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Old 05-06-2012, 10:50 PM   #61
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Congrats on the new TV. The Fords are good looking rigs and have really improved in performance in the past ten years. You'll enjoy the comfort and stability. I didn't see may Ram owners here so I had to throw my 2 Pennies in there. 2010 Ram 1500 Quad Hemi with standard 3.55 axle pulling 17bh Grey Wolf. With trailer at about 3900 lbs up and down the Ozark hills of Missouri (hiway 67, 21, 44, 160 and Arkansas roads around Bull Shoals, lake Norfolk, etc.) I average 9 - 10 mpg. The hemi is something else when it gets in it's power band. On flatter terrain I can eek out a little over 10 to 10.5. Just the truck gets 18 to 19 consistently on the same roads. Had to reset the WDH as the RV shop didn't get it right. Amazing. A 3.73 axle would be a little better, but I'm not complaining. Have a great time with the new rig and roll on down the highway.
Also Ram owner here, same truck, QC 1500 2010 Ram 4x4 (your's 4x4?)
Pulling good so far but havent gone far yet, our tt is heavier tho. 5800 lbs loaded, I expect to be stopping every 3 hours for fuel lol
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:18 PM   #62
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Enjoy your new truck ..i like my F150..Attachment 13325
I canít believe the number of people that pull a 5er with a half-ton truck. The dealers and manufactures will tell you anything to sell a truck. Do you have any idea of the rear axle bearing loading for the weight you are putting on them? A three quarter ton rear axle is a completely different animal than the rear axle on a half-ton truck, at least on the big three; offshore trucks, I have no idea what they use.


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Old 05-07-2012, 01:05 PM   #63
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I agree... When I bought my 1/2 ton Ford, I knew it's limitations. My new TT will weigh about 6,000 pounds loaded and that's definitely enough...
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:43 PM   #64
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I canít believe the number of people that pull a 5er with a half-ton truck. The dealers and manufactures will tell you anything to sell a truck. Do you have any idea of the rear axle bearing loading for the weight you are putting on them? A three quarter ton rear axle is a completely different animal than the rear axle on a half-ton truck, at least on the big three; offshore trucks, I have no idea what they use.

Its amazing.. at what a F150 can do now..
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:53 PM   #65
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Decided on the 2012 Ford F-150 4x4 5.0L V-8 SuperCrew with Tow Pkg. Rated for 7700lbs. This should be a great TV for many years if I can afford to keep that 36 gallon tank filled up :-)

Thanks to everyone who contributed by sharing your thoughts and experience...!

I have put this out there for others to consider ...including myself..A 2012 Ford F150 XLT.. Super Crew, 6 1/2 foot box.. with..3.5 Eco boost...3.73 Limited slip ..4x2...Heavy Duty Payload Package ..Max towing Package..( Includes those nice towing mirrors)...gives 11,300 lbs for towing ..and...2,600 lbs payload..a very nice 1/2 ton !!
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:04 PM   #66
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Baffles me that 1/2 ton ford has such a big payload....
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:51 PM   #67
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We have a 2011 F 150, 5.0 6 speed trans, max tow package. Our truck has under 4000 miles, we are pulling a Rockwood 2703 SS. We get about 16 MPG around town, Around 10 MPG towing and we have a max tow of 9600#. A couple of things to think about. Mirrors are not wide enough to tow a travel trailer on most F 150's. Second and a larger expense, we had to upgrade our tires to light truck rated tires. The weight rating was high enough, but the P rated tires that come standard on the F 150 have too much flex in the sidewall of the tire and can contribute to handling issues. Great truck we love it.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:07 PM   #68
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Baffles me that 1/2 ton ford has such a big payload....
Is.. a 1/2 ton truck ...really at 1/2 ton anymore ??
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:09 PM   #69
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Mike, first off, yes half tons have come a long way. Gone are the days when a half ton would only haul a half ton. Then again you can say the same for 3/4 tons as well. Second, the term 5er doesn't just mean a 16,000 lb goliath that is 15 feet high puts 3500 lbs on your rear end. Manufacturers are putting out half ton towable 5ers in the 6000-9000 lb range with lower clearances and aero nose cones. With the lower weight and front end, there is also a smaller pin weight. Almost all are less than 2000 lbs and you still get the stability of a 5er which beats any anti-sway hitch.
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I am waiting to see how tow ratings plummet when the new standard (SAE J2807) are put into place for model year 2013. Tundra's dropped from 10800 to 9800.

I still love my Tundra and it tows my TT great for me.
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