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Old 09-21-2016, 05:43 AM   #1
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Would a 2009 f150 ha e any problems towing a 4700 dry weight travel trailer, with brake control and sway control of course, hitch weight is about 470. It is a keystone 2400bh.

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Would a 2009 f150 ha e any problems towing a 4700 dry weight travel trailer, with brake control and sway control of course, hitch weight is about 470. It is a keystone 2400bh.
There are a couple of "that depends" factors, but in general that TT should be well within the capability of an F150. Major factors are engine, rear end gear ratio. I'm towing about the same weight with a 2010 F150 that has a 5.4 V8, 3.73 rear end, and factory tow package - works great. My F150 is supposedly rated at something like 9500 pounds towing capacity, IIRC, but I wouldn't want to tow that much.

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Would a 2009 f150 ha e any problems towing a 4700 dry weight travel trailer, with brake control and sway control of course, hitch weight is about 470. It is a keystone 2400bh.
You are probably good, every truck is a bit different because of equipment. Depending on your truck there are many possible "towing weights" The section on towing capacity in my users manual covers three pages listing capacities based on equipment.
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You need to post more info about your rig. There are many factors that affect its capacity like Reg, Ext, Crew cab; Short, Long bed; 4x2, 4x4; and Axle. This is why your truck with the 5.4 has a range of 7,600-11,300#. This is also based on an empty truck with a 150# driver. My suv's tow capacity drops by 2/3's when I load it with a passenger and our clothes/hunting gear. You need to account for family and stuff.

Never, never use the TT's dry weight. Either weigh everything or load it and bring it to a scale or use the GVWR like I do. You are not likely to exceed that without noticing. Your poor springs would be flat or inverted.

It is also not just about towability, it's about stopability! My friend and I were discussing this last night. He saw a vehicle accident recently that had the front of the trailer IN the back of the truck. It wasn't a fifth wheel before, but it is now. The cop was just shaking his head. My father towed a 6000# boat with a 6000# capacity SUV because it would and I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to towing. He said, "Owning a truck is stupid. I just drive 55 when I tow." Well, it lasted two years. He replaced all four u-joints and a transmission and still refused to admit fault. He owns a truck now.

Here is the towing guide for your truck:

Here is what I feel is the best tow calculator out there:
RV Tow Check | Towing Capacity Calculator

Use both of these to find the true, safe tow capacity.
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It is a keystone 2400bh.
Keystone makes about a dozen different brands, and I couldn't find a Keystone 2400BH with a quick look. A new Keystone Springdale 240BHWE has GVWR of 7,700 pounds, so I suspect a 2400BH would be similar.

Dry weights are worse than useless - they're misleading. You should use the GVWR of the trailer when trying to match trailer to tow vehicle (TV). Use 13% of the GVWR of the trailer as the probable tongue weight, then add 100 pounds to the tongue weight to get total hitch weight.

7700 gross trailer weight x 0.13 = 1,001 wet and loaded tongue weight, plus 100 pounds for the weight-distributing hitch = 1,101 total hitch weight. So your TV must be able to tow a 7,700 pound trailer with 1,101 pounds hitch weight without being overloaded.

The 2009 Ford RV and Trailer Towing Guide says an F-150 has a tow rating of anywhere from 5,100 to 11,300, depending on cab, bed length, 4x2 or 4x4, engine, axle ratio, and other options such as payload package and towing package. So we need a lot more info on your F-150 before we could declare a yes or no on towing that trailer without being overloaded.

But even with that info, we still couldn't tell you a yes or no without knowing the actual weight of your wet and loaded F-150 ready for towing, including all passengers and any other weight that would be in the F-150 when towing, and the GVWR of your F-150.

In a nutshell, very few 2009 F-150s can tow a 7,700 pound RV trailer without being overloaded. So my guess would be no. But it's a guess without having all the facts.

However, if you F-150 has the heavy duty payload package (HDPP), then the chances of you being able to tow that trailer without being overloaded are greatly improved. Hitch weight, not trailer weight, is the problem. That 1,100 pounds hitch weight is why most F-150s cannot tow that much trailer without being overloaded.

Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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