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Old 09-22-2015, 09:22 PM   #11
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Hi Brian,
My max truck payload is 1,312 lbs. I don't carry much in the truck besides DW, 2 small dogs, 20lbs of gear in back seat and roughly 100lbs of gear in the bed. My GVWR is 7,200lbs, max trailer weight is 9,600lbs and GCWR is 15,500lbs. Pulling a casita for 8 years, I have learned to trim down to necessary gear only due to small camper. The ecoboost is a strong engine. It pulls the casita like its not even back there. If the hitch weight of the TA 5.0 is 900lbs, add 225lbs of cargo and that leaves about 200lbs for a hitch. My concerns are: cab clearance using andersen ultimate hitch (but it only weighs 40lbs).....if i go with companion slider, the hitch weighs 200lbs.
I'm thinking I'll be fine... Just gotta find the best hitch set up!
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:25 PM   #12
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Donna,
How does your F150 handle the TA 5.0 compared to your Scamp?
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:39 PM   #13
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Hi Brian,
My max truck payload is 1,312 lbs. I don't carry much in the truck besides DW, 2 small dogs, 20lbs of gear in back seat and roughly 100lbs of gear in the bed. My GVWR is 7,200lbs, max trailer weight is 9,600lbs and GCWR is 15,500lbs. Pulling a casita for 8 years, I have learned to trim down to necessary gear only due to small camper. The ecoboost is a strong engine. It pulls the casita like its not even back there. If the hitch weight of the TA 5.0 is 900lbs, add 225lbs of cargo and that leaves about 200lbs for a hitch. My concerns are: cab clearance using andersen ultimate hitch (but it only weighs 40lbs).....if i go with companion slider, the hitch weighs 200lbs.
I'm thinking I'll be fine... Just gotta find the best hitch set up!
J
You are neglecting to account for the weight of the passengers / dogs in your vehicle.
Passenger weight is considered part of the payload as well as any options added to the vehicle.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:01 PM   #14
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Steve,
That total includes my 95lb wife and 10lbs of dogs. I dont have any extra options besides the fx4 package which is already taken into account by ford when they give max payload.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:06 PM   #15
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Donna,
How does your F150 handle the TA 5.0 compared to your Scamp?
Honestly, about the same. I towed the Scamp first when the truck had less than 300 miles on the odometer. But, I also changed the axle on the Scamp and it runs 15" tires. Smooth ride. Ten Forward is a good match as well. But backing up... hummmm, I had the Scamp nailed! Ten Forward...
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:11 PM   #16
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Donna,
I towed a 5th wheel before the Casita and it was very different to back up...not nearly as responsive as a bumper pull. Takes some gettin used to thats for sure!
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:15 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the responses. I am starting get some good info. The B W hitch sounds pretty good but still looking.

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