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Old 09-13-2011, 03:04 PM   #11
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I have towed with a 1/2 ton Chevy 5.3, and Dodge 5.7 and Ford 5.4. The 5.3 was the weakest of the three. However, it still got the job done.

The numbers on the ecoboost clearly blow it away. and the new 5.0 is probably a good comparison.

FWIW - GM is starting the ramp-up to the next gen 1/2 ton trucks, should be mid 2012 for the 2013 model. Rumor has it the 5.3 will be re-designed.


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Old 09-13-2011, 05:31 PM   #12
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I bought a new 2007 Tundra Crewmax. My son bought an F150 Supercrew 5.4. There is no comparison in towing ability and power. The Tundra does much better. My son recently drove the Tundra and almost couldn`t believe the difference. He pulls our boat just fine, but the camper is out of the question. I have the 5.7 V-8, 6-speed automatic, towing package and 4.30:1 gear in the Tundra. It has been trouble free so far, (knocking on wood) and pulls my loaded trailer well. Since these trucks have been around since 2007, there are several used examples around for sale at "reasonable" prices. My truck is almost paid off and I am trying to resist the temptation to get another truck. When I priced an F150 Ecoboost with similar options (no leather) it was well over 40K. Even used diesels can reach or exceed that level. Since my current truck pulls well and only has 50K miles, I decided to just keep it. I have owned Ford, Chevy, and now Toyota half-ton trucks in the past. I have had good service from all of them. I am not trying to sell one brand over the other, just sharing my first hand experience.

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Old 09-13-2011, 07:55 PM   #13
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i pull a 7000 lbs trailer with an 07 chev 1/2 5.3 with 3.73's. its pulled from Alberta Canada to Ohio and back and then again down to SLC Utah with no major issues. If your racing then get a diesel but in all honesty i cant complain about torque or power.
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:02 AM   #14
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Got an '10 Tundra myself, crew can, 5.7 with tow package as well and it is super strong at pulling my 312qbud (8000-8500 fully loaded, depending on designation) I have easily maintain speeds on a 7% grade and could even accelerate when needed. Only thing I think that lacks in the GVWR at 7k. Has the power of a 3/4 but by the time you load up the truck you are left with very little cargo weight.

I would like to eventually trade up to a 250/350 diesel just for the extra cargo weight
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:33 AM   #15
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I have a 2010 GMC Sierra 1/2 ton. It has the 6.0 engine and 6 speed tranny. I wanted to keep the 1/2 ton ride but wanted the extra power of the 6.0. I had a 2009 GMC with 5.3 and 4 speed tranny. No comparison between the two. I am pulling a 8528TBWS dry weight 7346
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Old 09-14-2011, 08:58 AM   #16
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I am hauling a 2011 Tracer 2910BHS, weighed at the factory at 5966lbs with a 2006 ford f150 SC with a 4.6 in it. The truck hauls the trailer very well, only on very steep hills do I have to really rev the engine in the 3500-3750 range, but when I do this the truck starts to accelerate and to tell you the truth I was very impressed with the little V8. I know I am over what a lot of people consider safe or capable of towing with my truck I am very confident that my Ford truck is safe on the road when towing my Tracer(which my DW and I love). Just as an afternote I tow the trailer at app.60 mph or 100kph with a wdh and 1 friction sway bar, very little sway when passed by semi.

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Old 09-14-2011, 09:14 AM   #17
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My 2010 Silverado Ex-Cab with the 5.3 Lt. 3:42 rear 6 speed tranny tows my Surveyor SV291 very well. Loaded I'm at about 6k lbs. (empty tanks). I rarely hit 3500 RPMs on hills. But we haven't done any steep mountain roads yet. It does have the factory heavy towing package, and I have an Equalizer WDH.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:25 PM   #18
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Great thread! I love to hear what people at towing with what vehicle
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Old 09-15-2011, 04:30 PM   #19
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I am towing a 2008 rockwood 8313 with a 99 silverado with well over 200,000 on it. It has a 5.4 and 3.73 rear end and heavy tow package. I have had no issues and get about 10 mpg.,close to 20 not towing, Have been looking to change tv but this one is so good I decided to keep it a while camper weighs 7230 loaded
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:52 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by boubou View Post
Great thread! I love to hear what people at towing with what vehicle
I do as well. I think "can I tow X with Y?" is about the most loaded question out there. Lot's of people will be perfectly towing a set-up I would never dream of hitting the road with. Some people would think my different towing set-ups over the years were not safe. So much preference.

When it comes to towing "safely" I tend to look at it this way:
-can I get my rig stopped in a true panic situation in a straight line?
-will the tail wag the dog?

Everything else (caveat that I don't mena ignoring common sense, vehciel/trailer ratings etc.) is a matter of comfort.

I also want to be able to:
-pass a slow moving vehicle
-run at traffic speed on the interstate
-keep the kids asleep
-accellerate into moving traffic

Those are not really safety concerns, but depending on where you are going, may be very important. If you find yourself in city traffic and cannot get your rig up to speed in the hole you find in traffic, well then you may be creating an unsafe situiation.

This tends to shade my feelings on what is appropriate to tow with. That, and I am a defense attorney. I can probably prove to a jury that half the rigs going the road are "unsafe."

Just my oppinion.


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