Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Ray Robson, Apr 10, 2017.
I went to Church. Had no issues!
Me too... Good to go!
It's a TRUCK and will be used as such....
TFL Truck always does a good job....
7000 lbs, within its limits according to Ford. I still say if I needed something to tow with on a regular basis I wouldn't but a raptor. I wonder what kind of affect this will have on the fox socks?
There should be no ill affect to the shocks absorbers. Shocks are dampers, not suspending members like springs. The nitrogen charging in these shocks do little in terms of suspending the truck as the nitrogen is used to pressurize the reservoirs to raise the boiling temperature of the shock's oil.
Now if you tow with a significant tonque weight, you'll increase the loading on the tires and springs of the truck. The tires will increase in heat which would only be a problem if you exceed the maximum amout of weight for each tire. Inflate the tire cold to the maximum pressure as indicated on the sidewall of the tire.
Thanks Ray, that's really helpful. Once I get a couple thousand miles on my truck, I'll be towing some and will be right at the 800lb tongue weight limit. I've been researching all kinds of ways to support it without any permanent changes to the suspension. My towing will be on flat terrain at sea level and rarely more than 150 miles but I can't live with a non-level setup!
Planning to use Equalizer hitch. Ed
DAMN - nice AIRSTREAM !!!! what is the weight ? how was the ride?
I haven't weighed the whole rig but the trailer is likely about 7,400 lbs. Got the tongue weight down to 800 by removing the propane tanks (we have the convection microwave option instead of gas oven) and creative loading. Tools and Honda generators, as well as clothes etc., in rear of trailer. Sill have more than 10% tongue weight. Using a Equalizer w/d hitch. It towed great. I'm shocked at how effortlessly the Raptor pulls the trailer. Coming out of a F-250 PowerStroke I wasn't expecting it to feel as strong as it does with the trailer attached. Probably right at the max load for the truck but with tires at 45lbs cold it handles and rides really well.
wow nicely done.. and good to know - appreciate the info. A buddy mine had his work truck in a the shop and asked me if would help get his boat out of the water for the season. he said 7000 lbs with boat and trailer. Problem is I have a Super cab not a crew. Would be a very expensive wreck of a 100k boat and and a 70k truck!! hahaaaa
No, that would never be a good outcome. I helped friends pick up a newly purchased 30' Airstream when I still had a SuperDuty. No w/d hitch, no sway control but no problem for an F350 for a 30 mile trip. They're Realtors and used their remodeled Airstream as a sales office at a condo project. Worked out great and is loaded up with files and furniture. God knows what it weighs now! Knowing nothing about trucks and trailers, they recently asked me if I would help move it to another project. I tried to explain why I couldn't do it with the Raptor but I don't think they get it. I mean, it's a truck, right?
I understand why you wouldn't tow heavy trailers with the Raptor. I just pulled my 4000# boat to FL and back around 1400 miles. Everything went well but I was disappointed with the rear sag and the MPG's. I'm thinking of purchasing the Sumosprings to help with sag since they require no major adjustments to the factory suspension. Does nay anyone have experience with them?
Hmm, I pull about 4k ish with my boat and trailer, didnt notice too much sag. My MPG's were good but Im only driving 60 or 70 miles roundtrip to my fishing holes.
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