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Old 06-25-2016, 07:17 PM   #61
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Just got to the west side of yellowstone via 94, 90, 191 from MN. The trip was not too bad except for the 30-35mph head winds from Billings to Bozeman. I was running 3k rpms at 60mph. From time to time the truck would jump to 4k rpms and i would have to feather it back down. The hllls I was ok with but the wind is something I have never had to deal with.
Just sharing my personal experience. ...
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:58 PM   #62
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Do you use a trans cooler ? Or wdh?


So my 2001 Chevy express 1500 1/2 ton should be fine pulling 5k? I have a nice wdh and a trans cooler - according to specs I'm at max with 12000 lbs total but it seems to ride nice. Kinda crazy that you had to rebuild a trans, what happened there ? Overheat ?


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Old 06-25-2016, 10:18 PM   #63
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Real time update with my gear in my sig.
Just got to the west side of yellowstone via 94, 90, 191 from MN. The trip was not too bad except for the 30-35mph head winds from Billings to Bozeman. I was running 3k rpms at 60mph. From time to time the truck would jump to 4k rpms and i would have to feather it back down. The hllls I was ok with but the wind is something I have never had to deal with.
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where you at ? i'm at the yellowstone holiday campground on hebgen
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Old 06-25-2016, 10:19 PM   #64
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I opened a thread since I didn't want to jump this thread, I just didn't get many responses so will ask kindly about my concern. I tow easily with a wdh and trans cooler gauge shows low temps, engine temps low, no swaying - so all seems fine but today I weighed my tv and tt and found that I am maxing out just under 12k lbs and my specs state total gross towing capacity is 11k / 12k. Should I be concerned ? Or go with it?


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Old 06-25-2016, 10:51 PM   #65
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Real time update with my gear in my sig.
Just got to the west side of yellowstone via 94, 90, 191 from MN. The trip was not too bad except for the 30-35mph head winds from Billings to Bozeman. I was running 3k rpms at 60mph. From time to time the truck would jump to 4k rpms and i would have to feather it back down. The hllls I was ok with but the wind is something I have never had to deal with.
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The winds have been crazy the last few days . tomorrow not so bad .
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where you at ? i'm at the yellowstone holiday campground on hebgen
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We are over in Grizzly. Days full off yellowstone trips...:thumbup:
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We are over in Grizzly. Days full off yellowstone trips...:thumbup:
Grizzly is a nice place right in town . have fun plenty to see and do and plenty of driving . the best is very early morning or even late afternoon evening . heading to salmon fly fest today at the campfire lodge after a morning of fishing .
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Old 06-26-2016, 09:51 AM   #68
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I went back and forth with the "half ton tow-able" verbiage myself.
Ended up getting more truck than trailer based on a few factors.
I have a 2016 F-250 Crew Cab Lariat 6.2L Gas 2WD and I tow a Flagsatff 27 BEWS TT. The trailer comes in at around 7800 lbs. fully loaded. I weighed the rig on my first trip, total package 14,460 lbs. with 3/4 tank of fuel. Tow capability of the TV is 19,000 lbs. So I'm within the numbers. Also the WDH (Equalizer) soaks up some of the tongue weight.
Just got back yesterday from a cross country trip. On the flats with no wind it was a fight to keep my speed under 70 mph. Fighting a little wind and a few grades slowed me down but nothing dramatic. Expected performance with the "box" that I'm dragging around. And I get a little sway push from passing cars and trucks, but nothing that has me grabbing for control.
To answer the OP, in short "more truck than trailer" wins every time.
They said the WDH would make some noises. Metal to metal bumps and grinds. I heard a few, sounds like the hitch right? Wrong!
Evidently the noise I heard was the propane tanks jumping off and being dragged under the TT tongue out of my rear view, but that's another post.
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:54 PM   #69
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I have learned that I can pull almost anything with almost anything. pulling is NOT the issue, handling,stopping and sway are the issues. I now pull with a F350 DRW it pulls my 5th wheel with ease and my little 1/2 ton towable towhauler. No sway comfortable tow.

moral of story don't buy a truck with specs that will barely do what you want it to do. Get more truck than you need. Nothing any worse than getting to the campground completely worn out from fighting the trailer all the there.
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I have learned that I can pull almost anything with almost anything. pulling is NOT the issue, handling,stopping and sway are the issues. I now pull with a F350 DRW it pulls my 5th wheel with ease and my little 1/2 ton towable towhauler. No sway comfortable tow.

moral of story don't buy a truck with specs that will barely do what you want it to do. Get more truck than you need. Nothing any worse than getting to the campground completely worn out from fighting the trailer all the there.
Preaching to the choir, my brother! But, the story is a lot of folks already have the truck (me) and the first trailer is at the limits before we get smarter and upgrade. Comfy towing all day long now!
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