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Old 12-30-2015, 07:44 PM   #1
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Towing with 1/2 ton trucks

I am new to this forum but I have seen a lot of people that are towing with 1/2 ton trucks? I have a 8528RLWS 5th wheel that has a weight 7200 dry and 9100 wet. This seems to be a lot for a 1/2 ton truck? Wright now I am using my F350 Ford diesel dull rear wheel to tow with. Use to have 4500 lbs of Lance Truck camper on the truck. I guess what am asking do these light weight trucks do the job? Would think a 3/4 ton with 410 axle and large Gas motor would be required or a diesel ?
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Old 12-30-2015, 07:57 PM   #3
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If you are set on getting rid of the Dually, at least go to a gas 2500/250. They are comfortable to drive with and without a trailer. Why try pushing the envelope with a 1500/150?

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Old 12-30-2015, 09:02 PM   #5
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So you have a big truck, and you have small truck envy?

Don't be this guy...
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So you have a big truck, and you have small truck envy?

Don't be this guy...
OK so I took it to an extreme, sorry. I think if you can manage the payload with a 1/2 ton truck and make the numbers work, I say why not. With that engine, and that weight you may be limited to flat land towing...
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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...
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Despite what your salesman and my friends with Ford Ecoboost say, you will feel far more comfortable with a 3/4 ton truck towing that unit. We had a 2011 1500 Silverado that did just fine towing our 26' travel trailer, but when we traded for our Windjammer (34' overall), we realized after the first trip that we needed to upgrade the truck. The half-ton pulled the trailer just fine on flat ground (as the salesman said it would), but going up and down hills (our first trip took us over I-40 through Asheville), the truck struggled going up and felt like it was being pushed coming down. Get the larger truck...you won't regret it.

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I'd be concerned about the payload capacity. Payload = total of loaded pin weight, fuel, passengers, pets, tools, firewood, bikes, canoes, kayaks, hitch weight, coolers, generator, etc.
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I will agree with all here. I do have a 1/2 ton and yes it will pull the trailer just fine but a 3/4 ton gas is the perfect combination. I'm looking to upgrade to the Chev. 2500 at some point.
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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...
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I towed a 9000 lb. trailer with a half-ton truck that weighed about 5200 lbs. It was okay, but I traded for a 2500 weighing about 7200 lbs. I hope never to need to tow with a light truck again. And spending a lot of time in mountains as I do, I surely don't want to be without an exhaust brake.
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Go with the 3/4 ton diesel. You do not need the 4.10 rear end. I towed a similar 5r with f250 diesel 3.30 and 18 inch wheels and let the transmission do the hill climbing. Got 11-13 mpg towing and 19-21 unhooked. Consider tire/wheel size when making the rear axle selection. The torque curve on most diesels will put you at peak torque at 1600 rpm which on my tv was 65 mph --- my normal tow speed.
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Towing with 1/2 Ton Trucks

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.
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Unless you live in Florida and never plan to leave the state, why would you want to limit yourself by choosing a truck that isn't good towing in hills/mountains???

The fact that you CAN do something (I.E. "get by" with a 1/2 ton) doesn't always mean that you SHOULD! When I bought my camper, I did so knowing I'd need a truck big enough to COMFORTABLY tow anything I wanted, anywhere I wanted. I also knew that truck would not get gas mileage comparable to a car.
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The fact that you CAN do something (I.E. "get by" with a 1/2 ton) doesn't always mean that you SHOULD! When I bought my camper, I did so knowing I'd need a truck big enough to COMFORTABLY tow anything I wanted, anywhere I wanted. I also knew that truck would not get gas mileage comparable to a car.
This is my point in these conversations all the time. Funny thing is, the same ones who say they don't want to spend the money for a diesel truck, spend $10,000 more for a new 1/2 ton than I did for a new 1 ton diesel.
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X2 totally agree. Since you already have the dually it kinda makes sense. I've seen allot of folks start with a 1/2 ton and when experience/RV size start to increase they move up. Not saying it always happens but it does happen. I started with a 4.6L Tundra moved to a 5.7L Tundra (really liked this truck), now have a 2500 HD Duramax 6.6L. Totally different pulling experience with the same 5er.
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Only white-knuckle time was coming out of Montana on an 8% grade downhill and I had warped rotors.
Famous last words!

1/2 Tons may be set up to tow a big load, but they ain't set up for stoppin it!

The only thing everyone talks about is payload and not what happens when you max a 1/2 Ton's GCWR out on an 8% downhill grade without an exhaust brake.

My Cummins exhaust brake will almost bring me to a dead stop on a decline. Without using my brakes.

You ain't doin that in a half ton! That I can guarantee you!
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Famous last words!



1/2 Tons may be set up to tow a big load, but they ain't set up for stoppin it!



The only thing everyone talks about is payload and not what happens when you max a 1/2 Ton's GCWR out on an 8% downhill grade without an exhaust brake.



My Cummins exhaust brake will almost bring me to a dead stop on a decline. Without using my brakes.



You ain't doin that in a half ton! That I can guarantee you!

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This is my point in these conversations all the time. Funny thing is, the same ones who say they don't want to spend the money for a diesel truck, spend $10,000 more for a new 1/2 ton than I did for a new 1 ton diesel.

X2- also all the extras weigh more and reduce the payload.
When I had a 1500, the 20" tires reduced my towing by 1000 pounds.



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