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Old 01-25-2015, 09:49 PM   #11
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I tried pulling my Shamrock 23IKSS with my 4.7 liter V8 Toyota 4Runner with 3.83 gear and it pulled okay, but only averaged 5-6mpg and really struggled on hills. Mine is a 4WD with factory tow and a 7,000lb towing capacity. Yours trailer is quite a bit lighter than mine, but the high axle ratio and towing capacity may effect your decision.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:09 AM   #12
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I am wondering the same thing. i have a 2009 Ford F150 Supercrew 4x4XLT 4.6V8 with an aftermarket hitch. The sticker on the shows Towing Capacity 6000lbs/ Hitch Capacity 600lbs and Weight Distribution 11000lbs/ Hitch Capacity 1100lbs.

My trailer is about 6500lbs if it loaded to the max.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:23 AM   #13
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I tried pulling my Shamrock 23IKSS with my 4.7 liter V8 Toyota 4Runner with 3.83 gear and it pulled okay, but only averaged 5-6mpg and really struggled on hills. Mine is a 4WD with factory tow and a 7,000lb towing capacity. Yours trailer is quite a bit lighter than mine, but the high axle ratio and towing capacity may effect your decision.
I have an 03 Tundra 4.7 with the towing pkg and the 7,000 lb capacity I haven't towed it yet as it is stored at the dealer till spring arrives (July) I'm a bit nervous about towing it it weighs 4850 lbs unloaded (not brochure wgt but actual) I fall into being ok specs wise but still apprehensive.
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Old 02-19-2015, 09:04 AM   #14
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I think you will find that it comes down to the fact that everyone is different and has different levels of comfort when it comes to towing. Some have been towing for years and have no issue running at or above their weight ratings. Others towing for years believe in staying well under the ratings. Same is true for us newbies. However, I'm not sure if anyone one would recommend buying a TV that might not be capable (I'm not saying this truck isn't up to the task) of towing your camper. Spend the money and get something you know will tow it safely.
I've been towing for exactly 3 years, which I consider almost no experience, and believe in staying well under my ratings. I have two little guys with me, and sometimes mom too. No chances. My trucks tow rating is 9800lbs and my camper is about 5800lbs fully loaded to camp. That's my comfort level. Everybody's different.


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I am wondering the same thing. i have a 2009 Ford F150 Supercrew 4x4XLT 4.6V8 with an aftermarket hitch. The sticker on the shows Towing Capacity 6000lbs/ Hitch Capacity 600lbs and Weight Distribution 11000lbs/ Hitch Capacity 1100lbs.

My trailer is about 6500lbs if it loaded to the max.

A weight distribution system doesn't increase your tow capacity. If your capacity is 6000lbs, that number won't increase no matter what you do to the truck. The only thing you can do is make adjustments to tow that 6,000lbs more safely.


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We are casually looking at a new truck but after buying the camper and the upcoming wedding of our daughter this summer we are a bit stretched cash wise so kinda hoping this tv works out for this summer also we don't have any big trips planned everything is within a hour or less. That being said all this is dependent on whether or not SUMMER ever gets here....Any recipes for groundhog stew ...lol
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Old 02-19-2015, 09:44 AM   #17
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It does have a 7 pin had towing package installed. Does that make a difference?
Remember it is much easier to tow something than it is to stop it in an emergency. You mention you had towing package installed. You need to inquire as to what was installed. Many times dealer installed towing packages mean they had a hitch and 7 pin connector installed. Factory installed towing packages usually include those two items PLUS an aux trans cooler and HD brakes. Depending on where you plan to tow, those two items could be critical. The real question should not be can I tow it, but can it tow it to my destination safely not worry the entire trip?
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I am wondering the same thing. i have a 2009 Ford F150 Supercrew 4x4XLT 4.6V8 with an aftermarket hitch. The sticker on the shows Towing Capacity 6000lbs/ Hitch Capacity 600lbs and Weight Distribution 11000lbs/ Hitch Capacity 1100lbs.

My trailer is about 6500lbs if it loaded to the max.
A couple things to consider - whether its your trailer or the OP's Shamrock 19, they have a similar frontal area and the same square profile. This will create a lot of drag. Towing a square front trailer "feels heavy." Much different than a popup or even a boat.

And with your trailer weight and truck specs you need to look at payload. That is usually the limiting factor for half ton trucks. Manufacturers put big tow ratings on these trucks and rv salesmen use those to sell people way too much trailer if they can a buck, but in reality, most half tons and full size suv's are over the rated payload from tongue weight, people, and gear long before the max tow rating is exceeded.

Our 23IKSS has a max GVWR of 6500. Weighed it loaded and it was 6200. Tongue weight was 800lbs, and that put my 5.4L F-150 w/ factory tow package within 50lbs of max GVWR. Every setup is different, but that's what we came up with.

Now, how well your actual combination tows and where/how far you tow and what your comfort level are will all affect your final decision. Until you actually try it, its hard to know for sure. And, keep in mind, towing adds wear and tear to the truck. Things like a transmission oil cooler that you get in factory tow package help with that.
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Thanks for the insight. The truck came with the oil cooler option and I have towed a lot of different combinations in the past so my comfort level is good. When I hear what others are towing with, i think I'm good.

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Old 02-19-2015, 10:49 AM   #20
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Flyybob can you be specific about who has HD brakes as part of a tow package? I have never seen this myself.
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