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Old 07-01-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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I just purchased a 2010 F150, 5.4L with 3.55 rear end and WB 145". Tow rating at 9800lbs. Looking at a Rockwood 8315bss, wt 6450, 34' in length. Does anyone see any issues with this towing combination?

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Old 07-01-2010, 09:50 AM   #2
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Hi chief,

Welcome to FRF.

Your tow vehicle should be fine. Just make sure you purchase a geed weight distribution/anti-sway hitch.

The Reese Dual Cam or Equal-i-zer brand by Progressive are two quality hitches.


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Old 07-01-2010, 10:30 AM   #3
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howdy chief
were abouts in the country of Texas do you hail

welcome to the site,
Living in the Piney Woods of Texas.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:34 AM   #4
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hey powerboatr

I live in central TX. Thanks for the welcome.
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:24 AM   #5
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:20 AM   #6
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I tow a Rockwood 2604 empty it weighs less than 5000 loaded for camping it weighs 6200 (Flying J scales). My tow vehicle ia a 2008 Silverado 1500 4X4 5.3 engine 3.73 rear 144 wheel base. Loaded for camping it weighs 6100 and I use a Equalizer WD hitch. I run in 3 rd gear with Tow/Haul on. On flat roads at 65 I forget it is back there, but if I hit a long hill even here in central Texas I know it is there. If I am going up a long slight incline with a head wind my speed drops off and sometimes I have to shift to 2nd gear to maintain 50 . On flat roads my transmission temp is 175 to 190, in hills with a head wind it will hit 215. On our 18 day trip to Rapid City SD and our 7 day trip to Big Bend there were several time I wished I had a deisel. My next truck will be a deisel. As you can see I am running a little lighter truck than your Ford and a lot lighter trailer than you are looking at. I hope this helps and good luck.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:22 AM   #7
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Welcome.....I agree you should be fine if you don't overload and remember that nothing has to be done right now. That's what tomorrow is for. Take your time and stop for a rest now and then for you and your equipment. Most of all have fun and enjoy yourself. That is what is all about.Hopefully we will meet some of you Texans on your home turf one day. Old Guys.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:29 AM   #8
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We have the same model trailer and tow it with an '07 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi 4WD. Struggles a little on long or steep hills but otherwise up to the job quite well.

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Old 07-02-2010, 12:16 PM   #9
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After a few trips, you will wish you had a bigger truck or a smaller trailer. I'm pulling a loaded 5th wheel at about 8000 with a 2009 F150 fully equiped (Max Tow package) E-85 5.4 with 3.73 and 60's rear tires. It shifts a LOT. Never gets over 3000RPM and averages about 11.5 MPG. I'm quite happy with it but I'm marginal.
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