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Old 01-26-2016, 06:40 PM   #21
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:09 PM   #22
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I have a F150 pickup with a 3.5 litre ecoboost engine, I ordered the max towing package with the integrated brake controller when I had a jayco hybrid. I added an air bag option to the rear for $500 (installed) from my local truck parts store when I bought a 35ft jayco Eagle 5th wheel with a weight of 9800 lbs. the air bags took my towing capacity from 11500 to 13500 lbs. I as not aware that my tires were only 4 ply for 2 years. When I found out I upgraded the tires to 10 ply michilins. I have towed the trailer for over 30,000 km from Burlington to Florida 3 times, and all around the eastern US with no problems or concerns at all. We have traded in the Jayco and are waiting for a FR Heritage Wildwood 42 ft with a weight of 10,600 lbs to be built and delivered.. We are going to pull the new trailer around Ontario and Quebec in 2016 to see how it goes.

The air bags made a great deal of difference in taking the bounce out of the back of the truck. I pump the 10 ply tires up to 70 lbs when I am towing and that eliminates the tire roll .. With the right small enhancements a 150 should be fine.
Jeff, adding air bags and LT tires does nothing to increase your towing capacity. Also, it does nothing to improve your payload capacity. Air bags will only help level and the LT tires will help stabilize your truck's ride.

Please take your setup (fully loaded and ready to camp) to the nearest CAT scales and get it weighed. Use this tool to help figure out how to weigh it and calculate your critical numbers. With your 35' Jayco, I'd be very surprised if you're not exceeding your payload rating. The 42' 5er will kill your truck.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:08 PM   #23
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:17 PM   #24
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I have a F150 pickup with a 3.5 litre ecoboost engine, I ordered the max towing package with the integrated brake controller when I had a jayco hybrid. I added an air bag option to the rear for $500 (installed) from my local truck parts store when I bought a 35ft jayco Eagle 5th wheel with a weight of 9800 lbs. the air bags took my towing capacity from 11500 to 13500 lbs. I as not aware that my tires were only 4 ply for 2 years. When I found out I upgraded the tires to 10 ply michilins. I have towed the trailer for over 30,000 km from Burlington to Florida 3 times, and all around the eastern US with no problems or concerns at all. We have traded in the Jayco and are waiting for a FR Heritage Wildwood 42 ft with a weight of 10,600 lbs to be built and delivered.. We are going to pull the new trailer around Ontario and Quebec in 2016 to see how it goes.

The air bags made a great deal of difference in taking the bounce out of the back of the truck. I pump the 10 ply tires up to 70 lbs when I am towing and that eliminates the tire roll .. With the right small enhancements a 150 should be fine.
this is at least 2 posts you have passed on this very inaccurate information in. Again, you will be WAY overweight with your new 5th wheel. You have added nothing more than stability. Please do more research on air bags before passing on recommendations to others. You could be steering people to make unsafe decisions..
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We have a 8280 and tow it with a 1/2 ton Silverdo 4x4 . It has the factory tow package and we have no problem anywhere in New England
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:36 PM   #26
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I don't have the tv yet. Now Im fine 2500hd 8.1 gas Allison transmission. I wanted to down size to a light weight f150. Being here in the rust belt and it being my main vehicle. Pin weight is the main concern. Anybody towing with the new light weight truck?

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Terry, I had a 2014 F150 to pull my 2015 Rockwood 8285 IKWS. After I stocked the 5er with what I normally used for my camping trips I was 500 lbs over my maximum payload capacity. My F150 had the max tow trailer package. The F150 had no problem pulling it but I heard stories about broken axles from exceeding payload capacity so I installed an airbag suspension to help prevent that. I pulled my 5er for a year but never felt like I had total control when I would hit the dips in the road. My trips were all within 2 hours from home. We are thinking about getting a larger 5er in the next year and there is no way the F150 could handle anything larger. This past Sept I traded it for a 2012 F350 Power stroke and now I no longer worry about those dips or about not being able to buy a larger unit. My suggestion would be for you to stick with what you have. The power stroke gives me the better all around mileage over the F150 Ecoboost and peace of mind. Good luck!
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this is at least 2 posts you have passed on this very inaccurate information in. Again, you will be WAY overweight with your new 5th wheel. You have added nothing more than stability. Please do more research on air bags before passing on recommendations to others. You could be steering people to make unsafe decisions..
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:29 AM   #29
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Looking to get an 8288 or alternate able to be towed with half ton truck. Dealers says all are half ton towable. What have you got and towing with? How does it tow on long trips? I'm new to 5ers so help would be great. We also got a couple golden retrievers that will need some open room.

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I have an 08 8280ss 5er and tow with an 07 Dodge 1500 witth a full tow package, 5.7 liter Hemi. I haven't had it on a long trip but don't ex[ect any problems. Don't need much weight capacity because it is just me and my chocolate lab.

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Old 01-27-2016, 11:25 AM   #30
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Never believe salesmen on this topic.

The FR website claims a pin weight of 1581# which says to me it'll be closer to 1700# in reality. Then add in the typical 700-1000# of cargo, batteries and propane and the pin weight could easily creep up over 2000#.

Take your 1/2 ton truck to a set of scales to find out what it weighs without the camper but with a full tank and all passengers, and compare that to the door sticker numbers. Unless you have a heavy duty payload package you'll likely be well over the rated payload capacity when you hitch up.
I have a similar 5er towing with a 2015 F250 SD, 6.2L 6 spd. Handles very well even in a 30mph crosswind, and does very well on a 6% grade. Wouldn't consider anything smaller.
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