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    Posted: 03 Mar 2024 at 11:48am

We have just returned from a 3 week trip with our Rpod 179.  We drove from our home in Chapel Hill NC to central Florida and camped, bikes and paddled for 3 weeks .  We have a new to us 2022 Ford F-150 3.5L Ecoboost and this was the first trip for this tow vehicle.  The truck had 11746 miles on it when we started and we drove 2025 miles during our trip. We averaged 11.2 mpg throughout the entire trip.

We went to the local land fill as we left Chapel Hill and weighed our rig. The following is what we found……..

 

 

Ford F150 pickup w/ ARE camper shell (160#), driver(170#), passenger (125#), full gas tank(36 gal+/- @ 6#/gal=216#),2 full propane tanks(one on TT tongue, 1 in truck(65#),2 Trojan 6v batteries (approx. 120#) on tongue,18 gal water(@8#/gal=144#), wdh, canoe(36#)and racks(22#), 2 bikes and rack(130#)on rear of RPod, food, Honda generator(47#),  clothes, assorted camping and other gear(biking, canoeing, photography), tools and supplies

 

First pass-Ford and RPod, wdh connected

Ford front axle                              3180

Ford rear axle                                3900

Both Ford axles                            7080                   includes tongue weight(520#)

Combined Ford and RPod         10980

RPod axle                                       3900

 

Second pass-Ford and RPod, wdh not connected

Ford front axle                              3080

Ford rear axle                                4080

Both Ford axles                            7160                   includes tongue weight(600#)

Combined Ford and RPod         10980

RPod axle                                       3820

 

Third pass-Ford only, wdh installed

Ford front axle                              3320

Ford rear axle                                3240

Ford both axles                             6560

 

Tongue weight

 

With wdh connected

Ford w/ Rpod – Ford w/o Rpod   7080-6560=520# or 520/3900=13.33%

 

wdh not connected

Ford w/ RPod – Ford w/o RPod   7160-6560=600# or 600/3820=15.7%

 

 

F150 ratings per driver side door sticker

Front gross axle rating                3450

Rear gross axle rating                  3800

Gross vehicle weight rating       7050

Max cargo weight                         1811

 


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Firestone makes air springs for the rear. They will bring the rear of the vehicle up where it should be.  Will make it drive better and bring the headlights down.
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I have a couple of observations. 

One, I think your Rpod is overloaded. If the combined weight of the truck & trailer is 10,980, and the truck alone is 6,560, then that means the Rpod is 4,420. Our Rpod has a GVWR of 3,792, so you're around 600 lbs overweight.

Two, with or without your WDH, the rear axle of your F150 is over the 3,800 lb weight limit. You need to get some of that tongue weight off the truck. My best suggestion is to offload some of the excess weight in your Rpod.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pod People Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2024 at 1:56pm
I agree totally.
That was one reason we wanted to weigh the combination and get some real numbers with the new tow vehicle.
I neglected to note that our 2015 179 GVWR is 3785. so, we are actually more than 600# overweight!!

some of the weight in the back of the F150 will be easy to remove-firewood, extra camp chairs, some extra tools, etc. some will be harder to eliminate.

We plan to go through every part of the pod and remove all of the things that we haven't used.  I don't know if we can find 600#'s, but I'm sue we will be surprised at all of the unused stuff.

Good info for all owners-weigh your rig!
Vann



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