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Old 01-07-2016, 02:00 PM   #11
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While your camper listed is short and light and can be safely towed by just about any 1/2 ton truck, a turbo engine would make crossing the Rockies a more pleasant experience.

Your trailer could even be pulled by a v6 1/2 ton, but I woudln't advise it. the V6 will work way too hard in the mountains, unless it's an F150 ecoboost.
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:26 PM   #12
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While your camper listed is short and light and can be safely towed by just about any 1/2 ton truck, a turbo engine would make crossing the Rockies a more pleasant experience.

Your trailer could even be pulled by a v6 1/2 ton, but I woudln't advise it. the V6 will work way too hard in the mountains, unless it's an F150 ecoboost.
Very true. I didn't even consider elevation. Either of the EB engines will maintain power at extremely high elevations whereas any of the V8's will lose power as you climb due to being naturally aspirated.
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:35 PM   #13
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Thanks guys, this is great info!
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Old 01-07-2016, 02:52 PM   #14
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Half ton full size trucks work great with that trailer! I like the trim and options lists on them too.(make sure it has a towing package) I notice the ford and chevy half tons just look better. V-8 medium size 5 to 5.7 L would work great! I have done what you are talking about. even after adding a better trans cooler and slotted front rotors the truck is much cheaper than the big diesel haulers. My chevy has the information system on it and I highly value the transmission temperature display! It is amazing the difference in temperatures, what gear and rpm, speed, load (hills) you use and how the engine and transmission will heat up in different circumstances. The benefits for me with the gas motor is that I can change motors and tranny for what some of my buddies pay to service their diesel. Because I can do the labor myself, I'm not used to working on diesels. I have 130 thousand on my chevy and it's still going strong (no motor or tranny changes). My last truck I didn't have to mess with the motor or tranny until 295 thousand miles.
A 7 foot wide trailer tows great on the roadway. When you get to 8 foot wide you need bigger mirrors and you need to watch your lane positioning much closer (more stressful driving on small roads)
An Anderson hitch is worth the money. I was just waiting for one of those spring bar hitches to knock out one of my teeth. Every one seems to want to talk to me right when I need to concentrate on what I'm doing. Undoing the spring hitches or pumping out the pooper, just leave me alone!
The down size to a half ton is that you are limited. If you get the 2 foot ittis that most of us get you may not be able to haul the mega coach of your future.
It sounds like you have a lot of fun and adventure ahead of you. good luck and happy travels!!...Walt
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Old 01-07-2016, 03:43 PM   #15
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Thanks Walt.

I like to think we won't be looking for a bigger trailer any time soon, coming from tent camping this trailer is already a palace to us.
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9.3mpg towing 7K through the mountains is AWESOME mileage from any gas truck. In 5 years or so, most people would be ready for a new truck anyway, so I see no reason to buy an F250. They'll either be spending big money for a diesel(already said they don't want a diesel) or getting a gas that will get maybe 60% of the unloaded fuel mileage of the 2.7EB. And I had a 3.5 EB that was a great truck. But, towing what they are I'd opt for the 2.7 and reap the benefits of the fuel mileage and initial savings.
Disappointing when 22 - 23 mpg around locally
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Old 01-07-2016, 07:26 PM   #17
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(We are planning a couple of trips through Northern Ontario, which has some long steep grades, and we will be going across Canada out to B.C., so crossing the Rockies. We want to make sure we have something that would have enough power to get over the mountains and something that will stop us on the other side. )

You said steep grades and mountains.
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X3 2.7 Eco. Solid Truck and great torque compared to other offerings.
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Disappointing when 22 - 23 mpg around locally
When that 2.7 is dragging a 7k trailer up a mountain it is putting out a significant amount of power. That's not free. It takes fuel to produce that power. You got significantly better mileage than a big V8 when unloaded(there are a few variations that would come close, such as the GM 5.3, but only with really high gears that are VERY poor for towing), yet can hook up a 7K trailer and tow it better than those same V8's and get similar fuel mileage when towing. Sounds like a win-win to me.
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Old 01-08-2016, 09:10 AM   #20
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(We are planning a couple of trips through Northern Ontario, which has some long steep grades, and we will be going across Canada out to B.C., so crossing the Rockies. We want to make sure we have something that would have enough power to get over the mountains and something that will stop us on the other side. )

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He's made it clear he doesn't want a diesel (And doesn't even come remotely close to needing one for the trailer in question). And when you make blind brand loyal statements like this it causes you to lose all credibility and people tend to disregard your advice.
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