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Old 09-15-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any experience towing a 5th wheel with a ford f150 rated at 11300 tow rating???? I'm looking at buying one and purchasing a Crossroads 5th wheel.




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Old 09-15-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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Not the best choice very nice truck and Eco Boost is the real deal in its class. There is a reason most of us pull with a Diesel. Crossroads is a very good choice. Look a little more on the truck choice. I am a Ford Guy had a few never had trouble.
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You need to know the gross carry weight of the truck. For most 3/4 ton diesels it is 9,200 to 10,000 lbs. That is the weight of the truck with a full load of fuel, passengers, cargo plus 5th wheel hitch. Add 20-25% of the weight of the RV as pin weight and probably an F150 is over weight. There is a reason why you hardly ever see a 1/2 ton truck towing a fiver. The F150 is a beautiful truck and very capable of towing a bumper tow.
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You need to know the gross carry weight of the truck. For most 3/4 ton diesels it is 9,200 to 10,000 lbs. That is the weight of the truck with a full load of fuel, passengers, cargo plus 5th wheel hitch. Add 20-25% of the weight of the RV as pin weight and probably an F150 is over weight. There is a reason why you hardly ever see a 1/2 ton truck towing a fiver. The F150 is a beautiful truck and very capable of towing a bumper tow.


Unless it is a small 5er it might be a stretch because of load weight plus it seems it will work pretty hard If you are near the max weight.jmho jb
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:41 PM   #5
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Look at the

http://www.f150forum.com/. I am sure you will find allot if info here on using the F150 to tow a fifth wheel.

Getting the rig set to tow a fifth wheel will add 200 to 300 lbs to the weight truck.

Maintain within the GVWR and do not let the salesperson sale you a rig that the truck can't handle.

Buy the trailer you like and then find the right rig to tow it.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:21 AM   #6
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Here's some figuring data.

http://www.ford.com/trucks/f150/specifications/payload/



The max payload on an F150 ranges from 3100 down to 2300 depending on model selected with max towing package.(Regular cab 2wd to Supercrew 4x4)



From the payload subtract the weight of the passengers, fuel, hitch, and whatever else you haul in the PU, not the trailer. Figure 600lbs which leaves 2500-1700 lbs of payload.



Using the GVWR of the trailer you are looking at take 25% for the hitch weight. Back figuring from that a 5er that has a GCVW of 7,500-10,000 lbs would be about right.



Those numbers would put you in the 25' range.



I know F150's pull bigger 5er's every day as I'll probably hear about but I'm giving you realistic numbers from the charts.



FWIW the CF285 in the picture ready to roll (no water)has a hitch weight of ~2500 lbs(actual) and trailer axle weight of 7800 for a gross trailer of 10,300. In theory a F150 properly equipped would handle it.



Have fun shopping. I actually went at it backwards. While looking to upgrade my 1/2t GMC that was pulling a 25' BP I found a super deal on the F350 and bought it. Then some time later I traded for the 5er. The F350 will handle a lot more which gives me upgrade room later. We liked the layout of the trailer and it fit the pocketbook.



FWIW the F350 squats about 2.5" when hooking up the trailer and is on the overloads.
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