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Old 05-14-2016, 01:03 PM   #21
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I have 2015 F150 Ecoboost Super Crew, 3.55's, w/ HD tow pkg towing a Rockwood 8289ws. Pin weight was the biggest concern for me but I am within towing guidelines (have scaled). I find it tows the trailer quite easily (60 mph) and unless bucking a strong headwind, I'm happy with my fuel economy. Having 3.71 gears would give a little better torque but I use my truck for work and only about 2% of my annual mileage is towing. I am comfortable with the truck and just drive to the conditions. I do know that I will eventually go to a 3/4 ton once I no longer put on major miles for work ....... just that extra power/torque and ability to tow a boat behind trailer but for now I am happy.


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Old 05-14-2016, 03:53 PM   #22
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I had a 6 month old F150 when I decided a 28' TT with 1 slide was not enough for my wife and I + a dog on extended trips. I looked hard at lite 5ers. Either they were too small or the build quality did not seem there. Traded it on a F250 6.7 and bought a 34' standard 5er with the heavy tow package.

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Old 05-14-2016, 04:37 PM   #23
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Have you considered sticking to a TT vs. a 5er for your 1/2 ton? For any given floor plan a 5er always weighs more.

Our roomy 2-slide TT is 6,500 empty w/empty hitch of 640. Ready to camp we're around 8,000 w/loaded tongue of 1,100. Add our family of 5 & 1 dog and we surpass the payload capacity of every 1/2 ton except the F150 EB WITH HD upgrade, not just tow package...

5ers smaller than our TT have empty tongue weights of 1,200 and go up from there. Add some cargo to the basement, full propane, etc. and there is no margin left for passengers in the TV... Just sayin'.
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Old 05-14-2016, 04:44 PM   #24
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Why does it always seem that people on here are truck salesman. No one and I mean no one ever has enough truck.
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Old 05-14-2016, 04:52 PM   #25
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Please remember that because some has been doing it forever, doesn't make it right or safe. Get the load capacity from the yellow sticker on the drivers door. Subtract the weight of passengers in the vehicle, any cargo in the TV, and 100 lbs for the hitch. The remainder is what your max pin weight can be.
Towing capacity is how much you can pull down the road, load capacity is how much the frame, suspension and tires on the TV can support. They are very different things. Air bags etc may improve the ride or balance, but do not increase load capacity. As one member posted earlier in one of these discussions, " I am not worried as I always look far ahead and anticipate having to stop". Most accidents do not provide those advanced warning signs. You are using your RV for enjoyment, make sure you enjoy the trip as well as the destination.

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Old 05-14-2016, 05:13 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by gconley View Post
Why does it always seem that people on here are truck salesman. No one and I mean no one ever has enough truck.
Reminds me of 5 and 6 year olds arguing "My old man can whip your old man".
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Old 05-14-2016, 05:15 PM   #27
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I towed a 2014 8289ws from Toledo Ohio to Panama City Beach Fl. with a 2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7 and back just two weeks ago and pulled like I had #9000 behind me without any problems. Those of you that say "didn't know it was there" are full of sh-- no matter what your tow vehicles Is. I have towed it with everything from the Toyota to a ford f350 w/ a diesel other than having better get up and go there was not lot differance as long as you have the right set up and the brake controller set right the camper will control it self
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:00 PM   #28
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I am towing a 8280 Rockwood with a Silverdo 1500. 4x4 . No problems towing and I am under weight for that truck and trailer .
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Old 05-14-2016, 08:17 PM   #29
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When people say they are towing underweight, does that include cargo carrying capacity, max axle weight, or just overall tow weight?

Dealerships, both RV and truck, only focus on tow weight. Like I said, my '13 ecoboost has no problem towing my 30 foot 5th wheel. It was 7300 lbs dry and about 8500 lbs wet. However, I was overweight on my cargo carrying capacity and couldn't put my wife or dogs in my trucks either. I just didn't have the cargo carrying capacity to account for the pin weight when loaded.

The only way one can get away to legally and safely tow a fiver is with a stripped down 2wd short bed F150 EB or one with a heady duty payload package. I'm guessing most folks who do tow with an EB are exceeding ccc or an axle weight rating even though the fiver is less than the max towing capacity.

You can never have too much truck. I've owned 2 Ecoboost F150s and wish that I had just gone for a 1 ton truck to begin with; it would have been cheaper.
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:33 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
Reminds me of 5 and 6 year olds arguing "My old man can whip your old man".

Yup...we knew it would come to good ole 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton vs 1 ton debate as soon as we read the 2nd post that said..."Oh boy, here we go again!"
Actually surprised we haven't seen yet that you may need a Kenworth or Peterbilt to tow a trailer.

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