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Old 02-23-2015, 10:58 AM   #15
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Disconnect is usually in the suspension and wheels/tires. If you don't have a towing option on your F150 you probably have D rated tires. Changing to E rated will change the load capacity of your truck, but not the door sticker. Depending on motor you have and I am guessing by the tow rating its a V8 you are ok with towing the trailer performance wise. The v6 Eco can tow up to 11,500 pounds with a trailer tow package.

Again check your drivers side door sticker on the truck it is what your individual truck is legally capable of towing or carrying.

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Old 02-23-2015, 07:19 PM   #16
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Forgot to mention, our TV is a Ford F-150 Ecoboost, 10800 rating. We are under that by a good margin, and, the truck handles our rig with ease. A Hensley or similar hitch will eliminate sway when towing, and give excellent weight distribution to the tow vehicle. Your truck is a little light, but, if you don ' t want to trade, consider some aftermarket modifications. Springs, tires, oil and transmission coolers, will enable your truck to better handle the load you envision.

Keep in mind though, the closer you get to the manufacturers rating, the quicker you wear the truck out. So, even though you may think keeping the truck is less expensive, your maintenance and repairs will be more than the cost of a trade in while the current truck is in newer, better, less worn condition.



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Old 02-23-2015, 08:23 PM   #17
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Let us know you tow vehicle and engine. Look at the yellow tire and load label on the drivers door and let us know the allowable load.

If you have an F150 with Ecoboost reconsider the 25. Wait until the 2016s start showing up on the lots and the 2015s start to closeuot. No reason to wait much longer as Airstreams keep getting more expensive. I'd be less likely to buy one after I retire worrying about living on a fixed income. You can still use it on weekends and vacations until you retire. As doesn't change its floorplans often.

Your GVWR of 7300lbs means the maximum weight your vehicle should be limited to including curb weight plus all the stuff you load. Your payload may only be about 1400lbs but many of us pull 25s with similar payloads and our trucks don't fail us.
Running a few hundred pounds over wont hurt the truck.

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This is all very confusing to me! I have read elsewhere on the forum that people do use their F150 at very close to the maximum tow rating without any issues. We are probably being far too cautious since this is both our first truck and first trailer...newbies at it all!

KJRitchie I like your idea of getting our AS at the end of the 2015 model year, because you're right...they aren't getting any cheaper and we will be transitioning to retirement fixed income.

We have read a lot about the Hensley/Propride hitches and are on board with getting one...seems a no-brainer.

The sticker on our door reads Front GAWR 3750, Rear GAWR 3850, GVWR 7200. The payload (listed in the brochure not on the door - nothing else on the door regarding towing) is 1660. We have a 2014 F150 Super Cab 4 x 4 with a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost. We did get the towing package (trailer brake and hitch), but I don't think it's the heavy duty towing package.

I definitely trust you guys who have gone through this in real life more than our Ford dealer....who told us we "should be fine"in the 9400 to 9700 range for towing.
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This is all very confusing to me! I have read elsewhere on the forum that people do use their F150 at very close to the maximum tow rating without any issues. We are probably being far too cautious since this is both our first truck and first trailer...newbies at it all!

KJRitchie I like your idea of getting our AS at the end of the 2015 model year, because you're right...they aren't getting any cheaper and we will be transitioning to retirement fixed income.

We have read a lot about the Hensley/Propride hitches and are on board with getting one...seems a no-brainer.

The sticker on our door reads Front GAWR 3750, Rear GAWR 3850, GVWR 7200. The payload (listed in the brochure not on the door - nothing else on the door regarding towing) is 1660. We have a 2014 F150 Super Cab 4 x 4 with a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost. We did get the towing package (trailer brake and hitch), but I don't think it's the heavy duty towing package.

I definitely trust you guys who have gone through this in real life more than our Ford dealer....who told us we "should be fine"in the 9400 to 9700 range for towing.
I'm pulling a 25 ft EB with the 2013 version of the same thing. You might get wimpy going through the high passes of the Rockies, but you're fine for a 25 or even a 27.

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Old 02-24-2015, 11:18 AM   #20
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Realize the Hensley and Propride are heavy hitches compared to Equalizer, Reese, Blue OX etc and expensive but most who own them, love them. I'm still using an Equalizter with 1000lb bars on my heavy 2008 Classic 25fb.

If you wouldn't mind posting the VIN we can look at your window sticker on the Ford site to see exactly what you have.

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