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Old 02-18-2012, 12:14 PM   #1
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1/2 ton towing a 318BHS

Hi everyone. For those of you towing with 1/2 ton trucks, I'm curious how they're handling your 318BHS. I've got a 2007 F150 5.4L that pulls our 32' Jayfeather (6500lbs loaded) without issue, but the additional 2000lbs on the Lacrosse concerns me. I fully intend to upgrade my truck in a year or 2, but if I can get away with another 1/2 ton, that would be ideal.

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Old 02-18-2012, 12:20 PM   #2
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I don't have the 318BHS, so I can't offer any first hand experiences.

I think you will definitely feel the difference with the additional 2,000 lbs, but you really need to watch your tongue weight and not overload your tv's GVWR.

The Ecoboost are getting some pretty good reviews. In a couple of years all the bugs, if any, should be worked out.

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Old 02-18-2012, 12:22 PM   #3
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You will be fine pulling that trailer with your F150. We have the same trailer and it pulls very well. I'm pulling mine with a 2010 F150 with the 5.4.

Quite honestly, the Lacrosse pulls way better than our 2009 Jayco 23FB. And that trailer only weighed 5000LBS.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #4
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Same Titan pulls my 318bhs just fine....average 8.5 mpg's though. Your only concern will be with payload of the truck. Airbags may help in this area...not increasing the payload, just reducing the stress on the rear shocks and springs.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:42 PM   #5
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Yup, payload is always a big concern; but my current trailer still has a whopping 900lbs of tongue weight despite only weighing 6500lbs.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:54 PM   #6
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I tow our 2012 318BHS with a 2010 F-150 (5.4L/3.55 axle/tow pkg) and it tows just fine. I usually cruise about 65 mph going down the hwy. Any long/steep grades and the speed may drop off a few mph with a corresponding increase in rpm's. I'm not familiar with the specific tow capabilities of your older Ford, but a quick google search should tell you if you at least meet the limitations.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:14 PM   #7
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We are towing our 318 with a '10 F150 with Max Trailer Tow package and the 5.4L. We used to pull a 5500# camper. I was actually surprised that the 7800# Lacrosse didn't feel that much different. I am guessing on steeper grades on the highway that I will notice it more.
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:32 PM   #8
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I have a 318 BHS and I own a half ton truck, newer however, 2011 dodge ram outdoorsman...I have not towed the camper yet as I just purchased it in the fall...I will be picking it up in 2-3 weeks...I will be happy to given u a report. Both the RV dealer and the dodge dealer said I would have no issues. The max tow rating for my truck is 10,050 lbs, so I am within then limits. It also has a built in break controller which is nice. And I'll be using the Reese dual cam strait line trunion wd 1200 hitch. All the numbers are within limits. Now, I do tow my boat with my is a 27' cruiser...weight is approx 9000 - 10,000 lbs when on the trailer behind the truck. I use a standard weight carrying hitch...not gonna lie...i feel it back there...but my truck has no issues towing it at all...down the highway at 70-75 mph no problem...any more and I get some sway...I don't anticipate that with the camper though with the hitch I will be using...good luck an I can def. get you more info in a few weeks...

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Old 02-20-2012, 12:01 AM   #9
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Hi Kozzy. Yes, I'd appreciate a towing review of your Dodge. Given the cost of diesel fuel today, I'd rather stick with a gas engine. The 2500 HEMI or the F150 heavy duty payload package seem like good options. The HEMI is pretty brutal with fuel economy though.
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:00 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by bobbyg123 View Post
The HEMI is pretty brutal with fuel economy though.
The Hemi is not so bad with fuel economy - at least with the half-ton doing the tugging. We've averaged 10 -11 US MPG pulling the Rockwood, which tips the scales at 7K lbs plus when loaded with all the beer and other stuff. I'll add that our Dodge is maxed out with this TT. The issue with half-tons pulling 30 ft plus TTs is the tongue weight. A half ton with a 10K lb plus tow capacity is really kewl but if you balance the TT just right (10-15 percent of TT weight on the ball), you'll eat up the TV's GVWR in very short order.

My $0.02: I would not pull a 318BHS with a half-ton. Yeah, I read the replies to your post but I remain reluctant to be confidently towing a TT of that magnitude with a half-ton.

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