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Old 08-16-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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Recommendations for a family of 8

New to the forum and not yet an RV owner but very anxious to become one. My wife and I have 6 kids ranging from 9 mos to 12 years. Any suggestions on a trailer to tow with an F-150 (7,200 GVW)? We like the layout of the Rockwood Signature Ultralight 8311SS. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:53 PM   #2
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That trailer is 7200 lbs dry weight.
You need a bigger truck for that trailer.

Normal user added items is 1000 lbs but with a family your size it's bound to be higher then that for sure!

That trailer has a total capacity of 1400 lbs.

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Old 08-16-2014, 03:59 PM   #3
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Full towing specs are needed from your Ford f 150 to make a better decision.

Cargo carrying capacity.
Engine size.
gear ratio.
Etc etc


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GVW of the truck is 7,200#. Max recommended trailer weight according to Ford for my truck is 9,600#.
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2010 F150 Supercrew 4x4, 145" WB, 5.4L V8, 3.55 Axle Ratio, 7,200# GVWR, 1,510# Max Payload, 15,500# GVWR
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I pull a Cherokee 274dbh with my 04f150. It's rated at 6247 dry. Fully loaded at 7800. Truck pulls it fine but I have not tried any mountains yet. The trailer can sleep 9 by the way.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:37 PM   #7
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We are a family of 9, and we had a '11 GS conquest that we gutted out and put bunks in the back. It worked for a year and now we are going full time. We just traded in our vehicle for a '05 2500 ram and bought a 356 QBQ Heritage Glen. We LOVE it - totally worth the trade off and fits all of us GREAT!
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:43 AM   #8
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Unfortunately your limitation is your payload. That 1500 lbs is before options, passengers and gear. Check inside your drivers door for a tire loading sticker that says the weight of occupants and cargo should not exceed x lbs. That is a more accurate starting number. The weight of any passengers and gear in the truck come off your payload. I'm guessing you are not getting the whole family of 8 in the f150 so you can help by getting some of the gear weight transferred to your other vehicle.

Next understand that you won't be towing any empty or dry tt so dry tongue weight is a useless number. Ideal tongue weight is 13-15% of loaded tt weight. Average loading is 1000-1500 lbs of gear (yes clothes, dishes, chairs, toiletries and kids toys really do add up that fast). With a family your size you are likely to be at 1500 lbs or more cargo weight. It might be easier to calculate 13-15% of gvwr to get an idea of loaded tongue weight for you.

With a family your size, you will be wanting a quad bunk floorplan sadly I think you're gonna be hard pressed to find something that fits your needs that will be within specs for your truck. You might be able to do it or you might need to upgrade the truck to a 3/4 or 1 ton or at least an f150 ecoboost. I wouldn't do anything about the truck until you have found the trailer you want and see what the weight needs are.
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With the above said, here are some possibilities...

Grey wolf

wildwood XL


Crossroads Z1

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One thing we learned after looking at a lot of them was we didn't necessarily need a quad bunk plan, just opposing slides with the duel slide outs in bunk room. It makes the bunk room huge! We went with a triple bunk back room and each of the bunks are double beds, so two per bed. We love our outdoor kitchen too much to give it up for the extra bunk.


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