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Bigfoot2005

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Posted: 08/02/19 08:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi guys

My TV is a 2016 F150 Lariat CC with a 157" WB, 2350 lbs payload and 11400 lb tow rating (I have the HD payload package) with ecoboost

I am looking in getting a new TT next year. Looking at these

Jayco 28BHS - 33 feet @ 8750 GVWR
GD Image 2800 - 32 Feet @ 8000 GVWR

I know I am good with payload, GVWR and GCWR but what are your thoughts and experience towing up to a 33 foot TT

I do longer trips 5-6 hour drives through some mountain areas and flat areas too

Thanks

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Posted: 08/02/19 11:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Big howdy from Texas Bigfoot - I'm sure you'll get lots of reply's but here is my experience and my opinion. I tow a 34' TT with weights close to what you are considering. My '17 F-150 has the Max Tow package (not the HD payload package)with the 3.5 EB. We are under every towing limit for our truck and feel very safe when towing. We also tow longer distances and so far I've not had any problems. Towed up and down mountains, in wind, rain and on interstates with every other vehicle passing us being a semi doing 80 mph. Do we know its "back there", sure do but again, we've never felt unsafe. I use a Fastway E2 WDH that I've dialed-in and tt/tv are level. I also installed LT tires, SumoSprings and Bilstein shocks. We're very happy with our set-up, but again that's just my experience. With the HDPP, I believe you'll be in better shape than me. In fact, we're getting ready to head out to Colorado and South Dakota here in a month, probably around 3500 miles all told. Good luck with whatever model TT you decide on.


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Posted: 08/02/19 11:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice payload for a 1/2 ton. When I went looking for a 1/2 ton I couldn't find any of the Fords with the max payload package.

I got a GMC with their max trailering and payload is 2015. My trailer is 34"4' from hitch to bumper. 8200lbs CVW

I don't have any real issues with sway with my setup, but am using a 4 pt hitch. I've towed from central BC, through to Banff, Jasper area and also down the Oregon Coast. Never felt unsafe, just had some proposing issues between Jasper and Banff that I blame more on the bad frost heaves.


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Posted: 08/02/19 11:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the reply's guys.

Yes, the HD payload package I waited for months for. Really wanted that extra payload as my tongue weight is usually fairly high with 2 6 volts and 2 30lb tanks plus all the **** we take in the bed of the truck.

I currently have the Reese Straight line WDH with sway control and have for most of the trailers I have owned and seems to work well

Might have to get a new one with the new trailer as the TW will change to more

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This is my second 33' trailer. Both trailers I towed with a 1500 Ram. I use an Equalizer 4pt sway control and weight distribution hitch and never had any sway issues.


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You should be fine with that truck. Mine is almost 34 and I've been all over and back in 11 years with the 5.4 wheezer. Tows fine, but short on power. My HD payload is 2200 and I use all of it. What you need to watch is your tongue weight. Not so much because the truck can't handle it, but because the hitch receiver is probably maxed out at 1150 lbs. My tongue is usually 1050 ish. I broke out my stock one and replaced it with a Drawtite. Head and shoulders above OEM spaghetti junk Ford puts on. Stiffer rear shocks may help. I do have some porpoising at times, but not terrible.


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Posted: 08/02/19 08:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks everyone for your replies

Thankfully my hitch TW can handle up to 1210 lbs as per the sticker.
Should not go over that I hope

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If you going to pull a big trailer, why not use a big truck?

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Posted: 08/03/19 04:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

From experience, I think when you get into the 35fters that are extra tall and pushing 10k is where the half-ton (max tow / payload) trucks run short. 33ft and 8k won't be a problem. Also, you will never lack for power with that truck.


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You should not have a problem with the set up as long at the WDH is dialed in correctly. Like said above just watch tongue weight and what your hitch is rated for. I assume it might be the same as mine and mine is rated for 1320lbs. which would be right at your max on the heavier trailer IF you had a full 15% tongue weight. Just keep the speeds around 60 to 65 max and enjoy the scenery on your trip and good luck with whatever new rig you choose.


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