New f450 prep and towing – ford truck enthusiasts forums npower electricity supplier number

#####

I put the Torqlift Superhitch Magnum on my ’17 450 in order to tow with my AF811 loaded, and it works great. Also, I’d say airbags are a must for the load of a TC – I am happy with the 5000 ultimates. The install removed the factory bumpstops, so I feel the internal bump stops of the 5000 ultimates are absolutely required. The 811 and 992 are similarly sized, and the combo works fine. I use a short extension and WDH. Can you get the four foot + extension and haul a trailer with a monster camper? Sure. But. The departure angle on a monster camper can present a challenge. Any sizeable dip, steep-ish entry to a rural gas station in the middle of nowhere that you are forced to use, a short turnaround wherever you are pulling your FJ – all present a problem. Look at the profile pic of the monster above. Now, picture a long hitch extension under it, and drive up a slight incline. The hitch will grind into the pavement, along with the expensive WDH trunion bars, chains, ball mount, etc. I love the inside of the monster TCs, but the departure angle is too restrictive for the way I use my TC (off the beaten path). If you stick primarily to highways and areas that big trailers will fit, you’ll probably be fine, and a lot of guys do that every day with long extensions. If your trailer has a looong low tongue, you may be able to get it hooked under the overhang, but may run into impact problems with the back lip of the camper on those same steep driveways.

I put the Torqlift Superhitch Magnum on my ’17 450 in order to tow with my AF811 loaded, and it works great. Also, I’d say airbags are a must for the load of a TC – I am happy with the 5000 ultimates. The install removed the factory bumpstops, so I feel the internal bump stops of the 5000 ultimates are absolutely required. The 811 and 992 are similarly sized, and the combo works fine. I use a short extension and WDH. Can you get the four foot + extension and haul a trailer with a monster camper? Sure. But. The departure angle on a monster camper can present a challenge. Any sizeable dip, steep-ish entry to a rural gas station in the middle of nowhere that you are forced to use, a short turnaround wherever you are pulling your FJ – all present a problem. Look at the profile pic of the monster above. Now, picture a long hitch extension under it, and drive up a slight incline. The hitch will grind into the pavement, along with the expensive WDH trunion bars, chains, ball mount, etc. I love the inside of the monster TCs, but the departure angle is too restrictive for the way I use my TC (off the beaten path). If you stick primarily to highways and areas that big trailers will fit, you’ll probably be fine, and a lot of guys do that every day with long extensions. If your trailer has a looong low tongue, you may be able to get it hooked under the overhang, but may run into impact problems with the back lip of the camper on those same steep driveways.That is a lot to think about. I have been tenting for decades and decided I would rather sleep off the ground now. I need to rethink this and the need for a large camper. A smaller camper would allow the trailer behind but the wife wants a large one so we can tour Alaska and British Columbia next year. I may need an old cheap one for my off road trips.

I think the 992 would be a great camper for what you have described. It has a reasonable overhang that could use a 21"-24" (or so) supertruss extension to tow, but still is short enough that you can explore the wilderness without dragging the rear bumper or jacks in the dirt. A 24" extension actually still carries a decent rating on the Tongue/Trailer weights – Dead Weight Rating: 750 / 7,500, Weight Distributing: 1,400 / 14,000lb.

I think it’ll be about 5000 lbs once its fully loaded with gear and water. Not a problem for the 450, but will be over the sticker cargo weight, and darn near the sticker GVWR. I’m not a member of the political weight police, though I am certainly concerned with safety and stability, and the 450 can handle that all day long and twice on Sunday. I like the dry bath of the 992- we are used to our wet bath in the 811, but every trip wish we had a dry bath. Also, one sleeper has to crawl over the other to get out of bed in the 992, so choose the side of the bed wisely.

If you are really concerned on the rear overhang, look at the 811. My departure angle is actually limited by my hitch and not the camper bumper or jacks. I’ve towed my 20′ enclosed trailer directly from the receiver (no extension), though I couldn’t turn past about 70 degrees (truck to trailer) before the camper jacks contacted the trailer (hence the short extension now). We off-road/fire road quite a bit, and 3 (or 20) point turns on narrow dead ended fire roads are hairy but doable. I think a 992 would also be fine, but the 1100+ size campers may leave you stuck perpendicular to the road. A rear camera on the TC really helps (I have Ford’s trailer camera and it works great).