Originally Posted by Slimpockets
I have been reading on here about how overloaded my F150 is on this forum. I know from reading here that pulling my 25’ Airstream needs a F350 diesel at a minimum to do it with any safety margin. I have been towing with a F150 for 20,000 miles and keep waiting for the white knuckle experience. My life has yet to flash before my eyes too!
Curiosity got the best of me and I went to a scale on the way home from a trip. Can any of you diesel drivers help me figure out where to load another 900ish pounds in my truck? Thanks in advance!
Your truck is not made anymore, in general. 2000 is max, generally in an F150 frame. So yours is more capable, literally than some F250s of older generation and is heavier. There may still be an option for more than a 2K payload though. But its unusual.
With that said, the sheer weight difference and weight handling characteristics of a newer F250 is no comparison to any F150 frame. Its apples an oranges.
Just because you drive with caution and don't overload and push the speed you should be at, does not mean the average person is not completely ignorant and unaware of what will happen when a semi truck passes you, pushes your camper with its wind load and sends you jackknifed into the ditch because of how big and heavy the larger camper is vs the tow vehicle. This requires slower speeds and proper setup and not over loading.
Over load your vehicle and drive 10-15mph faster than you should with a crosswind, then have a bus or semi pass you and things change. When the camper yanks your back wheels off the pavement, its over.
This scenario is possible, even with an F250. But much less likely as nothing is perfect.
Theres a video posted here of a camper/tow vehicle combination that probably is a bad idea at the speed they were traveling and the results when a large vehicle pushes the camper to the side. Its ugly. And I'm sure that guy didn't have any problems before, until he/she did. The tow vehicle was not capable of controlling the sway induced by the passing semi.
Would I tow your camper with your truck? Not more than about 55. It still needs a 2500 frame tow vehicle. 25 foot is a LONG trailer. Add 2-3 more feet with the hitch a frame and thats a huge lever yanking on that back bumper hitch on a light tow vehicle.
Good luck, keep it slow.