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Old 12-26-2018, 01:48 AM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Advice

Me and the bride have a travel trailer that usually weighs between 7000 to 7500 lbs fully loaded. We are part time rvers but do it about once a month even in winter if weather permits. We live in south carolina and primarily have stayed in the surrounding states but are planning on much further excursions which may include some mountainous areas. Right now I pull it with a ford e150 van with a 4.7 liter gas engine in it and 7000 lbs is right on the edge of its capability so it struggles some and gas mileage is a terrible 8 mpg. It has a huge wheel base so that helps some.
Anyway we are considering possibly buying a few diff types of used late model trucks.
2016 Nissan Titan cummins diesel
2016 Ford f150 v8 5.0 gas
2016 Ram 1500 v8 gas
Any advice on any of these or a different vehicle would be appreciated from the more experienced. Our budget is in the 30 to 35000 range.
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:33 AM   #2
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Hello,

Nissan gas truck would be better, payload or Cargo Capacity really suffers. Had a lease on a 5.4 l that ran great.

I am a Ford truck owner. Take a pass on the 5 l and go with 3.5 EcoBoost. Truck pulls great lots of power. I had a 2013 towed great with 11,000 lbs behind it. I had a 5.4 l and it towed fine.

Dodge, not sure I would go there, buddy has one that between recalls and breakdowns spends more time in the Garage and has him gun shy towing any distance.
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:55 AM   #3
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The issue with the Titan is going to be payload like many of the small trucks with a diesel engine.

The F-150 you mentioned has the best payload of the bunch and the Ecoboost will probably be about the same.

I disagree about the Ram, I had one for years and it never gave me a problem. However it suffered from the same fate as the Titan, it has a low payload. All the mfg's make good trucks, and ALL of them make a bad one once in a while.

I have a GMC Sierra 2500 because of what I tow, but if I were looking at a half ton truck I'd agree with B&B and look hard at the F-150 with the Ecoboost.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:32 AM   #4
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You don't need a truck.

My Ford Expedition with a 9200 pound max tow rating works well and I'm not stuck with a rough riding pickup truck the other 40+ weekends of the year (assuming one weekend with the trailer per month). HD Tow package is $350 on a new truck. Seats 8 when needed. 3.5 EcoBoost engine pulls better than my former Expedition with the 5.4 V8. This engine responds with increased capability on 93 octane but runs on 87 daily. The Expedition drives and rides so smoothly we frequently take it on road trips even when not towing the trailer.

This 2017 is my second Expedition and I only own one because of towing a camper. I'd be driving an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio otherwise.

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Old 12-26-2018, 09:39 AM   #5
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I would double check the titan, seems the first year or two run seemed to have some issues with the diesel engine.. Nothing catastrophic though..
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:13 AM   #6
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X2 on the Ford Ecoboost. Friend of mine bought one and he loves it. I have never owned a F150 but I known many who have them and they are quite happy and would and have bought again.

Nissan and Toyota make some good truck and I would go Toyota over the Nissan.

Key on gassers is gears. Make sure it is geared for towing. If you go F 150 would go with a 3:55 or a 3:73 with locking axle and 4x4.

NOTE: If you are looking at the Nissan diesel why not look at the F 150 with the diesel. It's got 440 lbs of torque.

Those would be my ONLY choices...
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Old 12-26-2018, 01:22 PM   #7
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Suggestion that you need a 1 ton diesel dually 4WD in 3... 2... 1... :-)

Seriously, of the three, The 2WD F150 3.5 EB with Max Tow package is quite likely the best in class 1/2 ton TV. Good luck finding one on anyone's lot, though.
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If you are already looking at buying a new to you tow vehicle, buy it for your next RV, which is almost guaranteed to be heavier if you follow the natural progression most of us do

Also, any gas engine will get terrible towing mileage when towing at the upper ranges of it's capacity, that's just how it is. 8mpg really isn't that bad

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If you are already looking at buying a new to you tow vehicle, buy it for your next RV, which is almost guaranteed to be heavier if you follow the natural progression most of us do

Also, any gas engine will get terrible towing mileage when towing at the upper ranges of it's capacity, that's just how it is. 8mpg really isn't that bad

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Old 12-26-2018, 02:28 PM   #10
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I've towed my race car trailer with both a 2016 F150 3.5L EcoBoost and my 2014 Silverado with 5.3Lv8. Both have the max tow options, the trailer was loaded to around 8,000lbs. Same roads and wind conditions on the trips.

I personally prefer my Silverado as it pulled much more easily than the 3.5L equipped Ford. Gas mileage while towing was slightly better in the Silverado. Mileage is better in the F150 when not towing, however for the mileage I drive it amounted to about $150/year in total fuel cost.

Edit: a friend has a 5.0L V8 Ford and it tows very similar to my Silverado. Wouldn't hesitate to buy one if a good deal was available.
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