Originally Posted by TonyD
I live in Colorado and would not tow a camper without a turbo. All engines lose 3% in horsepower for every 1000 ft gain. I would hate to see you get passed by a Prius climbing a pass while towing a camper.
This leaves few options but I am comfortable recommending:
Either a Ford 150 ecoboost with max tow pacakge, possibly heavy duty paypload package, or 3/4 ton diesel of any brand. All modern diesels are turbocharged and most are rate for full HP up to 10,000 feet ASL.
I would not go with an aspirated gasoline engine if you live in Colorado. If you do get a non-turbo engine expect things to go VERY slow.
You can find a decent low mileage '13 or '14 F150 ecoboost for a reasonable price.
Agree completely. Although now living in Missouri, my home was Laramie and my RV-ing was mostly in the northern Rockies. It still is, today.
Without a turbo, you are asking for stress and strain......and some bad words going up Independence Pass.
My '12 F-150 ecoboost pulls our 7500 (or so...loaded) very efficiently, and its tow mode, with auto downshift gives us the added safety we like.
Friend swears by his RAM ecodiesel, also. It makes its torque at lower rpm's.
2012 Ecoboost Screw, 3.31 (yes....really) rear end.
2016 Flagstaff 26FKWS, about 7500 loaded
Retired AF Mustang.....Picker always looking to jam.