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RE: 1/2 Ton Limit

1. Astro Van with a 19' (Box Length) Travel Trailer. 65 mph and regained control after dropping to 45-50 mph. 2. S-Blazer 4-Door with 19' (Box Length) Travel Trailer. 65 mph and regained control after dropping to 45-50 mph. 3. Explorer with 24' (Box Length) Travel Trailer. 70 mph and ended up upside down in the median. Lengths are approximate and I don't know anything about how they had them loaded. The Explorer certainly looked marginal for that size trailer.
Gene K 2 03/23/21 02:24am Towing
RE: Ford 7.3L & 10 speed...

I own a 2021 F250 7.3 and have been extremely pleased. We tow a 30' 7600 lb trailer but have only pulled twice so perhaps, minimal contribution. I'm seeing 17 mpg highway empty and 10.3 towing twice. The truck has given me 1800 miles of trouble free service.....grin. The maximums go up but I'm not sure the minimum goes up. It's very possible to get a Ram or an F150 with a 1100 lb payload. F150 Screw Lariat 4x4 502A 2.7EB with Pano Roof and all the other extras likely weighs 54xx and they only have a 6600 GVWR.
Gene K 2 03/19/21 10:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need more tongue weight

I've seen people with a piece of bar stock welded or clamped vertically to the tongue or a-frame with barbell weights on it. Not on a travel trailer but on other trailers.
Gene K 2 03/19/21 05:47pm Towing
RE: 1/2 Ton Limit

Thanks Guys... I guess I'm gunshy because of all the sway issues I've read about with 1/2 tons and longer heavier travel trailers. What about all the sway issues you've read about with 1/2 tons and shorter trailers? Shouldn't that scare you away from towing altogether? Frankly I am not sure what sway issues you've read about, because nearly all of the supposed "sway" I've read about on here is NOT SWAY. The trailer bobbles a little and comes right back in line. That's called rough road. That's called wind. That's called a large vehicle passing at high speed. If it didn't require active correction and/or did not kill you, it was NOT sway. Besides if you take precautions and load the trailer with some common sense, you won't have sway to begin with. Use a good integrated sway control for "belt and suspenders" protection, and you have nothing to worry about. I've seen it once or twice. I've not experienced it and would like to keep it that way.
Gene K 2 03/19/21 04:59pm Towing
RE: 2022 Grand Wagoneer

This is interesting though... "The Wagoneer is powered by a 4.7-liter V8 that puts out 392 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque, while the Grand Wagoneer comes equipped with a 6.4-liter V8 that generates 471 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque, according to Jeep. They're capable of towing up to 10,000 lbs." New engine? High strung 4.7 NA V8 coming out? I suspect that's a typo and refers to the current 5.7L. The hp/torque look about right.
Gene K 2 03/18/21 04:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 Ton Limit

6k dry is my standard recommendation for the more capable half tons. People that but 7kdry+ and have someone like your truck generally report some form of stability issues when towing @highway speeds. There are exceptions for certain needle in haystack half tons like Ford's Max Payload package or GM's NHT package. That GD 2250 is 5500 pounds dry, Even at 7k loaded, 1000 pound TW, you have 900 pounds of payload to load in on cab and bed. Seems like plenty of margin to me. :) Well seeing as how it was placarded for 6,995 until just recently it does at least meet my Grandfather's old smell test of Trailer Weight = Truck GVWR. I doubt he would be a fan of 14,000 lb Trailers and 7,000 GVWR Trucks.
Gene K 2 03/18/21 04:32pm Towing
RE: 1/2 Ton Limit

Thanks Guys... I guess I'm gunshy because of all the sway issues I've read about with 1/2 tons and longer heavier travel trailers. At 27' 11" a 2250RK doesn't really appear as small to me as I'm sure it appears to some of you. 1.5' longer and 25% Heavier seems like a significant change
Gene K 2 03/18/21 09:16am Towing
RE: 1/2 Ton Limit

As to exact numbers. I suspect the racing corner scales were more accurate. A CAT Scale is really intended more for 20,000 - 40,000 lb axle weights plus is only to the nearest 20 lb. 7000 GVWR 1907 Payload 3450 FAWR 3800 RAWR CAT Weights 3020 lb FA 2080 lb RA 5100 lb Total Racing Corner Scales 2980* lb FA 2060* lb RA 5040 lb Total (I've forgotten exact corner weights but those are within a few pounds).
Gene K 2 03/17/21 08:02pm Towing
RE: 1/2 Ton Limit

That trailer weights 5546 dry. As a solo camper you really going to put 2000lbs of **** into it? To answer your question that GD 2250 weighing 6500-7000 lbs will not be an issue for your F150. The typical trailers actually received by customers appear to be about 800 lb heavier with 200+ lb more tongue weight. Many owner's were having issues with exceeding GVWR which is why GD added 500 lb to GVWR. It appears that the published weight may not include the mandatory option packages.
Gene K 2 03/17/21 06:13pm Towing
1/2 Ton Limit

Current set-up 2018 F150 Screw 4x4 3.5EB (1907 lb payload). Husky Centerline TS Hitch Jayco 22FB (6000 GCWR). No real stability issues. I usually have 1500+ lb left for tongue weight (I'm solo). I've been looking at a GD 2250RK (7495 lb) as a replacement. Thoughts on whether it should be any real issue towing with a half ton. I'm sure I'll be okay on tongue weight (15% would be 1125 lb) but I really don't know how much is to much with a half-ton.
Gene K 2 03/17/21 04:31pm Towing
RE: Towing Travel Trailer without WDH from Dealer

Gonna need WDH eventually so why wait to purchase before getting trailer? Slow and easy (55 mph) until you see how it tows.....but wouldn't press the speed much higher Trailer gets to swaying it can compound quickly Use trailer manual lever on brake controller to get it back under control If those are actual measured weights I would be concerned about sway with a travel trailer. I would be less concerned about it if those are published weights and you actually weigh it and it's more like 4500 lb and 550 lb even if you are 50 lb over the WC rating. Not advising you to exceed Ford's 500 lb Max WC for the F150... but an under 10% tongue weight on a tt scares me a lot more.
Gene K 2 03/16/21 05:18pm Towing
RE: Heavy tongue weight - change from PP 3P?

I have a 2020 SPORTSMEN® SE 301BHKSE that I tow w/ a 2015 F250 gas engine. I use a Propride 3P hitch. I went to the Cat scales today and found a hitch weight of 1220 lbs (did all 3 weight measurements). TT is 7000 lbs, so that puts me at 17.4%. I can provide the data if needed. Should I consider changing to a lighter WDH to reduce tongue weight and get closer to 15%? Or is being over 2-3% not a big deal? Does being over weight w/ a 3P sort of offset the overage? Considering changing because, while I love the 3P, hooking up is a chore. We've had the 3P for about 8 months and taken about 10-12 trips with it, and I still struggle with hooking up. Before the 3P we had an equalizer and I attached to the ball easily. I only towed with the equalizer twice (on a 1/2 ton vehicle), so not sure how much of a difference switching WDH will affect the driving. We got the 3P because we had a 1/2 ton vehicle, but we ended up upgrading to the F250 after one trip. Had we gotten the F250 from the start, I doubt we would have even gotten the 3P. Since tongue weight is measured at the trailer tongue how would changing your WDH effect it? You need to subtract the weight of the WDH to get your actual tongue weight.
Gene K 2 03/16/21 05:07pm Towing
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