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Old 07-13-2015, 10:40 AM   #1
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F150 vs 2008 Fleetwood Wilderness 260BHS

Considering a travel trailer and am interested in hearing your thoughts regarding this set-up

2010 F150 Crewcab
9600 towing capacity

2008 Fleetwood Wilderness
Dry Weight 5842lbs
GVWR 7500lbs
Hitch Weigh 851 lbs

Is my TV adequate to handle this RV?
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:31 PM   #2
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You can try it and see for yourself. You will be on the upper edge of the trucks ability. I would try it with a good WDH and sway control. That trailer is in 1/2 ton territory.

In 2011 you do know Ford improved their trucks with much better engines and new transmission.

I always say a 1/2 ton truck can comfortably tow 6,000lbs. The key is comfortably as you do not want to drive white knuckle.
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With a good WDH with built in sway and stay out of the mountains and you will be fine.
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Old 07-13-2015, 03:53 PM   #4
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Are those trailer weights measured or the listing of the manufacture? For example, my trailer "should be" half ton towable, but life sucked trying to tow it with a half ton... Granted I didn't have Ford's magic spring dust to make the tow numbers improve over night.

Can you pull it... sure.
Can you stop it in an emergency?
Will you feel comfortable driving it for distances?

The last two questions are why I upgraded TV's. The answer for me was no.
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:47 PM   #5
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Ford F 150 Towing

In June we flew down to Seattle and bought a F150 EcoBost (11,300) Trailer tow capacity. Drove to Corning California and bought a 2007 Arctic Fox 25R TT. Dry weight 6300, tounge weight 630, Gvw 10,000. Weighed the trailer 8,000# loaded. Drove to the coast to escape 112 deg.tempature north through California, Oregon and Washington back to Alaska. At no time did I feel uncomfortable with the truck 11.6 MPG 5200 mile trip. Ford has a real winner with the EcoBost.
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Considering a travel trailer and am interested in hearing your thoughts regarding this set-up

2010 F150 Crewcab
9600 towing capacity

2008 Fleetwood Wilderness
Dry Weight 5842lbs
GVWR 7500lbs
Hitch Weigh 851 lbs

Is my TV adequate to handle this RV?
Assuming your truck actually has 9,600 pounds tow rating (5.4l engine and 3.55 or 3.73axle), then your tow vehicle is adequate to PULL that trailer which will gross around 7,000 pounds.

But your SuperCrew shorty 4x4 will probably be overloaded over the GVWR of the F-150 when towing a 7,000-pound TT plus a normal contingent of passengers and cargo. Only the scale will know for sure, but a 7,000-pound TT will probably have tongue weight around 875 pounds. If you don't have much weight in the pickup, then you can probably haul 875 pound of tongue weight without being overloaded. But you probably cannot haul a heavy toolbox full of tools, a good supply of campfire wood, and more than one passenger without bumping up against the GVWR of your F-150. And if you load the trailer to the 7,500 pounds GVWR of the trailer, then you'll probably have too much tongue weight for the payload capacity of your F-150.

So ignore than 9,600 tow rating and concentrate on the GVWR of your F-150. Weigh the wet and loaded rig often until you know the GVW compared to the GVWR of the F-150. (GVW = actual weight on the two axles of the F-150).
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Again, with the right hitch/sway control you will be fine. You do not need a 1Ton Dually to tow your 7500lb TT.
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Agree with Ford guy... a single wheel 3/4 ton works good for me
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I agree with the comment that 1/2-ton towing stops being comfortable at around 6,000#. Above that in my opinion requires 3/4-ton or bigger. That opinion comes from having towed my trailer between 6,500 and 7,200 with an F-150 for a couple of years, and then switching to a 3/4-ton Ram. Now I am actually comfortable towing my trailer.

Just my take on it... YMMV
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Old 07-16-2015, 10:40 PM   #10
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You'll be just fine with that trailer. Don't get a cheap hitch. Buy a quality piece, hook and go. I had a 2010 and even with that lazy 5.4 it would handle that pretty well. Stout backbone and decent transmission programming. the 9600lbs tow rating implies at least the standard tow package which includes the transmission cooler and oil cooler- you're good to go. Make sure you have the integrated trailer brake controller (the OEM one was wonderful and reasonably cheap if you don't already have it) and you should already have the 7 pin- you may just have to install the fuses from the glove box baggie.
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