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Old 04-23-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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Hello All,

A new owner of a Sunset Trail ST240BH as well as new to RVing.

Recently purchased the tow vehicle late last year and then purchased the RV early this year. Recently completed our first weekend trip and all went well. The campground (CG) was only about 30 minutes away which the tow vehicle (TV) towed the RV fine, a little bumpy, but that was mainly due to the PA roads. With that being said, I wanted to know if the TV is a good selection or perhaps a better TV should be investigated? I've received mixed information, as some people say its fine, and other say that we may need to watch the engine or transmission for issues as the RV may be too much for the TV.

Currently we don't have a long trip planned until late July (approx 8 hour trip to CG) which I feel will be the real test, but what are people’s thoughts? As you can see the TV is under the threshold as TV limits, but as they say, just because it can, doesn't mean that it should.

Thanks for your time and comments in advanced.

Tow Vehicle
1. 2008 Ford 150 SuperCrew 4x4
2. 5.4 V8 Triton Engine
3. 4-speed automatic overdrive
4. Wheelbase 138.5
5. Conventional Towing max weight 9300 lbs
6. + 4 people - 2 adults, 2 children plus stuff

Link for additional spec information http://www.fordf150.net/2008/2008-fo...ifications.php

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Dry Weight: 5075
GVWR: 7482
Carrying Capacity: 2407
Hitch Weight: 482
Axle Weight: 4593
Exterior Length: 27'7"
Exterior Height (with A/C): 11'2"
Fresh Water: 40
Black Water: 26
Gray / Galley Water: 26
Tire Size: 205/75R15C
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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Every thing sounds good to me.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:38 AM   #3
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What is the payload on your truck. It will be on the drivers door jamb, yellow sticker. I think you will be fine. You just need to load properly, load as much as possible in the trailer and not in the bed of the truck. I have a very similar set up and have no issues just need to watch the payload.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:42 AM   #4
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Had the same truck specs when towing my former Rv. No problems, you should be good. I did add air bags to help keep truck level.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:41 PM   #5
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I didn't see it listed in your post and I'd be surprised if the dealer didn't push one on hou, but with that payload and trailer a weight distributing hitch would be worthy investment to get the load off the rear axle. Nothing crazy...a 1000 lb friction control bar system would do wonders for your towing.

They're about 300-400 bucks plus installation.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:19 PM   #6
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you will be fine ..I used to pull a heavier trailer with an avalanche with a 5.3 and did fine
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Hello All,

A new owner of a Sunset Trail ST240BH as well as new to RVing.

Recently purchased the tow vehicle late last year and then purchased the RV early this year. Recently completed our first weekend trip and all went well. The campground (CG) was only about 30 minutes away which the tow vehicle (TV) towed the RV fine, a little bumpy, but that was mainly due to the PA roads. With that being said, I wanted to know if the TV is a good selection or perhaps a better TV should be investigated? I've received mixed information, as some people say its fine, and other say that we may need to watch the engine or transmission for issues as the RV may be too much for the TV.

Currently we don't have a long trip planned until late July (approx 8 hour trip to CG) which I feel will be the real test, but what are people’s thoughts? As you can see the TV is under the threshold as TV limits, but as they say, just because it can, doesn't mean that it should.

Thanks for your time and comments in advanced.

Tow Vehicle
1. 2008 Ford 150 SuperCrew 4x4
2. 5.4 V8 Triton Engine
3. 4-speed automatic overdrive
4. Wheelbase 138.5
5. Conventional Towing max weight 9300 lbs
6. + 4 people - 2 adults, 2 children plus stuff

Link for additional spec information http://www.fordf150.net/2008/2008-fo...ifications.php

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Cross Roads Sunset Trail ST240BH
Dry Weight: 5075
GVWR: 7482
Carrying Capacity: 2407
Hitch Weight: 482
Axle Weight: 4593
Exterior Length: 27'7"
Exterior Height (with A/C): 11'2"
Fresh Water: 40
Black Water: 26
Gray / Galley Water: 26
Tire Size: 205/75R15C

Need to know the curb weight of the TV, GVWR and CGVWR of the TV, weight of people and the gear you will be carrying in the TV and the weight rating of the the hitch receiver. On the TT, you need the weight of the gear you will be carrying along with the tongue weight. I assume 2 standard propane tanks as well as one battery and you travel w/ empty tanks.

This is important for calculating your CGVWR and percentage of both TV and TT GVWR. You just can't assume you'll be OK.
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Most of that data was included in his link to the Ford specs.
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Weight rating are a crucial safety factor - for you and your family. After that it is all physics - the closer to the "edge" you tow, the narrower your safety margin. An object in motion wants to stay in motion!!!! On the mechanical side - think about heat - you will generate lots in your transmission and engine - think about ways to remove it (larger or extra coolers). Heat is evil - the longer you tow at higher temps, the shorter your truck life. Think good oil, more frequent changes... Some good info already stated by other posters - it is up to you how you interpret it for your situation.... Happy Camping!!!!
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I didn't see it listed in your post and I'd be surprised if the dealer didn't push one on hou, but with that payload and trailer a weight distributing hitch would be worthy investment to get the load off the rear axle. Nothing crazy...a 1000 lb friction control bar system would do wonders for your towing.

They're about 300-400 bucks plus installation.
My apologizes as I forgot to mention that item. Yes we have a a weight distribution hitch included. A husky towing product with friction sway control. I've also included the information from the TV & RV.
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