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RE: Will this vehicle safely do the job?

Going to by a 2015 f150, which will weigh 5,000# and will tow in excess of 11,000#. I want to know, in ya'lls opinions, if that truck would do fine pulling a TT with these specs: Dry Axle Weight (approx. Lbs.): 5375 Dry Hitch Weight (approx. Lbs.): 670 Net Carrying Capacity: 3955 Gross Dry Weight - Lbs.: 6045 Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) - Lbs.: 10000 Exterior Length (approx. w / hitch): 27'3" First off, some of these numbers are unrealistic. You state the F150 WILL weigh 5000#. How do you know? Is that a brochure number of a base model? Or have you actually weighed the one you are buying? There can be a BIG difference. You state a 8200# GVWR for the F150. That would make for a 3200# cargo capacity for the F150.. That's not gonna happen. As for the TT. You need a minimum of 10% TW. So the brochure weight of 670 is barely enough. It needs to go up as you load it. Recommendations are 10 to 15% TW. The reason is that on a TT, weights can move around quite a bit during a trip. Freshwater gets used, and ends up in the waste tanks, food and drink the same. Propane gets used and disappears. clean clothing gets dirty and goes it the laundry chute. Some other things may just end up if different places than where they started. So it is pretty easy for a TT to have 15% TW at the some point of a trip, and much less at other points. Due to all the different TTs out there, coupled with all of the different usages, it is impossible for anyone to say just what your weights will be. So the safe assumption is to figure on 15% of the GVW... Which leads me to the next issue. This TT has a LOT of cargo capacity. Would this happen to be some sort of hybrid toyhauler? At any rate, you need to decide just what is the MOST that this TT will ever weigh, and use that as the basis for the 15% TW calculation. For illustration purposes a worst case would be 10000X .15 for 1500% of TW. Now IF this F150 really has 3200# of cargo capacity, it may work, if the receiver is up to the job, and Ford says that it's OK as far as other things like frame strength go.. But realistically this scenario would be firmly out of a 1/2 tons ability. So to really say for sure, you need more accurate numbers. FWIW.. When it comes to 1/2 tons, the factory tow rating can never be achieved towing a RV. It is a pie in the sky advertising number. Im not sure the numbers are too far off. I have a 14' f150 8200gvwr and it has 20# shy of 2600# payload according to the door sticker. If the new aluminium trucks are 4-500# lighter then 3100# payload is possible. Mine is a crew 6.5 box 2wd. The 4wd are a little heavier.Until someone actually weighs one, it's all speculation.... The OP said it WILL weigh 5000#. Not about 5000#, or 5001#, or 5100#. So base on his numbers it should have 3200# Cargo capacity. Not 3100#
Huntindog 07/29/14 04:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Will this vehicle safely do the job?

Based on a quick Google search using those specs it appears to be this trailer: http://www.sumnerrv.com/inventory/v1/2014/Northwood/By-Model/Arctic-Fox/Arctic-Fox/25R--Sumner-Washington---1337631 So it's not going to weighing anywhere near 10000 lbs.You must have a crystal ball. Based on the info given by the OP, you have narrowed it down to one specific TT. Amazing. How much will it will weigh? What about the truck?
Huntindog 07/29/14 04:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Will this vehicle safely do the job?

Going to by a 2015 f150, which will weigh 5,000# and will tow in excess of 11,000#. I want to know, in ya'lls opinions, if that truck would do fine pulling a TT with these specs: Dry Axle Weight (approx. Lbs.): 5375 Dry Hitch Weight (approx. Lbs.): 670 Net Carrying Capacity: 3955 Gross Dry Weight - Lbs.: 6045 Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) - Lbs.: 10000 Exterior Length (approx. w / hitch): 27'3" First off, some of these numbers are unrealistic. You state the F150 WILL weigh 5000#. How do you know? Is that a brochure number of a base model? Or have you actually weighed the one you are buying? There can be a BIG difference. You state a 8200# GVWR for the F150. That would make for a 3200# cargo capacity for the F150.. That's not gonna happen. As for the TT. You need a minimum of 10% TW. So the brochure weight of 670 is barely enough. It needs to go up as you load it. Recommendations are 10 to 15% TW. The reason is that on a TT, weights can move around quite a bit during a trip. Freshwater gets used, and ends up in the waste tanks, food and drink the same. Propane gets used and disappears. clean clothing gets dirty and goes it the laundry chute. Some other things may just end up if different places than where they started. So it is pretty easy for a TT to have 15% TW at the some point of a trip, and much less at other points. Due to all the different TTs out there, coupled with all of the different usages, it is impossible for anyone to say just what your weights will be. So the safe assumption is to figure on 15% of the GVW... Which leads me to the next issue. This TT has a LOT of cargo capacity. Would this happen to be some sort of hybrid toyhauler? At any rate, you need to decide just what is the MOST that this TT will ever weigh, and use that as the basis for the 15% TW calculation. For illustration purposes a worst case would be 10000X .15 for 1500% of TW. Now IF this F150 really has 3200# of cargo capacity, it may work, if the receiver is up to the job, and Ford says that it's OK as far as other things like frame strength go.. But realistically this scenario would be firmly out of a 1/2 tons ability. So to really say for sure, you need more accurate numbers. FWIW.. When it comes to 1/2 tons, the factory tow rating can never be achieved towing a RV. It is a pie in the sky advertising number.
Huntindog 07/28/14 07:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lippert Electric landing gear system

The motor is supposed to move. It is mounted to an inner C channel that slides inside a larger C channel. This is how the jacks self adjust to uneven ground. There are cheaper versions on the market that do not have this feature. I imagine that their motor is mounted solid... But I also don't see how one could possibly stabilize a TT easily with that design.
Huntindog 07/28/14 04:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Tighten you propane tank wing nut

It is easy to get the tanks to appear tight, but often they are not sitting square in the tray. Then some bumps or a washboard road can make them loose as they vibrate to square against the base. The trick is to spend a little time finding the position that the tanks need to be in, so that the hold down can press the entire package square, and then use a marker to mark the positions of the tank and hold down. If you are just putting it on straight, then it is unlikely to be square. The tanks usually need to be turned some, and the hold down at an angle using different slots in it against the tanks. I used to have this loosening of the tanks from time to time. When I picked up my last TT at the dealer, they had the tanks and hold down positioned as I described. It looked weird to me. After talking to the tech and looking it over close.. It is now plain as day what was happening.
Huntindog 07/28/14 04:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fortunately, I did not have a pair of 6v batteries

Not sure what the point is.. You had to go to the parts store to get up and running... The same as if you had 6 volts. You just would've been buying a different part.
Huntindog 07/23/14 05:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Payload an issue?

You are smart to figure on 15% TW. What most seem to forget is that TW can change quite a bit in the course of a trip. You may start with full propane tanks, full FW, and empty waste tanks, as well as a full fridge and pantry. On the return trip, all of those weights will have moved.. Where to and how much is hard to say. Every TT is different and so is everyones usage. Best to have a truck that can handle a worst case scenario.
Huntindog 07/23/14 05:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Going out on a limb here... drop spare tire, add genset?

I installed a Onan 4.0 Microquiet underneath my 2001 Fleetwood Wilderness 26H. I had a stainless steel 26 gallon gas tank made to go under there as well, right behind the tongue A frame. It had a sart switch inside just like a MH. It was a really slick setup. Not sure about doing this on a pickup though.. The road debri wasn't bad on my TT, but on a pickup that is driven all the time, it would be a lot worse.
Huntindog 07/22/14 07:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Wind generators not common?

I can not imagine intentionally wanting to camp in high winds. Here are a few reasons: Deer season, Elk Season, Turkey season, Dog Trials. These are SCHEDULED events that take place no matter what mother nature is doing... If you are gonna do it, It's time to put on your big boy pants as you gotta be prepared for anything. I on the other hand cannot imagine going camping just to sit in my chair if the weather is nice.. I can do that at home a lot more comfortably and cheaper.
Huntindog 07/22/14 06:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Not to toot my own horn, but I am!

My 2011 is capable of about 20MPG... But the stars gotta align just right. If it has just finished a complete regen before filling it up, and then I take it on the open road at 60-65... It is possible to burn that entire tank without a regen. That will get me over the 20 mark. It hasn't happened yet.
Huntindog 07/22/14 04:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wind generators not common?

I don't know about you, but I am heading for SAFER shelter if I have constant wind speeds of 15MPH or better!Oh cmon! There's nothing dangerous about 15 mph wind speeds. If you lived in my area you'd be scared to death everyday if that was the case. Nearly EVERY evening the winds reach 15-20 mph in the warmer months here. My and everyone elses RV's do quite well. We drive in it, tow in it, I see hundreds of people going up and down the freeway in their rigs.X2 I have a TT so I can be out and about in bad weather. Wind, rain, snow... Bring it on. At 45 MPH, I do store the winegard traveler satellite dish though... Then I'm roughing it!!:B If the weather was always nice, I wouldn't even need a tent. Just a cot and sleep under the stars.:B I pulled into a dog trial once in NM, on one of Ted Turners ranches, to find that all the trailers already there were parked rather oddly. Upon getting out of the truck, we found it difficult to stand. Talking was impossible. Had to shout in each others ears. It seems the winds had hit 110 MPH. Everyone there had moved their rigs to face into the wind. No dish HD that night.:(
Huntindog 07/22/14 04:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Upgrading tire rims

Also, my question on the difference between a 15 and 16 E rated tire. Lots of people "know" What they don't "know" is just what tire you want to put on said rim. The answer is easy if you know what SIZE tire you are mounting on the rim. There are MANY sizes and load ratings that will fit on a 16" (or other size) rim. Pick your size and look it up on the manufacturers website.
Huntindog 07/22/14 02:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upgrading tire rims

But so far I haven't been given a good answer as to why people change. Also, my question on the difference between a 15 and 16 E rated tire. Seems no one knows the answer. I probably will change next year because I have too much invested in new tires right now.You have received very good answers. They just are not the ones that you want to hear. I am not going to try and convince you of the merits of LTs vs. STs here. That wasn't your original question, and you already have your mind made up on that issue. Happy camping
Huntindog 07/22/14 04:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Upgrading tire rims

Your TT likely has ST tires on it. STs have a bad reputation, which I assume is why you are considering a change. An LT tire is considered by many, including some TT manufactuers to be an upgrade. But there are not too many LT tires made in 15". In 16" there are tons to choose from. This is because that size is stock on many pickups. BTW, 4" wheel well clearance is workable, depending on what total diameter is on your TT now. You can basically go to a tire that is 2" taller than what you now have.
Huntindog 07/21/14 06:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upgrading tire rims

So what is the weight differnce between a 15" E and a 16" E? i am running 15" E 10 plys and will I get better wear and tear by going up to 16s? I have a Winnie One 29L Are we talking about a TT or a MH? On a TT the big advantage of 16s is that you can choose from many LT tires, and not saddled with ST tires and all of their issues.
Huntindog 07/21/14 04:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upgrading tire rims

I highly recommend this mod. Clearance is the only issue that can be a problem. You need a minimum of 3" from the top of the tires to the wheel well, and 1" between the tires. If you are lacking in wheel well clearance, a lift of some sort, either a axle flip or lift blocks or a combination can be used. I have done all of this on different TTs. As for the 1" between the tires, that would be more difficult to fix. It would involve welding on new spring hangers and using longer springs. I would have really be in love with a TT to go that far... But I would for the right one. As for the 1" minimum... That is what Dexter recommends. I have gone right to that limit, though I don't see why it couldn't be fudged a little. As one wheel goes up the other goes down and that distance increases. So what ever clearance it has when level is the least it will ever have.
Huntindog 07/21/14 04:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2011 f250 screw lariat fx4 6.7psd... 98kmiles

Sorry, I have seen ricatic's comment on this subject so many times that it is a rant to me. If his warranty was wrongfully denied then why not take it to court. Think of how successful he would be at achieving his goal of reducing Ford truck sales if he would win a legal decision.Are you serious? The auto manufacturers have the deck stacked against the customers in regards to warranty claims... They have so much money and legal power that taking them on would be like pissing into a hurricane... Besides that, recommending legal action here on the forum is against the rules.
Huntindog 07/21/14 03:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 all Rams trucks will be J2807 compliant

Tundra went J2807 compliant in 2011. Just say-in :B Yes they did, they were the first and good for them! It's a shame the others had to play games, but with that said both Ram and GM/Chevy were going to do it until Ford said nope not ready yet. Had the other two went ahead they could have put that fact in their ads and most likely taken sales from Ford. But should'a, would'a, could'a but didn't and for that same on ALL of them! DonExcept that marketing matters. GM had it handed to them when they rated rated their 2011+ Dmax according SAE standards at 397/765.. And then Ford magically made theirs an "advertised" 400/800. It didn't matter that GM whipped Ford in virtually all of the tests after that... Ford had a higher number, and a lot of people "believed" the marketing hype. The sales numbers showed it. After that experience, there was no way GM was going to make the same mistake again... Though this time it would have been the 1/2 tons taking the majority of the hit.
Huntindog 07/19/14 01:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Companies That Stand Behind Their Products

Costco. I bought a new laptop from Costco. In less than a month, it got a cup of coffee poured into it, which wasn't helpful. I took it back and told them what happened. They only had one question: "Do you want your money back or another computer?"Some companies believe that going above and beyond builds loyalty. I posted earlier about my experience with Leopold. They spend much less on advertising than their competiters, putting those funds into their legendary warranty policy.. The payoff for them is fanatical customers, many of whom, won't even look at another companys offerings.
Huntindog 07/18/14 04:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire blow out trailer

The sidewalls are meant to take the turning and flexing that towables are subject too that LT's can't handle Who told you that LTs can't handle it? I have never read that ANYWHERE. An awful lot of high end TTs come with LTs, and many of us have upgraded to them.... The ad propaganda from the ST tire makers are/is careful in their wording around this subject.... They NEVER state that LTs can't handle it.... They do imply that ST tires are especially good at it. That doesn't mean that LTs fall short of the job. Big difference. I often wonder how overtired some of these TTs that have LT tires are and if that compensates for the resistance to the flex and scrubbing issue. In other words how would a side to side comparision of say an LT tire with the same load capacity as an ST tire do on the same trailer. Larry If you were to read my history of ST tire use, you will find that I upgraded sizes and load ratings several times in an attempt to make STs work. I have much more experience with STs than LTs. I have owned more sets of ST tires than I care to remember. I am on my second set of LTs, having replaced the first set due to age.. Something that I never had to worry about with ST tires, as my TT was constantly sporting brand new STs. My LT experience started in 2006. Not a single failure since I made the swap. And I am much rougher on these tires, as I don't worry about them... No excuses. They just work.
Huntindog 07/18/14 04:06am Travel Trailers
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