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Old 05-15-2013, 11:18 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by lloydside View Post
Thanks for the help! cheers
may be the picture but it looks like you have WAY WAY too much weight on the back of that truck - the rear is down, the front is up (based on wheelwell to tire distance).

The pic was posted for humor I hope!

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Old 05-15-2013, 11:25 AM   #12
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This pic was taken after I transfered 4 coolers to the bed of my truck after arrival. Not typical weight load when towing.

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Old 05-15-2013, 12:38 PM   #13
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My 2 cents, the cost is too close between the F-150 and F-250 / F-350. I'm sure the half's have no problem towing, but looking at the vehicle size and weight compared to a trailer, specifically a larger one, I'm going for the biggest TV. Tow a big trailer with a lighter half ton, and that trailer will command that truck in a bad wind or emergency situation. On a lighter smaller trailer, I wouldn't hesitate using the half ton. Wife says one ton dually is the smallest we'll ever have, should we go back to fifth wheels, which is likely. She has towed many a mile and can vouch for the difference in 1/2 vs. 1 ton trucks.

I often wonder, when are the truck manf. going to quit upping tow ratings? Just buy a dog gone 3/4 or one ton. If you haven't driven one lately, the ride is pretty darn good. Even the Dodge one ton, and I don't like Dodge, rides better now.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:40 PM   #14
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I have a 2012 Super Crew, EcoBoost 4x4. w/ 3.73 gears. I do not have the HD towing package or HD payload package. By the book with my engine and gear combo I max out at 9600lbs and 1520 payload. I haven't towed a lot with it yet, but what little I have it towed OK. I had a little sway on the interstate, and i think it was due to the trailer being empty. They guy that set up our WDH said he was accounting for a little more weight once we got our stuff in the trailer, plus I could have tightened up the sway control a litte more too.

I didn't have any power issues with pulling our Salem 27RKSS which is listed at 6300lbs dry and just over 700lbs tounge weight. I'll experiment with the WDH to either add or take away more weight as needed to help with the sway.

Feel confident that the EcoBoost has the power to pull nicely as long as you stay reasonable on the weight.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:56 PM   #15
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Here is a photo of my EcoBeast towing my SolAire.

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Old 05-15-2013, 07:58 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by lloydside View Post
its hard to know which one is right. my 2005 fx4 tows the 3065w windjammer, but not well. I put 4.10 gears and a K&N filter. the truck seems to handle the weight fine but i dont have the power to handle hills. I want a desiel but dont want to pay $48,000 for a used fx4 250 when i can get a used eco for $37,000.

Thanks for the help! cheers
I can tell you from past experience towing a 32' TT (9500 lbs loaded) a 3/4 ton gasser is SOOO much more capable & comfortable towing than any 1/2 ton truck...wind gust & all
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:12 AM   #17
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If you are looking at spending that kind of money and are wanting a Ford, seriously look at a used 11 or 12 F250 6.2 gasser. They will pull that trailer around with ease. I picked up our loaded 11 Lariat FX4 last fall for 32k. For pulling under 10k 3.73 gears are great in a SD truck with the 6.2. And there is also nothing wrong with the GM or Ram HD trucks with gas engines.

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Old 05-16-2013, 10:59 PM   #18
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Lloyd, I have a 2604WS with a weight of about 6700lbs. I have towed it about 300 miles on I-95 with no problems at 60-65 mph. I have an equalizer hitch and have been to the CAT scales. The thing that eats you up fast is payload. I, after filling the tank, with me and OW in truck only have about 200 lbs of payload left. We can all pull something but are we safe. Heck, did you see the commercial of the Toy-Auto pulling the Space Shuttle? If you are only pulling less than 100 miles a year, shucks you can do 40mph and probably not worry. But if you want to go on a road trip then you will have many challenges be it mountains or weather. That's a big rig your pulling, if you plan to get out on the road do yourself a favor and buy a bigger TV.

We are heading out on a road trip this summer from Florida as far north as Prince Edward Island, Canada. I will be able to give some empirical data when that 5000 mile journey is complete. Good luck on finding that right TV.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:17 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by lloydside View Post
Right now I tow 5 times a year for a total of 25 miles....... not much. but I would travel if my rig had more power. great advice out there!
You sorta answered your own question when you said you would travel more if you had more truck. You will be happier with a 3/4 or 1 ton than with a 1/2 ton, diesel or gas. I bought 1/2 ton and regretted it and upgraded 3 yrs later. Ended up costing me more doing that.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:35 AM   #20
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I have towed my Work and Play 18EC, loaded at 8,000 lbs with motorcycle in back, for about 11,000 miles so far with my 2011 F150 Ecoboost. Tows great, even up mountains. Plenty of power and very stable with WDH and sway bar. At 60 mph I average just under 10 mpg. Camper has aerodynamics of a refridgerator box. Very happy with all except milage which I am slowly accepting.

That said, if I buy a camper any larger than what I have I will buy at least 3/4 ton and go diesel.

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