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Old 04-11-2016, 10:53 AM   #31
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And, another 1/2-ton thread that's completely derailed. Pictures, people- pictures!
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:10 AM   #32
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Well, I'm now towing with an F250, but I very briefly had an F150 eb supercrew, but realized (thankfully before installing hitch) that the advertised payload capacity, and the payload capacity on the door-jam are very very different.
I'm sure it could have pulled the weight, but I was certainly not comfortable being substantially over payload capacity (my "ultralite" 5er has an 1800lb pin weight), so I returned the F150 within the week, and bought the F250.
(Tho' I'm now wanting one of the 2017 F350's, with all the gadgetry from the 2015/2016 F150s and more )
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:34 AM   #33
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And, another 1/2-ton thread that's completely derailed. Pictures, people- pictures!
We were doing OK until the feller with the full pull F350 started in.
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Old 04-11-2016, 01:00 PM   #34
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If you understand 1/2 tons you'll know that the payload is the weakest spec. The tow rating is rarely the issue. Apparently a 1/2 ton Tundra can pull the space shuttle with no weight on the tongue.

If you have a payload capacity of 1900# and you put a pin wt. of 1700# on it, you'll almost certainly exceed the specs when you and any passengers get into the truck. That doesn't mean it can't handle it, just as long as you are aware of it and comfortable with it.
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Old 04-11-2016, 01:29 PM   #35
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I don't think anyone on this thread is suggesting a F350 or 3500 isn't a better tow vehicle. That's a no brainer.
I towed my Heritage Glen 282RK (7500# loaded for camping) for two years with a 2010 Ram CC 4X4, 5.7 Hemi with a 3:55 axle. It had a towing capacity of 8400 pounds, (according to Ram) and a payload of 1900 pounds, neither of which I exceeded. However, I was constantly watching the temps. of both engine oil, and transmission oil. I had a hard time keeping both under 200 degrees....especially the trans. It was okay on flat land, but any long grades I had to either slow down (from 60 MPH), or shift to a lower gear to reduce trans temps. I finally got tired of constant worry of breaking something, and purchased a 2015 Chevy 2500HD 6.0 gasser w/4:10 axle. Trans temps never exceed 190 degrees, even pulling the TT thru the Rockies. Sometimes Peace of mind is worth the extra cost. It pulls better, stops better, and handles much better then the 1/2 ton. Just wanted to let everyone know why I upgraded to a bigger TV. Thanks for listening, and happy camping!
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:09 AM   #36
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I don't think anyone on this thread is suggesting a F350 or 3500 isn't a better tow vehicle. That's a no brainer.

You said it before I could, those were almost facts weren't they??? Pulls better, better fuel mileage, can't feel it, and on and on


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Old 04-12-2016, 03:30 AM   #37
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I towed my Heritage Glen 282RK (7500# loaded for camping) for two years with a 2010 Ram CC 4X4, 5.7 Hemi with a 3:55 axle. It had a towing capacity of 8400 pounds, (according to Ram) and a payload of 1900 pounds, neither of which I exceeded. However, I was constantly watching the temps. of both engine oil, and transmission oil. I had a hard time keeping both under 200 degrees....especially the trans.
Yep, a little extra gearing (3:92) can go a long way when traversing them pointy hills. We've lugged the 7500 lb Rockwood back and forth across the Rockies on numerous occasions over the past five yrs and the little Ram has consistently performed like that proverbial Little Engine that Could. Seen tranny and engine oil temps well in excess of 200 degrees but thus far she's none the worse for wear. We do ponder about bigger and better TVs but hard to rationalize when the old gal just doesn't want to quit.

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Old 04-12-2016, 08:25 PM   #38
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Welp fellers. I'll be telling you all about it come this weekend. I made a deal this week on a light 5th wheel. Went outside the FR family and got a Keystone Laredo 265SRK. Specs out at 7260 dry weight and 1480 pin weight. Already installed the air bags in the coil springs and going to have slider hitch installed this week and pick the rig up Friday in Tucson.
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Old 04-12-2016, 08:46 PM   #39
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OK... here's the pic the OP asked for...

Way upgraded tranny cooling capacity
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It works on my budget. The loaded trailer weighs 7800, truck is rated 8600. Pin is about 900. And the tv is paid for.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:15 PM   #40
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And, another 1/2-ton thread that's completely derailed. Pictures, people- pictures!
Evidently some folks can't comprehend PICTURES ONLY of 1/2 Tons pulling 5ers.
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