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Old 12-19-2015, 09:22 AM   #41
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The lighter trailer is probably over your tow capacity and the bigger one defintetly is.

the way they figure tow rating is a lot of smoke and mirrors.

10,500 assumes ONLY a 150lb driver in the truck and no options (aka light truck). they take the GCWR (total rated load of the truck and trailer rolling down the road) and deduct the weight of the base truck and the number left is the tow rating.

So your F150 maybe GCWR of 15,000 (my silverado is 14,400). Your truck IRL may way 5500lbs (my 4x4 4 door sliverado is a real 5700lbs!). So teh difference is 9500 lbs.
Still sounds good, huh?
Well, now you add the family to the truck..600lbs? And tounge weight (1000 lbs or so on that 7800 lb trailer) and now the truck has 1600lbs on it, plus the 50lb hitch and maybe bikes, firewood, cap, etc. If it's really weights 5500 and has a GVWR of 7200 you're at your limit on the truck.

take that 15,000 and deduct the 7200 your truck now weights and you're left with 7800lbs of trailer.

the 7800lb that loaded max weight or 'spec' weight - which doesn't include propane, battery, food, dishes, chairs, bedding, etc?

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Old 12-19-2015, 10:59 AM   #42
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We also looked at new 1-slide stick & tin bunkhouses in the $20K range but settled on a mildly used PT Tracer 3150 for around $20K. The Tracer has lightweight aluminum & fiberglass construction so even with 2 slides it only weighs 6,500 empty w/empty tongue of 650... The 2nd slide makes a great room for the kids & it even has an awesome outdoor kitchen like the heavier Cherokee 284BH...

Although it was used, we have enjoyed 2 seasons of trouble-free camping compared to friends who spent their first year having warranty work done.

Also, I wouldn't buy a "new" TT that has been sitting on the lot for a year... I'm sure there are reasons why other savvy buyers passed by that unit... We actually found new TTs that leaked water badly whereas our used TT was bone dry. Our dealer also did a pressurized leak test & re-caulking while adjusting all of the slides, awning tracking, etc. IMO it was better-adjusted than new ones rushed off the lot...

IMO "1/2 Ton Towable" means these 7,000+ units can be lugged-around empty without any passengers in the crew cab... Add passengers & gear & you're in 3/4 ton land...

Our 6,500 TT becomes 8,250 ready-to-camp with a loaded tongue weight of 1,300. With family of 5 (700 lbs.) or payload becomes 2,000 before we add any gear in the PU bed... We now have a fiberglass cap to keep our gear dry & with some tools, firewood, and kids' toys in the back, our payload is closer to 2,500 even though our GCVW is under 15,000... Although a 1/2 ton F150 EB can handle the 15,000 GCVW of TV & TT, it cannot handle a 2,000+ lb. payload safely on long trips & varying road conditions...

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Old 12-19-2015, 12:59 PM   #43
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To the OP

I would plug your numbers in to this using the information on your truck not from the website and it will help you make up your mind. I wouldn't try to tow the max weight but "I" would try to say with the mid range of the ratings. Remember, even within the weight specs, the long the trailer the more likely you will have tail wagging. "I" would use close to the max weight of the trailer - it seems the longer you own a RV the things you find that you need to bring long increases and the weight creeps upward.

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