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Old 08-03-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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I may have my Class C sold. If so I am considering looking at tag a long's travel trailers. I have a question...I own a 2004 Ford 150 super cab , 4 wheel drive, 3:73 rear end, 17" wheels/tires this truck came with extra heavy suspension, towing package, 40 gallon fuel tank, but only a 4.6 v-8. I love this truck, The tow rating my book shows 6800 lbs towing rate , 12,000 lbs for truck and camper. I would need a 26-30 ft trailer with at least one slide out. Any suggestions for a suitable travel trailer that my truck would be ok with?? thanks for any help

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New or used? There's a lot of the super lites that are newer and may meet your specs. But with that truck you'll limit yourself a bit. They are out there though. We searched for a long while before finding our Jayfeather that would meet spec. 26' sleeps eight and came in at 5500 loaded.

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If you love your F-150 with the 4.6 litre V8 do not test drive a 2011 F-150.

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The Winnebago Micro Minnie trailers are a bit shorter in length, but would be a good choice for your truck's towing capacity. You are going to be limited by the payload capacity. I know it's a highly debated subject, but I personally don't want to tow a trailer that is pushing the maximum towing capacity of the tow vehicle.

I suggest the Minnie line of trailers because we've been very happy with ours and feel they are a pretty good balance of quality/price. If you look for other super light trailers, you can probably find longer trailers, but I would examine them carefully for quality and avoid units with subpar floors that flex and other shortcuts taken to keep the weight low.
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I would try to stick with trailers under 5,000lbs. Ours is 7000 empty but weighs 8,300 with stuff in it. We are still in our limits with payload and total weight. You will put about 1,000-1,500 lbs of stuff in your trailer, with food, clothes, chairs, water, firewood, and all the extras. There are plenty of "ultra light" trailers out there that will work for you, even with slides. Good luck in your searching!
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:32 AM   #6
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The tow rating my book shows 6800 lbs towing rate , 12,000 lbs for truck and camper. ... Any suggestions for a suitable travel trailer that my truck would be ok with?? thanks for any help
The tow rating is a myth, so ignore it. The GCWR of 12,000 pounds is a hard engineered number that tells you the max weight your rig can weigh without overheating anything in the drivetrain and without being the slowpoke holding up traffic on hills and mountain passes. GCWR minus the actual weight of your pickup, including driver, passenger(s), pets, tools, campfire wood, and any other weight in the pickup tells you the real-world tow rating of your truck. It will be a lot less than 6,800 pounds.

But the real-world tow rating is probably not your limiter as to max trailer weight you can tow without being overloaded. Payload capacity is probably your limiter. GVWR of the pickup, minus the actual weight of the wet and loaded pickup ready to tow, gives you the max hitch weight you can have without exceeding the payload capacity of the pickup. Divide that max hitch weight by 0.13 and the answer is the max GVWR of any travel trailer (TT) you want to consider.

You answer will probably be less than 5,000 pounds. TTs with a slide that have GVWR less than 5,000 pounds are extremely rare. If you can't find one, then consider going to a pop-up RV trailer. I towed a pop-up for years when my kids were growing up, all over the lower 48 states and every mountain range, so I know it's do-able and enjoyable. Today they make pop-ups that have all the amenities of a nice TT, including AC, hot water shower, pottie, microwave, stove top and oven, etc. and with GVWR less than 4,000 pounds. Here's one example:
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My current TT has GVWR of 5,600 pounds, and we load it to around 5,000 pounds. It tows great behind my current pickup, but I would not want to tow it with the 2003 F-150 4.6L SuperCrew I had for a while. I towed my enclosed cargo trailer with the 4.6L from west Texas to Phoenix and back, grossing around 5,000 pounds going and 2,000 pounds coming, and I was severely disappointed in the performance of that pickup with the weakling 4.6L engine and 3.55 axle. Even with the empty trailer the wind resistance made the drivetrain work hard, especially on I-10 east of Tucson. When I got home, I ordered my current F-150 which is a world of difference in power and torque.
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Get a new truck first and then a trailer after building up more cash. You will be disappointed with the current 150.
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Passport and Apex models are the lightest among the light for a given floorplan, and the quality is very good. Your truck probably has 4 speed transmission, it will suck big time during mountain climb, my ML will outpull it any day of the week, but it will still do the job.
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When looking at trailers, look at the GVWR for the trailer, and multiply by .125 for a more realistic possible tongue weight, which has to less than the payload rating of your vehicle (on the door sticker) minus you, your passengers, your stuff you'll put in the truck to go camping.

For an absolute max tongue weight, take the trailer GVWR and multiply by .15.

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The current F-150 in your configuration is rated to tow over 9,000 lbs and has over 1,800 lbs cargo capacity. They have also greatly improved the horse power and torque on the new F-150. It may be time for a new truck.
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They have a lot of campers In the 5000 lbs range in 26 ft. I was looking at the vibe extreme,jayco,and other brands and you can find them with a slide out.
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They have a lot of campers In the 5000 lbs range in 26 ft.
Dry weight of 5k or so, but not GVWR (wet and loaded weight). Nobody tows a dry camper with nothing in it, so you should use the GVWR of the RV trailer to see the approximate wet and loaded weight it will have when loaded up and ready to tow to the campground.

I doubt you can link to a 26' TT with GVWR of less than 5,000 pounds. My so-called 22' TT (19.5' box plus tongue and rear bumper) without a slide has GVWR of 5,600.

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