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Old 07-07-2014, 11:14 PM   #21
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Guy at work pulls a puma that is 6400# dry with his 2011 and says it does the job fine. Most of my driving will be on flat roads. The previous owner pulled a fifth with the truck. Still have the holes in the bed to show for it. Guess we will find out on Thursday
Up to you, I pulled a 2012 Rockwood 2703sS with a F150 rated for 9200 lbs and a 5.4 litre engine. No problems at all, RV was close to 8200 lbs so we had minimal margin.
In came the Ecoboost with 11,300 a 9500 lb Fifth Wheel. Still no problems.
Both classified as half ton trucks. My half ton blows the door off some if not all 3/4 tons for torque and capacity. As you mentioned flat towing, if you have a factory receiver see if the dealer will hitch it up for you, go out with the sales rep and try it.
OC is right as well French towing a Fifth Wheel with his half ton Chev. Up to you to decide, many tow just fine without a huge 3500 or 350. I use my truck for daily driver so I want some economy dry as well.


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Old 07-08-2014, 12:08 AM   #22
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I pulled 6K for 2 years with my Raptor that was only rated for 8K. No problems other than the 4-6 miles per gallon.


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Not trying to be the weight police here, but I just spent the last year trying to pair 6,500 (empty) TTs with affordable TVs & I still have all of my data...

Based on his other post, the OP already has "a F150 with the tow pack rated at 8300 max..." This is a lesser setup than those of you that have the 1/2 tons designed to maximize towing & hauling, like the King Ranch Ecoboost MAX Tow, etc....

The OP wants to tow a TT that weighs 6,300 lbs. EMPTY with an empty tongue weight of over 900 lbs. which means he can only add 1,800 lbs. of additional people & gear while also not going over his load capacity (don't know figures for his truck...)

IMO 1,800 might meet the needs of 2 people, but not a family. His TT is a bunkhouse, so I assume he has a family... In our case, each of our kids brings a bike & scooter along plus clothing, heavy swim towels, outdoor games, extra food, etc. When we leave for 4-5 days the fridge is full, the pantry is full, and an additional 50 lb. cooler is full of pop, water & ice. We also bring firewood, chairs, and a plastic, foldable table. Oh, and a 50 lb. dog!
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Old 07-08-2014, 05:39 AM   #24
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You will find the majority of the weight police here will tell you a 1/2T is only good for towing a 6'x 8' lawnmower trailer and most recommend a 1t dually or larger for most pop ups and if it's a 5er, you need at least a Mack, Peterbilt or larger. They LOVE spending YOUR money.
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OC and I both tow 5er's with ours - mind you we have Ecoboost and max towing packages & differential.

My F150 has a max tow of 11,800 - I don't even know our 5er is behind us when I am on the highway @ 65MPH
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OC and I both tow 5er's with ours - mind you we have Ecoboost and max towing packages & differential.

My F150 has a max tow of 11,800 - I don't even know our 5er is behind us when I am on the highway @ 65MPH
OP looking to tow a TT, WDH setup will be very important to them for a comfortable tow vs a fifth wheel at that same weight or heavier on a half ton is a much easier tow due to it's great stability by having the pin weight over the axles vs behind the truck.
OP...don't cheap out on a very good hitch and sway setup, from there, your truck will do fine
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OP looking to tow a TT, WDH setup will be very important to them for a comfortable tow vs a fifth wheel at that same weight or heavier on a half ton is a much easier tow due to it's great stability by having the pin weight over the axles vs behind the truck.
OP...don't cheap out on a very good hitch and sway setup, from there, your truck will do fine
AH! Good Point Cajun!

OP X2 what Cajun said when we had our TT we had a Equal-i-zer - great performance! I hear that Reese makes an "adjustable" WDH that lets you dial in setup factors. Never used the Rees though but food for your thoughts
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...OC and I both tow 5er's with ours - mind you we have Ecoboost and max towing packages & differential....
I only have a weak kneed, naturally aspired, 5.3L Chevy 1/2 T with 3.23 rear end and it does a fantastic job IMO. Definitely don't win drag races, but I do pull 55-65 and on rare occasions will get to 70. Get 9.8-11.2mpg depending on the wind and my right foot.
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OP looking to tow a TT, WDH setup will be very important to them for a comfortable tow vs a fifth wheel at that same weight or heavier on a half ton is a much easier tow due to it's great stability by having the pin weight over the axles vs behind the truck.
OP...don't cheap out on a very good hitch and sway setup, from there, your truck will do fine
I towed a TT since 1978 with a 1/2T and from 2006 until 2012 with the same truck I have now. 2008-2012 I towed a Flagstaff 831RLSS over 30,000 miles with no trouble. Have only towed our 5er since 2012. Needless to say, I love my little Chevy even with 82,000+ miles on it.
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How heavy have the trailers you pulled with your half ton.
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How heavy have the trailers you pulled with your half ton.
No idea, never weighted any of them. Just relied on the advertising propaganda furnished by the mfg. Not like the wt. police, I back up to them and if the wdh levels the truck, it's good to go. The air bags brought it back to level for the 5er, so away we went.

We did weight the whole rig this year coming back from FL on the SC state scales. Had 100 pcs of alum tubing for poles and fruit ,etc in the bed and the whole rig weighted 15,300. Scales couldn't wt individual wheels for some reason or other.
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