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Posted: 09/12/21 09:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is their anyone that has put a TRAVEL LITE 800 SBX ON HALF TON pick up?
I have the chance to get a 2010 Travel Lite 800 sbx for a good price. I have a 2008 Ford F150 Super Cab two wheel drive with a 6.5' bed. Trying to find out if these are a good fit.

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Need to know a lot more info from you such as both dry weight and authorized total gross weight when fully loaded of both the trailer and then the truck. What is the total weight your truck is allowed to pull with a WDH system and also limit of the tow hitch of the truck with and without WDH. Need to know the authorized COMBINED gross weight limit of both truck and trailer when hooked together (GCAVW). Also tongue weight of trailer both dry empty weight and when fully loaded (authorized). You can find some of this info on the truck by looking at the inside door post drivers side of your truck. Do you have a class III or IV truck hitch. A class IV can carry a lot more and pull more weight than a III using a WDH and even without a WDH. If you are towing in high mountains then will need a lot more truck than towing on flat plains of Iowa.

The trailer weight limits are usually on a sticker inside one of the upper or lower kitchen cabinet doors or looking at the floor plan on the manufacturer's or RV dealer's website for your model trailer. Tongue weight limits of the trailer are usually stamped on the trailer tongue somewhere and hard to read sometimes.

Size and type of truck tires are important to know their weight limits. A truck LT tire can carry more weight (usually) than a P or passenger truck tire depending on type and load rating. Authorized total weight of the tires installed at the factory for the truck are again on the inside door post drivers side. However, tires now on your truck my be different size and type than what was installed as OEM, etc. Weight limits of tires are also on the tire itself.

Size of truck engine and transmission along with the rear end axle differential size such as 3.55 or 3.49 or 3.21, etc. are very important. Higher the number better for towing heavy trailers but less gas mileage (usually)

You can weigh your truck empty or with usual load at CAT scales found at all truck stops. Same for the trailer. CAT scales are your friend.

Maybe you get lucky and find someone here who has exact same truck towing exact same trailer. This info may be useful to others if not the OP.

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NamMedevac 70 wrote:

Need to know a lot more info from you such as both dry weight and authorized total gross weight when fully loaded of both the trailer and then the truck. .


This is the truck camper forum not the travel trailer forum.


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RV Jim wrote:

Is their anyone that has put a TRAVEL LITE 800 SBX ON HALF TON pick up?
I have the chance to get a 2010 Travel Lite 800 sbx for a good price. I have a 2008 Ford F150 Super Cab two wheel drive with a 6.5' bed. Trying to find out if these are a good fit.


Do you have any info on the weight of the TC? Also, do you have any details on the payload for your truck?

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I'm in a similar boat as you, trying to pick a truck to go with a camper I bought. I came to the conclusion after seeking advice, that an F150, even one of the higher load capacities, wasn't enough for the camper I bought, which has a dry weight of 1795 lbs. It appears your camper weighs a couple hundred more lbs than that dry.

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jimh425 wrote:

NamMedevac 70 wrote:

Need to know a lot more info from you such as both dry weight and authorized total gross weight when fully loaded of both the trailer and then the truck. .


This is the truck camper forum not the travel trailer forum.

Seeems to be a common theme with the TC keyboard warriors today!


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RV Jim
Why people ask you to post alll the weights when it takes less time to google it than to ask the question, is beyond me. But that camper will work on your truck with the following caveats.
Truck in good condition, it’s older.
E load tires.
Suspension mods and sway bar.
9.75 axle not 8.8
Dont pack real heavy.

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Thanks for the verification. I have copied my response for later use on the towing and travel trailer forums. Save me a lot of future typing. Cheers

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OP..Fords F150 come with several different GVWR packages ranging from a small 6XXX lbs up to 8200 gvwr on older models...and small 3200 lb up to 4800 lb rawr.
Payloads can run from 1200 with the 6xxx gvwr truck up to around 2400-2500 lbs with the F150HDPP truck.

Will it work....depends on your F150 gvwr/rawr numbers and the TCs length and dry weight.

If you can't find anyone with the same F150 as yours and same TC your looking at give us some numbers.


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The brochure I found for Travel Lite lists the 800SBX at 1750lb dry weight.

Most Ford F150s have less than 1750lbs of payload capacity, so you're in a hole right out of the gate. Unless you plan on sitting in the camper cold, naked, and hungry, you will need things like water, propane, food, clothing, etc.. Also any optional equipment such as AC will increase the weight even more.

I would not doubt that by the time all is said and done you are looking at all of 2500lbs for that camper.

You will need to upgrade wheels, tires, add helper springs and airbags at minmum, and you still might not be happy with how it handles. It has been done, and people will tell you they do it and it's Just Fine(tm) and No Problems(tm). Tastes vary, though, and some people are just more tolerant of certain things than others. Only way you'll know is to try.

But, it is an awful lot of camper for an F150.


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