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Old 11-22-2009, 04:19 PM   #1
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2008 27' Safari w/F150

Hi all. Well, yesterday we put a deposit on a 2008 Safari 27' (new), and are picking up next Sat. To say the least we are very excited.
The GVWR of the trailer is 7600. Tongue weight is about 750 lbs.
The TV is a 2009 F150 5.4L 4X4 w/3.55 ratio. We are getting a weight distributing hitch (dual cam). The truck is rated to tow 9300 (truck GVWR is 7200).
Anyone have experience with a similar setup? I expect it to be near the limit (and not a speedster) but I do expect it to be a safe setup. There should be a relative margin of safety of about 22% (i.e. the truck is towing about 78% of it's maximum).
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:27 PM   #2
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I would highly recommend a Hensley hitch, and nothing else. Definitely not a dual cam type hitch.
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:20 PM   #3
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Do you have experience with that setup?
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:40 PM   #4
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I tow a 2007 27FB with a 2005 Ram 1500 in Fl with problems
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:47 PM   #5
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Thanks 4227free. Seems like a reasonable compairson. Do you have the 4.7l or 5.7?
How do you like your 27FB?
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:31 PM   #6
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Have the 5.7 with a 392 rear end. Love the FB except for the front storage compartment(behind the propane tanks). Reason being when towing in the rain the water gets into the compartment . I have had the dealer replace the gasket three times now, just a poor design.
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in post #4 that is with no problems.
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Old 11-22-2009, 06:37 PM   #8
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Don't forget to factor in the weight of people and supplies in the truck and water and stuff in the trailer. That %22 cushion is going to evaporate pretty quick.
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You should be fine. Just crossed the i 40 climb from LA and now sitting in the sedona rv park. My 08 f150 has done things most would not want to do the past 2.5 years. Work her hard and and it loves it. Good luck,and a diesel 3/4 ton is not needed, and or for the long term reliability of your streamer the best choice. Trucks come and go, the trailer is your baby.
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I would highly recommend a Hensley hitch, and nothing else. Definitely not a dual cam type hitch.
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Do you have experience with that setup?

Kmtyme was recently involved in a roll over caused by trailer sway. It is strongly believed (both their's and mine) that there crash would have been avoided had they had a Ha-Ha, or a ProPride hitch setup. This is not a certainty but I know their next setup will include one brand or the other.

Thoughts and Blessings...

Regards and congrats on your new TT.

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