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Old 07-10-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Travel trailer or fifth wheel?

I have a 2010 F150 145 wheelbase 4x4 super cab with 5.4l engine and 3.55 rear gears. I am looking at a rockwood 2703ws or flagstaff 27rlws. Is this a good combination? What length should I try to stay at on a travel trailer? The dealer mentioned we could tow a fifth wheel. If so, what king pin weight would be my limit? Does anyone have any recommendations on a model for either version? We want something that we can retire in full time, so we need some space. Thank you for all your helpful advice.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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If it were me, I would limit a 5er pin wt to 1100# maximum (advertised). It pretty well limits you to a rear kitchen floor plan.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:31 PM   #3
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First piece if advice....don't listen to the salesman. The majority of them are only looking to make a sale. Plenty of stories about them overselling what your tv can safely pull.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:46 PM   #4
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First piece if advice....don't listen to the salesman. The majority of them are only looking to make a sale. Plenty of stories about them overselling what your tv can safely pull.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:10 PM   #5
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Do your homework. These boards are a wealth of knowledge. Know your weight limitations and your ability to pull what you get. Power is knowlege. Go in there armed with knowing exactly what YOU want. Not what the salesman wants you to have.
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:22 PM   #6
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You need to check and understand what the specs of your truck will allow you to pull. This will put you in the ballpark to determine your upper limit when looking at the fifth wheel and travel trailer specs. There are so many floor plans to choose from you must determine where you want the maximum space in your unit and what features are important to you. I can not stress enough to visit as many dealers and RV makes as possible, especially if you plan on spending considerable time in the unit.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:32 AM   #7
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You're options will be limited with a 5th wheel due to the payload capacity of the F150. Not too many 5th's out there with hitch weights under the payload of most F150's without the HD payload option and Max Tow options on them.
But I have seen quite a few 5ths out there being towed by an F150, but I wouldn't do it.
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If you're of the camp that says you should stay within all of your truck's ratings, then you can read my blog page on "What can I tow?". It'll give you an idea of how to calculate the size (well weight- be weight usually dictates size) of camper you can tow and stay within specs.

That said, many people choose to exceed their truck's maximum carrying capacity as long as they're within the rear axle ratings as well as their tire loading capacities. The same idea applies with this for getting weighed and doing the math.
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As far as travel trailer goes, I hauled a 7800lb 32 foot spree bunkhouse with a f150 with zero issues. You're better off going with the larger travel trailer than the tiny 5er in my opinion. Your options are greater that way as far as living space goes.
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Old 07-17-2013, 09:55 PM   #10
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Before you do ANYTHING else, pull out your owners manual and read it. It should tell you somewhere in there what the towing capacity of your truck is. And not all F150's are the same, so don't let anyone tell you "Oh, an F-150 can pull XXXX lbs." My 2009 Silverado manual lists 99 (NINTEY NINE!!) different towing capacities ranging from 4,400 lbs to 13,000 lbs, depending on cab, engine, rear end gearing, transmission, cooling packages, towing packages, etc.

Looking here http://www.motorcraftservice.com/pub.../10f12og3e.pdf I looked at your owners manual and it lists 62 permutations ranging from 5100 lbs to 11,300 lbs.
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