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Old 03-16-2018, 08:45 PM   #1
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33 ft with a 1/2 ton

Towing a 33 ft TT that has max weight of 7200. 2011 Ford F 150 3.5 ecoboost V6. 4x4 3.73 ratio and its a supercrew. Hauling with a blue ox sway and WD hitch, 10,000lbs. Adding in air ride air bags 2,000lbs. Truck pulls very good. We increased psi on stock C tires to 45. Anything else we can do to ensure best towing with our TV And TT?
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:58 PM   #2
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Our previous TT was a 35 Heartland that weighed a bit more. Towed it with our F150 identical specs to yours. No trouble towing/pulling with that EB engine. Got a Reese StraightLine Dual Cam WD hitch that helped a great deal with stability but it still got a little squirelly at 70MPH. Looks like you have as good a setup as you can get. Our new TT is 30 and over 1000lbs lighter and the difference in stability is amazing.
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Old 03-16-2018, 10:11 PM   #3
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There are a couple of members on this forum that are pulling a 5th wheel down the road with the EB Fords...I know that one of their 5ers dry weight is some where around 12,500 lbs...
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Old 03-17-2018, 09:03 AM   #4
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You might consider going to a D or even E rated tire at your next replacement. Pros - stiffer sidewall, higher pressure, more plys, all give you less tire flex, cooler running temps, higher load capacity (never exceed manufacturer ratings). Con is a stiffer ride when unloaded. I tow a 38' 8400lb unloaded trailer with my Tundra and when I changed from C to E rated tires it felt more stable towing. Just my $.02.
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Towing a 33 ft TT that has max weight of 7200. 2011 Ford F 150 3.5 ecoboost V6. 4x4 3.73 ratio and its a supercrew. Hauling with a blue ox sway and WD hitch, 10,000lbs. Adding in air ride air bags 2,000lbs. Truck pulls very good. We increased psi on stock C tires to 45. Anything else we can do to ensure best towing with our TV And TT?
Curious about the "2000lbs" when mentioning air bags? That air bags DO NOT increase the payload of your truck, they are to help level the truck when loaded ONLY.
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As mentioned, I would go to “E” rated tires. I would also go with the “5,000 lb” airbags. I had those on my f150 Ecoboost. Trailer was 31 feet, max weight 9,000+. It pulled fine, but I needed a better hitch as I got blown around with strong winds or passing trucks. It may have been more the lack of truck weight and the length of the trailer. The airbags and E rated tires helped overall. The Blue Ox Sway Pro is a good hitch. If you neeed something even better, you would need a ProPride or Hensley, which are very expensive.

The 33 ft is boarderline long if your truck wheelbase is standard, not long, but I think you’ll be good.

I traded to a F250 Diesel when we upsized the trailer.
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Old 03-17-2018, 04:39 PM   #7
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I would recommend the Roadmaster Active Suspension instead of the air bags. It does a lot more then help level the truck. Check it out.
https://activesuspension.com/
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On the air ride air bags it was either 2000 or 5000 lbs. Thinking that allows more weight on the springs?
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The WB is 157?
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On the air ride air bags it was either 2000 or 5000 lbs. Thinking that allows more weight on the springs?
I went with the 5,000. 2,000 just seemed too low for possible loads with hitch weight, occupants and cargo. I’d rather be over.

Your axel ratings won’t increase, but it takes the weight off the springs. I liked the firmness of the ride myself. Lower the air when not carrying a load.
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