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Old 11-11-2018, 09:50 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle powerful enough?

Greetings! My wife and I are preparing to purchase a new Cougar 27 ft travel trailer. We are trading up in to a bigger rig. My question to travel trailer owners is about the tow rig we will be using:
2015 Ford 150 XLS gas V8

Looking for feedback on how well this rig will tow our new Cougar 27ft?
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Welcome to iRV2.

There's more to it than just length. More details are needed such as the model number of the trailer, how much stuff will you be loading into both the trailer AND the truck, and the capacities of your truck.
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:19 AM   #3
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What "60 sumtin" said. But also remember an overloaded tow vehicle may seem fine powerwise for pulling. But also the stopping and handling is something often overlooked.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I've been away from towables for a while so will let others answer that! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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You need to get the tow/gross weight/payload ratings for your truck. I assume that since you are trading up, you already have the tow package/trailer brake...
Then need to know the mfg supplied trailer weight/cargo carrying weight/gross weight.
When you have all these numbers, let us know...then we can be more help.
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:28 PM   #6
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Not big enough. Around here if ya don't have at least a 3500 Dually you shouldn't be towing anything bigger than a Harbor Freight utility trailer. And that they'll tell you to get rid of the Chinese tires on
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:29 PM   #7
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Greetings! My wife and I are preparing to purchase a new Cougar 27 ft travel trailer. We are trading up in to a bigger rig. My question to travel trailer owners is about the tow rig we will be using:
2015 Ford 150 XLS gas V8

Looking for feedback on how well this rig will tow our new Cougar 27ft?
DarrelS,

You'll need to answer some questions to see if it's a yes or no answer. I'm assuming you already have the f150.
The 2015 f150's are able to tow anywhere from 5,000-9,200 lbs. It depends on which V8 as well as several other items including rear end. You will absolutely need it to have a towing package. That would include transmission cooler, larger radiator, etc. You'll need to look at your specific vehicle to know what the towing capacity is.

I glanced online at the Cougar 27' TT, but you didn't mention which model you have. But the one I saw, it looks like about 8500 lbs trailer, fully loaded.

You'll need to fine tune those numbers, but from first glance, you'll probably be exceeding the towing capacity of that vehicle.

You can listen to a salesman, but verify everything/anything they tell you. Just recently they told my son that he can increase his towing capacity by getting larger tires on his truck
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Welcome to the forum!

The others have pretty much nailed it, and I am a fan of the 3500 idea.
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The 2015 F-150 with a 5.0 engine is a very capable truck. I have the same truck and I tow a 26' Winnie Minnie fully loaded at 6,200 lbs. The truck handles it well but I wouldn't want to tow any more.
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Not big enough. Around here if ya don't have at least a 3500 Dually you shouldn't be towing anything bigger than a Harbor Freight utility trailer. And that they'll tell you to get rid of the Chinese tires on

If it's that bad here why did you join?
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CCrew - what??
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Old 11-12-2018, 09:47 AM   #12
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Not big enough. Around here if ya don't have at least a 3500 Dually you shouldn't be towing anything bigger than a Harbor Freight utility trailer. And that they'll tell you to get rid of the Chinese tires on
Sounds like someone has too small a truck for their trailer and did not like hearing it.


There is great advice on here. There are many that dont like to follow weight limits of their trucks and feel since they have a pick up, they can tow anything they want. If advising people to stay within the constraints of their trucks for safety is just BS, maybe this site is not for you.
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The tow rating of a vehicle is generally calculated at +(-)20 lbs towing weight : 1 lb of torques at the engine on average. Albeit the formulas a much more complicated to include rolling resistance of both vehicles, coefficients of friction, grear ratios, et cetera, 20 pounds of trailer weight per pound or torque produced by the engine at a desired RPM/speed will give you a ball park max.
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As others have said, you need to look at more/other info, but I wouldn't like towing that size trailer with my F150/5.0L. It doesn't have enough oomph for me.
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