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Old 10-01-2015, 09:10 PM   #11
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Like I have always said...the right tool for the job. I have read many posts about trailer sway over the years, and most of those posting were pulling with a 1/2 ton truck (to keep it brand/fuel neutral). I never had any sway issues (well, once on I-10 with a strong wind from the south) with my 3/4 ton and my trailer. I only had the weight distribution hitch...no anti-sway addition to it. A very basic setup, but I pulled my trailer for 5 years with that 3/4 ton truck, and many times with a Yamaha V-Star in the bed as well (all the way from San Antonio to Tennessee and back on one trip).

The 1/2 ton is a good truck and I don't want to sound like I'm bashing it, but the 3/4 ton is as noted, really made for RVing. Any time I responded to the age-old question "Can I tow this ..." and are asking about a 1/2 (I rarely respond anymore...tired of saying the same thing again and again), I always end it with something like "yes, it can and will (and yes, the Tundra can pull the space shuttle, but where are you going to park it??), but you may not like it". The real world results are seldom posted like this...you done good RYAND. But I can't pass a quick plug for the Ford.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:14 PM   #12
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You are correct for both your assumptions!

I assume you went 6.4l?
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:16 PM   #13
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I assume you went 6.4l?

Yep.


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Old 10-01-2015, 11:50 PM   #14
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My TT weighs about the same as yours, loaded. I went the full Monty and bought the Cummins. I moved up from a 2011 F-150 that I thought was adequate. It wasn't really. The power difference is marginal when not towing... incredible when hooked up.
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:40 AM   #15
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Like I have always said...the right tool for the job. I have read many posts about trailer sway over the years, and most of those posting were pulling with a 1/2 ton truck (to keep it brand/fuel neutral). I never had any sway issues (well, once on I-10 with a strong wind from the south) with my 3/4 ton and my trailer. I only had the weight distribution hitch...no anti-sway addition to it. A very basic setup, but I pulled my trailer for 5 years with that 3/4 ton truck, and many times with a Yamaha V-Star in the bed as well (all the way from San Antonio to Tennessee and back on one trip).

The 1/2 ton is a good truck and I don't want to sound like I'm bashing it, but the 3/4 ton is as noted, really made for RVing. Any time I responded to the age-old question "Can I tow this ..." and are asking about a 1/2 (I rarely respond anymore...tired of saying the same thing again and again), I always end it with something like "yes, it can and will (and yes, the Tundra can pull the space shuttle, but where are you going to park it??), but you may not like it". The real world results are seldom posted like this...you done good RYAND. But I can't pass a quick plug for the Ford.
You had me until the very end!!! Boo!!!
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Old 10-02-2015, 11:51 AM   #16
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I have virtually the exact same experience as you. I started out with a Ram 1500 4.7L and 3.55 gears. I could get the WD setup close but not perfect. It handled OK, but not great. My setup is about 1000 lbs less than yours but similar rigs. I upgraded to the Ram 2500 6.4L 4.10 gears and as you said night and day cant describe the difference. Now with only a slight height adjustment to the hitch with the WD bars on the trailer is dead level, and the truck is at stock height front and rear. The 1500 did not have a brake controller and the 2500 does. Now with the brakes adjusted the rig stops when I want it to. I just completed a 2700 mile roundtrip to MA in August and drove 65 mph all the way with the truck pulling 1800 rpms in overdrive humming down the interstate getting between 10-14 mpg. I have found that I don't even need to use the sway bar as there is absolutely no sway even when large trucks pass me. It is an unbelievable difference in towing.
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The first time I let the automatic hill descent control manage my accelerator and brakes going down a steep mountain switchback you couldn't believe what a big smile. Simply hit the switch and reduced speed and the truck did the rest. 2500HD is the way to go.
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My opinion:
1500 pickups are optimized for smooth ride
2500 are designed to haul and tow.
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Old 10-02-2015, 01:40 PM   #19
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My opinion:
1500 pickups are optimized for smooth ride
2500 are designed to haul and tow.
I agree pretty much with this statement. A 1500 is good if you want to pickup A sheet of plywood, or a few 2x4s ect... but don't ask it to do too much.

2500 is the way to go for any serious hauling / towing.

3500 is just for being a BOSS.
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Old 10-02-2015, 01:45 PM   #20
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Hi Just wondering what kind of gas mileage you get with your 2500
I'm out with my 2015 siverado 2500HD pulling a 35ft Salem 286rlt gross wt of 11600. Only averaging about 9mpg.
Will b e running down thru PA from N.W. New York next week
Thanks for any info Paul
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