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Old 09-16-2015, 09:58 PM   #1
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A 1/2 ton truck, that could tow a 5er.

Towing guides say 1/2 ton trucks max out about 11K lb, when it comes to towing. Not enough for a 5er. I noticed the Big 3, do not put a 3.92 or 4.10
rear axle in their 1/2 ton PUs. Even some 3/4 ton PUs still only tow about 14K lb, not very much. So, I would really need to buy a full 1 ton truck, to pull a 5th wheel, big enough for 2 people, dog & kitty. I'm thinking at least 30 feet, plus a slide would work for us, to travel around the country. However, that would cost a lot of money. I notice 5th wheels and HD PU trucks have increased in price, quite a bit over the past 7-8 yrs. The Big 3 have no competition. Toyota's Tundra can only tow about 10K lb, and that the most truck you can get from Toyota. Nissan is 9500 lb, so even less. However, the titan can be purchased for less than most other comparable PUs.

New only, the only way I would buy used is like from friends or family. Any other suggestions on a PU truck/5er rig, at least 30 ft long?

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Old 09-16-2015, 10:08 PM   #2
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Lots of people on here tow Flagstaff/Rockwood UltraLite 5th wheels with the Ford F150 ecoboost and stay under max tow weights. You certainly don't need a one ton truck to pull a 5er.

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Old 09-16-2015, 10:11 PM   #3
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You could probably get away with an F150 with max tow and max payload packages. Coupled with an Ecoboost motor and power wouldnt be much of an issue. Fuel economy would suck when towing but be pretty good when unladen.

I love my F150 and if I had it to do over I would still buy it but would have got the max tow/payload package. Even with my axle ratio I can pull my 268RKS at any sane speed up any hill.

That said an F350, Ram 3500, Chev/GMC 3500 would all be a better choice. Diesels are a pain with DEF and their increased maintenance but will always get better mileage when loaded.

Toy and nissan are planning to run a diesel in the coming years but it's a bit foolish to latch onto a wholly new product like that and expect it to have all the bugs worked out in the first few years.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:13 PM   #4
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I have a 32 ft Rockwood and towed it with a F 150 EcoBoost for 2 seasons. Many tow Flagstaff and Rockwood with half tons, Ford EcoBoost certainly best suited in the half ton territory. Chevy made in Mexico now.

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Old 09-16-2015, 10:24 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 09-16-2015, 10:25 PM   #6
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If you do some research here on the forum, you'll find lots of members using a half ton to pull a 5th wheel but I think most are pulling 28 foot models, not 30 feet or more. As you may have figured out, the shortcoming of 1/2 tons is payload more than towing capacity.

For a 30' 5er, personally I wouldn't want anything less than a 3/4 ton pickup. If you want to tow a 5er around the country on a regular basis, a diesel would be a good choice.

Are you certain you have to have a 5th wheel? When I was upgrading my camper early this year, I considered a 5th wheel for a short time but decided I wasn't going to upgrade my truck (again) so I stuck with a TT. Mine is a 29' model, about 32' from coupler to bumper. Lots of room for 2 people a dog and cat. With the Equal-i-zer hitch it tows very well.
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:38 AM   #7
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I towed my Rockwood with a half ton Chevy for a while,but never felt safe. I purchased a GMC 3500 Duramax and it feels so much better. I am not a Ford fan but was leaning towards the EcoBoost but after pricing them I went with the Diesel. I didn't see the longevity of a six cylinder and wanted something I could hang onto for a while without limiting my next purchase of a fifth wheel. For the safety of yourself and everyone else on the road think about buying more truck than you actually need.

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Old 09-17-2015, 09:35 AM   #8
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I'll probably get flamed, but some 1/2t trucks will pull lighter FWs. Many people are stuck in the past where nothing can pull anything but 3/4 or 1t trucks. I pulled an 8400lb 30' FW with a 2004 F150 Supercrew (5.4, 3.73, 5-1/2' bed, Pullrite 12k auto slider). I never had any issues and braking was not a problem. However all my towing was up and down the East coast and never on any serious grades. Since I was maxed out I can only venture a guess that my combo would be tested in the mountains. But, there are now available even stronger 1/2 trucks and lighter FWs available for your search.
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Old 09-17-2015, 10:07 AM   #9
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Just be careful of your payload capacity versus the "loaded/wet" pin weight of the 5'er. The HD payload package is pretty much a necessity.
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My F250 is rated to tow 17,000#'s. I have 6.7 diesel and tow a 33' 5th wheel rated at almost 14,000#'s.
It is very comfortable and does a great job even in the mountains. I did add air bags to help keep the unit level.
I would not use a 1/2 ton unless you get a light trailer and keep mostly in the flat lands. Flame away folks!

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