Originally Posted by Kdjay
We have a 2004 F150 with a 4.7V8 3.55 axle ratio and a tow package. Literature says we can tow 6300#. Thinking about purchasing a travel trailer around 5000-5500 GVWR. Is this a feasible situation?
I had a 2003 SuperCrew Lariat with 3.55 gears and 4.6L 2V engine. I towed a cargo trailer that grossed about 5,000 pounds from Midland to Phoenix, and towed it back empty. There are no real "mountains" on that route, but several passes over ridges, and long grades pulling up out of dry river bottoms and over the next ridge. We made it okay, but the poor little Ford was straining up those grades. I was not at all satisfied with the performance, so when we got home I decided to trade it for something with more towing capability. My new pickup has a tow rating of 8,400 pounds, so I hope it will do a better job of towing that trailer.
And to go with the new tow vehicle, we bought a new Nomad Joey 196S TT, which has 5,600 pounds GVWR. No long trips yet, but just dragging it around within 30 miles of home it's going to do fine. It's perfect for two old folks and a couple of dogs.
In addition to the normal TT amenities
of AC, microwave oven, furnace, hot and cold running water, etc., our requirements were
- less than 6,000 pounds GVWR,
- walk-around bed so Darling Wife doesn't have to crawl around on the bed to make it up,
- seperate shower/tub so we don't have to sit on the pottie to take a bath,
- a big closet (in addition to those tiny things in the bedroom),
- and a dinette that converts to a bed in case one or two grandkids decide to go with us sometimes.
Here's what we bought:
Would a flat front or a v- front trailer be a better choice?
I don't think it matters as to your ability to tow the trailer, or the handling of the trailer, but the more aerodynamic front end will result in better MPG at highway speeds. You'll soon learn that your tow vehicle will get a lot better MPG at 60 MPH than at 70 or 75. My tow vehicle will easily pull the Joey at the local interstate speed limit of 75 MPH, but the tattle-tale gauges in the Lariat say it's getting only 8 MPG at that speed.
Here's my new combo. Click on the little picture to get a bigger picture: