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Old 08-24-2017, 03:41 PM   #1
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Upgrade towing

I have a 2013 windjammer 3008w and am towing with a 2010 f150 XLT 5.4 super crew 4wd 5 1/2 bed w/ 3.55 rear end using a blue ox weight distribution hitch 3 dot I believe it is 1000 or 1500# which ever 3 dots means when I reach 65 to 70 miles per hour it gets a little squirrelly and the set up works better with a little squat in the back. I was wondering if adding hell wig spring helpers would help by the way this is my first rv and the truck didn't have the tow package
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Old 08-24-2017, 03:53 PM   #2
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I had the 2009 version of your truck and my trailer is just a slight bit longer and heavier then yours. I also have the Blue Ox with 1500lb bars instead of the 1000lb bars you have.

I tried LT tires on the truck which helped some however just couldn't get it comfortable so upgraded to a 3/4 ton.

I suspect your bars are a lightly light for the trailer, you need to get the actual TW and if over 1000 at all you need heavier bars.

I suspect you may have a new truck in your future
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:11 PM   #3
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Not sure if you know, but TT tires are speed rated. Most 65 mph max. You can increase cold psi and lower weigh to accommodate higher speeds, but at your own risk.

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Old 08-24-2017, 04:19 PM   #4
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Do you have passenger tires or LT tires?
Makes a big difference, especially on a trailer like yours.
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Old 08-25-2017, 12:57 PM   #5
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WOW, that's a lot of camper for an F150 without the HD towing package. I don't know what the tow rating is (and unfortunately, I don't think you know either!), but a quick search shows your camper at 6950 dry, with 1700 cargo capacity. Conservatively, for a large camper like that, your at 8,000 lbs easily, maybe more.

F150 these folks out.
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:08 PM   #6
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You're truck is rated to tow 9600 lbs only if equipped like this:
For Trailers Over 5,000 Pounds – Trailer Tow Package or Heavy-Duty Payload Package (requires Max Trailer Tow Package)

If your truck isn't equipped with the above the tow limit is 5,000 lbs.

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Old 08-27-2017, 08:44 AM   #7
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How about drop the cruise to 60?

You have a 36 gallon tank. Let's say you get 9 mpg towing. Which I doubt you do at 70. That's 324 miles per tank. Suppose you are able to drive nonstop, straight, flat, no hills and no traffic for 300 miles and there magically appears a gas station when you have 24 miles to empty. AND let's say you were able to lock the cruise the whole time and the only deviation was the initial speed up and slow down.

Driving 70 vs 60 you got there a little less than 45 min. earlier......over a five hour trip.

Now, since NONE of those hypothetical scenarios are going to happen, let alone ALL of them, your "time lost to the next fill up" is likely closer to 15 min.

Is 15 min worth the stress, anxiety and time spent modifying your truck? I can speak from experience as I have an F-150 towing a 2906 WS. 7000lb dry, 8,080 loaded for the weekend with clothes, food and a full tank of fresh water. All weights including payload are under and GCVWR is right at max of 13,600. Doesn't change the fact that wind and center of gravity play heck on the towing platform. 60-62 is no problem.....usually. 65 is ok most of the time. Wouldn't dream of 70.
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