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Old 05-10-2012, 06:27 PM   #21
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My 2010 F150..

Mine towed a 33 ft 5th wheel to Florida ..from Michigan ..and back this last winter..It did a fine job for me..5.4 engine..3.55 limited slip...4x2...Click image for larger version

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Old 05-10-2012, 08:00 PM   #22
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I am not a fan of 1/2 ton trucks except maybe for getting groceries. Get a 3/4 ton. You gain so much and give up so little. Bigger/stronger frame, better brakes, better springs, better tires/wheels, and the list goes on and on. With the right combination you should not loose any on fuel economy, and it will pull much better. As a side benefit if you decide like 80% of first time buyers that you want to upgrade next year or so, you will already have enough truck to pull a larger TT.
I went from a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 to a 1 ton. When a dealer or manufacturer says "1/2 ton towable", they are telling a half truth. I liked my F250, I love my F350 with the Powerstroke. Consider a diesel when you upgrade. For example, my F250 with the 5.4 Triton got 17 MPG empty and 9 towing. My 6.0 Powerstoke gets about 21 MPG empty and 13 towing the same trailer. With diesel and gas running close in price, the diesel is currently winning. And it tows much better - no loss of speed on hills.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:38 PM   #23
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Several years ago I had a F150 SuperCrew and really liked it. I went to a 34' fifth wheel so I also went to a Chevy 2500HD D/A 4x4. I later went to a newer GMC 2500 D/A 4x4. They were both great trucks when hauling my 5'er and later 34' travel trailer. But around town sucked.

I longed for a smaller trailer and have a 29' ultra light on order. I wanted the shorter trailer to be able to boondock better, or park in older Corps, Nat'l Park or Nat'l forest sites easier. I knew the D/A would handle a small trailer well but didn't like it for anything but towing. A friend let me tow my 34' travel trailer (shipped dry at 7000 lbs) with his newer F150 SuperCrew Ecoboost. It was superb!

I'm still waiting for my 4500 lb trailer but now own a F150 SuperCrew Ecoboost and I'm loving it!
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:51 AM   #24
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I've owned 4.6's and 5.4's. You CANNOT simply look at the peak HP and torque numbers and get an accurate comparison. If you look at the torque curves you'll see that the 5.4 puts out a lot more power in the typical towing range. Also, you have to be very careful about looking at the max towing capacities when you are talking about an RV. The wind resistance you encounter when towing a TT makes it much more difficult to tow than other types of loads that weigh the same amount. I've got an Expedition that is rated to tow (I think) 5900 pounds. I towed my previous trailer with it 1 time, a Tahoe by Thor that weighed about 4500, and I had no other gear- just the trailer, dry- and it was HARD on that 4.6. The main thing I think you have to worry about is constantly changing gears to maintain speed and burning up your trans. As others have mentioned, a cooler would help, but the 4.6 of that era really is not a good setup for towing in my opinion. You will be much happier with a 5.4. A rear gear swap could help, but you will be losing some fuel efficiency for the vast majority of your driving.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:00 AM   #25
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Well after reading everyone's posts and then talking to the wife we have decided to go ahead and buy a new truck. Well a used truck...

So if anyone is around Lansing, KS and is looking for a truck I have one for sale on craigslist...

One more question if anyone is still reading this thread. I am still trying to figure out some of the abbreviations used on this site. I finally figured out TT and TV . But am still trying to figure out DH and DW .

Again thanks.
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I am still trying to figure out some of the abbreviations used on this site. I finally figured out TT and TV . But am still trying to figure out DH and DW .
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:06 PM   #27
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Well after reading everyone's posts and then talking to the wife we have decided to go ahead and buy a new truck. Well a used truck...

So if anyone is around Lansing, KS and is looking for a truck I have one for sale on craigslist...

One more question if anyone is still reading this thread. I am still trying to figure out some of the abbreviations used on this site. I finally figured out TT and TV . But am still trying to figure out DH and DW .

Again thanks.
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Darling or dear husband/wife.
Those acronyms should be banned from the internet. Just sayin'.
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I went from a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 to a 1 ton. When a dealer or manufacturer says "1/2 ton towable", they are telling a half truth. I liked my F250, I love my F350 with the Powerstroke. Consider a diesel when you upgrade. For example, my F250 with the 5.4 Triton got 17 MPG empty and 9 towing. My 6.0 Powerstoke gets about 21 MPG empty and 13 towing the same trailer. With diesel and gas running close in price, the diesel is currently winning. And it tows much better - no loss of speed on hills.
I have to agree with you. My DH drives our '06 Dodge Ram CTD every day and wait for it....wait for it.....it drives and rides like a TRUCK, which of course, we expected it to! It gets about 22 mpg not towing and about 14 towing. We have friends who tow with a 1/2 ton Dodge with a similar TT and they're overloaded and get about 7 mpg. NO comparison in my book. If you're going to upgrade your tow vehicle, you have to do your homework and compare gas vs. diesel.
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You can do a lot of your shopping for a truck on the Internet. I forget which ones were pretty good, but there is one out of Texas that has a huge number of diesels.

Just as an FYI, I had the TH before I had the TV. We just walked into such a good deal I could not pass it up.

I learned a lot about diesels along the way too. If you buy the right diesel, other than panic, you are going to love the truck. You have so much power it makes managing towing so much easier. The newer 6 speed transmissions really make hills a lot different. Its no longer a Mr. Scott/Star Trek experience (engine noise) going up hills.

Maybe Lou will put his chart on gas vs diesel up again. It was one of the better presentations I have read.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:08 AM   #30
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Well I did it. Bought a new truck. Bought a 2012 f150 lariet platinum with the 3.5L v6 with echoboost. Did not get the Max tow package though. Will get to use it this weekend pulling the trailer. Looking forward to seeing how it works out.
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