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Old 09-21-2016, 05:40 AM   #169
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Very Nice. Dodge sure makes some eye catchers.

Your rig looks new, hope you get your full measure of fun

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Old 09-21-2016, 08:47 AM   #170
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Hello I'm looking to purchase a Forest River 30HDS Hyper Lite toy hauler. I have a 2008 Ford F-150 5.4 liter super cab 4 wheel drive. Does anyone have any input on towing this. The trailer comes in around 7500 lbs. The dealer says with a WD hitch I will be fine but he is a salesman so. I appreciate any input Thanks
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Old 09-21-2016, 02:13 PM   #171
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Hello I'm looking to purchase a Forest River 30HDS Hyper Lite toy hauler. I have a 2008 Ford F-150 5.4 liter super cab 4 wheel drive. Does anyone have any input on towing this. The trailer comes in around 7500 lbs. The dealer says with a WD hitch I will be fine but he is a salesman so. I appreciate any input Thanks
Well you said it yourself you are buying a toy hauler what are the weights of your toys you would have to load up then clean up was all of your toys I do not think I do not think you're going to have enough truck as I remember all the F-150 is 1/2 tons I believe you will find you will run into some major trouble and the and the truth is I like half tons.. ...Dusty
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Old 09-21-2016, 02:34 PM   #172
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IMO use of overloaded half ton or any tow vehicle is problematic. Yes many say they have driven them countless miles without issue.

When things are going well there is no issue but if there is a problem what are your chances of safe recovery? I think have more rather than less tow vehicle will improve your odds.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:37 PM   #173
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Thanks for the input the toys are 2 Harleys one approx 900 lbs the other about 700lbs. I was told with a WD hitch I'm good to go. I'm pretty sure I will need s bigger truck but the F 250 doesn't look like it can tow much more. I just want to tow safely.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:01 AM   #174
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Thanks for the input the toys are 2 Harleys one approx 900 lbs the other about 700lbs. I was told with a WD hitch I'm good to go. I'm pretty sure I will need s bigger truck but the F 250 doesn't look like it can tow much more. I just want to tow safely.
Some have said there is very little price difference between a 250 and a 350.

With such valuable toys a few extra dollars would be well worth it.
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:11 AM   #175
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Old 09-22-2016, 04:29 PM   #176
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Hello I'm looking to purchase a Forest River 30HDS Hyper Lite toy hauler. I have a 2008 Ford F-150 5.4 liter super cab 4 wheel drive. Does anyone have any input on towing this. The trailer comes in around 7500 lbs. The dealer says with a WD hitch I will be fine but he is a salesman so. I appreciate any input Thanks
BTDT with an 08 F150 5.4 and 3.73 gears 2wd. Hated it when towing a previous 31' 7300lb TT. The 5.4 in 08 was a big dog. Couple that with the 4sp tranny and it has to work it's arse off to keeps 7300lbs moving.
Previous to that I towed a 4050lb TT around for one season and that was great. Obviously 4050lbs isn't much but it the towing world it was about as good s it gets. JMHO but I wouldn't go over 6000lbs loaded with the 08 5.4 and 4sp. If you don't have 3.73s then plan on wearing out the back of the gas pedal.


FWIW I tow in Oregon, NorCal area. Lots of rolling hills and mtn passes. If you're on the flat land then it's doable.
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I have a 2004 Ram 1500 5.7 auto with 3.55 gears used to tow a WD2575RK. Dry 5996 gvwr 7000. I have an Eaz Lift 1000lbs WDH. Truck pulls it fine even with the highway gears. I looked into swapping them out for 4.11's but that was a tad spendy so I opted to add an auxiliary tranny cooler and not drive 70mph up mountains. I live in Western Washington so no shortage of those. This is the most I would pull with that truck and probably any 1/2 ton for that matter.

I have a buddy who has a 05 ram 2500 and a Forrest River 5th wheel. I sat down with him the other day and we figured when he's loaded he's over his trucks payload by about 300lbs because of his high pin weight. I doubt there are many fellow campers who would call him out for being overweight because he has a 3/4 ton diesel. I have another buddy with a 96 f350 7.3 SRW. He doesn't know his payload capacity but that doesn't stop him from hauling his 4000lbs slide in bed camper. Sure these trucks have heavier brakes and axles but they are also dealing with more weight.

Earlier comments (not negative ones) were made about truck to trailer weight ratios. Not to compare apples to oranges but everyday at work I drive a 13,000lbs tractor and pull a 40,000lbs trailer.

Within reason, driving habits will be the ultimate decider in safety. I would much rather be next to a guy on the freeway who's almost at his 1/2 tons limit but driving at a speed for the conditions then a guy in a brand new F350 doing 80mph down a wet hill pulling a 17,000lbs 5th wheel with a dog on his lap.
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Within reason, driving habits will be the ultimate decider in safety. I would much rather be next to a guy on the freeway who's almost at his 1/2 tons limit but driving at a speed for the conditions then a guy in a brand new F350 doing 80mph down a wet hill pulling a 17,000lbs 5th wheel with a dog on his lap.
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Was out on the x-way earlier this week. Raining steadily, foggy, lots of traffic. There was a guy with a big 5th wheel who blew by me, had to be doing 80+.
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2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel ( the little engine that can). 4 door , 3:55 and the full tow package. 2015 Coachmen Catalina Banner Edition 243rbs. Empty about 5300, GVWR OF 7600. Loaded about 6300. We load light for a reason.

Got 14.2 mpg on my last trip to Tenn. About 1,000 mi total. Pulled just fine, never went lower than 6th gear.
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BTDT with an 08 F150 5.4 and 3.73 gears 2wd. Hated it when towing a previous 31' 7300lb TT. The 5.4 in 08 was a big dog. Couple that with the 4sp tranny and it has to work it's arse off to keeps 7300lbs moving.
Previous to that I towed a 4050lb TT around for one season and that was great. Obviously 4050lbs isn't much but it the towing world it was about as good s it gets. JMHO but I wouldn't go over 6000lbs loaded with the 08 5.4 and 4sp. If you don't have 3.73s then plan on wearing out the back of the gas pedal.


FWIW I tow in Oregon, NorCal area. Lots of rolling hills and mtn passes. If you're on the flat land then it's doable.
I agree. My 07 wasn't big on performance.
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Here's my only question and correct me if I'm wrong. the trailer brakes are suppose to start grabbing before the tow vehicle. I hear everyone say wait until you try to stop these over weight trucks no matter if its a 150=250=350. If your brakes are adjusted correctly you should not have a problem stopping. not saying you should pull over weight. If your talking about making a quick steering adjustment, doesnt matter what your pulling your going over and out into the weeds. Good luck.
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