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Old 08-26-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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Hello from tennessee

Hi all, I am new to this forum, but not new to camping. I am looking at a Surveyor Select SV-304 and looking for advice. First off, my wife and 2 son's love the layout, but I'm concerned if I will be able to tow it. I currently have a 2005 Jayco 1207 PUP and this will be my first experience with a TT.

TV - 2012 Ford F-150 Lariat, 3.5L Ecoboost, 3.73 145" wheelbase (does NOT have the max towing package). Ford says it will tow 9600 Lbs.

SV-304 is 34.5' long and dry weight is 6444 lbs.

Will I be able to tow the SV-304 comfortably? Looking for advice and opinions.



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Old 08-26-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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While you wait for feedback on your towing questions I would like to welcome you to the FR forums!

Do you know the GWVR of the SV-304? Since you will be adding weight to the trailer the dry weight is of little value to many members. It's surprising how much it all can add up to. Just start to think about clothes, food & drinks, people, dogs, stuff, etc.

Again, welcome to the family!

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Old 08-26-2012, 10:20 PM   #3
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Thank you for the welcome. The GVWR is 11,000 lbs, although, I would hope I wouldn't come close to putting that much stuff inside.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:08 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. We also traded up from a PUP to a TT. We live in Middle TN and love to camp. We are somewhat blessed with all the campgrounds that are within a few miles or hours from here. Lots of good info on here...if you can't find it, just ask. We were somewhat lucky when we bought ours, we found what we wanted within 10 miles of home. We towed our PUP with a Dodge Caravan, no problems, then I found a truck that I liked. It towed the PUP without knowing it was back there, now have the Puma, yep, I know that it is back there. Enjoy, camping is a very good way to get away from it all and see what our state has to offer in state parks and recreation.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:35 AM   #5
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We looked at the SV's also, they have about a 3500 pound payload capacity, that tells me they put some heavy duty axles on them. Like you said I would doubt you would put that much gear in the camper but you have to be careful. I don't own an ecoboost but from what I read you won't have a problem with engine power, your issue will be tongue weight affecting your truck payload, it might put you right at your limit depending what you load in the bed of your truck. You will need a weight distribution hitch, i use an Equalizer hitch and it also has sway control, works great! Welcome to the forum, keep asking questions and don't be afraid to share your knowledge.
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:10 AM   #6
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Did you get the numbers off the as built tag on the trailer. You will find the EcoBoost has the power its the braking and things to look at. Also i have found the P series tires to be thin on the side wall causing sway.

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