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Old 07-06-2016, 02:17 PM   #1
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First tow with new TT!

Towed the new bullet crossfire home today. Truck pulled well, but I could definitely tell it was back there. Truck was bouncing around a little. Not as smooth as I was expecting. But this was first time ever pulling a TT so I guess that's normal. Never got above 65 mph stayed closer to 60ish. TT is only 21 ft and dry weight of 3320. Also seemed like oil temp was slightly higher than I remember ever seeing it. Any thoughts on this. Looking forward to many trips! BTW, TV is a 15 F150 2.7L with a max tow of 7600#.
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Old 07-06-2016, 02:23 PM   #2
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What sort of hitch did you use for helping transferring the weight? Also, check how the TT is loaded. Tongue heavy, rear heavy? Tire pressure?

If any of the above isn't right the TT will steer you.
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What sort of hitch did you use for helping transferring the weight? Also, check how the TT is loaded. Tongue heavy, rear heavy? Tire pressure?

If any of the above isn't right the TT will steer you.
The TT was empty. Bringing home from dealer with nothing in it. Tires are good, dealer just checked them. I got ball and stinger from rv dealer. Just a standard set up.
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The TT was empty. Bringing home from dealer with nothing in it. Tires are good, dealer just checked them. I got ball and stinger from rv dealer. Just a standard set up.
TT empty shouldn't have given you that much to notice about. I just feel maybe 2.7ltr engine will work but probably not ideal. Transmission temp will get warmer especially with a lower powered truck I'm thinking.

Like others have said, check the hitch and weight distribution inside TT. I worry what it maybe like when you start pulling when the tanks are full etc.

Good luck! And safe travels.
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:00 PM   #5
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Is 'stinger' a weight transferring hitch? Sorry I am not sure what a stinger is.
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Is 'stinger' a weight transferring hitch? Sorry I am not sure what a stinger is.
No, it's the connector from trailer to hitch (the arm). I don't have the weight transferring hitch. May have to look into it.
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Maybe I am just ignorant around trucks, but 2.7L pulling 7,600lbs. That doesn't seem right.

Also, if if you are pulling a TT, you need a WD hitch, or it will feel like the tail wagging the dog.

Stand back and take a look. Is the TT level with your truck?
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That's the best way to describe it, tail wagging the dog. 7600 is max tow capacity (which isn't impressive by any means) but the TT weighs only 3320 pounds. It looks level when parked, yes. May have to invest in the WD hitch. Anyone recommend at decent one? Thanks.
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Maybe I am just ignorant around trucks, but 2.7L pulling 7,600lbs. That doesn't seem right.

Also, if if you are pulling a TT, you need a WD hitch, or it will feel like the tail wagging the dog.

Stand back and take a look. Is the TT level with your truck?
I agree Mike. 2.7l pulling 7600lb didn't sound right to me either.
I'm thinking the truck is underpowered and especially when it will be loaded.
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Under-powered will definitely affect the way the truck pulls the load but no weight distributing hitch is the first place to look. Check the folks over at Etrailer (here is a link: https://www.etrailer.com/maindept-RVandCamper.aspx).

Let me guess, when you asked the sale person if your truck would handle the load, the response went something like "no problem".

Not having a WD that also reduces sway is not a good thing. It is a jack knife waiting to happen. I pulled a 5700 lb trailer with an SUV that had a 7500 lb tow rating and had a Equal-i-zer Weight Distribution System w/ 4-Point Sway Control. It was great BUT noisy!! Creaked and groaned BAD, but worked like a champ.

All this is just my advise from my TT days.
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IMHO the best value in a WDH, Husky Centerline TS, we have had ours about 1 1/2 years now, and love it !



http://www.amazon.com/Husky-32218-Ce...nterline+hitch
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The 2.7l isn't the issue, it's Ford's new smaller turbo engine. Built from the ground up to work in an F150 and tow moderate sized loads which your trailer is.
I second the Equailizer 4 point hitch. The only pops and groans I get are in realy tight low speed turns but it pulls like a dream on the highway even with heavy cross winds and trucks. The Anderson hitch would also likely work well on this small of a trailer.
As long as the coolant and trans Temps stay below 230f you should be fine.
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The 2.7l isn't the issue, it's Ford's new smaller turbo engine. Built from the ground up to work in an F150 and tow moderate sized loads which your trailer is.
I second the Equailizer 4 point hitch. The only pops and groans I get are in realy tight low speed turns but it pulls like a dream on the highway even with heavy cross winds and trucks. The Anderson hitch would also likely work well on this small of a trailer.
As long as the coolant and trans Temps stay below 230f you should be fine.
My equalizer was loud too, I got the plastic pads for under the bar and the proper grease for the grease points and have basically no noise at all anymore, changed from day one.

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I always knew the hitch was working because of the groaning and grinding going on. Worked like a charm. Even in strong cross winds, stayed straight and killed the sway.
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