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Old 09-18-2015, 05:05 PM   #61
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I think most have overlooked the SAFETY factor. No matter what is towed, a margin of safety need to be applied. I have a '02 Ram, quad cab, long bed, with a 5.9L with a cargo payload or 1600# and tow capacity of 7400# and class IV hitch. My learning curve came with my first TT. By the time I added 850# of tow weight; me, the wife, two dogs,a generator,and 5 gallons of gas in the bed, I had maxed out my cargo capacity. The 6000# Coachman became 7000#. I towed to/from New Mexico from Ohio, realized I wasn't in total control. A short time later I downsized the TT and learned to load for a margin of SAFETY. (Let not forget tire tolerances)
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Old 09-18-2015, 05:32 PM   #62
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I've met a few retired folks who tow a lightweight 5er with a 1/2 ton, including older F150's with only the 5.0 vs. the more capable EB... However, they travel light & know their limitations. For instance, they always bought firewood at the campgrounds & completely emptied all tanks before traveling. If this is your mindset, then I think some 1/2 tons may meet your needs.

IMO the F150 EB w/HD package is the best 1/2 ton choice due to the extra payload. However, once you pay for the HD upgrade, you are near the price range of some more capable 3/4 & 1 tons, including the Ram 2500/3500 w/6.4 Hemi.

After comparing TVs extensively a few months ago, my current TV upgrade choice would be the Ram 3500 w/6.4 Hemi w/payload of 4,000 & tow capacity of over 15K. I have been able to find them for $10K under retail. IMO they provide the best bang for the buck in nearly the same price-range of a F150 EB w/HD upgrade.

That said, if your budget is around $35 - $40K I wouldn't dismiss a mildly used diesel. Ram stands behind their 5 year/100K mile powertrain warranty even if you are the 2nd owner. For instance, they replaced my 5.7 Hemi @ 96K miles, just 4K short of the warranty...
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:02 PM   #63
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I am pulling a Flagstaff 8528IKWS with my F-150 ecoboost "Boostie". This 32 foot 5er pulls better than my 27 foot TT and my overall length is less. Rockwood and Flagstaff Ultra Lite fifth wheels were designed to be pulled by properly equipped 1/2 tons.
Pulling a Rockwood 32 ft with 8,000lbs with an F150 Ecoboost, no sweat. Just have to configure it right. I think that somebody has been feeding you a line based on the configuration details that you have given.
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Old 09-18-2015, 06:09 PM   #64
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Pulling a Rockwood 32 ft with 8,000lbs with an F150 Ecoboost, no sweat. Just have to configure it right. I think that somebody has been feeding you a line based on the configuration details that you have given.
I think you miss read my post.
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Old 09-19-2015, 01:53 AM   #65
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:10 AM   #66
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You can not do it. I never saw you back into Goshen with your half ton and fifth wheel. Also the TWOTA was not there either.
Well its been done by thousands of 1/2 tons, it's a fact jack
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:13 AM   #67
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Bigger is definitely better where safety is concerned. Take a look at getting a certified used vehicle from a dealer. These usually come with a reasonable warranty from the manufacturer. I got a great deal on an F350, super duty, crew cab. Very happy so far.
Bigger is definitely not always better, it's how you navigate the roads, check you tube there are hundreds of accidents and 90% of them are driving 3/4 ton and up trucks
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:22 AM   #68
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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.
I absolutely agree, I have no problem stopping my 30dbh which is a little over the limit. Like I have stated there are 90% more accidents from 250 and 350 pretty much from sure negligence thinking they can drive faster and use shorter braking distances.
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Old 09-19-2015, 02:25 AM   #69
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I've met a few retired folks who tow a lightweight 5er with a 1/2 ton, including older F150's with only the 5.0 vs. the more capable EB... However, they travel light & know their limitations. For instance, they always bought firewood at the campgrounds & completely emptied all tanks before traveling. If this is your mindset, then I think some 1/2 tons may meet your needs.

IMO the F150 EB w/HD package is the best 1/2 ton choice due to the extra payload. However, once you pay for the HD upgrade, you are near the price range of some more capable 3/4 & 1 tons, including the Ram 2500/3500 w/6.4 Hemi.

After comparing TVs extensively a few months ago, my current TV upgrade choice would be the Ram 3500 w/6.4 Hemi w/payload of 4,000 & tow capacity of over 15K. I have been able to find them for $10K under retail. IMO they provide the best bang for the buck in nearly the same price-range of a F150 EB w/HD upgrade.

That said, if your budget is around $35 - $40K I wouldn't dismiss a mildly used diesel. Ram stands behind their 5 year/100K mile powertrain warranty even if you are the 2nd owner. For instance, they replaced my 5.7 Hemi @ 96K miles, just 4K short of the warranty...
I would never buy a diesel especially a dodge, nothing but problems with my 2008. Finally traded for f150 much better
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