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Old 12-12-2014, 08:36 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by lanerd View Post
See, this is exactly what I was talking about above. A person will spend thousands on the trailer, but will go cheap on the most important safety device he can get for his TT. I just don't understand this mindset.

Just speculating here, maybe not relevant to this owner, but it is the basic problem having to do with financing. Many people buy based on their monthly nut and have a very small amount of savings. This means putting it on a credit card or using their savings, so it goes on the credit card and increases pressure on the monthly nut. An expensive rig is not expensive, from that point of view, because it is merely a monthly payment and the cost of the safety device is being compared to the monthly payment.

It is also why some, if not many people buy new, rather than used, because the new rig can be more easily financed and again it is a smaller down and just a monthly payment. The total cost and interest are hidden and irrelevant to buying what is desired to make ourselves feel better one month, one day, at a time.

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Old 12-12-2014, 01:53 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by RodgerS View Post
...but it is the basic problem having to do with financing.
This makes me glad that I will be able to buy using cash. I believe this opens up the entirety of the RV and TV market to me to get what I will need and less of the shiny things that catch fish.

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Old 12-13-2014, 07:09 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by SmokeyWren View Post
Your GCWR is 17,000. Your GVWR is much less, either 7,200 or maybe about 7,700 if you have the max tow pkg, or 8,200 only if you have the 7-lug wheels that are part of the HD Payload pkg.

The GCWR limits the max weight you can pull - without overheating anything in the drivetrain - engine, tranny, rear differential, u-joints. etc. You are below the GCWR, and your EcoBoost engine is a powerhouse, so you should be able to pull a 9,500-pound tandem-axle trailer with no problem. But without those 7-lug wheels and load range E tires, you'll probably exceed the GVWR of your tow vehicle.

The GVWR limits the weight you can haul on the 4 truck tires. A 9,500 pound TT with the average of 13% tongue weight will have about 900 pounds of hitch weight. That hitch weight plus your family and gear in the truck will overload almost all F-150s. So check your weight on a CAT scale before you gain too much confidence. Add the weight on the front and rear axles and compare to the GVWR of your F-150. I don't worry about being a hundred pounds or so overloaded over the GVWR, but more than that is a safety factor.
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