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Old 10-18-2016, 02:31 PM   #1
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F150 5t wheel towing?

Anyone towing one with a 150?

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Old 10-18-2016, 02:43 PM   #2
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It would have to be a super light 5th wheel. I have seen F150s and Tundra's towing large 5th wheels that shouldn't. Why anyone would stress a half ton truck like that is wasted on me. Also keep in mind that not only do you have to pull it, you have to stop it too. Hopefully SmokeyWren will be along and post his sound advice about the math.

But in short:
1.) If in an accident while grossly overloaded, your insurance company can deny your claim

2.) If not done right, it will shorten the life of your f150

3.) If you are ever in a panic situation while towing, you will wish you had a larger truck
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Old 10-18-2016, 06:24 PM   #3
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Not a huge 5er, but the right F150 can.
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Old 10-18-2016, 09:51 PM   #4
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Not a huge 5er, but the right F150 can.
Sure, but the example of the "right F-150" you showed has the heavy duty payload package (HDPP) with GVWR of 7850. Those are rare as hen's teeth. Dealers don't stock them, so if you want one you have to order it and wait 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.

And even then you shouldn't try to tow a 5er that grosses more than about 10,000 pounds, and with nothing in the truck but a couple of adults and maybe one or two rug rats. Else you'll be overloaded.
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Many people are. Just crunch the numbers.
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:50 AM   #6
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Sure, but the example of the "right F-150" you showed has the heavy duty payload package (HDPP) with GVWR of 7850. Those are rare as hen's teeth. Dealers don't stock them, so if you want one you have to order it and wait 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.

And even then you shouldn't try to tow a 5er that grosses more than about 10,000 pounds, and with nothing in the truck but a couple of adults and maybe one or two rug rats. Else you'll be overloaded.
I know of 3 in my little town (5k). If a person wants an F150 that can do what the OP is asking, they can get one.
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Many people are. Just crunch the numbers.
This. Find the yellow and white sticker on the truck you are looking at to find payload. Find the campers you like and use 20% of GVWR as pin. Leave yourself 500 - 700lbs of spare payload for you, family, and gear.
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Sure, but the example of the "right F-150" you showed has the heavy duty payload package (HDPP) with GVWR of 7850. Those are rare as hen's teeth. Dealers don't stock them, so if you want one you have to order it and wait 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.

And even then you shouldn't try to tow a 5er that grosses more than about 10,000 pounds, and with nothing in the truck but a couple of adults and maybe one or two rug rats. Else you'll be overloaded.
My F-150 Eco Boost is one of those rare "hen's Teeth" rigs. For a while I considered going to a 5'er found quite a few that would work, decided the hit on the A would be too great so I'm sticking to that for a while. Saw a truck like mine pulling a setup almost exactly like I was looking at last week. He didn't appear to be having issues, didn't get to talk to him though.

There are some RV makers building for this market, they are nice rigs, just not very large.

All that being said, Ford rates my truck at a certain capacity, I will not exceed that and what I was looking at was well within those limits.
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Yeah....our first 5er was a new '84 Aljo 7200 GVWR. We towed it with a '79 1/2 ton chevy for over 7 years all over CO/NM/UT mountains.

1/2 ton trucks come with GVWRs ranging from a small 6700 on up to 8600 with rawr from 3500 on up to 6000 lbs.

It all depends on the 1/2 ton trucks ratings and capacities.
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A lot of talking out of both sides of the mouth around here.

The pictures section is full of HD/SD owners over capacity but God help us if a guy wants to buy a F150 and tow with it even well within rated capacity.
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Needs to be a little fiver and most likely an ecoboost with the hd and max payload option.
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Unless it's an HD then there not well within specs. It's not too hard to figure out weights with a little research. Most are at or over the edge.
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Unless it's an HD then there not well within specs. It's not too hard to figure out weights with a little research. Most are at or over the edge.
2800lb payload on 12k+ towing. A 30' wouldn't be outside the question.
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