I have not purchased a truck or travel trailer but plan to in the near future. I am woman who loves camping but age dictates a softer landing like a travel trailer or 5th wheel rather than the ground. I have been looking at the Ford F150 supercab 4x4. Can this truck tow a 24-26 foot travel trailer or 27 foot 5th wheel that weighs no more than 8500 lbs? Most of the travel trailers like fleetwood or Komfort weigh around 7500-8300 lbs. I have read that the Ford F150 Ecoboost has this towing capability but which model. I don't know anything about the Ford truck. I have a 2002 Toyota Tundra 4x4 but its towing capability is around 7200 lbs. I don't like some of the lighter new travel trailers. Also, for a woman, is it easier to hitch a travel trailer or 5th wheel.
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Just be careful of weights. Were you looking at UVW, which has very little use, or TT GVWR? Be sure you look at the right numbers.
I can't speak to 5ers, but for tow trailers the limitation is not tow weight, but tongue weight. For example the 2010 F150, with tow package, can pull 11,300# using a Weight Distributing hitch. BUT, the maximum TONGUE WEIGHT VEHICLE spec is 1,130#. Since you need 13 to 15% of the total FULLY LOADED TT weight on the tongue, the maximum trailer weight you can pull is really only 8,700#. Quite a difference.
So be careful and check ALL the specs.
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The truck can tow most sizes of travel trailers, but only very small fifth wheels, due to lack of GVWR, payload capacity and rear axle load capacity to haul the heavier hitch weight the fifth wheel style trailer.
If you want to tow a fifth wheel, you will need at least the F150HD (max payload package) version. Better yet, buy an F350 if you want to pull a fifth wheel, seriously.
Thanks to all of you guys for the input. It is very much appreciated. There is alot to consider. However, I really do want to stay within the 24-26 foot travel trailer. For example, I saw a 2006 fleetwood travel trailer. The GMWR was 8300 lbs.. As some of you have said earlier in this forum, I need to also consider the hitch weight, axle weight for 5th wheel and a host of other things. It has been really nice to learn from all of you so that I don't make a costly mistake. I really don't want a long trailer so that I'll be able to handle it. My sister and I will be using this trailer so we'll need a full sized hide-a-bed also. I did see a 27 foot komfort light trailblazer 5th wheel in Oregon not long ago and the GMWR was 8300 lbs. That seem pretty light to me for a 5th wheel. Again, I thank all of you for your assistance.
I think the one big thing you need to consider is towing. Have you towed a TT before? They are much more complicated than a 5th wheel and harder to tow and from what I've been reading on the forums not as well insulated or as well built.