Thanks all! Looking forward to getting our first trailer.
The truck has been ordered. I'm getting a 2015 F150 Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 3.5L EcoBoost w/ Max Tow and it should be here in 6-8 weeks. Excited to get it and then decide on a trailer.
We're looking at a few combinations:
Rockwood Windjammer 3065WA (7284# dry, 968# hitch) (34.58' exterior length)
Rockwood Windjammer 3029W (7263# dry, 918# hitch) (35.08' exterior length)
I've done a ton of research and have had so many people recommend either smaller trailers or an F250/F350+. Problem is, I'll be on the road for 6 - 9 months and also working from my RV, so a very small trailer just isn't going to work.
As for the hitch weight and towing capability, my payload should be around 1,500 pounds at least with the '15 model F150 and it has a towing capacity of 10,500 pounds or so. Of course, I don't want to be anywhere near capacity, so I'll be about 500-700 pounds under payload capacity (and possibly adding airbags to help my suspension) and about 2,000 pounds under the towing limit since we are doing full hook up only, so won't be carrying a lot of weight (e.g., minimal water, only two occupants, minimal clothes, etc. I estimate we'll add on 1,000 - 1,500 pounds when you add on propane, groceries, clothes, batteries, bicycles, etc.
Our trip will be throughout the United States. We'll be driving for 1-6 hours or so at a time, stopping, and setting up shop for a week or two before leaving and heading somewhere else.
Should be a pretty incredible trip!