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Old 10-06-2015, 03:44 PM   #21
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I had a 35' TT that I pulled with a 2013 Chevy 1500. It felt good and had enough power to travel 60-65 all day long. The new pickups handle a lot more than the older ones ever did.
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Old 10-06-2015, 03:45 PM   #22
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you can pull anything you want but how do you stop it
With the truck brakes and the factory supplied trailer brakes, just like everyone else.
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Old 10-06-2015, 03:47 PM   #23
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I pull a Grey Wolf 28BH behind an F150 5.0 with the heavy tow package.

I know it's there; but I'm within weights and specs (ok, I'm stretching the GCVW a bit...) It pulls fine, handles fine, and stops fine.

Need a good WDH and sway control setup; no doubt - but if setup right, it's not a problem at all.

Wouldn't want to go much bigger, I'd think - but it's certainly not excessive...

For the record, my truck scales at 6000 lbs with me and a full tank of gas; my trailer's 5750# dry, about 6500# loaded...
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:07 PM   #24
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I would say no, not really. The ford people lie to sell trucks. Any thing over 25' should uses 3/4. A good cross wind will put a 5,500 lbs truck in a ditch or on its side. Truck should weight at least 75% of the weight of the camper
I was wondering how long it would take one of you 3/4 ton guys to respond. I pull a 32 Coachmen Chapparal Lite with a loaded F150 Crew Cab with no problem whatsoever. I also stops very well as I found out having made a panic stop when someone in front of me went off the road. My 2015 Eco Boost engine pulls like a horse and deliver 11 mpg while towing and as much as 24 mpg on the highway when not towing. The beauty is I have a nice smooth riding vehicle in which to ride when I'm not towing. Wouldn't change a thing.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:12 PM   #25
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Every one comparing big rigs to pick ups, Apple and oranges, a 30 foot camper is a big wind billboard with no weight to space ratios, I made a point and every 1/2 ton pick up truck owner took it personal, drive through the open plains of this country with a cross wind of 50 miles an hour with a 35' foot trailer and a 1/2 ton truck and you think that's safe, you've not done it, so you don't know. You misunderstood my point.
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In 50 mph winds I would be parking the trailer so I'm not sure it applies. But thanks and I will keep that in mind. I guess being retired I'm never in that big a hurry. If the weather is bad I just stay put another day or two.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:32 PM   #27
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Anybody dumb enough to drive or pull any rv in a 50mph crosswind,or any 50 mph wind deserves to get dumped over.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:33 PM   #28
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Every one comparing big rigs to pick ups, Apple and oranges, a 30 foot camper is a big wind billboard with no weight to space ratios, I made a point and every 1/2 ton pick up truck owner took it personal, drive through the open plains of this country with a cross wind of 50 miles an hour with a 35' foot trailer and a 1/2 ton truck and you think that's safe, you've not done it, so you don't know. You misunderstood my point.
Not to get into it; but no, I don't think "every 1/2 ton pick up truck owner" took it personally...

There are plenty of people that do pull more then they should with their TV; no argument. The OP's scenario is certainly on the top end of what the truck is rated for; but that doesn't automatically make it unsafe, either.

The TT and TV are both comparable to my setup, and as someone with both their CDL, and experience driving emergency vehicles, I'm very aware of weights and vehicle dynamics. It's a lot for the truck, no question; but that doesn't make it "too much".

I'm fairly new around here - but there seems to be a strong vein of people that think towing any trailer with anything less then a 1t diesel dually are a menace; and in just about every thread about either new trucks, or how much trailer can I pull with what I have, that sentiment pops up fairly quickly...

Some people are more conservative then others, some people are in the position of being able to have a dedicated TV, not have to dual purpose a daily driver during the week, and a tow vehicle on weekends - but to make broad, and IMO, inaccurate statements like "Anyone towing more then 5500# behind a 1/2t is unsafe" does no one any favours.
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:34 PM   #29
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To answer your question very clearly---YES he can tow very safely with a 1/2 ton pickup!!
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Old 10-06-2015, 04:38 PM   #30
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Ah the classic tv fear mongering...


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