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Old 04-15-2014, 08:02 PM   #1
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251TD Questions

Hello everyone, my family is in search of an open toy hauler and came across the 251TD. I have some questions that I was hoping someone could help me with.

1. How is the quality, we are first time TT buyers and really don't want to get pulled around by a dealer

2. The front deck shows 8'x8'- I have a kawasaki Teryx (2 seat). Will this fit sideways across the front? The only purpose of getting a toy hauler is to allow me the ability to take this along with my sons ATV, which can fit in the bed. Does anyone else carry a sidexside on this deck and how does it fit?

3. This unit shows to be 36' with a dry tongue weight over 600lbs, does anyone know or can you estimate how much the tongue weight would be with a 1400lbs load on the front deck?

4. And the final, I will be towing with a 98 Ford F150 4x4 with the 5.4l. The dealer swears this is more then enough for this trailer. Based on gvwr I believe the unit is around 9500, with my towing capacity at 11000lbs. Besides a WD hitch and sway bars, what else would be beneficial.

Thank you for any and all help.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:09 PM   #2
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Are you sure the towing capacity is that high? I thought a half ton f150 was around 7000lbs.
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I'm not 100% on it, I was going off memory instead of looking at the truck. The dealer I went to kept pushing that it was 1/2 ton towable, with the length and tongue weight alone I was second guessing that. He talked about adding a 1500lbs WD hitch I believe.
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I did some quick Internet search on your towing capacity. It looked to be around 7000. I would check your owners manual if you have one.
My 2006 Chevy 3/4 ton or 2500hd is 9000, with a 6.0L.
Make sure you have LT (light truck) rated tires. A lot of half tons have P ( or passenger) rated tires. A 4 ply tire will have a lot of sway.
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:23 PM   #5
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Is it a 98 or 2008?
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:27 PM   #6
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Jake, thanks. I have d load range tires on it already.

Mark, it's a 1998 ext cab
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:33 PM   #7
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Found this on the web.

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  • The 4.6 liter engine, paired with a rear axle ratio of 3.08, could haul a top weight of 5,100 lbs., while the same model with a rear axle ratio of 3.55 could tow up to 6,600 lbs. The 5.4L engine with 3.08 RAR had a MTC of 6,000 lbs., and the 5.4L engine with 3.55 RAR had a MTC of 7,700 lbs.
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Wow, how could he say this unit is half ton towable then? The dry weight alone is 5668, with just my teryx puts me over.

Thanks for the quick replies and the research. I guess I'm so consumed with deciding on a trailer I failed to think of search my trucks towing capacity
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He can say that because it will make you buy it. Dealer usually doesn't know or care...they will tell you a Kia can pull a 25' TT if it makes the sale.
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they will tell you a Kia can pull a 25' TT if it makes the sale.
That's only with a clamp on bumper hitch.
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