Originally Posted by johnandjennc
... i guess i am looking for what is the minimum tow vehicle I can look at that would give me an option for the trailer I described?
A 26' trailer with two slides. That could be a 22' box with 4' tongue, or a 26'box a 4' tongue. The model number will usually include the box length, and the overall length includes the tongue and rear bumper, usually with the spare tire mounter over the rear bumper.
I'll assume you want a 30' overall length trailer that would have a 26' box. And to keep the weight down, you want an ultra-light trailer. One that meets your requirements (other than cost) is an Airstream. But cost is prohibitive for most of us. So let's back off to a normal 30' TT.
Like the Skyline Layton Javelin 255RK, for example:
255RK - Skyline Recreational Vehicles
Only one big slide, but otherwise meets your description. It's 29' 11" overall length with GVWR of 7,750. It has a full 60x80 queen-size bed, not the typical RV-Queen or short-queen size.
Or the similar Keystone Hideout 26RLS. GVWR 7840, 31' long overall, Upper limits for a TT that can be towed with an F-150 HD.
Hitch weight will be your limiter, and that Skyline trailer will have hitch weight of about 1,000 pounds when wet and loaded for camping. So the payload capacity of your tow vehicle must be enough to haul your wife and dogs plus anything else you haul in the tow vehicle, plus 1,000 pounds of hitch weight. plus another 100 pounds for the WD hitch, without exceeding he GVWR (and payload capacity) of your tow vehicle.
So if you get that trailer, how much tow vehicle will you need? More than a normal half-ton pickup will have. But that's no problem if you plan ahead and order your new tow vehicle several weeks before you need it.
For a 2016 F-150 CrewCab pickup Ford calls a SuperCrwew, in order to have enough payload capacity to haul your bunch and the hitch weight of that trailer without being overloaded, you must insist on an F-150 with the heavy-duty payload package. You won't find any in stock, anywhere. Special order only.
The HD payload package comes with a few restrictions:
1. It must have the wonderful 3.5L EcoBoost engine.
2. It must include the max tow package.
3. A SuperCrew must have the 6.5' bed. A SuperCab must have the 8' bed.
4. The fanciest trim level available is the base Lariat trim. XL and XLT trims also available.
If you order the F-50 HD, understand that tow mirrors are a separate option. But be sure to include tow mirrors in your order.
That F-150 will also be a good commuter car, with enough capacity to haul home some stuff from Home Depot. And my Lariat SuperCrew is plenty nice enough to take my wife to Church on Sunday.
I envision a new or last years model instead of used, just so I can shop around and have choices on options etc.
Sorry, but if you want an F-150 tow vehicle, then you won't find any in stock that are properly equipped to tow a 7,750 or 7,840 pound travel trailer without being overloaded. You have to order it. But when you order it, you can choose all the options you want, and you don't have to accept any options that are not required by the heavy duty payload package.