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Old 01-22-2018, 03:31 PM   #1
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Help - husband and I do not agree on truck

Hello all,

This is my first post on the forums and it is to gather opinions on a new towing vehicle.
We will be purchasing a new pick up for towing a new camper that weighs about 5500 pounds. Travel will be all over the united states (hopefully).

The husband is partial to Ford and is looking at an F150.
His first thought was to go with a V8. I have been doing a little research and I think that what I am finding is that the V6 with eco-boost (possibly the 2.7, but probably the 3.5) could deliver similar or higher power with savings on gas millage. He is in disagreement - but I fear that is because it just goes against what he has always known. This situation is similar in the Chevy trucks.

I KNOW all of you have opinions on this and would love to hear them - educate me please!!
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Old 01-22-2018, 03:40 PM   #2
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You will receive many differences of opinion.
The F150 with the tow package, LT tires, and ecoboost will pull the camper. When towing, forget about printed fuel mileage. You'll be lucky to get 8-10 MPG.
Will it be a good driving experience? That depends on how the WD hitch is set-up, type of hitch, and how the truck and camper are loaded. If you can afford it, move up to the F-250. Its a little overkill, but if you move up to a 5th wheel you will not have to trade in tow vehicle. 5th wheels pull considerable better.
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Old 01-22-2018, 03:45 PM   #3
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I never thought about moving up in size again! Which is bad because it is exactly what I am doing (bought a camper last year - trading it in on something bigger
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I pulled an 8,000 lb camper with a 3.5 Ecoboost and did just fine, topped out wolf creek pass at 50 mph and half throttle. No problem with the power to get the job done. The 5.0L engine is no slouch either, I think either would pull your trailer no problem.

The idea of getting an F250 is good one if there is ANY chance you may be upgrading your trailer in the next several years.
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Old 01-22-2018, 03:51 PM   #5
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The idea of getting an F250 is good one if there is ANY chance you may be upgrading your trailer in the next several years.
What he said. You won't regret it, be it gas or diesel.
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If it was me and we were to travel the country I wouldn't hesitate, 250/2500 NO DOUBT. Me, I'm a GM guy, try one, you won't be disappointed. But I'm sure, I guess, that a Ford SHOULD get the job done, maybe.
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Yep, agree with the 3/4 or even 1 ton truck suggestion. I had a half ton pulling a 32' TT and it did get the job done. We decided to get a 5th wheel in a couple years so I bought a Silverado dually diesel a few days ago. Having a heavier duty truck will come in handy if you decide to upgrade and you will not be limited.
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All over the U.S.? Go with the 250 or a Chevy 2500 and diesel if possible. We have a similar weight pull behind and tow with a GMC 2500 with the Duramax. So happy we over bought on the truck.
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Old 01-22-2018, 04:20 PM   #10
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Haha Mr. Dan!! You are all making this harder! He says that Chevy does not have the towing capacity that Ford has.
The 250's are so expensive!!!! And expensive to drive even when not towing. We had such a hard time narrowing down the camper choices to the two that we are interested in. Now the decision on the truck. I just want to go camping!
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