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54Fun 03-07-2017 08:25 PM

Half ton towable with full bunkhouse, full outdoor kitchen
 
Anybody know of any models out there that are around 6000lbs dry (guessing that is the safe range for an F150) and has a large full (not miniature) outdoor kitchen, and a full bunkhouse room that can be closed off (not just stacking bunks in the corner with a curtain)? I really want (and was originally planning to get a Jayco 32BHDS (7600 dry, 955 tongue weight) but the consensus seems to be that it is really pushing my 2016 3.5 Ecoboost F150 Max Tow too much (still open for opinions here as well).

Assuming that unit is too heavy - anybody know of a similar layout in a lighter unit?

marcham 03-07-2017 11:24 PM

I will suggest that 6000lb dry is far too much for an f150. My Nash 23B is listed at 4980 lbs dry and we had to upgrade to an F250. Tow ratings are designed for boat trailers which have low profile and low tongue weights.

A 30 min tow once i a while you will be ok , but we drive sometimes 8hrs a day and the f150 was exhausting to drive while towing.

marcham 03-07-2017 11:26 PM

Trade your EB for a used 3/4 or 1 ton and then get the trailer you want.

Parks 03-07-2017 11:30 PM

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Originally Posted by marcham (Post 3491380)
I will suggest that 6000lb dry is far too much for an f150. My Nash 23B is listed at 4980 lbs dry and we had to upgrade to an F250. Tow ratings are designed for boat trailers which have low profile and low tongue weights.

A 30 min tow once i a while you will be ok , but we drive sometimes 8hrs a day and the f150 was exhausting to drive while towing.

"Whatcha talkin' 'bout, Willis"?:facepalm::facepalm::laugh:

Edit: OP, your best bet is to go on RV Trader and put in the search parameters for travel trailers and sit back and browse all the listings and look at pictures. I am real particular on what we want and literally went through 51 pages the last two nights trying to find the right trailer at the right prices. Many ads had floor plan layouts with their pictures. The reality is if you are looking at any trailers in the 6-7K dry weight range you may want to step it up to a 3/4 ton truck. It all depends on your trucks capacities and your comfort level.

Matfam1 03-07-2017 11:37 PM

I just bought a Cruiser RV SC-280QBS, seems to fit your request. Tows great with my 1500 Dodge.

Starbreaker 03-08-2017 04:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marcham (Post 3491380)
I will suggest that 6000lb dry is far too much for an f150. My Nash 23B is listed at 4980 lbs dry and we had to upgrade to an F250. Tow ratings are designed for boat trailers which have low profile and low tongue weights.

A 30 min tow once i a while you will be ok , but we drive sometimes 8hrs a day and the f150 was exhausting to drive while towing.

That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. And F250 for less then 5klbs? Non-sense.

marcham 03-08-2017 06:49 AM

5k empty = 7k loaded = 800-850lb tongue weight + hitch + people in truck + gear in bed = rear axle overloaded by 200-300lbs = unstable driving at highway speeds (without any wind). Add crosswinds and it gets really unpleasant.

Spdracr39 03-08-2017 07:56 AM

I towed a 7000 lb trailer behind my 1/2 ton Silverado on a couple of 4 hour trips and it was exhausting. Pulling the same trailer behind my 3/4 ton is like regular driving with no stress involved. 1/2 tons will pull campers but the experience suffers and IMO takes away from the camping experience. Is a 3/4 or 1 ton required? No but is it more desirable and worth the upgrade yes. My truck is also a daily driver and other than the fuel mileage it isn't any different than driving the 1/2 ton.

54Fun 03-08-2017 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Matfam1 (Post 3491396)
I just bought a Cruiser RV SC-280QBS, seems to fit your request. Tows great with my 1500 Dodge.

Thanks...yep, that is right in line with what I'm looking for! I can't seem to locate the manufacturer's website to see who their dealers are, but an rvtrader search points mainly to dealer in the west. I'm in FL. I'll keep looking though - this is a great baseline if I decide to keep my F150, and not upgrade to a Super Duty

54Fun 03-08-2017 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by spdracr39 (Post 3491625)
I towed a 7000 lb trailer behind my 1/2 ton Silverado on a couple of 4 hour trips and it was exhausting. Pulling the same trailer behind my 3/4 ton is like regular driving with no stress involved. 1/2 tons will pull campers but the experience suffers and IMO takes away from the camping experience. Is a 3/4 or 1 ton required? No but is it more desirable and worth the upgrade yes. My truck is also a daily driver and other than the fuel mileage it isn't any different than driving the 1/2 ton.

Great input. Thank you!

BirchyBoy 03-08-2017 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by 54Fun (Post 3491645)
Thanks...yep, that is right in line with what I'm looking for! I can't seem to locate the manufacturer's website to see who their dealers are, but an rvtrader search points mainly to dealer in the west. I'm in FL. I'll keep looking though - this is a great baseline if I decide to keep my F150, and not upgrade to a Super Duty

You didn't say what part of Florida, but this search was based on Orlando. This will take you to the website and then you can change the zip. Shadow Cruiser appears to be the brand for that model.

https://www.cruiserrv.com/dealer-loc...%5D=%7CSCUL%7C

54Fun 03-08-2017 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by BirchyBoy (Post 3491656)
You didn't say what part of Florida, but this search was based on Orlando. This will take you to the website and then you can change the zip. Shadow Cruiser appears to be the brand for that model.

https://www.cruiserrv.com/dealer-loc...%5D=%7CSCUL%7C

Clearly I need another cup of coffee...completely missed that, and was even at that dealer in Dover several weeks ago. Thanks!

UTTransplant 03-08-2017 08:33 AM

look first at the yellow post on the pillar of your truck for the real capacity of your specific model. Then calculate the weight of all the gear in the truck plus the people (remember kids only grow), add 80 pounds for a weight distribution hitch. Now you know what you have left for a trailer both in hitch weight and towing capacity. Then ignore any dry weight that a trailer manufacturer posts. It doesn't include propane, water, any gear, and generally not even items like the awning. Use the gross axel weight capacity instead because you will load it that way eventually (especially with kids). I bet you will end up looking at the 3/4 ton truck to get what you want.

Note we had a 1/2 ton and moved to a 3/4 ton. The big truck was a hard drive around town until we started lowering the rear tire pressure to 65 instead of the 80 it needs for towing. We just air the tires up before we tow, and we can't tell the difference in the ride quality between the two trucks. Physical size isn't much different either, though we had 4W drive on both so they were both big.

6Kampers 03-08-2017 05:01 PM

We bought the camper we wanted, thinking our TV could pull it.... after some white knuckling short trips, I bought a F250 and drive with 1 hand now!! If buying the camper was the greatest family decision ever, buying a bigger truck would have to be 2nd


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