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Old 01-25-2019, 06:46 AM   #1
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Fver with a 1/2 Ton

Who Tows a Fiver with a 1/2 ton Truck? I had a Salesman at an RV Dealer in Laughlin Nevada Show me a Grand Design Fiver that I supposedly could Safely Tow with My Truck. What do You Tow and What with? Thank you.

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Old 01-25-2019, 07:03 AM   #2
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He's right - you could safely tow it OFF his lot, then it's YOUR problem. Learned a long time ago RV sales people will tell you whatever it takes to make that sale. I was told once I could pull a 32' TT with the 6cyl SUV I owned at the time. Good for you for questioning first before signing on the dotted line.

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Old 01-25-2019, 08:01 AM   #3
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:06 AM   #4
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It all depends on your truck brand, if itís a Ford 150 you can tow the biggest campers thatís made. I saw a F-150 in Lincoln Nebraska pulling a huge BlueRidge bunkhouse. The owner said the truck pulled the camper great. It didnít really bother me as I was going into the Cracker Barrel to eat and he was leaving. I have had great respect for Fords ever since
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It's all about payload. Is the truck rated to carry the weight of the trailer tongue / pin plus any passengers and cargo? If so, your good to go.

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Old 01-25-2019, 10:22 AM   #6
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:25 AM   #7
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You either get a really small 5er (like the fiberglass SCAMP types), or you need a rare F150. The new 1/2 tons can be optioned in such a way to make it work. However, careful planning is required.

Speaking to F150s (because I know them better, but it's probably similar with any other brand), it would be best to get a low-optioned trim level (XLT at most, XL is better), 2WD, 3.5 L V6 ecoboost, HD payload package, tow package, and pretty much no other options. This will maximize your payload and should put you at or over 2,000 lbs payload, 13,000+ tow, and 17,000 GCWR. Then, you can start looking at small to mid-size 5ers. But, it's highly unlikely anyone owns this configuration without ordering one.

If you have a commonly equipped F150 Lariat 4WD Crew Cab (or equivalent), then it's pretty much impossible to put a conventional 5er back there and be within ratings.
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Old 01-25-2019, 10:26 AM   #8
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My brand, Artic Wolf, is marketed as a half ton towable 5er. It is about 11,000k lbs, rear bunks and 35ft long with a pin of 1700lbs..

They do make some smaller 5ers that I'd bet would be fine with with RIGHT half ton.

So after doing the factory tour for our brand in Goshen this past year they talked about the half ton rating.. It is for an f150, extended cab with the max tow package. It is the only truck that would have the tow rating and payload in the half ton truck world to actually legally pull this trailer according to the FR folk.. But it makes it half ton towable, and all the stickers just say "half ton towable" and nothing about the needs of havig a f150 max tow. The places I've been with my trailer, which I to with a 2500, would have killed a half ton had I just read the sticker and used my 1500.

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Old 01-25-2019, 10:27 AM   #9
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There are several real 1/2-tonable 5'vers...

Unfortunately, they are much smaller than what most people buying new campers really want.
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Never, ever, ever trust what a salesman tells you. If you buy too big a camper for your truck and overload it to the point where you break down in the middle of nowhere, or God forbid, get in an accident... Guess what? He still gets to keep his commission check.

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