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Old 06-29-2015, 11:59 AM   #1
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Another can I tow this thread?

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OK, so we been looking at Travel Trailers and found one that fits our needs and layout that is "1/2 Ton" towable. My truck is a 2011 F150 Platinum, Super Crew with Ecoboost, 3.55 rear end, and a 7200 GVWR. Tow package but not Max Trailer Tow Package.

7200 GVWR - Truck Weight 6036 = 1164 lbs weight (Sticker says 1460)

Ford site shows I can tow up to 9700 lbs with truck.

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2015 Crossroads Super Lite ST290QB

Dry Weight 6346 - Verified on the "cat scales"
GCWR - 7664 (Loaded) with 1300 lbs of cargo if we added all of it.
Tongue Weight - 664 lbs

They are 'throwing in' a Equalizer Hitch rated at 1400 lbs which seems like an over kill. I did the math on the site and they say it should be the 1200.

Will my truck tow it, more importantly can I stop it? Does this hitch sound like the right size? I been reading that too much sway hitch is worse then none at all. Thanks for your time.

TOTAL GCVW - 15,300
This TOTAL - 14,832 - If both the truck and trailer are full
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:28 PM   #2
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Yes it can. FWIW I use 10000lb bars with my equalizer and it does a great job, I've never used larger bars so I can't comment on the result of larger bars. I would just call the manufacture directly.

Enjoy your travels you have a well match truck and trailer.
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Old 06-29-2015, 03:54 PM   #3
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You will need to scale everything once fully loaded. Just because you can does not mean you should with regards to the tow vehicle. The major components take a beating and this why most upgrade their tow vehicles so that there is a margin of safety and an increase in cargo carrying capacity.

The 1,400# bars should not be anything to worry about. Better to be a little over rather than under on tow bars.

Proper weight, proper distribution and proper towing equipment coupled with safe towing practices is what will get you there and back.
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Transmission cooler? How many people in the vehicle? 1300 pounds may change over time as you "add" to you camping needs collection......
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I don't know if I have one with base tow package.

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Yes it can. FWIW I use 10000lb bars with my equalizer and it does a great job, I've never used larger bars so I can't comment on the result of larger bars. I would just call the manufacture directly.

Enjoy your travels you have a well match truck and trailer.

Coop, hopefully you mean 1000# bars?
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:10 PM   #7
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Go for it. You can always buy a new 2015 F350 PSD CC 4wd XLT for $42K
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:12 PM   #8
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Ha, looking at. F250 PSD King Ranch Crew cab for 53k, this TT is getting expensive!

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Old 06-30-2015, 09:41 PM   #9
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Ha, it's never just the trailer...

At least wait until 2017 details come out. Appears the new 6.7 will have 500hp and 1000/tq. They look so damn cheap though at ~$50K. Don't know why anyone buys a 1/2 ton

Once I pay off my wife's new SUV, I'm buying myself a new F-350 PSD.
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1200 bars are where you should be with that trailer. Ideal tongue weight is 13-15% of loaded tt weight. So worst case scenario will be 15% of 7664 lbs or 1150 lbs tongue weight.

On average people tend to add 1000-1500 lbs of stuff to a trailer (chairs, food, clothes, dishes, chocks, hoses, wood, etc add up fast). This will put your loaded weight at 7300-7600 lbs. So you are likely looking at a loaded tongue weight of 950 -1140 lbs.

Now the truck weight you listed above, is that scaled with family and whatever gear you plan to have in it when towing? If not then you need to subtract the weights of those items from the 1164 lb payload you listed above. If that number already includes the above then realize you will be at the top end of your trucks capabilities. That close to capacity you may want a higher end hitch like a Hensley Arrow.

If you don't have a tow package then make sure you get a heavy duty tranny cooler and a good brake controller installed. You want a proportional brake controller like a prodigy P2 or P3. You do not want a time delay controller. Also, double check your hitch ratings to make sure it can handle that weight, especially if you have an aftermarket hitch.

So in answer to your question, can you tow it? Probably yes. Will it be comfortable? Probably not. Plan to keep your trips local and out of the mountains until you can afford a truck upgrade. Or trade your eco boost on used 250 or 350. Good luck.



Oh and by the way, we started out in 2011 near capacity with an SUV. Had a bad towing experience, traded it on an f250. Had a great setup, wanted a fiver. Not enough payload in the f250 for the fiver so that got traded in on a 3500 last year. Then we got the fiver last summer. It is never just buying a trailer. You will always find a new gadget to buy or an upgrade or mod to do. Welcome to your new addiction!
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