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Old 12-08-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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2006 F-150 towing 30QBSS

Hi, I'm new to the forums so forgive me while I fumble through this.....

This Friday we travel out to pick up our new 2014 Salem 30QBSS. I will be towing this with my 2006 Ford F-150 Crew Cab 5.4L / 3.73 rear / tow package... I have added a K&N cold air intake system, Edge Evolution Programer and new 50 series Flow Master Exhaust , all for a little more power (if needed). I have the Primus IQ Brake controller installed. I have installed the rear "Timbren SES" ...I will be using a Blue OX BXW1000 Weight Distribution/ sway control Hitch...

Am I over prepared? I have been researching the tow capacity for this truck for some time now, I hear the pro's and con's .... I don't want to win races, but I do want to be safe.

Any suggestions would be appreciated regarding the TT and this Tow Vehicle..

Thank you in advance!
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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"Am I over prepared?"
No.
I towed a 30 foot TT for 2 years with a 2011 F150 CC SB 4x4.
I now drive an F350.
I suggest that you get a 3/4 or 1 ton truck for that TT.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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I'm not real familiar with Ford, but that 3.73 and 5.4 combo is most likely the max tow model or near enough. If that's the case, that trailer is just within it's limits. Will it do the job? Yes. Will you be happy? Maybe. The only thing I'd be concerned with is the TW. It lists as about 950 lbs. dry...probably closer to 1200 lbs. when done. That doesn't leave much payload left over for passengers and gear. Pack light in the truck and I'd say you'll be fine. And no, you can never be over prepared.
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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Your Salem is pretty lite. 6575 lbs dry with a little over 11,000 lbs GCWR. What's the tow capacity of your F150?
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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Before you buy a new truck as implied, order some airbags! The 150 is a little soft for what your doing but it will do just fine. The airbags will stiffen up your butt and reduce the sway going down the road, also let those trailer brakes do some work, you should feel them pull on you slightly during a mild stop. Your within the limits....but limits and comfort are two different things. The 150 will show you what I mean when or if you hit mountains, but if your towing a few hundred miles on relatively flat grade you'll be fine.....again, airbag that sucker and feel the difference! Amazing!
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:19 PM   #7
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Just a question; If the self equalizing hitch raises your rear end to normal height, what will the air bags add to the equation?
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:24 PM   #8
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My 2006 F-150 has a Max loaded trailer weight tow cap. of 9,100 lbs
Receiver is rated at 990 lbs.
GCWR = 15,000

I think I have the Power... still cautious about the "mass" of the truck though.
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:31 PM   #9
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The Timbren SES kits are "AEON" springs and only work when the load pushes down on the rear spring, they do not act as air bags, they are mounted to the frame where the rear bump stops are. They are supposed to help with sway as well if and when the weight is applied to them... My thoughts are to prevent any sag at all.

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The hitch will provide you with "sway" control more so than leveling...sure it helps, but when you hit a dip in the road your gonna flex like a wet paper bag! lol The airbags get the weight to the wheels and provide a very soft feel to the rear axle at the same time. Air ride equipped" is the way to go. I use them on my F-250 and really didn't need them, but by the time all springs are engaged on the load it's a ruff ride...so the airbags make it smooth as a cloud....and reduce dips when you hit a dip! lol
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