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Old 02-02-2009, 20:00   #1 (permalink)
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Question F-150 crew cab towing a 5th wheel?

I have a 1995 F-150 crew cab with the rediculously short bed. I've been looking at RV's lately and I'd really like to get a 5th wheel but I don't think I can realistically put a 5th wheel hitch in the bed. Does anyone here have this set up and tow somewhat regularly?
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Old 02-07-2009, 20:21   #2 (permalink)
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Re: F-150 crew cab towing a 5th wheel?

You'd have to measure yourself depending on which trailer you're interested in. Personally, I'd stick with a standard hitch in your case. If you had an F250 with even a short bed, you could slap a 5th on there without problem or concern. The CrewCab has a very low payload rating as it is. Once you factor in the weight of the 5th wheel hitch, wiring, people and cargo your max hitch weight of the 5th wheel trailer itself would have to be around 750lbs or less, which isn't realistic as most, even lightweights are at minimum 1000lbs empty weight.

5th wheels tow a LOT easier than a conventional trailer, but with the added height and weight comes a hefty fuel economy penalty as well. If you had a one ton truck it wouldn't be as noticeable and evena 3/4 ton could handle the tongue weight a lot better. That's all you'd need is to be pulled onto a DOT weigh scale to find your rear axle is 500lbs overweight. Weight distributing hitch trailer would be your best bet here for weight distribution and safety.
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Old 02-08-2009, 06:29   #3 (permalink)
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Re: F-150 crew cab towing a 5th wheel?

Yea, that's the answer I knew but I was hoping for that "magical answer" that solved all my concerns. LOL. Thanks a ton!
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Old 02-15-2009, 20:53   #4 (permalink)
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Re: F-150 crew cab towing a 5th wheel?

Your more than welcome! I tend to mention some of the more common items as some people either don't know much about their own vehicle and are relatively thick in believing (a salesman said it was OK to tow 20,000lbs with my Ranger) the first person that talks to them about towing, but not towing safely.

I take it you've gathered against to tow a 5th wheel with your F150 crew cab?

I prefer 5ths myself, but in my area there are height restrictions (11' bridges) which doesn't make it feasible; never mind the fact that I don't have a truck with a bed to tow a 5th anyway!
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