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Old 11-15-2015, 12:54 PM   #11
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I dirve between 60 & 65. Towing MPG is around 9mpg. Trailer & truck specs. are in my signature.
So what type of hitch do you have? A slider?
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Old 11-15-2015, 12:56 PM   #12
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I got the power steering with my 1 ton, no more white knuckles and oh no's
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Old 11-15-2015, 01:00 PM   #13
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I have power steering. The problem is the solid front axle. Any bump you hit makes the steering wheel move which in turn makes my elbows hurt. I added a steering stabilizer and better shocks but didn't help much
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Old 11-15-2015, 01:02 PM   #14
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I have a 1 ton right now. My arms can't take the wear and tear of the constant movement of the steering wheel on rough roads.
You have something wrong with our steer if jerking like that!!!

My neighbor has 2014 HD Payload and it rides rougher than my F350 1 ton and even him and wife agrees. You put that stiff of suspension to carry those kinds payload on tuck that light does not make for good smooth riding truck. Before you buy one you should test drive one and see for yourself.

The Max Tow rides lot better than my F350 but when you put E rated tires on it to replace the passenger car tire it rides like 5/8 ton truck.
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Old 11-15-2015, 01:06 PM   #15
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You have something wrong with our steer if jerking like that!!!

My neighbor has 2014 HD Payload and it rides rougher than my F350 1 ton and even him and wife agrees. You put that stiff of suspension to carry those kinds payload on tuck that light does not make for good smooth riding truck. Before you buy one you should test drive one and see for yourself.

The Max Tow rides lot better than my F350 but when you put E rated tires on it to replace the passenger car tire it rides like 5/8 ton truck.
Nothing wrong with the steering, its just the solid front axle and my sensitive arms. Take any truck with a solid front axle and drive it across rough roads or a pasture and watch the steering wheel move. Even though it only moves a little, after several hours of that the inflammation in my elbows kicks in
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Old 11-15-2015, 02:24 PM   #16
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I towed mine 150 miles home driving a borrowed 3/4 ton gas pickup truck. I actually like how my lightweight fiver tows with my F150 than the GM 3/4 ton.

Problem nowadays is that there aren't (m)any new fivers that have a sub 1,000lb pin weight. My 09 27RL Wildcat is so far the one I found with the lightest pin weight. Everything else is 200-350 lbs heavier.

I camp 3 weeks a year. That is 6 drives towing the camper. My F150 is a great compromise and gives me a great all purpose truck when I'm not towing the other 95% of the time. Despite this, I'm not against the idea of a diesel.

I wish Ford had a diesel in lieu of the EB. I'm waiting for the 5.0 V8 Cummins to come out. Its really a 3/4 ton from what I understand with a 1/2 ton label. If I can get one at a good price, I'd probably upgrade my EB F150 to this diesel.
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Old 11-15-2015, 02:45 PM   #17
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Towing with F150

Camperboy, are you saying that the 1 ton is too rough to drive? I am looking at upgrading from a 2007 Tundra to a Ford F350 to two my 9200 lb Forest river fifth wheel. Is the one ton too rough to drive.
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Old 11-15-2015, 02:52 PM   #18
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Camperboy, are you saying that the 1 ton is too rough to drive? I am looking at upgrading from a 2007 Tundra to a Ford F350 to two my 9200 lb Forest river fifth wheel. Is the one ton too rough to drive.
I've talked to a couple of F350 owners and they all said that the ride is acceptable unloaded and the only time they had ride issues is on I25 near Denver where the road sections are wavy.
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Glad I bought a Ram Hemi, added Timbren load assists

Wow, reading all of this I am so glad as a newbee I bought a Ram 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi and tow package to pull our previous 8000 lb Rockwood 29' 5th wheel ultralight. Moved up to a new Flagstaff 33' ultrallight 5th wheel (about 10,000 loaded) and traded for our new (in 2014) Ram 1500 Hemi with a 3.83 AR (vs. previous 3.55) to max my tow rating at 10,500. Been to Florida twice with the new package and just like the previous 2011 Ram I still get 8.5 - 9.0 mpg at 70 mph average over the entire trip to Florida and back from Michigan thanks to the seamless ZF 8 Speed with lots of power and torque to spare. I love this truck and the styling, ride, and comfort are fabulous. My goal was to try to stay just within the limits of a 1/2 ton truck and this Ram is awesome. Prior to these 2 trucks I had always driven Ford or GM products but now I am a convert and didn't break the bank like with a Ford or GM for which I could get a discount. The only add to the truck other than the 5th wheel hitch was a set of Timbren's which really evens out the level when trailer weight is on. These Timbren's in my opinion are better than the much more expensive after market add-on air lifts (air lift stabilizers available from factory on Ram 2500). They are like a little "Michelin" or doughboy man as they have two stacked rubber pods and snap into where the frame bottom-out bumpers are as supplied by the factory. You simply by hand pull the stock bumpers out and put the new Timbren bumpers in using some soap solution and then jacking up the wheel one side at a time to seat them into the vacated cup holder on the body above the frame. This leaves about an inch clearance so the truck still rides smoothly on the variable coil suspension (Ram 1500 does not use leaf springs like Ford 150 or GM 1500) until a load is applied and then the Timbren's supplement the load capability. I was actually put onto these when at a water fill/dump station in western Michigan when a Ford F150 6 cylinder Ecoboost pulled in hooked to a 36 ft. 14,000 lb. 5th wheel and he was sitting perfectly level. He told me about adding the Timbren's. However, this was his first trip from Ludington, MI to Ludington State Park and although he was sitting perfectly level I could not believe he would ever make it to Florida and back with that tow package! I think he had a lot more than he should tackle with his rig! The ecoboost may make horsepower but there is no substitute for the torque of a good V8 either gas or diesel and apparently the Ford V6 Ecoboost does not get any better gas mileage at that! BTW the new Ram V6 diesel can't match the 5.7 hemi for towing power so it is limited to smaller trailers although a nice package if you want a small diesel.
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Old 11-15-2015, 03:08 PM   #20
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So what type of hitch do you have? A slider?
From the sig line the 5er is a Flagstaff Classic. It comes with a Reese Revolution pinbox so no slider is needed.
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