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F-150 camper limits doug 9-17-02  
What is the maximum size camper that I can haul with a 1999 f-150 xlt?

What about stiffer springs and air bags for the rear?

What is the law regarding these questions?

Thanks in advance, Doug
Re: f-150 camper limits Dick 9-26-02  
I cannot furnish limits on the F150 but can furnish experience on pulling a Salem 27' low profile fiver with gross weight of 7000 lbs. The truck suspension was straining so I installed air shocks. Problem solved but would not suggest pulling that size trailer as you are pushing the limits. My truck was an '86 F-150 with a Jasper 350 with Holly quad carb. It had a pulling cam with a 3.73 rear end gear. Pulling the trailer was great. I pulled the Shenendoah Pkwy in high gear unless I ran into slow traffic.
My fear was the braking with such a load. Have since purchased a F-250 Diesel. I feel much safer as far as handling and braking/.. I would suggest staying in the 5500 lb range concerning gross weight.
Re: f-150 camper limits Les Adams 10-1-02  
It is generally agreed upon by experienced towers that a safe limit for 1/2 ton chassis' (like the F-150) is around #5000 fully loaded...

I have personally pulled with a 1997 F-150 with 4.6L V8 and 3:55... It handled a 20' #4000 TT very well... When I upgraded to my current 27' #6400+ TT it was totally miserable... Performance would have been a bit better with the 5.4L and 3:73 but the #6200 GVWR of the truck is the limiting factor...

For any TT over #5000 I would recommend a 3/4 ton truck (F-250SD or equivilent) with V10 or PSD or Chevy/Dodge equivilent...

Best Regards,
Les
Re: f-150 camper limits Cotton 4-20-03  
I have a Shadow Cruiser 8' slide-in that pops up with the tent sides. I've used an F-150 to carry this for the last 12 years with no problem. Dry weight is only about 1100#, and I loaded her up with all my fishing gear for a 1 month stay.Granted you don't get a real cushie rig,but it's great for 2 people and has propane heater,a reefer,and is not bad for gas mileage because it cranks down and has less wind resistance. I'm hauling it with an F-350 diesel now and I'm over-trucked to say the least. In my opinion,this kind of camper is the only option for an F-150 and still have peace of mind.
Good luck!
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