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Old 07-09-2012, 10:04 PM   #61
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:10 PM   #62
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I cringe every time I see the words "short trips", like that all of a sudden makes a tow vehicle capable of pulling and stopping a larger trailer. If this is true, I guess I could tow a 12K lb 5th wheel with a honda civic to my neighbors house, it could do it I'm sure. Sure, only a short trip infrequenctly might put less wear on the TV, but it does nothing to make it safer, or less likely of getting into a traffic situation where hard breaking or swerving may be required.

Most traffic accidents happen close to home, so that makes long trips safer. no I'm not serious.

Anyways, bottom line is if you don't think your rig can tow for a long distance, why can it tow for a short distance anytime you feel like it?
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Agreed: 150 ECOBOOST with HEAVY DUTY PAYLOAD PACKAGE and MAX TOWING PACKAGE is NOT a "1/2" ton, so if you pull a 5th with this truck, start a new thread.
No offense but the thread is about who's towing 5th wheel with half ton ... We've pretty much heard all the why not do it ever time someone mentions the possibility. Now lets hear the real life experience from the ones doing it.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:15 PM   #63
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Towing 6800 loaded 5th wheel with 1500 Ram.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:24 PM   #64
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... but it does nothing to make it safer, or less likely of getting into a traffic situation where hard breaking or swerving may be required...
Please explain the "Unsafe" things. I fail to see how a 3/4t -1-1/2t or larger truck prevents "getting into a traffic situation where hard braking or swerving may be required" better than a 1/2t.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:44 PM   #65
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Pulling 2010 8280ws with a 2008 Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi...MegaCab.. Love my set up.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:45 PM   #66
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In all fairness here a Megacab is not a 1/2 ton chassis
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:43 AM   #68
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Please explain the "Unsafe" things. I fail to see how a 3/4t -1-1/2t or larger truck prevents "getting into a traffic situation where hard braking or swerving may be required" better than a 1/2t.
Didn't mean to imply you are less likely to get into those situations, and that was exactly my point. With a larger truck you have larger brakes to deal with the situation better. Just my 2 cents, not saying you can't be safe with a 1/2t or you will be safe with a 1t.

I am not saying what is required either, but if someone knows they are overweight I don't like the "short trip" only excuse.

Anyway, I don't have any 5th towing experience, and not here to ruffle any feathers, just adding some food for thought. I'm out....
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Clarification and more questions

Mr. SCOC: I did not mean to imply that it is safer on short trips...just that I would be wearing out the TV a little less. My situation, as is at least one other reader is that I just bought the 150 and now am confronted with a "new" vehicle (not paid for) and the purchase of a 5th wheel replacing an older TT. I can't handle 2 payments for a couple years. I am however pleased to find out others' remedies, etc. The safety factor always is on the mark. Questions: (1) can somone elaborate on pros and cons of driver operated air bags vs. extra leaf springs, and, (2) define: chucking. I have an idea but have been wrong once or twice in my life. Thanks.
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Chucking as i describe it...uneven concrete sections usually ..that have been replaced as "Road repair" ..the rear of your tow vehicle will hop or bounce along.. while going over these terrible roads...that being said... is there any real cure ..to smooth out the ride.. on our rigs ??? I know of one section on I-75 between Monroe ,MI and the Ohio border, that i will try and bypass, until said section, has been torn out and replaced
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