Originally Posted by kris-at-home
Keystone Passport Ultralight 29 foot TT
Shipping weight-4814; Hitch-510
What TV to SAFELY haul this TT?
Useless info. What is the GVWR of the trailer? Use 15% of the GVWR of the trailer as your probable tongue weight. Assume you'll load the trailer to near the GVWR by the middle of your third RV trip.
Then be certain any tow vehicle (TV) you consider has enough payload capacity to haul all the people, pets, tools, jacks, hitch weight, and anything else that will be in the TV when towing.
Example: New Keystone Passport model 2650BH is a hair over 29' long (including tongue and rear bumper) with GVWR of 7,200 pounds. Dry hitch weight is listed as 4,819, so that's not the one you are talking about, but very close is weight. Wet and loaded tongue weight could be up to 1,080 pounds.
So you need a TV with enough GVWR to haul 1,080 pounds of tongue weight in addition to the normal load in the TV, and with enough GCWR to pull a 7,200-pound TT. GVWR is probably going to be your limiter. There are very few half-ton pickups with enough oomph to tow that trailer without exceeding the GVWR of the pickup. Almost any 3/4-ton pickup could do it.
But if you want a half-ton, then you must get educated about what is available. For a Ford, for example, an ordinary F-150 will be severely overloaded with that trailer. But Ford makes an F-150 that will work just fine. For a 2015 model, it must have the optional Heavy Duty Payload pkg, which requires the 3.5L EcoBoost engine and the maximum tow pkg. 2011 thru 2014 models have similar requirements. Those very special F-150s are not usually stocked by dealers, so f you want one you must plan on ordering it and waiting 6 to 8 weeks for it t be delivered. And if you want a used one, they are very rare, so most folks give up and buy an F-250 instead.