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Old 09-17-2015, 01:03 PM   #11
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I saw a Ford Eco boost towing a Mountain Fox fifth wheel up the passes from Montrose, Co. to Silverton. I don't know how legal he was, but the truck was towing pretty good as far as I could tell. This was in July.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:21 PM   #12
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You'll find a lot of heros pulling 40 footers with with S10 pickups. Most of us who have pulled 5th wheels for a long time are going to tell you that above 25' (most everything, but not all), go for a 3/4 ton absolute minimum. There's are reason they make them! 1/2 tons are made to be commuter vehicle first. 3/4 ton and above are made to haul and tow as comfortable as practical.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:22 PM   #13
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We traveled the whole country this summer and ran into several half tons pulling fivers. Like others have said the lightweight Rockwood or Flagstaff pull fine. Most I have talked to use air bags at the rear.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:31 PM   #14
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We traveled the whole country this summer and ran into several half tons pulling fivers. Like others have said the lightweight Rockwood or Flagstaff pull fine. Most I have talked to use air bags at the rear.
none they don't have the braking power or suspension!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:40 PM   #15
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I bit the bullet and bought a 2013 f350 2 years ago. It's the diesel, King Ranch, and I am so happy with it. I pull a Montana 3150rl, about 37 feet long. Went from Wisconsin to Wyoming this spring, bucking 35 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 50mph. Averaged 10.3 for the trip, empty around 20. Not a single complaint, and I bought it out of the dealer's lease fleet with 11,000 miles on it. Couldn't be happier. This baby will pull up any mountain at any speed, but I limit my speed to 65 mph due to the stt on my fifthwheel. Also put tire minders on, as I blew a rear tire on the trailer and someone flagged me down. The truck has so much power I didn't notice a change in mileage. WHEN Flagged down the tire had only the bead and sn inch of sidewall left.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:42 PM   #16
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My fifth wheel Rockwood ultra light 8289 weights 8004 empty. I pull it with my short box 5'6" bed Toyota Tundra with trailering package and 16k hitch. The beauty is the revolution (sidewinder) hitch on the Rockwood, even with short box I can turn as sharp as I have ever needed with at least 6 inches to spare. Plenty of power and tows great. Other than Rockwood dealers no one seems to know anything about the revolution hitch.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:56 PM   #17
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if your touring the country and durability and longevity are an issue for you, avoid light trailers with foam composite floors. get a little more trailer and a little more truck...
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:58 PM   #18
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We had 29' Rockwood Signature Ultra-lite that weighed in at a loaded weight of approx. 8800 lbs. At the time we had a 2012 RAM 1500 with 3.73 axle, Hemi and rear airbags with a towing capacity of 10,250 lbs. Drove to Arizona, through Virginia, Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains with no problems towing or braking. Traded in for a 32' Rockwood Signature Ultra-lite with loaded weight of approx 9200 lbs. RAM towed and braked with no problems. Now have a 2015 Ford F150, Eco, max tow package, rated to tow 11,900 lbs. Have only towed the fiver twice so far with no problems. Mileage while towing with the RAM was about 9.5 to 10 mpg. You appear concerned about costs so you may want to look at Kijjiji.ca and RVtrader.com where I have seen several decent truck and fiver combinations for reasonable prices. Good luck in your endeavours.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:58 PM   #19
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1/2 Ton Truck

Had a Ram 3500 diesel pulling a short (26ft) Triple-E Topaz 5th. with GVWR around 9,000 lbs. (loaded we never went over 8,000). Traded in truck on 1/2 ton Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi. Pin weight of 5th was 1,090 lbs. Trucks max. towing was 10,000 lbs but max. payload was only 1,320. This left only 230 lbs. for the hitch/passengers/freight. We increased the rear coil springs capacity by 25% and added Firestone's "Coil-Rite" air helpers. All this helped but still the 5th. did not tow that well. Traded 5th. in on a Flagstaff V-Lite TT. all this works well but would go back to a Ram Diesel and 5th. in a heartbeat if I could afford it.

Lesson here is to check out the max. permissible payload of your 1/2 PU (including passengers/freight/hitch) and the Pin Weight of the 5th.

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none they don't have the braking power or suspension!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BS, that's why trailers have brakes also.
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