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RE: 2012 F-150 tow rating

..There are many different kinds of trailers: flat bed, dump, horse, cargo, boat, equipment, cattle, and RV. They all have their differences. A hard sided RV trailer is by far the most challenging. They have a huge frontal area, a high percentage of tongue weight, a large side "sail" area to catch wind, and very limited ability to adjust the weight balance. The same truck that might pull an 8,000 pound boat very well might be a struggling hand full with a 6,000 pound RV.lo So, yes, your truck can pull 11,500 pounds. If that's a flatbed load of bricks or a dump trailer load of gravel you're probably fine. If you're talking about a hard sided RV I wouldn't even want to tow 9,000 pounds with a 1500 series truck.You apprently aren't familiar with the SAE J2807 standard, which is how truck ratings are established, or you would never had made such a ridiculous statement. None of my statements are ridiculous. Their are multiple types of trailers, they do have different physical characteristics and quirks, they do tow differently. Wind resistance and tongue weight are absolutely factors that must be considered in how suitable a tow vehicle is. Are you suggesting that a trailer that vastly overloads the rear axle, tires, and hitch is just fine as long as it weighs no more than the "tow rating" of the vehicle?No, I'm suggesting the tow rating is not established with a flatbed trailer. Per J2807 standard, Its established with a high wall trailer with a 65 Sft frontal area; completely opposite your statement.
wing_zealot 11/25/20 06:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 F-150 tow rating

..There are many different kinds of trailers: flat bed, dump, horse, cargo, boat, equipment, cattle, and RV. They all have their differences. A hard sided RV trailer is by far the most challenging. They have a huge frontal area, a high percentage of tongue weight, a large side "sail" area to catch wind, and very limited ability to adjust the weight balance. The same truck that might pull an 8,000 pound boat very well might be a struggling hand full with a 6,000 pound RV.lo So, yes, your truck can pull 11,500 pounds. If that's a flatbed load of bricks or a dump trailer load of gravel you're probably fine. If you're talking about a hard sided RV I wouldn't even want to tow 9,000 pounds with a 1500 series truck.You apprently aren't familiar with the SAE J2807 standard, which is how truck ratings are established, or you would never had made such a ridiculous statement. None of my statements are ridiculous. Their are multiple types of trailers, they do have different physical characteristics and quirks, they do tow differently. Wind resistance and tongue weight are absolutely factors that must be considered in how suitable a tow vehicle is. Are you suggesting that a trailer that vastly overloads the rear axle, tires, and hitch is just fine as long as it weighs no more than the "tow rating" of the vehicle?No, I'm suggesting the tow rating is not established with a flatbed trailer. Per J2807 standard, Its established with a high wall trailer with a 65 Sft frontal area; completely opposite your statement.
wing_zealot 11/25/20 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing

...I don't call getting 15mpg-16mpg as "terrible unladen mileage" either for a 6.2 gas engine and in a 6000 lb empty truck. Even 1/2 tons get only a couple of MPG better empty than a 3/4 ton which in reality makes the fuel mileage argument pretty much a moot point. And when loaded (towing) the 1/2 tons do not get any better mileage and sometimes even worse mileage.... You "half ton" folks need to open your mind and eyes, much better platforms for light or heavy loads are out there once you get past the old stigma of the "buck board rides" of yester year. My first point, my F150 gets about 35% better mileage then the 15 mph my F250 got. I wouldn't call that a moot point. (It would do even better if I would keep my foot out of the throttle) Secondly, I drove the F250 for about 10 years, Been There, Done That; best decision I ever made was buying the F150. Third, with 375 Hp and 470 ft/lbs of torque it has no problem moving the load. YOMV
wing_zealot 11/24/20 10:48am Travel Trailers
RE: 1/2 ton towing

You need to better understand what all the ratings on your truck mean and how to match a tow vehicle to a trailer. The basics are to cumbersome and nuanced to put in writing here; so start by reading and understanding this: Clicky
wing_zealot 11/24/20 05:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Honest RV Dealers - Are there any?

...IMO 99% of anyone in the RV Industry be it manufacturers, suppliers, or dealers, are low life bottom feeders and would sell their grandmother to make a buck.If you don't make a buck you're not going to be in business very long.
wing_zealot 11/23/20 12:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Vehicle Rear End Sag

It doesn't matter if the rear end sags. What matters is the trailer is level and you have transferred the recommended amount of weight back to the front axle of the truck.
wing_zealot 11/23/20 05:12am Travel Trailers
RE: 2012 F-150 tow rating

..There are many different kinds of trailers: flat bed, dump, horse, cargo, boat, equipment, cattle, and RV. They all have their differences. A hard sided RV trailer is by far the most challenging. They have a huge frontal area, a high percentage of tongue weight, a large side "sail" area to catch wind, and very limited ability to adjust the weight balance. The same truck that might pull an 8,000 pound boat very well might be a struggling hand full with a 6,000 pound RV. So, yes, your truck can pull 11,500 pounds. If that's a flatbed load of bricks or a dump trailer load of gravel you're probably fine. If you're talking about a hard sided RV I wouldn't even want to tow 9,000 pounds with a 1500 series truck.You apprently aren't familiar with the SAE J2807 standard, which is how truck ratings are established, or you would never had made such a ridiculous statement.
wing_zealot 11/22/20 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 F-150 tow rating

..There are many different kinds of trailers: flat bed, dump, horse, cargo, boat, equipment, cattle, and RV. They all have their differences. A hard sided RV trailer is by far the most challenging. They have a huge frontal area, a high percentage of tongue weight, a large side "sail" area to catch wind, and very limited ability to adjust the weight balance. The same truck that might pull an 8,000 pound boat very well might be a struggling hand full with a 6,000 pound RV.lo So, yes, your truck can pull 11,500 pounds. If that's a flatbed load of bricks or a dump trailer load of gravel you're probably fine. If you're talking about a hard sided RV I wouldn't even want to tow 9,000 pounds with a 1500 series truck.You apprently aren't familiar with the SAE J2807 standard, which is how truck ratings are established, or you would never had made such a ridiculous statement.
wing_zealot 11/22/20 06:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 F-150 tow rating

Should I trust the published towing ratings of my 2012 ecoboost at 11,500 pounds. I may buy a larger trailer from 4500 gross to 8000 gross weight. ThanksThere are two stickers on the door of your truck, a white one and a yellow one. Giving us all the weight information on those two stickers is the only way we can start to reliably help with your question. If you want unreliable guesses we can provide about a hundred of those.
wing_zealot 11/22/20 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Oven ignitor

When the pilot lite goes out the gas going to it shuts off. Why would you smell gas?How would the pilot know to turn off its own gas supply?Thermocouple.
wing_zealot 11/19/20 05:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on towing a 5th wheel

You can't get double bunks in a TT?
wing_zealot 11/19/20 04:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The strange ramifications of COVID shutdowns

Post deleted - I stand corrected.
wing_zealot 11/19/20 06:38am Around the Campfire
RE: 2003 Coleman Caravan

Long story short, there is no useful information in the Owner's Manual. Your best bet is to write down the name and model number of all the major appliances and start looking up and owner's manual for each individually. Yes this is a PIA, but it's the only way you will get the information that you need. Other things you may need to know (like how to winterize), you can ask on here. And keep reading these pages, lots of useful and helpful information once you separate the wheat from the chaff.
wing_zealot 11/19/20 06:01am Beginning RVing
RE: 1500 curb weights

Clicky
wing_zealot 11/16/20 12:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

Tongue weight should ideally be 12% of the trailer weight (10% minimum). So 762 divided by 12% = 6350 lbs (trailer weight fully loaded and traveling down the road ready to camp). Clicky - Non-biased, reliable information
wing_zealot 11/16/20 10:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

A 1/2 ton truck is severely limited as for towing by the rear axle GAWR and the payload capacity. The payload capacity included the trailer pin weight, hitch weight, passenger and cargo. A typical 5er will have a loaded pin weight of about 20% of the trailer GVWR. So if your trailer has a GVWR of 8000#, the loaded pin weight will be about 1600#. A short bed truck should have a slider hitch, so add another 200# to the bed. Add 2 kids and a wife and any cargo in the truck and you have another 300# or more. Your load on the truck is 1600 + 200 + 300 or 2100#. Is your truck payload or cargo capacity over 2100#. YES! Also, most 1/2 ton trucks on the dealers lots have P series tires, not LT series tires. The P series have softer side walls and will squirm more under load. KenAnd it also has LT tires. Actually, the badge on the side isn't the determining factor; the ratings on the door and elsewhere are. I have more payload then some F250's.
wing_zealot 11/16/20 10:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pro trailer back up assist

I've seen enough people trying to back their trailer into a camping spot to know there are lots of people that would use it, including myself.
wing_zealot 11/16/20 07:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

...Half ton trucks are not designed to tow fivers, regardless of its tow rating... Very simply NO 1/2 is a good tow vehicle. 1/2 ton trucks are grocery getters and some yard supplies at the big box store...Totally bogus statements. I can easily tow a 8000 lbs fifth wheel with my half ton and still be within all its ratings. https://i.imgur.com/XVSlub1l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/n5rzlFLl.jpg Vin Position 5,6,&7 (W1E) = F150 4X4 Supercrew Vin Guide
wing_zealot 11/16/20 05:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane Tanks Direction

I switched mine around. What good is an auto changeover if I can't see what is going on.
wing_zealot 11/13/20 10:38am Travel Trailers
RE: No 3/4 ton trucks.

I'm guessing the manufacturers gear up for the most selling trucks first, like 1500's or 150's, and go to HD once they catch up with demand.They are made in different plants. Either the plant is running or its not, they can't just switch from one truck to another.
wing_zealot 11/09/20 01:12pm Tow Vehicles
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