Originally Posted by schrederman
My 2011 F-150 is rated to pull 9,800# but I'd like to keep that under 5,000# if possible. OBTW... the F-150 has the 5.0 V-8 and 3.55 axle ratio.
You don't include much info on your F-150, but the only 2011 F-150 with 5.0L engine and 3.55 axle and a 9,800 pounds tow rating is the 4x2 regular cab. The more common SuperCrew 4x4 has a tow rating of 7700 for the shorty and 7500 for the 6.5' bed. SuperCabs are about 300 pounds more, and 4x2s are about 400 pounds more.
The tow rating is overstated because it assumes your truck has no options and absolutely nothing in the truck but a skinny driver. For example, my GCWR is 14,000 and my tow rating is 8,400, which leaves only 5,600 pounds for my wet and loaded F-150. But my F-150 weighs over 6,000 pounds when ready for the road, so my tow rating is overstated by at least 400 pounds.
But the trailer weight limit for an F-150 without the HD payload pkg is almost always hitch weight and not trailer weight.
Load up your F-150 for a towing trip with everything except the trailer. Passengers, tools, jacks, whatever you haul in the pickup when towing. Include the heavy shank and ball mount of your weight-distributing hitch. Drive to a truckstop that has a CAT scale, fill up with gas, then weigh the wet and loaded F-150. Subtract that weight from the GVWR of the truck and the answer is the max hitch weight you can have without being overloaded.
Divide that max hitch weight by 12 percent (0.12) and the answer is the max trailer weight you can tow without being overloaded - assuming a 12 percent hitch weight. But TT hitch weight can be over 15%, and mine is a hair over 15 percent. So if you want a better estimate of the max hitch weight you may have, use 15 percent instead of 12 percent.
For my truck, assuming 12 percent hitch weight, the answer is 900 pounds max hitch weight, or about 7,500 pounds of max trailer weight. So I had to find a TT with a GVWR of less than 7,500 pounds. There are a few available. The one ChiefGeek found has a GVWR of 7,000 pounds so it will fit. Notice his does not have a slide. But add 9 inches of length and a slide to that trailer and the GVWR goes up to 7,600 pounds.
I don't like to get even close to my weight limits, so I found a TT that suits us just fine and dandy. Skyline Nomad Joey 196S. GVWR 5,600 pounds. Walk-around queen-size bed. Seperate shower/tub in the bathroom so we don't have to sit on the pottie to take a bath. Large closet. Dinette that converts to a bed in case grandkids are with us.
That weight sounds like we should have all sorts of wiggle room, but the CAT scale says we will have to be careful of what we haul in the TT if we don't want to exceed the GVWR of my F-150.
Perhaps more suitable for your needs is the Model 249 (bunkhouse)
Still no heavy slides, but 5' longer than mine, with three bunk beds as well as the dinette, and with a GVWR of 6,200 pounds. So even if your F-150 is a SuperCrew 4x4, you should be able to tow that Joey without being overloaded.
Skyline has several brand names, and most of those brands have identical trailers. The Joey 196S, for example, is available with my Nomad brand name, as well as Aljo Joey, Layton Joey, and Mountain States Joey. I have an MBA from a good school, but I don't understand their name-brand
proliferation. It's worse than GM was before they became Government Motors. :(
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