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Old 06-25-2012, 05:38 AM   #1
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We will be picking up the truck next week with the Max Tow and HD Payload options. We are looking at the Cruiser Fifth wheels. An 8500-8700lb unit will be 75-77% of the tow limit and well below 75% payload limits. Anyone out there with an Ecoboost and a Cruiser 5th wheel in this weight range that can comment?
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When you think of trailer weight, ALWAYS think GVWR and not dry weight.The lighter 5vr's from Crossroads are in the 10,000 to 11000# range. You could easily be looking at 1800 to 2000#'s pin weight on the truck and about 7 to 8000#'s on the axle, depending on how you load it.
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Looks like a good match for a 3/4 ton truck crew cab short-bed, non-dually. If you got a diesel you'd have plenty of hill climbing power in reserve.

When I was looking at F150s optioned up, they weren't much cheaper than the Chevy diesel I ended up buying.

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Looks like a good match for a 3/4 ton truck crew cab short-bed, non-dually. If you got a diesel you'd have plenty of hill climbing power in reserve.

When I was looking at F150s optioned up, they weren't much cheaper than the Chevy diesel I ended up buying.

If we were pulling more than 3 to 4 weeks of the year, probably would have looked at a diesel. With the extensive rebates and the excellent gas mileage with a 6 cylinder when not towing we just couldn't resist the F150!
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When you think of trailer weight, ALWAYS think GVWR and not dry weight.The lighter 5vr's from Crossroads are in the 10,000 to 11000# range. You could easily be looking at 1800 to 2000#'s pin weight on the truck and about 7 to 8000#'s on the axle, depending on how you load it.

Spoke with a dealer today and he said they had several units between 8000 and 8500lbs (scale weights leaving the factory). I know how you are thinking in order to be safe. We will be well under 9000lbs loaded based on the contents of our previous trailer. We travel light!
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If you haul any liquid in "any" of the tanks, plus 60# of LP, clothes, food, tools, chairs, and people, you will never get by on the weight you just mentioned.
Got nothing to do with the Eco Boost, but something for you to think about.




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When you think of trailer weight, ALWAYS think GVWR and not dry weight.**The lighter 5vr's from Crossroads are in the 10,000 to 11000# range.* You could easily be looking at 1800 to 2000#'s pin weight on the truck and about 7 to 8000#'s on the axle, depending on how you load it.

Spoke with a dealer today and he said they had several units between 8000 and 8500lbs (scale weights leaving the factory). I know how you are thinking in order to be safe. We will be well under 9000lbs loaded based on the contents of our previous trailer. We travel light!


Scale weights leaving the factory doesn't include propane, battery, or anything else. A dealer will tell you anything to sell a trailer. The trailer in my sig line weighed 8528 leaving the factory. With food clothes, battery, power cords, sewer lines etc but no water and empty holding tanks it's weight on the tires was 7820 (actual weighed) The GCVW was 18,200 (actual). The truck is probably 8500-9000 of that.



Start looking for smaller 5th wheel than mine, 25' or thereabouts, just my thinking. My TV handles my trailer just fine but I wouldn't even think of putting it behind a 150.
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I think just about everyone here would tell you that a 1/2 ton truck is not sufficient or safe to tow just about every Cruiser fiver. You have to know the carry capacity of the F-150. That includes the weight of the truck, passengers, full load of fuel, any cargo in the truck, weight of the 5th wheel hitch AND the pin weight, usually about 25% of the weight of the RV. An empty 8,000 pound Cruiser will have a pin weight close to 2,000 pounds. You never tow empty. Your F-150 is going to be seriously and unsafely overloaded.
Most of us have at least a 3/4 ton pickup, many with diesels. My Cruiser weighed 8,209 when we had it weighed in order to have it registered here in TX.
Beware of both truck and RV sales people as they will tell you any of what they are selling can tow/be towed by whatever.
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We have the CTX Cruiser "1/2 Ton Rated per sticker". I think it is around 1500lbs empty + 100lb hitch.
The problem is by the time you pack your closets and storage under the bed your looking at another 100lbs or more.
Try loading 1800's in your bed and see how the chassis responds to the weight. You may need to add to your suspension.
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:06 PM   #10
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The truck has a Max tow capacity of 11,300lbs and a payload capacity of 2,600. It was a special order. This is not a regular 1/2 ton truck. The truck is easily capable of towing 9000lbs with a pin weight in the high teens.
I do appreciate the comments and have been told never to exceed 80% of the truck's specs.
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