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Old 09-08-2014, 09:53 AM   #1
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Rockwood 8280

Is there anyone pulling an 8280 with a F-150 Ecoboost motor?
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:37 AM   #2
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I pull a Wildcat 282RKX which is the same configuration as the Rockwood 8280 both having rear kitchens.

The Wildcat is heavier by 807lbs and has a heavier pin weight by 296lbs and has a heavier cargo capacity by 1869lbs. GVRW is 11,785lbs.

Other then telling you I pull it with an Eco-Boost what would you like to know. I'll be glad to answer any questions you have about towing with my truck.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:11 AM   #3
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I don't pull a 5er, but I have I do pull a TT that weighs in at 7952 per the yellow sticker. I can tell you that you won't have any problem pulling that camper. My advice would be to add air bags and upgrade to load range e tires. I also replaced my rear shocks with Rancho RS9000XL's. Also, I would recommend contacting RVWholesalers as I know they carry the Rockwood line. We almost bought a Rockwood before buying our Puma (my mother bought a Rockwood from them right at a year ago) and they offered a MUCH better price than anyone local. Several thousand cheaper even after adding for delivery. This was our second from them, plus my mother's, and my in laws that bought from them in Spring 2013. Very pleased with the service before AND after the sale. RVW has VERY competitive prices on all of their hitches and accessories, too, if you don't already have a 5w hitch. Good luck.
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:24 AM   #4
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I pull a heavier 8289 and have no issues with this truck. Meets all expectations, towing with anything is going to cost for Gas, ecoboost has the torque required and this does cost in fuel to get it.
LT Tire a definite yes, that make more difference than air bags, which i do not have and don't seem to need them with the max packages.

Towed with a 5.4 l 2009 F150 prior, Ecoboost hands down is much better.

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Old 09-08-2014, 11:39 AM   #5
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Thanks guys I recently purchased the 8280 and pulled it home with my 150 the following day I added a set of timbrin's to take the sag out of it though it was not bad but, I have not had it on the highway yet so I guess I was wondering if I was going to be in for any surprises.
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:45 PM   #6
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Min have a 1014 F150 FX4 Loaded with EcoBoost and I pull a Shasta 27RL which is 31 feet and with gear 7400lbs just get a good antis way and weight control setup, I have the
http://www.towshop.com/store/m/viewPrd.asp

Works well but tend to use third link as it is more stable then second links


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Old 10-01-2014, 12:57 PM   #7
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I have had no trouble pulling my 8280 but,I did have to add airbags and new 10ply tires.
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:01 PM   #8
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My 2014 F150 Supercrew ecoboost mat tow pkg tows my 829FKSS Flagstaff great. I did replace the tires on the trailer with 10 ply load range E tires and the F150 also has 10 ply, E's. 65 mph on I90, no problem on hills. Actually was able to accelerate up the hills. Fuel mileage may suffer a little but who cares. Tows great and a very comfortable ride when not towing. 10 towing, 16 around town and between 20 and 21 on the road without trailer. I've been towing with 1/2 ton Fords since 1994 without a single repair other than normal maint and wear items. I will not buy anything else!!!!!
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My 2014 F150 Supercrew ecoboost mat tow pkg tows my 829FKSS Flagstaff great. I did replace the tires on the trailer with 10 ply load range E tires and the F150 also has 10 ply, E's. 65 mph on I90, no problem on hills. Actually was able to accelerate up the hills. Fuel mileage may suffer a little but who cares. Tows great and a very comfortable ride when not towing. 10 towing, 16 around town and between 20 and 21 on the road without trailer. I've been towing with 1/2 ton Fords since 1994 without a single repair other than normal maint and wear items. I will not buy anything else!!!!!

Glad to hear I have A Shasta 27RLSS that weights around 6600 figure 750#'s of gear with a crew cab 4X4 EcoBoost and 5.5 foot box I got this thing down now with new Sway and WDH set at Link 4 with my new Husky 4500# Jack it tows great but looking to go to a 29 5er which weights 8400-900 max tow for me is 11,200#'s. I spoke to a whole lot of people with HD Diesels and they don't get such good everyday gas mpg so sticking with the F150 and just get a smaller trailer I get 17 combo, 21-24 Highway and pulling 7-12 best I did was 14 but it was a local pull all highway at 50MPH.


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Old 10-06-2014, 04:53 PM   #10
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I can't add much to this discussion. I pull an 8292 with my Eco Boost. The F150 has the max tow package but the pin weight required more spring action. I started with the Timbrins (SP?) but didn't like the bottoming sensation when the camper was off the pickup, so returned them and went to air bags. It is remarkable how easily the small engine pulls the camper with no high revs as with other engines. The only negative is when pulling at zero degree temperature, against a headwind. With 6-7 MPG, I was glad they increased the fuel tank by ten gallons!
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