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Old 09-17-2015, 09:09 PM   #51
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These folks seem to think you need a 1t dually to pull a popup and a Peterbilt 389 to pull a 31' ultralight 5er.
Some people think they can pull 20,000 5er with 5,000 pin weight with 1/2 ton truck - Just added air bags and couple 4X4s to keep the wheels from hitting the fender wells and stop the bumper from dragging on the road. .....
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:11 PM   #52
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Diesels are a pain with DEF and their increased maintenance but will always get better mileage when loaded.
common incorrect info from the gas truck owners. My truck holds just over 5 gallons of DEF at 2.79 a gallon. Lasts 4-5000 miles. Sure not a pain, not even an issue. Since I'm saving over 25 cents per mile in fuel costs vs gas, I'll take it.
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:28 PM   #53
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What was the original question again????????????
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Old 09-17-2015, 09:44 PM   #54
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You can buy the Ram 1500 with 3:92's. I have this gear in my 2015 Laramie Hemi, 8 speed, with factory 4 corner air suspension.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:27 PM   #55
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common incorrect info from the gas truck owners. My truck holds just over 5 gallons of DEF at 2.79 a gallon. Lasts 4-5000 miles. Sure not a pain, not even an issue. Since I'm saving over 25 cents per mile in fuel costs vs gas, I'll take it.

I think what you're hearing is similar to guys talking about the fellow with the younger, beautiful wife as her being "too high maintenance" for them.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:40 PM   #56
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I like your style.
When I was growing up the tow vehicle was whatever the family sedan was with an welded up to fit receiver hitch from the local RV parts supplier.
The only requirement was a 350ci V8 or bigger.
In my case a 351 but i did it with a 9 yr old Econoline Club Wagon, put a earlier Holley on it and deleted the emissions.


Back again to the original post.

Many opinions, real life accounts etc. A few Things that matter. Weight of the trailer, best equipped 1/2 ton you can afford for the job, personal safety is measured and taken into account what and where you go. Non mountainous travel should not be an issue and finally Go Camping!
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:08 AM   #57
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We have a Rockwood 8280 Ultra lite . It weights in at 8900 fully loaded . This series fw was made to be towed with a 1/2 ton pickup . It's 32 ft long . We tow it with a 2013 Silverdo 4x4 extended cab with no problem .
It must have two slides. The last year they made the 8280SS (single slide) was 08 which I have and its GVWR is 8089 pounds. Its CCC is only 529 pounds, or 878 pounds if I don't use the FW tank which I don't. For the dog and I, or two people and a dog that is fine.


Light weigh 5er's are out there if you look for them.

I had a 05 29" signature ultra lite that actually weighed more than this one.

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Old 09-18-2015, 11:24 AM   #58
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none they don't have the braking power or suspension!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm sorry, I was going to let your comment pass but I can't. Today's 1/2t trucks are not what our grandfather's drove. My F150 dropped 2" when I hooked up my 30' FW. Actually made the truck level and no airbags were needed. The rig stopped as well as my signature rig. I'd never state that all 1/2t trucks can pull any FW, but many can and do.
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I noticed the Big 3, do not put a 3.92 or 4.10
rear axle in their 1/2 ton PUs.
I have a 3.92 in my 2014 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman from the factory....
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We have had no problems towing our 5er - the trick is you need to order the truck new from the factory with the "everything that is related to towing" packages and the Ecoboost.

Having said that, keep in mind that the ultralight 5er is ALL the truck will pull. So if you are eyeing a Cedar Creek as a possible upgrade "in a few years" just get the larger truck now.
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