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Old 11-18-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Is there anyone with experience with a Sunnybrook and shortbed. We have an F250.

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Old 11-18-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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Sunnybrook makes trailers with different pinboxes. Need more info.

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Old 11-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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We do not have the Rv yet. But just wanting to be sure we are making the right selection for our truck. We do have a Ford F250 Super Duty.
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Old 11-18-2013, 07:59 PM   #4
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check the weights of the trailer. Since you probably cannot get it to a scale, get the GVWR and then figure the pin weight at 20% of the GVWR. ex: if the trailer has a GVWR of 14000 pounds, the pin weight will be around 20% of that (or 2800 pounds).

Your trucks weight (loaded ready to tow) + the trailers GVWR cannot exceed the trucks GCWR.

Now here is where things will get touchy. Subtract your trucks weight from the trucks GVWR. This will determine how much payload (aka pin weight) you can put on the truck. The pin weight you calculated earlier (20% of GVWR) cannot exceed that payload number. This is where 3/4 pickups have issue with tow ratings. You will run out of GVWR long before you run out of GCWR. In other words, you may very well find you will be within the GCWR of your truck, but you will exceed the trucks GVWR.

When you figure your truck weight ready to tow: if you don't have a 5th wheel hitch, it will run about 125-150 pounds. Don't be fooled by ford's curb weight of the truck. spend a few $$$ and get the truck weighed at a CAT Scale (or similar). Fill the fuel tank, and load up the gear you would carry in the bed of your truck. Put all of the passengers in and weigh it. Then add the weight of the hitch.

This is the only way you'll get accurate numbers.
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The old, former Sunnybrook forum is now My RV Talk. It is not very active, but the older, die-hard members are still there if you have specific Sunnybrook questions that cannot be answered here.
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Personally I wouldn't recommend towing a 5er with a short bed truck.
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People tow with a short bed truck and many of them have dents in the corners of the truck cab or mashed corners on the truck. NO MATTER WHAT the manufacturer says the truck can tow. Take K-Stars advice and get the weight on the truck to see what you can really tow within ratings.

The manufacturers ratings are based on the minimum weight base model truck to maximize the tow rating and totally ignoring the higher pin weight of a 5th wheel. The Ford tow ratings manual has a note, right below the MAXIMUM tow rating stating that none of the vehicles ratings are to be exceeded...GVWR, GCWR and GAWR.


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