Originally Posted by Skiptopp
Hoping I can get some advice from anyone with experience. We are looking to upgrade from a pop-up to the Roo 25RS (if we can find one!). I have a 2010 F150 SuperCrew, 5.5' bed, 4.6 3V, 3.55 axle. I'd like to make sure from a towing and weight point of view I'm going to be okay. In the F150 I have 4 adults, large dog and all the camping gear. The truck is rated for 7,000 lbs. (or 7,700 elsewhere on Ford). I like the 25RS because I think it's large enough for what we need and so far seems the best from a weight standpoint. I've been looking at Outback RS, Swift 267BHS, & Spree 265KS but all seem a bit too close to my total tow limit.
Does anyone else have the F150 w/similar specs? And if so what do you tow?
We pull our 23IKSS with a similar F-150. Mine has the 5.4L, which ups the tow rating, but then it has 18" wheels, which lower the tow rating by 1,000lbs, so we are at 7300 according to the owner's manual. The 25RS is a very nice trailer, and very close in in GVWR to ours. We weighed ours Sunday. The trailer axles were 5240 and the tongue weight was roughly 700 lbs (I didn't unhook and get the truck seperately, but I have weigh tickets from going to the landfill for just the truck). So the camper is fine. I did find however that with full fuel, 3 people, and very little else in the truck we were nearly maxed out on the GVWR for the truck.
The trailer tongue weight was heavier than I expected. But with full propane and two batteries sitting on the tongue I guess it makes sense. The truck axles were evenly loaded, and the front/back heights are good, and the trailer is level, so the dealer did a good job on our hitch setup.
You could get a weight on your loaded truck to really see where that comes in. I don't think the trailer weight is going to be an issue for you. And there is always the game of shifting weight out of the truck into the trailer, and moving the trailer cargo back to lessen the tongue weight.
The last thing to consider - we also upgraded from a popup - is that a popup has very little front surface area. We never new it was behind us. With a tt, especially our hybrid with a square front, there is a ton of drag on the tow vehicle. You really feel it on the highway. And don't plan on any speed records up the hills.
For us, we just take our time, and 90% of our trips are 3 hours or less, so the truck isn't overloaded and we can tow it fine. My goal is to keep this truck 3 more years, then maybe go for another 1/2 ton but with max tow and max payload packages. I don't want to drive a 3/4 ton all year just to have the extra capacity when towing 500 miles a year...
Short answer - sounds possible, but watch the gross weight of the truck.