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Old 03-29-2016, 07:23 AM   #11
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We've pulled both a Puma & Sabre rear kitchen with aforementioned kitchen cubbard bouncing issues and decided to deal with the suspension to negate this problem. 1) shock absorbers on the trailer axles from Amazon/Lippert and 2) Trailair (air bag) pin box on the front hitch. No more rearranged kitchen cubbards.

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Old 03-29-2016, 07:31 AM   #12
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I agree, that's a lot of camper for a half ton truck! I wouldn't want to pull anything really longer than 31 foot on a half ton. My DBUD is 29'10" and is about perfect for a safe pull. In many regards, just because it can pull 11,500, doesn't mean that it should. Safety first, especially if you are new to towing.

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Old 03-29-2016, 08:00 AM   #13
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I regularly argue that the payload capacities of 1/2 ton pickups is a load of crap- I mean, you honestly think the average half ton can only carry the same amount as a minivan? With that being said, even I say that's too much camper for your truck. Here's some advice you didn't ask for:

1. Look at the Puma 30RKSS. Much better fit for the F150. 8500 GVWR.

2. Call RVWholesalers. Great prices and they have some of these in stock. Nationwide service network so they are able to get you warranty work. I've been buying from them for years and recommend them to everyone.

3. Install some air bags on the F150. Will stop the porpoising and offer a much better ride. I have a set of the Firestone Ride-Rites for sale for a 4x4 model if that's what yours is. I also recommend upgrading the rear shocks to Rancho RS9000XL's. These 2 mods turn the F150 into a completely different tow vehicle.

4. Get a good hitch. The Equalizer BRAND 4 point, Blue Ox Sway Pro and Husky Centerline are all good choices. I personally use the Equalizer.

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