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Old 03-23-2012, 03:24 PM   #11
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Yahoo search 2008 F150 trailer towing guide and you will find the following.

2008 F-150 with 5.4 V-8 has the following for 5th wheel towing.
15,000 GVWR Super Crew with 3.73 rear axle.
4X2 with 150.5"WB = 9500 lb trailer max
4X4 with 150.5"WB = 9200 lb trailer max

Notes below have do not use 5.5' bed for towing 5th wheel.

Also if equipped with the 13,500 GVWR no recommended weights given.
Thanks for the input, but on fords website itself it says:
F-150 SuperCrew (138.5" Wb) (Mine is 150.5) 5' box will accept a fifth-wheel hitch

http://www.ford.com/assets/pdf/towin...TTgdeMay07.pdf
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:57 PM   #12
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I know this is a long shot, but is there a way to beef up my truck to compensate for the difference to get me through at least 3-4 years? Sorry new to this whole thing and put myself in the hands of a salesman.... poor judgement!
Dude...I feel bad for you, but your dealer doesn't really care about your safety, he just wants to make a sale. There is nothing you can do to really add towing capacity or payload capacity, short of getting a new truck. Unfortunately, I went down this same road when I got my first travel trailer, and I did not understand all the weights and measurements, dry weight vs. actual weight, hitch weight, payload capacity, etc. I had a 6k pound loaded trailer and an Expedition with a 6500 tow capacity, and I quickly learned what all the numbers really meant.

I suggest you take some time and do some research as well to better familiarize yourself with what your truck can safely tow, With a 1/2 ton, I personally would never consider a 5th wheel. If you can get out of the deal for your camper, I would look at something else that your current truck can handle, or you can go ahead and get the 5th wheel, and look for a more andequate tow vehicle. If you can get out of the camper deal, I would also look for another dealer because I wouldn't trust anything your current dealer tells you. Best of luck, and let us know how it turns out.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:25 PM   #13
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I have attached the sheet from Ford's Fleet web site for the trailer and fifth wheel capacity's. Just watch for Note #2 given by Ford.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:48 PM   #14
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So even with the brake controller installed would still be an issue. As fer as stopping etc. Am I that far off for my trucks limit?
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:53 PM   #15
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I have a different truck, GMC 1500 HD crew cab with the tow package, and it specifically states in the owners manual, that 5th wheel towing is unauthorized in short bed crew cab. I know its a different truck, just thought I would post anyways. I'm new to this as well, but seems like your out of your league with the F150.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:17 PM   #16
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You never posted your payload rating from your door pillar. Your rear axle weight rating is also listed there and is probably 3850 which you would most likely exceed.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:27 PM   #17
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id like to see payload carrying capacity as well but its to much trailer for you truck .
according to the sheet posted your only 700 lbs from being over weight with a uvw camper!
now add propane tanks filled
battery
lawn chairs
clothes
dishes
food
misc tools
blankets pillows
anything you decide to put in your bed including everything in cab including dogs and family
coolers full of ice and beverages
bathroom supplies
I think its simple here to much camper and not enough truck !
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ryanr12076, the empty weight of that trailer once you add options, is going to be at the maximum of the tow weight of your F150.

A realistic cargo carrying capacity comparing it to my F150 is about 1200 lbs....and that is with me in the drivers seat. Add the family and camping gear, that comes down. The pin weight of that trailer ready to camp is probably going to be well over 1200 lbs. That is too much trailer for a 1/2 ton truck.

The dealer lied to you. If they won't cancel your contract, start with the BBB and go from there. There may be a 3 day cancellation clause in your state laws as someone else implied.
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Yea NJ doesn't have that law. going to dealer tomorrow. I'll update.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:14 PM   #20
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Yea NJ doesn't have that law. going to dealer tomorrow. I'll update.
yes we would like to know what happens !

if you have to !
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