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Old 05-14-2016, 10:34 PM   #31
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Towed a 8600# (dry) 2010 wildcat all thru the Rockies, Smokies and Ozarks for 3 years wit my '08 tundra. Been towing my 7700# (dry) 2013 rockwood 8282ws the same places, plus to Goshen, IN 2 years ago for frog rally. Never had any problems other than tires blowing up. Avg 9-10 mpg. Very satisfied with my halfton setup and don't plan to go larger unless I go heavier on the next 5er. Wildcat was heavy on the pin at @ 1400. Rockwood is @1100.
I have airlift 5000 air bags to maintain level and smooth the ride.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:16 PM   #32
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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.
Well ~~~ we all know after factoring in tongue weight, 20 gallons of water, and that canvas flap sewn over the window a dually is required to tow that popup.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:38 PM   #33
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Anyone out here successfully towing a fiver with a half ton truck? If
You are could you share what you are towing (brand, model, etc) and what
You tow with? I know there are lots of models out there that say 1/2 ton but I wanted some real experience. I have a 2015 F150, super crew w/ 6 1/2' bed, 3.5 EcoBoost and Max trailer tow package. Thanks !
I have been towing with same truck as you have for almost 5 years,22K miles towing.
My trailer(5th wheel) Forest River Flagstaff 8526RLWS is usually at 9000 lbs. Have been over 11000Ft ASL with NO problems with power. Love that truck, goes over any Mt. Pass as fast as you want.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:48 PM   #34
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I traded a year ago for F 250 Diesel with Camper pkg. The F 150 Ecoboost Crew maxed out was over weight with the 8289 WS , no question at all. Where I used it worked but where I wanted to go I needed a larger truck.
Spending some else dollars is easy to say. Its your choice, I would stay close to home and try your truck. Any hilly or mountains needs stopping power. Eco can pull but stopping in a hurray is problematic.
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while the Ecoboost is very impressive for what it is. people saying it climbs mountains as fast as you want with ease is absurd. There is no way 420lb-ft of torque compares to 860lb-ft. It may be much stronger than your previous truck so you are impressed with it, but until you've towed with the endless torque of diesel, you just won't understand. I'm not saying everyone needs one, but the differences are worlds apart.
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:11 AM   #36
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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 .
How about posting a picture of your yellow sticker? I assume you know what and where it is.

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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.
Give it time as someone will eventually mention to get one Later RJD
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Towed first a Cougar 5th wheel @ 10,300# GVW and most recent a Rockwood 8289WS @ 9,300# GVW with my 08 tundra limited never having a problem. I do have to say that I was 300# over GRAW. I've towed to the Rockies and Cascades several times and many other places. I have since changed vehicles. I am now in a 2014 Ram SLT 2500 CC, SB, TCD with 26K on it's clock. Got a better deal than expected and sold the Tundra to a private party that will be towing a TT. The only reason for changing vehicles was the offer made to me on the Tundra, could not pass it up. Now to install the hitch in the ram and give the Rockwood a test pull. The 5.7 Tundra is a good workhorse.
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Give it time as someone will eventually mention to get one Later RJD
My favorite camper dealer where I got my windjammer is a great guy, around 80 years old, and he pulls his 40 ft fifth wheel with a truck that looks like this:



He used to be a dealer for them, don't know if he still is. He was telling me about a club he's in where everyone has these trucks and they go all over and have meet ups.
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This is not rocket science and its just simple 5th grade math. It just comes down to a numbers game and if you believe that staying within the manufacture GVWR/GAWR specs and keeping you and your family safe or not.


Most trucks run out of payload long before they run out towing capacity. The numbers below are from tow planner with only a 200 pound driver and 250 pound hitch and nothing else in the truck. If you added an passengers, wood, cooler and etc you must also subtract those weights. Remember not to use the dry weight but ready to camp weight when figuring the weight of your 5er.


The numbers below came from Tow Planner.

Payload = 1200
You're adding approximately 450 lbs. to the truck. You have 750 lbs. of payload capacity. Fifth wheels typically have 20% - 25% pin weight which gives you a maximum loaded camper weight of 3,000 - 3,750 lbs.

Payload = 1400
You're adding approximately 450 lbs. to the truck. You have 950 lbs. of payload capacity. Fifth wheels typically have 20% - 25% pin weight which gives you a maximum loaded camper weight of 3,800 - 4,750 lbs.

Payload = 1600
You're adding approximately 450 lbs. to the truck. You have 1,150 lbs. of payload capacity. Fifth wheels typically have 20% - 25% pin weight which gives you a maximum loaded camper weight of 4,600 - 5,750 lbs.

Payload = 1800
You're adding approximately 450 lbs. to the truck. You have 1,350 lbs. of payload capacity. Fifth wheels typically have 20% - 25% pin weight which gives you a maximum loaded camper weight of 5,400 - 6,750 lbs.

Payload = 2000
You're adding approximately 450 lbs. to the truck. You have 1,550 lbs. of payload capacity. Fifth wheels typically have 20% - 25% pin weight which gives you a maximum loaded camper weight of 6,200 - 7,750 lbs.

Payload = 2200
You're adding approximately 450 lbs. to the truck. You have 1,750 lbs. of payload capacity. Fifth wheels typically have 20% - 25% pin weight which gives you a maximum loaded camper weight of 7,000 - 8,750 lbs.

Payload 2400
You're adding approximately 450 lbs. to the truck. You have 1,950 lbs. of payload capacity. Fifth wheels typically have 20% - 25% pin weight which gives you a maximum loaded camper weight of 7,800 - 9,750 lbs.

The numbers come from Towing Planner at http://towingplanner.com/Calculators...0&hw=250&ct=FW
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