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Old 05-19-2019, 04:04 PM   #1
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Towing a 2012 F150 crew cab 4x4 with F53 V10. Too much weight?

I tried using the search bar for a thread on this topic but it will not work. Sorry if this has been asked before and if there is a thread I would like the link. Thanks
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:07 PM   #2
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What is the tow rating on the rv. I'm guessing 5k. The answer is in your owners manual of the chassis and coach. My money is at 5k
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We dont have a owner's manual but the max tow is 5k
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So much does the f150 wiegh?
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Just found it. Curb weight is 5586#. I guess that answers that. Lol
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That Depends

You may be able to put a class IV hitch on and be ok depending on the coach. Class IV Hitch on F53...tongue weight 700lbs.

I am sure my 1999 31' Seaview could handle it, until I went up a hill. 1999 National Sea View 8310 - iRV2 Forums

So maybe? if you have a 16000 lb chassis http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/...2014_LoRes.pdf
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You may be able to put a class IV hitch on and be ok depending on the coach. Class IV Hitch on F53...tongue weight 700lbs.

I am sure my 1999 31' Seaview could handle it, until I went up a hill. 1999 National Sea View 8310 - iRV2 Forums

So maybe? if you have a 16000 lb chassis http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/...2014_LoRes.pdf
That Depends? There's a reason for tow ratings. I would be very careful towing more, especially if you get in an accident.
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Just remember you also need to stop the extra weight
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It's not just about the hitch. You have to figure in mounting hardware strength, frame strength, gear ratio, how the tongue weight will affect steering, and the ability of the transmission and engine to stay cool. You should have a braking system for the toad regardless of what you are towing if for no other reason than the emergency breakaway.
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Yeah, towing too much is NEVER a good idea. As others have stated, lots of things go into figuring out the allowed weight. This year at Perry there was a suspension presentation, and a guy who had been towing a pick-up with a MH with a 5,000 lb rating had his suspension inspected, and they found welds that had fractured on the hitch assembly AND the frame. He dodged a bullet.

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I'd have the welds inspected and or upgraded. You wouldn't need to worry about the tongue weight as it's only the weight of the tow bar. With the weight of the truck and the weight of the loaded MH where do you stand on your gross combined weight. If the combined weight is under the listed max weight and a braking system on the truck I'd think you would be OK.
Look at the frame of your motorhome where the hitch is mounted on mine it's mounted on an extension to the Ford frame and the extension is of smaller material this is the weak point for the towing.
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That Depends? There's a reason for tow ratings.
Yes I agree - and some F53 chassis are tow rated for 7000 lbs. So an F-150 weighing less than 7000 lbs could be towed with the proper hitch and aux braking system depending on which V-10 F53 Chassis the OP has
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The 5000 max tow in the owner's manual could be based on the hitch and not the chassis.
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I'm planning on towing a 2013 Lincoln MKX behind my 1997 Tropical 460 F53 and am going to upgrade to a class 4, have the hitch attachments and welds checked and the frame reinforced if need be, add a full out Banks system and, of course, add a braking system to the Toad. MKX only weighs about 4k but I want to be sure things are safe.
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