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Old 09-22-2006, 09:55 AM   #1
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OK, first off very nice board and interesting topics.
We are looking at getting a Coachman lite 25' which is ~4800lbs. before food, etc. Now I am looking at getting a new Ford F-250 to pull it, too much? Is an F-150 enough?
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:55 AM   #2
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OK, first off very nice board and interesting topics.
We are looking at getting a Coachman lite 25' which is ~4800lbs. before food, etc. Now I am looking at getting a new Ford F-250 to pull it, too much? Is an F-150 enough?
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Old 09-22-2006, 11:12 AM   #3
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if we can all believe the new ford commercials, they say the new F150 can tow over 9,000 lbs! We bought a lite 30', 7700lbs loaded, and we tow with a F350-had the truck first, didn't want to be disappointed in case I fell in love with a heavy trailer and then couldn't pull it!!

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Old 09-22-2006, 12:02 PM   #4
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Yes, if we beleive that a F-150 can pull 9,00lbs. I really don't....So, i guess I'll go with the F-250...

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Old 09-22-2006, 03:50 PM   #5
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You might visit a Ford dealer and pick up some brochures that list various combinations of equipment that will do the job. This includes engine size, Rear axle ratios, cooling requirements, various carrying/towing capacities, etc., I have gotten the impression, over the years, that many salesmen really have no idea of towing requirements.....
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Best thing to do is to get the Ford Towing guide and read it in detail. Be sure and read ALL of the footnotes and fine prints. The manufacturers tow rating are maximun and based on a base model truck, no option, no cargo, no hitch, no passengers and only a 150# driver. So once you start adding opyion, passengers and cargo, the tow rating is reduced by the amount of weight added. As a gudeline, use no more than 80% of the tow rating when shopping for a trailer and use the trailer GVWR and never use the dry weight of the trailer.

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There is a difference between the maximium a rig can tow and what is comfortable to tow. I usually look at the CGVWR which represents the the maximium load the drivetrain can handle. I add together the GVWR of both the TT and TV - if they are less than the GVWR it is probably a good match. There are some TTs that have high GVWRs and real high cargo capacities which you may or may not use. Otherwise it is a reasonably easy way to see what you can tow.
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Thanks for the advice and pointers. My only worry is to get a TV and TT that are not a good match. I'll let you know what I end up with..'


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Well my side on this is to get the largest truck and smallest trailer you can live with. I just towed over 2k miles in very heavy winds with a gmc envoy extended and a 22 foot hi-lo trailer. the truck is rated at just under 6k lbs and the trailer is is just over 4klbs.

Overall a great tow, and the biggest concern was wind. be very careful about the frontal surface of the trailer, it will be in the tow ratings of your truck. it is a huge factor on how much you will enjoy the experience. we were n very heavy cross winds and she tracked straight and true. good luck.
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All good advice, and I'll follow it...Now, we are going to the RV Show next weekend. We are leaning to a Jayco and a few others...Any thoughts on what to stay away from?

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We've owned 3 Jaycos and have been quite satisfied with each of them. Good luck in your search!

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Also keep an eye on hitch weights. As with some hybrids, some may have a 300 pound dry hitch, and others of the same size (length) may be 500-600. Add a few bikes and firewood,tools,propane and that 600 Lb. can easily hit 800.
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Went to the RV show today and we will be getting a 29' Jayco Jay Feather, it has everything we want and a little more....Now to get the F-250 and do some camping.......

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One down....We bought a 2007 Jayco Feather, 30', great TT. One to go...Now the F-250, should I get the V-10? or is the 5.4L plenty? The GVWR on the TT is 6100.....

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