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Old 03-23-2012, 01:43 PM   #1
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Exclamation F150 Supercrew 3.73 rear real world towing

I just purchased an 08 Ford F150 Screw 3.73 rear. According to what i found i am capable of towing 9200lbs.. Now im not sure exactly how thats calculated.. Reason i ask is I just also bought a 2012 Polomino Puma 295-KBH 5th wheel. 5.5' bed. Supposedly im getting an extended goose neck to accommodate the short bed. this thing is huge, however the deal insists i will be fine since i am mainly on the east coast not towing up many steep roads etc. Should i be ok with this pairing, im hoping so..... http://www.funtownrv.com/inventory/1...ma-295KBH.aspx
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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Nice Floor plan. Here's the brochure info for your trailer.

I really think you need to hear from the guys who own 5ers, but my thought is that you are pushing it with this combo.

The dry weight of this 5er is almost at your stated towing cap. How much do you intend to load?

Also, I believe a PIN weight needs to be 15-20% so close to 1500-2000lbs. What is your payload cap for the new truck?
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:07 PM   #3
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I am not familiar with the trailer you just bought so I googled it and the first one that popped up shows these spec for that trailer:
Hitch: 1016 lbs
Dry: 8546 lbs
Gross: 11176 lbs
Amittedly I don't know anything about 5th wheels, but do those specs sound about right? If so, you are not going to be able to tow this trailer with that F150. By the time you are loaded for camping, that trailer is going to weigh 10k at least, and you don't have the payload capacity to support a hitch weight in excess of 1k pounds, plus your family, gas, and whatever other gear you throw in the truck. Dealers will tell you anything to make a sale, but you are going to be severely under powered (assume the F150 has the 5.4), over on all your weights, and unsafe going down the road. I had an 07 Screw with the 5.4 and 3.73 and it handled my 6k lb loaded trailer fine, but I wouldn't have wanted to go much more than that, and upgraded to an F250 when I bought the TT in my signature.
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Well.... this is where i get confused... Which one do i go by... I have the 5.4 5.5 bed supercrew. The last column is 4x4 which is what i have.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:22 PM   #5
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I am not familiar with the trailer you just bought so I googled it and the first one that popped up shows these spec for that trailer:
Hitch: 1016 lbs
Dry: 8546 lbs
Gross: 11176 lbs
Amittedly I don't know anything about 5th wheels, but do those specs sound about right? If so, you are not going to be able to tow this trailer with that F150. By the time you are loaded for camping, that trailer is going to weigh 10k at least, and you don't have the payload capacity to support a hitch weight in excess of 1k pounds, plus your family, gas, and whatever other gear you throw in the truck. Dealers will tell you anything to make a sale, but you are going to be severely under powered (assume the F150 has the 5.4), over on all your weights, and unsafe going down the road. I had an 07 Screw with the 5.4 and 3.73 and it handled my 6k lb loaded trailer fine, but I wouldn't have wanted to go much more than that, and upgraded to an F250 when I bought the TT in my signature.
Well s**t... thats not good... how can a dealer sell me something they know i cant tow?! They know what i have as far as a truck.. the sales guy tells me (of course) that he and a few other techs that he called said i would be ok, as long as I dont go out west, in the mountains, and not to haul it with water. (which i dont do anyway, always go to a camp site with hookups)
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Well ****... thats not good... how can a dealer sell me something they know i cant tow?! They know what i have as far as a truck.. the sales guy tells me (of course) that he and a few other techs that he called said i would be ok, as long as I dont go out west, in the mountains, and not to haul it with water. (which i dont do anyway, always go to a camp site with hookups)
Ryan, I hate to see this happening.

Generally, most of us here will tell you that dealers lie. Salesman lie. Unfortunately, its Caveat Emptor.

Can you get out of it?
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Ryan, I hate to see this happening.

Generally, most of us here will tell you that dealers lie. Salesman lie. Unfortunately, its Caveat Emptor.

Can you get out of it?
Well we havent even picked it up yet, supposed to have my "demo" on April 3rd. But papers were signed..
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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!
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Well we havent even picked it up yet, supposed to have my "demo" on April 3rd. But papers were signed..
I can tell you that I wouldn't buy (or try to modify) that vehicle to tow this rig very far, but why don't you wait to get some more feedback here from some 5th wheel owners first.

If you are still interested in cancelling your truck purchase, check to see if your state have a 3-day right to cancel law.

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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.
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