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Old 05-02-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Ok, bought a 2012 cherokee 284 bh, dry weight 7100 lbs. own a 10 f150 with the 5.4 currently. On trip home became concerned that maybe not enough truck, even though its rated for this heavy of a tt. My concerns have led me to ford dealership where i have driven a new ecoboost f150 and a f250 diesel. Planning on a looong trip this summer, over 6000 miles out west with new camper. Any opinions and advise would be greatly appreciated. Concerned of the control issue with this large of a camper, but also never owned a diesel and have concerns there too. But also dont want to get an ecoboost f150 and still be concerned with controlling this thing. Help please! P.S. my current truck does have built in sway control

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:02 PM   #2
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I tow with a 2010 F150, 5.4, 3.73 gear, max tow package. Our trailer had a dry shipping weight of 6626 lbs. The F150 does a good job towing and I have never felt that I didn't have enough truck. I realize that the Ecoboost has more hp and torque than the 5.4 but I am not sure there is enough difference to put your mind at ease.

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Old 05-02-2012, 10:03 PM   #3
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IMO I would get a diesel if you can afford it. Don't know a lot about the Fords.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:56 PM   #4
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I have an 11 ecoboost with tow package pulling a 12 Cherokee 264L although I feel it is enough truck for what I got, for the trailer you're getting and the distance I would recommend the f250
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:04 PM   #5
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I think you should keep what you have and see how it goes. You have the 6 speed auto which is a good thing. Diesel seems like overkill to me.
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:30 PM   #6
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That travel trailer has an 11,000 pound max gross weight!

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That is a 1400 pound tongue weight at 13%

IMO, I think he is looking at an F350 not a 250.


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