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Old 07-26-2016, 05:31 PM   #1
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New to forum - Fifth Wheel suggestions

I'm new to the forum and was looking for thoughts, as I research for a fifth wheel. I have a Ford 150 and towing weight max is 6700. I would prefer a bed, plus bunkhouse layout.
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Old 07-26-2016, 05:53 PM   #2
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The " What can I tow question " is the most asked .

In your case , please remember that the " Max tow rating" of the truck is based on an empty truck with a 150 lb driver , so everything in the truck ; passengers tools , hitch and other gear has to come off the 6700 lbs . So first thing you should do is take the truck and family ( you did say bunk house , so I'm assuming family ) out and with a full tank of fuel , get the truck weighed, to find out how much capacity you have left to add in the way of, hitch and pin weight of the trailer . You'll need both axles and total weights , to go forward in deciding how much more weight your truck will handle.

This post will make some good reading in the mean time .

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JMHO; For any bunk house 5th wheel you'll need a bigger truck.

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Granted a 5'r has better towing characteristics you might be hard pressed (due to heavy pin weight) to find one that with your vacation belongings can come in less than your trucks rear axle rating.
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The "towing weight max is 6700" is not always achievable.
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Old 07-26-2016, 07:18 PM   #5
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You need a bigger truck.
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:12 PM   #6
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Probably not what you want to hear, but the other posts are correct. You are going to have a difficult time finding a 5th wheel that you can comfortably tow with belongings, passengers, and equipment. If you want to stay with the F150, you are going to want to consider a travel trailer (probably even a lite/ultra-light model). Good luck with your search. There are definitely nice options for you still, but unless you are willing to trade sizes of trucks, you will have a tough time going the 5th wheel route IMHO.
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Old 07-27-2016, 05:16 PM   #7
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I am currently towing with the F150 with the same rating and one of the smallest 5th wheel you're going to find. It is 25' 6k empty, 8k GVW with 1k pin weight and would not recommend it. In addition it is only me and one other and a lite load in the 5th wheel. I went into this thinking all would be fine and it has, two very hard stops no problem. I keep truck and trailer brakes in top shape. Towing is not really a problem as I take it very easy cruise control at 60 mph and allow plenty of room. It rides well.

But (always a but) the pin weight, cargo and 5th wheel hitch weight I am certainly overloaded and looking for 3/4 ton truck as we speak. It does pretty well overall but I need and want more truck and just because it does it doesn't releave me of my responsibility to be safe! Plus I would never take this setup out of flat Fl land and want to get to the mountains!

Just a simple opinion of someone doing it and not recommending it with this truck rating.
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tTo those looking to tow with a 1/2 ton truck:

Most 1/2 ton trucks are built to be a compromise of ride and handling, and ability to carry a heavy load is secondary. Most are sprung like an old Crown Victoria.

In order to tow a relatively heavy load, you will need to add the Tow Package and get the heaviest duty springing you can get. These options seldom stocked on dealer lots because of the pricing--approaching $2800. You can usually spot the camper spec. 1/2 tons because they'll have more than 5 lug nuts on the wheels.

I've seen Ford advertising a 1/2 ton truck capable of towing over 12,000 lbs. That truck would have all the above options and the 3.5 Ecoboost engine. And it's capabilities approach that of a 3/4 ton truck.

I've never priced a 1/2 ton vs. a 3/4 ton truck that was comparable. Depending on manufcturer sales incentive programs at the time, a 3/4 ton truck might be priced with the 1/2 ton equipped to tow heavy loads.

But given the druthers, I'd druther have a 3/4 ton vs. the heaviest 1/2 ton truck if I'm going to be towing heavy.
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Save yourself the hassle and get an F-250.

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