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Posted: 08/16/19 11:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2006 Ford F-150 and need to install a hitch. Just getting into to RVing any advice would be helpful. Looking for knowledge on costs and anything I would need to be able to tow and travel trailer (3000lbs)

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If your truck didn't come with a hitch it probably didn't come with an HD radiator or transmission cooler either. Have a shop check to be sure and if you're planning to tow in the mountains or SW then have them added. You will also need a 7 pin connector and trailer brake controller.


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If you dont have even a 2" receiver on the rear, I would suggest you visit a local trailer or truck accessories shop and ask for an estimate on a class III hitch.
You can check U Haul
For a comparasion price.
As mentioned above you will need a 7 pin electrical connection and the shop should be able to tell you the maximum you can tow along with letting you know if you need a tranny cooler for your trailer.

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I'm worried about your payload number. What is it?


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Posted: 08/16/19 03:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First question is the weight of the TT. Is that dry/empty? Or gross/loaded.
3000# is a pretty light TT, and would not require much.
Need to know the GVWR, if 3000 is not it.



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I'll assume you've done your proper homework and know your numbers. 3000 lbs is pretty light (pop up?) and shouldn't require any special tow package on a F150. If you are remotely handy, go to etrailers.com and buy yourself a tow hitch and install it yourself. Around $150 and they are usually pretty easy to install. I installed one on my sisters minivan in about 30 minutes earlier this week. If you need a brake controller they are usually pretty easy to install as well.


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