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Old 09-16-2015, 03:16 PM   #21
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Wouldn't 2015 F150 with Ecoboost pull the 8000# trailer you guys are talking about?. I have 2015 35ft Windjammer (7800#) and pull with 2013 F150 Supercrew with Ecoboost engine and 3.55 rear end and 4pt Equalizer hitch and have no problems

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Old 09-16-2015, 03:24 PM   #22
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Aggie Dad, yes it would. My 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 with a 5.3L pulls my 8500# fine also...BUT alas, you might as well get a bigger TV than you need up front because you may decide to go to a bigger RV or 5er later and then have to upgrade the TV again also.

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Old 09-16-2015, 04:36 PM   #23
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The 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 ecodiesel will definately run out of payload before you can tow that large TT. When loaded to capacity (10,400) you're looking at a 1200lb tongue weight.

Max Payload in the TRADESMAN trim is 1,442lbs. It goes down from there as trim levels go up. Laramie trim is 1,300 lbs! It's actually quite a bit worse on payload than the 1500 5.7L hemi gas engine (Tradesman trim 1668 payload, SLT 1566 payload). The diesel engine eats up the payload fast.

When I saw these numbers I wondered what exactly is this truck for?? Something other than payload, that's for sure.

I'd definately suggest a 3/4 ton or 1 ton for a TT as heavy as you have indicated.

The F150 3.5L EcoBoost V6 when ordered with max payload and correct gearing can have a payload of 2900 lbs. This could possibly work, but I'd personally be leery of any truck that light being able to control a TT that heavy. The new Fords use more aluminum in them and my buddy who just got one said his old F150 controlled the TT better. it's just not heavy enough to command polite behavior of a 10K lb TT.

Now on to hitches, I'm not sure what the max spring bars on the Blue Ox are, but I can tell you that I really like the Blue Ox Sway Pro for our 6104 UVW (yellow sticker) 33 foot overall TT. It's quiet, easy to hook up (the mechanism to attach the chains is WAY better than the lift type), nothing to remove to back in, and very effective.
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Old 09-18-2015, 09:31 PM   #24
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The strength and stability of any of the 3/4 ton trucks will be worth the investment when you have a tt that weighs much more then the tv and you need to rely on it to handle the tt if you ever have to swerve or stop in emergency or bad weather. The larger brakes, heavier suspensions and cooling systems make them a good choice with good resale. Brands of vehicles may be your best dealer that you have confidence in. Go out and test drive. I would buy a diesel if I could justify the initial investment, have before but couldn't on last one. Same with hitch, look for any of the quality ones mentioned above with built in sway control.
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Propride, but I'm biased. It works well.Click image for larger version

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Old 09-19-2015, 07:02 AM   #26
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IMO the Equalizer 4 is the best bang-for-the-buck & due to their popularity most dealers know how to set them up properly. Even if dealers won't drop much from their low Internet/sale pricing on the TT you want, you can still often get them to include an Equalizer 4 & installation as a part of the deal... (Or find one on CL for $400...) Our TT GVW is just under 10K but our salesperson installed a 12K Equalizer.

We bought our (used) 2011 TV & TT in 2013/2014 for $35K total... IMO, if I were going to refinance my house & spend $100K on a TV/TT combo, like the OP, I would go with a 5er or even a Motorhome... Remember, these things depreciate quickly, so in just one year, that $100K purchase (plus tax) will be worth around $80K... That's why I bought used & make double payments... Somebody else took the 20% hit as the TT left the lot & took care of all of the warranty work...
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Old 09-19-2015, 07:08 AM   #27
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I have a 1500 Ram 5.7 with 8 speed and 3:92 gears with heavier rear springs and load range E tires pulling a 37' Tracer and if I could do it all over again I would get a 3/4 or 1 ton and go with a 5th wheel. I have used the Equalizer E-4 and did not like the noise so I went to the Pro-pride and I have had some issues with the weight distribution jacks and I can not get the squat out of the rear of the truck. I just added air bags to the truck to help with that. I don't think the Pro-pride is worth the money but that is my opinion, and I know I might be the only one that has a Pro-pride and don't like it.

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Old 09-19-2015, 08:12 AM   #28
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I've had two Equalizer E4s. Great hitch and hard to beat for the cost.

I recently installed some sway bracket jackets. They helped a lot with reducing creaks and moans.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:29 AM   #29
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Thx, good info.
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Old 09-19-2015, 08:42 AM   #30
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The Ram Truck 1500 EcoD is not what you want for towing a 10K Pound trailer. I love mine, but I know its limitations. With 10K, you are best looking at 250/2500 series trucks, or wait for the new Nissan with the 5.0 Cummins.

As far as hitches, you will get a lot of opinions. I run the Reese DC. Great hitch, once you get it set up. The do take a while to get set up right. If I was to do it again, I would think of getting the Equal-i-zer 4 point.

Then, there are the Hensley and Propride hitches. The owners of those love them. I don't love the prices.

Last is the Pull Rite. My friend had one on his 89 F350 4x4. I think they are good on the taller and heavier trucks, as the unit weighs a lot, and requires some additional ground clearance. But, this hitch puts the pivot point right behind the axle.

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