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5th wheel?


don4331

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1999
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Ford
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V8
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5.3
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Automatic
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Travelaire W186:

Hitch weight 639 lbs, 5th wheel hitch 165lbs = 804lbs total Payload capacity of 1,350lbs - lots left for driver and passenger

Trailer weight 2,875lbs, B4000 has auto and 4.10 gears = GCWR 9,500 lbs, which in theory it allows 5,560 lbs of trailer, even subtracting driver, passenger and hitch, I'd still have 5k lbs available! So, lots left.

7' wide x 8' tall = 56ft^2 of front area; brochure says 50 ft^2 max as consideration and exceeding may reduce performance of the towing vehicle.
Note, same brochure says 60ft^2 for SuperDuty which would be 8' wide by 7.5' tall and you would be hard pressed to buy a 5th wheel that small (a lot are closing on 100ft^2), so I'm thinking soft limit.​
So, I might not be able to drive 120km/h on the interstate; not that critical, speed limit is 110 up here anyways.​

Working on securing the hitch and installing brake controller. I should be able to let you know how it tows in May.

If the clone doesn't work out; I have the F-150. But it might not notice it is towing anything.
 


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