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I own a 2010 F250 Super Duty 6.4 extended cab long box 4x4 automatic (tuned). I am wanting to upgrade to a 5th wheel camper. I currently pull a 28” bumper pull camper. Around 11k loaded. No problems towing it although I hardly ever pull it fully loaded.
I am wanting to upgrade to a larger, newer and overall built light 5th wheel. Looking at a 36’.
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12,055 lbs.
Hitch Weight
1,655 lbs.
Will my truck handle this camper without modifications?
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You should be ok if the pin weight is correct but we use 20% as a rule. You need to figure out how much weight is over the rear axle so load up the truck with everything you are going to take in the truck and head to a Cat scale. Next thing is check the load rating of your tires. That rating is for each tire not for both.
What hitch are you going with. I have the B&W and i love it. You couldn't give me a Anderson. I'm 70 and can remove mine without any help. A light weight hitch is just that lightweight. I don't have a slider ether. I have a SB truck and there is enough adjustment in the hitch to miss the cab with the trailer.
 

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You should be ok if the pin weight is correct but we use 20% as a rule. You need to figure out how much weight is over the rear axle so load up the truck with everything you are going to take in the truck and head to a Cat scale. Next thing is check the load rating of your tires. That rating is for each tire not for both.
What hitch are you going with. I have the B&W and i love it. You couldn't give me a Anderson. I'm 70 and can remove mine without any help. A light weight hitch is just that lightweight. I don't have a slider ether. I have a SB truck and there is enough adjustment in the hitch to miss the cab with the trailer.
Thanks. My tires are just over 4k each. Load rating according to vin says 6100. At 20% pin weight, full tank of gas, hitch weight (S&B), body weight and misc, I still am 2500 under the limit. If I figured right.
 

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You have 6,100# axles so don't go over that. Your tires are 8,000# which is more than your axles can carry. Always tow with max air pressure in your rear tires.
Here is how I do some math., I have the 10,000 package Yellow sticker. That same sticker tells me i have a payload of 2,300# I subtract that weight from the 10,000 and that is how much the truck weighs. Full of fluids fuel and a 150# driver. Only thing it doesn't tell you is how much weight is over the rear tires. Here is the Ford towing guide. Just scroll down and there is a guide for a 09. It may give you a % weight for front and rear weights.
 

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Here is one source for capacity charts; lets tow what
Depending on your cab, you should be able to tow a 15,600lb. 5'r
To be safe, Take your truck and future 5'r to a public scale (fully loaded and ready for a trip)
 

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I only pack necessities. then you can figure out what else you can put in there but you have to have the necessities i pack a camp stove because I don't cook in my MH. I do bring chaires but don't use them much I have a 5 gallon of propaine for my stove but carry a couple 1 pound bottles for emergencies. i have a assortment of tools that I have found to be useful I do carry a saaortment of screws and such to fix things that could go wrong on a trip but there are hardware stores everywhere so you don't need a lot. I carry a volt meter and some fuses as well. It took me a few trips to make sure I could fix most everything that could go wrong on the road.
 

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All great information.
Surprised to see your still have a running 6.4! I recently installed a 6.7 Cummins conversion when two piston rods came thru the oil pan. Diesel Conversion Specialist conversion kit was very straightforward.
 

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According to the chart eZak provided, your max towing capacity is 12,500 with a max GCWR of 23,000. The GVWR you give for the trailer will likely not be an issue as the empty weight is likely around 8000. Load the truck as if you were heading out on a trip and go to a CAT scale. You will get axle weights and gross weight. As long as your gross weight is less than 8000 you could have up to a 2000 pin weight. Your actual weight will vary. If possible, before purchase, do this with the trailer (yeah, I know it's not likely).

If you go north of the border (Canada) make sure you do not exceed the GCWR and your registration shows you are legit for the weight, otherwise you could spend some expensive time at a weigh station. Although these stations are for commercial vehicles, you can also be required to visit (mandatory in Nova Scotia).

Do you have the turnover ball hitch in your bed? If so, you can get an adapter to make it a 5th wheel hitch. If not, you can install a 5th wheel hitch yourself. I got mine from etrailer.com (custom rather than universal). No frame drilling required.

A tip here: When hooking up to a 5th wheel, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS visually check that the pin is seated and the jaw is locked. Use a flashlight. Check it again if it has been out of your sight.
 

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With the B&W hitch you don't have to do that. Thje jaws are attached to a handle. So when the handle is licked in place by the pin you know the jaws have captured the pin. That's why I got the B&W. I have hooked and unhooked over 500 times and never had a failure to hook up. You couldn't give me one of those spring loaded jaw type hitches like the truckers use.
 
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