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Old 08-14-2013, 09:51 PM   #21
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Our 5th wheel is a bit shorter than yours but pin weight is about the same and we have a F350 Super Duty diesel. Very nice ride, TV has plenty of power and handles the trailer easily which makes for a comfortable tow. Personally I wouldn't tow with anything smaller than 3\4 ton but we all have our own comfort levels and preferences. Enjoy your rig...
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:22 PM   #22
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It's rated for half ton (Fords)-our rig weighs in at 9400 lbs fully loaded.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:02 AM   #23
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It's rated for half ton (Fords)-our rig weighs in at 9400 lbs fully loaded.
Everyone has their own personal rules and what's acceptable. For me, my goal/rule (though, I'm getting awfully close these days) is to stay within all of my truck's ratings.

For 9,400 pounds of loaded weight, you likely have a pin weight from 1,400 pounds at 15% to 2,350 pounds at 25%. Once you add in driver, passengers, gear and hitch- that's going to be close to or over GVWR for many 1/2-ton trucks.

I do see that you said (Ford) as the EcoBoost, if properly optioned really changes the game with some of the numbers their truck is boasting!

The hardest part (and which I'm guilty of in this post) is generalizations. Each truck, camper and family are different. What works for me now may not work in the future.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:08 AM   #24
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We have seen just pictures. My husband does like that floor plan too. We are just concerned about not going over the tow weight for a half ton

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Valerie- I'm not sure how savvy to tow weights you are or aren't, but generally the "maximum tow capacity" is generally unachievable due to hitting other truck ratings first. When you look at what a truck can tow, you need to look at a series of things: maximum tow capacity, the truck's GVWR and the available payload capacity, the truck's rear axle weight ratings and the tire load capacities.

Then, you have to decide if staying within all of the ratings is important to you, or if you're willing to exceed some and by how much.

If you already know this, then go forth and be awesome.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:20 AM   #25
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That is why I specified (Ford)---as they are going after more market share in the booming RV market--and I expect the other brands will be changing in order to compete as well.

I do realize that my F350 is way more than enough truck for my 9400 lb Flagstaff, but I got such a great deal on it I HAD to take it

Speaking of market share and weight--I notice the RV market seems to be getting on the bandwagon as well with more lite and super light RV units--and that is where the CAT scales really have to be used---my Flagstaff is rated at 10,000 lb and 2,000 lb pin weight--and I am under that and intend to stay there (no matter how many goodies I want to add to the starage area)...
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:07 PM   #26
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Make sure you get the diamond package if it is available....for us was best $ s we ever spent.....you see all kinds of trucks towing bigger and smaller trailers....for us 3/4 T 2500 commercial Silverado...crew cab with 8 ft bed was a must for long wheel base and enough truck for all conditions....like anything it depends on the task....any truck will tow any trailer...but if you want to be safe bigger is always better.....course if you tow you trailer 50-100 miles to the beach on flat ground and good weather and leave it for the season....you probably can get away with using anything as long as you go slow....but if you tow anywhere anytime is best to have to much truck than just enough or not enough....course you have to remember those with big trucks have the capability of going fast fast so they are busy here making tire posts as they are probably overloaded in the trailer and exceeding the tires rated speeds....enough said... stay at 80% of the max tire trailer and truck weights and you will find nothing but good driving experience.....push the envelope and you will be making lots of posts on here ..... best of luck.....I think Flagstaff has a great product at a great price.....so get all the bells and whistles.....
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:51 PM   #27
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I agree on the Diamond package- much more bang for the buck!
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The Diamond package is really nice and I think it would definitely be worth it!
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:17 PM   #29
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We have a 2010 version of that model. Love it. Use a GMC 2500 with 6.0 gas engine. You barely know you are towing. We leave the Michigan winters for 3 to 4 months every winter, typically traveling around 6,000 miles. No problems.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:40 PM   #30
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I have pulled a similiar 5th wheel from Alberta Canada to Mesa Az. with my 2012 Chev Siverado 1/2 ton with the trailer package and had no problems other than some slow pass climbs but then again the diesels were slower too.(winter time too) We are getting our 2014 8528RKWS next week and will be towing it down south with our Chev with no expectations of any issues towing.
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