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mobilcastle

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Posted: 10/16/11 05:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3/4 ton and you will have it handled. I pull one similar in weight with a 2008 F250 V10-great combination-make sure it has a tow package. I am going to go to a 40' 5ver and I will need to switch trucks to handle the extra 6,000lbs. I also have a short bed and use a automatic super glide slider hitch. If you get a short bed you may want to consider that. Some on this forum do not use a slider hitch but they have to be very careful when they turn or back up not to hit and break the cabs rear glass. Good luck!


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dmatt wrote:

Just got back from the RV show and the DW has fallen in love with the Keystone 278RKSWE

Here are the specs:
Shipping Weight 7205
Carrying Capacity 2855
Hitch 1260

Question: Is this towable with a 1/2 ton truck? F=150 or Tundra 5.7?


Anyone have any info on this model or Keystone 5th wheels


I have that same model. So I'm not surprised that she fell in love with it. We are vacationers and weekenders, and fully loaded we weight 8,500#. I've never weighed the pin load, because with my 3/4 ton truck it won't ever be an issue.

They call it a 1/2 towable trailer. It can be done on a properly equipped F150, if you already have one. But it would be foolish to buy an F150 to pull that trailer. Spend your money on the F250 instead.


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Remember that the dry weight may not include some of the already installed furnishings. Not sure about "shipping weight".

Plus, if you prefer to camp away from commercial campgrounds, you'll need need to carry water and your waste water. One gallon = 8 lbs.

Then you'll be adding pots/pans, dishes, food, books, electronics and so forth. It doesn't take long to put 1,500 lbs into a fifth wheel that size. I easily carried 1,500 lbs inside our 17.5 foot fifth wheel.

Until you actually weigh the fifth wheel empty, you won't know the real weight. Our fifth wheel was hundreds of pounds above the dry weight when it was empty.

And then weigh it after it is loaded for camping. It can be an eye-opener.


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I pulled 8800# with my new F150 had no problems at all just bad mpg around 6 miles per gal. traded it in got a F350 now I get 14-16 mpg towing

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Looking at Ford's F150 web pages, it is possible to spec a new F150 to do this job.
But if you want 4 doors and 4WD, then you'll need to step up to an F250.
Also note that payload is figured after putting a typical-weight-male driver and a full tank of fuel in the pickup.


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Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate how you've explained the reasons for your opinions....it's really helped.

I can see that we need to make a decision, if she really wants the 5er, we need to go 3/4. Or we stick to the TTs and get a 1/2 ton.

On consideration is mpg. It will be my daily driver when I'm not riding the motorcycle to work. Well, we're going back today to look some more now that I've got a better understanding of how the weights work out. thanks

* This post was edited 10/16/11 11:08am by dmatt *


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towing of new f150's that started 2009 are 11,500. the problem with a fifth is weight on hitch. I think you could do this with modern f 150(2009 and later)

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cwit wrote:

If it don't have 6 tires you can't tow a 5er. If you don't over load it you should be good to go. I have over 30,000miles towing the same size camper.


That's got to be some of the worst advise I have seen in this forum.

I towed a 18 ft MeToo 5er with a Nissan, then an F150, then I towed a 21 ft Fleetwood 5er with an F150 then an F250SD, then a 24 ft Northwoods 5er with an F250, and then a 31 ft Nortwood 5er with an F250, all before I went with the dually. The total mileage was far more then your 30K.

Small 5er are fine with less then a dually 1 ton.

As for the OP's question, it depends on where you are going. The 21ft with the F150 (mid-block V8) was fine on any US road, it was not so in Canada, where steeper grades are allows. The 31 ft was fine on the F250 (V10), as long as the 5er was not loaded to the gills, or watered (which is why we have the F350 now)


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One bit of advise. DON'T BELIEVE WHAT THE SALESPERSON TELLS YOU about a tow vehicle pulling any trailer. Do your own research. Your the one who will have to live with the decision!


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n7bsn wrote:

cwit wrote:

If it don't have 6 tires you can't tow a 5er. If you don't over load it you should be good to go. I have over 30,000miles towing the same size camper.


That's got to be some of the worst advise I have seen in this forum.

I second that.
Of course the extra tires add safety. But they're not mandatory.

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