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Old 03-13-2014, 11:50 AM   #1
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We are looking at this RV and wondering if my tow vehicle is enough to pull it safely, we have a 2012 Ford f150 ecoboost with 373 rear end. My GVWR is 7200 with a payload of 1359 according to the sticker on the door. I have a towing capacity of 11200, I have installed Firestone air bags. This is the maxtow ford. Thanks for your help

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Old 03-13-2014, 11:52 AM   #2
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By the way, the specs I see on the RV are dry hitch of 841 and dry weight of 7015 thanks

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The hitch weight jumps as soon as you start loading the camper up. A bunkhouse at almost 37' long- I'm assuming that you'll pack a fair amount into it. I also see a different dry weight number on the Coachmen site (specs here) - it shows 7,374 lbs.

The dry tongue to dry weight percentage is 11.4%. Once you load up the front pass through storage, add propane tanks and battery - you're likely look at 12.5%-13% which is right about where you want to be with a travel trailer.

Guessing that you'll put 1,500 pounds into the camper between options that are added with the factory order, propane and your personal effects - that gives you a loaded weight around 8,800 pounds. That means you'll have a tongue weight as low as 1,000 pounds and as heavy as 1,150 pounds. Given your previous numbers (scaled weight of 5,980 pounds and a GVWR of 7,200 pounds), that is going to put you right at the maximum of your truck *if* that scaled weight included the truck ready to camp (all passengers, all stuff).

Not to mention that 37' behind a 150 seems like an awful lot.

What is your hitch limited to for tongue weight with a WDH?
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:59 PM   #4
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1130 lbs. With a WDH

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From what I see if you go by numbers only...it's doable but will be a challenge on the highway with 37' of TT behind a 1/2 ton truck for when you get the semis blowing pass you and any side wind gust
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:37 PM   #7
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our last TT was 34 overall and even with the sway bars attached (2) when a semi blew past it push my 2500HD all over, I even had to reroute our traveling once into the mountains because the water (scenic route) was too much for my truck, it was a 25k cross wind and 10 minutes into it I was ready to give up..
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Here we go again....

I towed a 34'10" lacrosse with a Yukon Denali xl in 40 mph cross winds zero issue. My tongue weight measured was 1285 lbs. I used a properly adjusted equalizer with 14 k bars.

From illinois, to Yellowstone and back then to smokies and back. Everyone on here said that won't work wait til a semi goes by, ya da ya da. I was passing cars and trucks going uphill at 70 without breaking a sweat. Your Eco beast should be fine. It has a longer wheel base and higher tow rating and certainly more payload than my Yukon did.

Now, I will say I bought a diesel cause I am planning to buy a 5er and it's absolutely Better but it's not off the charts different but definitely get less push from a semi and high winds.

The only real way to see a large difference is to have DRW. Good luck parking that in a parking garage.
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I towed a 34'10" lacrosse with a Yukon Denali xl in 40 mph cross winds zero issue.
Guess I should of bought a Yukon instead of a HD
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Guess I should of bought a Yukon instead of a HD

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