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Old 06-11-2012, 04:20 PM   #11
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I don't know where you got the weight of a 31 ft Hi-Lo but it is going to weigh over 6,000 lbs.
What year is it?
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It is a 1994 and the owner told me the weight but now you have me wondering if I heard him wrong. and to combine two answers to two posts - I just tried googling tow rating for a 1999 f150 but for some reason the oldest one I'm coming up with is a 2000
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He probably gave you the axle weight rating. What you want is UVW unloaded vehicle weight, the options are added to that, air conditioner is an option.
Here is the 1999 tow ratings.
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My 97 4x4 super cab f150- with 4.6l engine and 3.55 rear end has a max trailer weight rating of 6600 lbs. They didn't change them much between then and 99. That engine with the 3.08 rear end drops to 5100lb.

5.4 l with 3.08 is 6000 and 5.4l with 3.55 is 7700.

may give you a ball park at any rate. T he 2x4 f150s are a bit more.

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Old 06-12-2012, 05:42 AM   #15
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Checked out a few of the threads in the TV. Going to have a brake controller put on this morning hopefully if the place can fit us in. Not sure what they have available will see when they open. Any suggestions? A couple of seemingly silly questions but I'm completely clueless about these things. How do you know if your truck has a factory tow package and how do you find the rear axle ratio. We would like to go check out the 31 foot this afternoon and possibly bring it home. It is 3 hours from us and they are leaving Thursday for vacation so it is really our only chance to see it before our family vacation. So if we want something this would probably be it. There is a dearth of hi lo s in our area and immediately after our vacation I am having surgery so it would be another month before we could even look again I really like the pictures but I don't want to buy it and find we can't tow it safely
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As for the Tow package, did the truck come with a class 3 or 4 hitch mounted by the factory, if not it doesn't have the factory tow package. A factory tow package includes a larger radiator, a transmission fluid cooler, and the hitch, The axle ratio can be gotten from the axle code on the door sticker. At the bottom of the door sticker You will see the word -axle- under that there will be either a letter and a number or 2 numbers, you can google it or post the code and I will give you the axle ratio. Another method is to crawl under the truck and look at the metal tag that is fastened under one of the rear differential cover bolts. When they install the brake controller be sure they use # 10 wire, fused at 30 amps for the positive line to the trailer and # 10 or heavier for the negative ground wire. Any smaller than this and you will have trouble. A Prodigy is a good brake controller and can be mounted in any angled position. Be sure to check the trailer out good. Don't just buy because you need it in a hurry. Any trailer can have water damage, if it wasn't properly taken care of, which can lead to major repair, costing as much as you paid for the trailer.
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It says h9 under the axle. Another dumb question - how do you tell if it is a class 3 or class 4 hitch? Some other numbers I wrote down - 500lb tongue weight, 2 inch ball max 3500 lbs and then on the insert (whatever that is called 5000 lb max. I really like the queen bedroom in the 31 foot it would be nice not to have to put the bed down every night but my husband is concerned about the manuverability of such a long rig and the actual towing ease. Any thoughts?
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H9 axle code is a 3.55, limited slip differential. Not the best ratio for that weight trailer. The class should be on a sticker on the hitch. Where did you get those number from? If they are on the hitch, it is too light to pull that trailer. actually you need a Class 4 or 5 trailer hitch. What is your engine size and is it an automatic?
You will need a WD hitch, Weight Distribution hitch, hook up. If your husband has never backed up or pulled a trailer it maybe a problem. Not that he can't learn. Many RV sites require the trailer to be backed in and often it is a sharp turn. Not to be negative, you are jumping into something with no knowledge and are planing a camping trip to soon. There is a learning curve, which takes a little time. I don't know how far you plan on driving on you camping trip, but a long trip right off could present problems. The tires on the trailer should be not more than 4 or 5 years old regardless of how much tread they have on them, trailer tires are made different than car or truck tires and they have a max speed rating of 65 MPH.
No questions are dumb, I have a son that thinks that way and won't ask and he gets himself into trouble a lot and of course if pop gives advice he doesn't listen.
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Yes I got the numbers off the hitch. We are only going to be using the f150 temporarily to pull the hilo. The plan is to get a conversion van as the TV. Is the class 4 or 5 needed for any size hilo or just that large of a one? My husband used to pull an Apache when the girls were younger but that was some time ago and we have been using the Transvan for the last 8 years. The camping trip was planned early this year and is the one camping trip we have each year with the girls and their families. I would hate to miss it especially since we would not be able to plan an alternate date. We all look forward to it but we may have to cancel. The campground is about about 2 hours away. The engine size is a 4.6 v8 automatic
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Forgot to mention he does pull work trailers but nothing over 12-16 feet
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