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Old 01-01-2016, 10:52 AM   #31
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Every once in a while someone says something like this-- and it bugs me a tad. I know there is difference between truck sizes when towing but really???
I bought a used Chevy HD 2500 diesel with Allison tranny. We towed a light weight 25' Rockwood Ultralite from KY to FL and back. I had that trailer 5 years and had it weighed a couple of times. It weighed 4050 LBS wet, loaded ready to hit the campground.
Sure the HD 2500 smoker pulled it easily but I KNEW it was back there. When your pulling a 2 ton trailer that effectively makes your rig 25 feet longer
than without it- IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

Sold the HD and kept my 1500 Silverado. Could not fall in love with the
HD because it was a basic work cab 4 door with manual windows and not many extras besides radio AC and power locks and cruise. Also got a measly 1 mpg more with the diesel than my gasser and that didn't equal any savings due to higher per gallon price on diesel fuel.
I only kept the 2500 for 3 months. I re-sold it to a guy with a honking big 5th wheel who was just going to tow in the state.

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Oh brother, should of known better that to even jump into this thread. Yes...really. Sorry to bug ya.
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Old 01-01-2016, 11:06 AM   #32
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Every once in a while someone says something like this-- and it bugs me a tad. I know there is difference between truck sizes when towing but really???

Sure the HD 2500 smoker pulled it easily but I KNEW it was back there. When your pulling a 2 ton trailer that effectively makes your rig 25 feet longer
than without it- IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
Dan,

Surely you must realize when someone says "I towed my XYZ and didn't even know it was there" they are speaking to the ease of pulling, stopping, handling, etc.

They aren't talking about passing vehicles, turning corners, going into parking lots or backing into a campsite.

Trust me, my truck tows my 40' 15,000 lb. 5th wheel with ease, but I know what's behind me.
Personally, I chose the Ram 3500 because I know what it can do without it bustin a sweat. AND I ain't "white knucklin it" when I come to a steep grade! LOL
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Old 01-01-2016, 12:23 PM   #33
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What year truck are you talking about? The new F-150 ecoboost fords with the 3.73 rear end have a 12,000 lb tow capacity when properly outfitted. And you'll get in the high 20's mpg when not towing. I have a 2014 and tow a Rockwood fiver weighing 7800 dry weight. We towed over 7,000 miles last year, up mountains and down, 5%, 6% grades, no problem. I passed many a motorhome going up those mountains, maintaining 60 mph. Only white-knuckle time was coming out of Montana on an 8% grade downhill and I had warped rotors. Got those fixed under warranty and smooth sailing since. Get 10.5 mpg towing, 23 highway when not. Took a 300+ mile drive around Olympic Peninsula and got 24.3 mpg. 2016's do even better with 700 lbs of weight taken out of the truck. Just sayin'...speaking from experience...
X2 and I have asimilar 5th wheel as you
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A neighbor used to pull his 17,000 pound trailer with a Ram dually and wasn't comfortable with that. He got a Freightliner Sport Chasis truck with something like 1,200 or 1,300 pounds torque. That solves all the perceived problems.
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:14 PM   #35
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A neighbor used to pull his 17,000 pound trailer with a Ram dually and wasn't comfortable with that. He got a Freightliner Sport Chasis truck with something like 1,200 or 1,300 pounds torque. That solves all the perceived problems.
Haha! Thats one up on the 3/4 and 1 ton bigots that believe that they are paid by their respective favourite manufacturers but in reality are passing money to them as they laugh back.

Happy New Year and enjoy what works for you.
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Haha! Thats one up on the 3/4 and 1 ton bigots that believe that they are paid by their respective favourite manufacturers but in reality are passing money to them as they laugh back.

Happy New Year and enjoy what works for you.
That must be coming from one of the overloaded 1/2 ton/5th wheel owners we're trying to reason with before they run into trouble! LOL
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Old 01-01-2016, 03:59 PM   #37
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I am using a Ram 1500 Quad cab to pull a 2005 FR 8283SS 5th wheel that fully loaded is within the maximum allowable for the truck. It works hard but does well. I am avoiding mountain trips but am comfortable in rolling countryside. If I had the $ I would move up but considering that 95% of the time, the truck acts as a car, I am happy with my 1/2 ton.
This says it all, and if you think 1/2 ton again just re read, let that sink in.
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That must be coming from one of the overloaded 1/2 ton/5th wheel owners we're trying to reason with before they run into trouble! LOL
Haha! Im overloaded with the cash that I saved buying and the ongoing gas that I save on with the ecoboost mileage. Haha! once again.
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Old 01-01-2016, 04:36 PM   #39
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Remember that not all 1/2 tons are created equal, either.

My 2009 Silverado 1500 Owners Manual lists 99 permutations (cab size, bed size, engine size, transmission, rear end, trailering package, etc), with towing capacities from about 4K to almost 12K. That's a pretty big spread.

The 2015 Owners Manual has 51 permutations, from 4600 to 11,800lbs.

So you can't just ask "Can a 1/2 ton pull an XXXX trailer?" You have to ask "WHICH 1/2 ton do you want to use to pull an xxxx trailer?"
You also have to ask which trailer also. Mine showed 1950 pin weight but on the scales at 11,380 has 2,740 pin weight and at the 12,000 in my 5er would have over 3,000 payload requirement just for the pin weight.
"I" think one of the requirements of ownership of RV should be to weight it on cat scale ready to camp and check it against the trucks specs. Then you can make an educated decision on if you want to put your love ones in the truck or not. Because stubby pencil can be 800 lbs off like I was!
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Haha! Im overloaded with the cash that I saved buying and the ongoing gas that I save on with the ecoboost mileage. Haha! once again.
Fortunately, the company vehicle allowance I receive pays for my New Ram 3500 Laramie Diesel 4x4 and almost covers my insurance, maintenance and monthly fuel costs (all but about $150).

My 2015 Ram 3500 4x4 Diesel actually gets better gas mileage than the 2013 Ford F-150 Platinum 4x4 Ecoboost I just sold!

HaHaHa! and once again HaHaHa!
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