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wing_zealot

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Posted: 09/03/21 07:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That truck is perfectly capable of hauling that trailer unless you are carrying a cord of firewood in that back while you go camping. First off you need to determine what your tongue weight % is. Start weighing things, ideally, the 3 trips across the scales method of determining weights would be best. learn about weights and ratings here Clicky

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bobby7718 wrote:

Heard back from the manufacturer of the WDH, the impression he got is the rare axles seem squat too much(not lifted up due to insufficient weight distributed). 

Here are his suggestions. 
- The hitch ball needs 7 degree towards the trailer
- Hanger needs to be 1 hole up
- The hanger's direction needs a bit adjustment(to allow the spring bar resting on both end of the hanger)

Will give it a try soon.
Did you try these adjustments and take measurements again? I find it hard to believe your front struts are bad after only 37000 miles in 4 years. I'm still on my original fronts after 135,000 miles and almost 11 years. I replaced my rears about 2 years ago.

Taking weight off the front wheels will give it that driving on ice feeling.


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Haven't yet - wanted to rule out the VT first.

Yes, the mechanic said the exactly same thing - he couldn't believe the struts could go bad on 37k mileage.

But he found both of fronts are bad with leakage, see attached pictures.
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Glad to hear that - resale the f150 within 3 months is a waste of money, and will be the last resort.

Yes - will hit CAT Scale as soon as I have the front struts fixed and applied adjustment from the manufacturer.

Actually I forgot to mention earlier. I have purchased a etrailer Tongue Weight Scale (2,000-lb Capacity), the reading was about ~12%. But agreed CAT scale will give the most accurate numbers.

wing_zealot wrote:

That truck is perfectly capable of hauling that trailer unless you are carrying a cord of firewood in that back while you go camping. First off you need to determine what your tongue weight % is. Start weighing things, ideally, the 3 trips across the scales method of determining weights would be best. learn about weights and ratings here Clicky


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This f150 was not bought new for me. It's a CPO(so called ford certified pre-own), there was 35K mileage on it. All I can tell is that it's bought for towing by the previous owner since there are a few optional packages added specifically for towing (backup pro assist, 36G fuel tank etc). Not sure about the history, probably got a lot of towing for that 35K miles. I used to be comfortable to buy CPO, might think differently for my next vehicle purchase.

2112 wrote:

Did you try these adjustments and take measurements again? I find it hard to believe your front struts are bad after only 37000 miles in 4 years. I'm still on my original fronts after 135,000 miles and almost 11 years. I replaced my rears about 2 years ago.


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Hey Bobby, I just wanted to comment again because I re-read my post from last night, typed late at night from my phone and while I was trying to be to-the-point, it may have come across a bit harsh.

Getting comfortable towing an RV takes time, and you are definitely not the minority who at some point thinks "do I have the wrong trailer or truck?"

I think your setup can work, and I think you are on the right path to fix it, but it will take a bit of investment although still MUCH cheaper than buying an F250 and putting gas in the **** thing.

In my opinion, I would focus on a few things:

- Front loading your trailer as much as you can. Heavy stuff like wood blocks and cases of water and whatnot go up front. Sleeping bags and blankets go in the back.
- Buy an Equalizer or Hensley. I think the Equalizer will do so much better for your confidence towing.
- A set of Bilstein 5100's and Michelin LTX load range E will make that truck pretty much ready for anything within it's capability.

If you do those three or four things and get the hitch dialed right, I think you'll be in business.

Towing is a subjective thing and everyone has their own comfort level. I see PLENTY of rigs matched way worse than yours screaming down the road at 80, that's just not how I choose to live my vacations.

Good luck and report back, you're making the right moves by asking for help here.

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Well said. Appreciate it !

I have just placed order for Bilstein 6112 front struts and 5100 rear, shipping will be 3-5 days. Can't wait to have them installed.

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I installed Bilstein 5100s on my rear a few years ago because my axle started bumping the Timbrens while unloaded. They solved that problem but at a price of a stiffer ride unloaded.

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Folks, this is to explain the "edited" posts above. It is not necessary or desirable to use the "quote" feature when replying to the person immediately above you. Just type your reply as if you were talking to the person. I don't know anybody who repeats the persons sentence when speaking to them and it is not necessary here.
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I'm a slow typer. Sometimes my reply doesn't come after the person I'm replying to...and we know where that can sometimes lead too someone getting butz hurt.
Sooooo...being so slow I usually paste and copy only the part of someones long post and not all the replies.
Now....if I can just remember what I was gonna' reply about .....


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