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raychris1

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Posted: 02/17/22 04:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey guys, We are trading in our 2009 Surveyor on a 2022 Open Range 26BH.
It is 29 feet, Gross weight 6500, with a dry weight of 4700 Lbs. My truck (2013 f150 5.0) has a tow limit of 7700. The weight shouldn't be a problem. I know I will have fun going up the hills but I think I will be ok. Anybody have a similar trailer? Do you guys see any concerns with the length? We saw a few trailers we liked better but the weight was more that I was comfortable with.


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I don't have a similar trailer. Well I do, a 28' enclosed v nose running around 6klbs.
But I did have a 2011 F150, light duty, XL 5.0 as a company truck and I can say I towed a whole lot heavier than that with it and the 5.0/6 speed combo has enough power to keep you running with traffic, even up most grades. 10 years ago, I'm pretty sure that was the best towing combo in a half ton, save for maybe the Vortec Max GMs.
For long distance and high profile like a TT, I would still feel comfortable with that truck.


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Glad to hear of your new TT. Payload also with limits? If so…good to go!


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Well...My 13 F150 has a "tow limit" as you put it, of #11,000.. It's a Ecoboost with the MaxTow package. I have payload sticker that says it's good for up to #1900 of extra stuff in the truck, including the tongue weight of the trailer.

I'm towing a #7000 GVWR 26' TT and I'm pretty much maxed out on my payload and I know I'm pretty much maxed out on the trailer too.. I pack heavy and know it!

It does fine thanks to the turbos, but the truck itself is basically at it's limit for my own comfort level and how I like to tow..

Don't get me wrong.. It tows great and I love towing this TT with it. Half the fun of the trip is the getting there part as far as I'm concerned!

Anyway, if you get your hitch setup and dialed in, you should be fine. Power won't really be an issue for you, but you will have to let the 5.0 rev some to get into it's peak power range.

I've done some additional mods to the tires, brakes and suspension over OEM to just help my towing experience, so there's that too..

Good luck and just work thru the hitch setup and loading of the truck and trailer and you'll be fine.. Mitch

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Thanks for the info. I wish I had the 3.73. I have 3.55. If I new more about the ecoboost I probably would have gotten that. I didn't know about the 10 speed.

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The 10 speed didn't come out until after 2018 I think? I've got the ol' 6 speed same as you. I do lock out 6th, even on the flats, as the Eco likes it between 2000 and 2500 rpms for the most part. In my case, it helps keep the engine from 'lugging' too much and actually using MORE boost at the lower rpms.

I monitor all temps and other vitals with a phone app and a ODB2 adapter and that really helps my towing too.

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raychris1 wrote:

Thanks for the info. I wish I had the 3.73. I have 3.55. If I new more about the ecoboost I probably would have gotten that. I didn't know about the 10 speed.

It may be worth the cost of changing the far axle ratio ! Also, upgrading the radiator and transmission cooler are worthwhile.

A lot also depends on how much you load the truck itself. Never trust manufacturer's dry weights !

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You’ll probably will be around 6k lbs loaded. It’s not even an issue. Not sure what you mean about “fun” going uphills? You should go right up any mountain you come across!


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Greetings,

We have a similar layout of trailer. It's a Zinger 27BH and has a dry weight around 6,300 lbs but loaded for camping we are getting close to GVWR of 7,700 lbs. I tow it with our family Tahoe that has a "tow limit" of 5,500 lbs as you phrased it.

Sitting on the cusp of 170,000 miles on this fantastic vehicle.

Added a few things to make the Tahoe tow a lot better. I added a big transmission cooler and usually see transmission temps around 180 degrees while towing.

I also added some big heavy LT tires to the Tahoe as the factory tires were more for passenger comfort instead of pulling.

I use the Tekonsha Voyage brake controller model that I have had on my last three tow vehicles over the last 13 years. Works great.

My Tahoe is a 6-speed auto and has the 3.08 gear which supposedly is not "ideal" for towing but I haven't really noticed any need to upgrade it as of yet.

I use a standard run of the mill weight distribution hitch with tapered spring bars that is really dialed in, and I have two friction sway bars.

I drive pretty slowly while towing and have a personal speed limit at about 62 mph. That is a personal limit and when I had my dually I drove the same speed.

The rig is solid and tows well and there is not a single time I felt underpowered. However, I would be lying to say that I can't feel it back there. Of course I can.

Oh, I am under all my weights except the tow rating. Pay attention to your set up and watch your temps, drive sensibly, balance your load, enjoy the ride.

thanks!

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Useful videos:

Towing with a half ton

PAYLOAD PROBLEMS: HOW MUCH CAN I (REALLY) TOW? RV Truck & Trailer


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