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Old 04-13-2019, 05:52 PM   #1
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My lease is coming up on my truck and I have a decision to make. Without going into details my current vehicle is an F 150 with the larger bed giving me a wheelbase of 157. I am looking at a new F 150 but it has the smaller bed and a wheelbase of 145.
My TT is a 32 Z1 and I have not had any issues towing with my current vehicle.
My question is, how much of a difference will it be towing if I were to go with the new vehicle and the shorter 145 wheelbase?
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:51 PM   #2
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I can't come up with the floor plan and specs. Is that the complete model #?
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:54 PM   #3
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I can't come up with the floor plan and specs. Is that the complete model #?


The tt model is ZT328sb
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:04 PM   #4
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Length
35.92 ft. (431 in.)
Dry Weight
7,270 lbs.

Payload Capacity
2,414 lbs.

GVWR
9,684 lbs.

Hitch Weight
884 lbs.


That seems like a lot of trailer back there. If you are fully loaded, or, even a little over, at 15% on the hitch you could be at 1406# or maybe a little more.

Maybe check and see what the new truck is rated for.
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:07 PM   #5
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Both trucks make the rating right at 11,000 pounds. I am wondering how much of a difference it will be will 12 inches less of wheelbase.
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:12 PM   #6
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That I can't answer.
Maybe some of these guys that are towing a trailer that long will eventually chime in.


Do they both have the same hitch # rating?
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:37 PM   #7
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I am having trouble finding that info but they are close.
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Based upon past experience's the shorter the wheelbase the easier it is for the tail to wag the dog. Just my opinion with a camper that long I would want the bigger mass. I would be looking at a F250. But that's just my opinion.
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Based upon past experience's the shorter the wheelbase the easier it is for the tail to wag the dog. Just my opinion with a camper that long I would want the bigger mass. I would be looking at a F250. But that's just my opinion.


Thanks. Unfortunately the 250 is beyond my price range. I have 9000 miles pulling my TT with my current F 150 and have never had any issue. We have had it in the Smokey Mountains multiple times as well as the Rockies. Would the 250 be better? Yes, just not an option.
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:48 AM   #10
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Is there a reason you want or have to go with a shorter wheel base?
If your old truck handled it OK, I guess I would want to stay with the longer wheel base.
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