfortably go to a 36' Work and Play. We have a 2014 F-250 Power Stroke with the 6.7 engine. The Work and Play we like weighs 10,110 lbs dry. Our major concerns are not if it will pull the camper but if we will be able to stop it comfortably. Can someone give me some feedback on this?
I don't see why you would have a problem. Guys pull 15k fith wheels with that truck.
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:10 PM   #27
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With that weight you must be looking at the 36FKBS.....Nice rig. I tow a 30WR with a F250 Diesel... Braking you wont have any problems. You want a good brake controller but I think one comes with your truck. Also with your Tow Haul transmission should aid in slowing by shifting down.. So I would not worry about stopping. If you loaded the FKBS to it's max you may be over your trucks GCWR but I have never got close to max payload in my WR.. That said you could also have a exhaust brake installed..

I would reccomend air bags as your tongue weight will be substantial, mine is 1350 yours will probably be more. I would check the rating on your OEM hitch. Probably rated at 12500 and a tongue weight of 1250lbs (corect me if I am worng) not sure about the new trucks. You would want to upgrade your hitch with that trailer maybe up around 16k to 20k. I'ts not that expensive to upgrade the OEM hitch. You also want a WDH rated at or more than the trailers gross weight ie...14 to 16k... I would also use anti sway system of your choice. I use two friction anti sway bars on my WDH.

I have not seen a 36FKBS up close yet but if it's 6 feet longer than a 30WR it's a long trailer for sure...
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Thanks for everyone's help in our making this decision. We just want to make sure it's right before we order this unit.
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We have also looked at the 30WR as well. How long have you owned your unit and how has it held up. We travel sometimes weekly for about 10 months of the year since my husband is a welder and we want a durable one.
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My 30WR is a 2011. I bought it new in 2010. It's held up fine. The only warranty issue we had was a leak in the shower that caused some damage to the sink vanity. Forest River approved the warranty work and a local dealer did a great job fixing and replacing it. The only thing I don't like about the new Work and Plays is the sprayed insulation under the trailer. I think it looks like C--- and it will eventually be a mess. You don't have to order it with the sprayed underbelly. I would not... All the other four season stuff is fine ie dual payne windows and wall insulation and heated tanks....
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