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Old 10-29-2015, 02:35 PM   #1
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New TV: Ford F-150 or GMC Sierra 1500?

Hi all. We have narrowed our search for a new tow vehicle to the Ford F-150 and the GMC Sierra 1500. It will replace our 1999 GMC Yukon. Both pickups have the Max Tow package with the GMC having slightly greater tow capacity and payload (about 300 lbs.). The Ford has the 3.5 EcoBoost and 6 speed trans, the GMC the 6.2 liter V-8 and 8 speed trans. The Ford has standard mirrors but the GMC has power extendable tow mirrors. Otherwise, equipment is similar. We expect to upgrade our travel trailer in the near future to one with a GVWR of no more than 9K lbs.

We are leaning towards the F-150 because of it's better reliability rating, fuel economy and larger gas tank (36 gal. vs. 26 gal). The GMC is slightly more comfortable and $1400 cheaper.

Any thoughts to help us choose? Thanks & happy trailering!
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:41 PM   #2
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Gmc just saying.
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:46 PM   #3
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Both are great trucks. Go test drive each with the various engine choices.

Make an informed decision based on your own experience. Either should pull your trailer choice without any issue.

Drive em both my friend.

I lean towards Ford, because i believe it's a more refined and modern platform. I like how the shocks are spaced out closer to the rear wheels and some claim it makes for a better towing experience. The GM lineup does have a slightly high max convential tow rating. The Ford has 360 cameras and a really cool trailer backup asssit feature. My co-worker drives a 2015 GMC Sierra model loaded. He loves it truck.
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:48 PM   #4
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Get the larger gas tank, your gonna need it.


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Old 10-29-2015, 02:49 PM   #5
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GMC for sure. Those 6.2's are a great engine. Combine that with the 8 speed, tow mirrors and higher payload makes it a no brainer. At least it would be me if I was choosing between the two.


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Old 10-29-2015, 08:11 PM   #6
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After extensive research a few months back, IMO the ONLY 1/2 ton I would consider for serious towing is the F150 EB HD. The HD upgrade, not tow upgrade, gives you the payload you need to handle the hitch weight, people & cargo onboard.

Our TT is "1/2 ton towable" w/empty weight of 6,500 & empty hitch of 650. However, ready-to-camp those numbers are 8,250 & 1300. The 1300 takes into consideration the Equalizer 4, full propane tanks, battery, gear stored in the pass-through storage & under the bed, & enough water in the front FW tank for a couple flushes / hand washes... With family of 5, dog & gear our payload is around 2,300 (or 2,500 with fiberglass cap - which keeps everything dry!) Therefore the F150 EB HD could realistically replace our current 3/4 ton but the F150 EB tow-upgrade only could not...

IMO these days you can find a LOT of nice roomy 2-slide TTs in the 7,500 (empty) range but once you go lighter, you have to start making some bigger sacrifices. Someone doesn't have access to their side of the bed, someone's sleeping under canvas, or someone's bed has to be converted into living space every morning...

The GMC is a solid everyday truck but when you are only getting 9 mpg towing, you need a bigger fuel tank. The F150 EB can go 4-5 hours before needing refueling whereas the GMC will only go about 3 hours...

In the end I decided to keep our current 3/4 ton & will unlikely downsize to a 1/2 ton. I'm starting to utilize my 3,000 lb. payload to haul free firewood, discounted mulch & topsoil. My yard is looking 5X better now that I have a HD truck to get all of those projects done affordably...
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Old 10-29-2015, 08:28 PM   #7
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We love our Ford F-150 with the eco-boost engine and a crew cab. We ordered it from the factory and have the towing mirrors that you have to manually extend. The only thing we would change is to order the Max Payload package as well as the Max Towing Package. Also, if you are interested in a 2016, they have an option that will help you back up the trailer. There are You-Tube videos of it and it looks really helpful for those of us who have trouble backing a trailer.
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Old 10-29-2015, 09:55 PM   #8
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GMC for sure. Those 6.2's are a great engine. Combine that with the 8 speed, tow mirrors and higher payload makes it a no brainer. At least it would be me if I was choosing between the two
Yes I mostly agree. It's the 208 mile range (8 mpg X 26 gallon tank) that concerns me the most. I absolutely hate maneuvering into a gas station to refuel when towing. The extra 10 gallons on the Ford would get an extra 80 miles.
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:00 PM   #9
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I have a 30 gallon tank and scope out my gas stops on Google Earth before every trip. I pick stations with plenty of room so I have no surprises along the way. An extra gas stop per trip wouldn't stop me from buying the GMC, but a larger tank would certainly be nice to have.


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Old 10-29-2015, 10:03 PM   #10
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Running dry the Ford with Ecoboost with blow he doors off GMC or Chevy. I owned a Ford with a 5.4 then a 3.5 Ecoboost. Tow mileage went from 8 to 11 and dry went 12 to 16. I would definitely look at the Ecoboost Max everything. I have no experience with the Chevy GMC other than most people I know that have them up here wish they would have looked at Ford.
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