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Old 11-28-2015, 04:03 PM   #1
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Yes, Hawaii but not much RV camping here. Wife and I are retiring this year, moving to Texas and will be purchasing a 5 th wheel no longer that 30 ft as lite as possible in the 7000 lg unloaded range

My immediate question is we have a super crew cab 2012 ford 150 short bed 5 1/2 ft bed, 5.0 v8 with 3.55 gear ratio and regular tow package which is probably OK for a tt
Specs I have say can tow 8000 and 13500 GCWR

I know this has been asked many times but what is the current thinking on this. We love the truck and hate to think of buying a new one. Will this thing work?

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Old 11-28-2015, 04:15 PM   #2
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:38 PM   #5
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Hello and welcome from NC. I would go much lighter than that with the trailer. The loaded weight of a 7000 lb dry weight trailer will easily be over 8000 lbs and will likely be way over your payload. Look inside your trucks door jamb for a tire loading sticker. On that sticker it will say "occupants and cargo should not exceed x lbs". This is your payload. You need to subtract the weight of all occupants, pets, and gear that will be in your truck when towing. This will then be your available payload. The loaded tongue weight of your trailer should not exceed this number. Loaded tongue weight ideally is 13-15% of the trailers loaded weight. Not knowing how much you will load in your trailer, it is best to calculate your tongue weight utilizing the trailers gvwr. Lots of math calculations but well worth it if you want to keep your current tow vehicle.
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