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Old 09-21-2014, 10:58 PM   #11
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Crunchman, I appreciate the opinion and you are correct this is a public board and i asked for opinions. But here is the thing, one i am not going to buy a car, i dont have room for a 3rd car nor do i feel like paying for insurance. 2) I hate when people say "good luck stopping"! c mon man its the 21st century, a good brake controller or the factory controller will stop the truck/trailer combo just fine.

i did not mention this because i was looking for opinions but i towed it home and a few hundred miles with a 2012 half ton rated at 9600 before i upgraded. length has no difference on weight which is 7,300 lbs per the CAT scales.
Just so we are on the same page....
You did not buy the 8000 pound Salem 31QTBS because it was wayyyy to heavy for your 1/2 ton (9600) so you bought the much lighter 7300 pound Swadow cruiser. (Add 200lbs per baby)

You asked for advice regarding your sway issues with 2 friction sway bars but you sold them after your first trip and bought your existing 3/4 truck?

You had not asked for additional advice regarding towing due to your 3/4 truck doing a great job towing?

Now that you are a comfortable towing you want to go back to the 1/2 ton but still not sure how low you can go and still get away with it?

Well, guess that sums it up...Good luck to you and your decision.
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:05 PM   #12
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I think towing with the 1/2 ton is just fine....

Not all of us want to or need to have a big truck with crappy MPG as our DD. I would wait for the 15 max tow if it was me. I keep my vehicles a long time (or at least try to) so if it was my truck I would make sure it would able to tow something I may buy in the future. I have not priced a new truck in a while but will it really cost you that much more to just do the 15 and max tow?

EDIT: although I read above the max tow has a 6.2 engine probably the same as your 2500? SO will you really get any better MPG? Ride will probably get better with the lighter suspension on the standard 1500 but probably stay the same with the max tow as the 2500.
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:43 AM   #13
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F150 3.5 Eco with the Max Tow, which gives you 1800-1900lbs of payload. Better MPG as well. The 3.5 Eco will tow circles around the chevy.
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:23 AM   #14
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Well Crunchman just because I don't ask the questions here doesn't mean I didn't figure it out....there are other forums, other places on the internet to research.

The 2500 doesn't tow really any better than my 1500 did plain and simple, top that off with a rougher ride and worse MPG as a DD than yeah it doesn't make much sense to keep it. I am positive I would have seen different results had I bought a diesel but I do not want one so back to a 1500 I go. Different strokes for different folks I guess but I weighed and did everything to make sure I am properly within the weight standards.
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:25 AM   #15
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Thanks for the responses, I think I will wait for a max tow. Local dealers cant find me a 14' with the options I am looking for within 500 miles
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Old 09-22-2014, 07:57 AM   #16
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Still curious if it will be any better than the 2500 for ride and mpg since it will pretty much be a 2500 in the 1500's size?
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:22 AM   #17
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Thanks for the responses, I think I will wait for a max tow. Local dealers cant find me a 14' with the options I am looking for within 500 miles
Sweet!!. I've always wanted to order a truck. I've ordered 2 5ers, but never a truck. That would be sweet, and you know you'd have a one-of-a kind for your area!
Good luck!
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:25 AM   #18
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Don't understand why others are trying to change Knepp1bj mind when he's pretty well stated what he wants and why.
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:31 AM   #19
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I'm towing a 32' with my 1500 and it tows just fine, stopping is no issues, hills are no issues, etc. I have the max tow package on mine and it tows just fine. The only I'm going to upgrade to a 2500 is when we upgrade our TT to a 5'er in a few years.
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Old 09-22-2014, 08:48 AM   #20
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I always get a kick out of the "You won't be able to stop it" crowd!!! This crew has no problem with a 10,000 pound truck stopping a 15,000 pound camper (150% of it's weight) but you put a camper weighing 9000 behind a truck that weighs 7000 (129% of it's weight) and all of a sudden you are a menace to society.
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