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philh

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I'm a little under that, and that engine does wonderfully well. Depending on what tires you have, when it's time to replace them, go with "E" capacity tires. That made a noticeable improvement in my towing stability.

Get a good weight distribution hitch. I bought an R3, and knowing what I know today, I'd step up to the R6.

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Short answer. Yes, you can. But, I will mirror the comments about payload capacity. I tow my trailer with a Tundra. My GVWR on the trailer is something like 7200 and I regularly go down the road with about 6500 as a trailer weight. I have stopped and measured this a few times.
The Tundra is rated to two 10K but..at this is the challenge with all half tons, it only has a payload of 1700. With my WD hitch I will drop very close to 900 pounds on the ball, the two of us come in about 350 which doesn't leave much room to pack things into the bed. I am find with axle loads and GCVW numbers. The Tundra tows nicely and it has plenty of power to handle mountain passes.
I have heard a lot of positive things about the Eco Boost engines. Watch your payload and you should be good to go.


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I had a 2013 F150 with Eco pulling a 6800 pound trailer for several years. Power will not be an issue for you. I weighed my combo set up for camping, and found I was 500 pounds over rear axle weight. You shouldn't have that issue as your trailer weight is less, unless you really load up the truck bed. The 2 issues I did have were the unsettled feeling when a big truck went by (you can overcome that if you anticipate the truck coming), and during my semi-annual crawl under the truck to inspect the hitch, I found the receiver was splitting out- it was already about half way back. I got it welded and reinforced, but as I was ready to get another truck (for other reasons), I went with an F250 this time.


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Sounds like the truck would handle it pretty well. My back-of-the-napkin calculation for extra weight is 1750# (people and dogs, 60g water, and stuff (including my battery and propane). That's using 62% of my tow capacity... Does the GCWR assume a full tank of gas, or do I need to add that in too? (eyes roll to back of head)

Thanks everyone for the great info and input!

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Get the truck setup properly with a good weight distribution hitch like a Blue Ox or Equalizer thats got built in sway control and you'll be good to go. You've got plenty of truck for that size trailer.

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It is possible to fill a F150 with 5 people, bikes, and food enough that you effectively have zero tow capacity because you have no capacity for the tongue weight


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K_and_I wrote:

The 2 issues I did have were the unsettled feeling when a big truck went by (you can overcome that if you anticipate the truck coming), a

"E" load truck tires made a huge difference on my f150 with passing semi's.

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All I could afford wrote:

It is possible to fill a F150 with 5 people, bikes, and food enough that you effectively have zero tow capacity because you have no capacity for the tongue weight


Or in other words, unless you and 4 passengers are all 300lbers and actually ride bikes too, you'll still be totally fine...


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All I could afford wrote:

It is possible to fill a F150 with 5 people, bikes, and food enough that you effectively have zero tow capacity because you have no capacity for the tongue weight
It is possible for me to do that with my 1 ton dually as well.


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All I could afford wrote:

It is possible to fill a F150 with 5 people, bikes, and food enough that you effectively have zero tow capacity because you have no capacity for the tongue weight


In that case, buy an F250.


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