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Old 04-02-2015, 04:07 AM   #11
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I agree to close to max weight, no wiggle room. The tranny temps will be well in the 200 degree area most of the time. Time will not be your friend, something will fail eventually. I have an Eco, 2013, pull TT 5100lbs, well within the weight limitations.

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Old 04-02-2015, 12:55 PM   #12
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If you are buying to be near max then maybe move up a size to ensure extra room. Camping should be stress free so why add to it wondering hmmm, should we put in s second First up awning or yes it would be fun to bring the old college beer fridge but....I think its great Ford and Dodge have kicked it up a notch in towing capacity and feul economy but you have to stop the trailer at some point. and start stop, start stop through traffic and campgounds will take a toll at some point. I pull a 9000 5ver so bought a 2500 that pulls over 13,000 lbs. So with the extra room I got 20 inch tires and the beer maker etc. I know pulling near max is safe becsue its near max not over. But check out the rigs out there, the general rule of thumb is "over kill is not a bad thing" Be comfortable in your choice. Good luck and have fun.

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Old 04-02-2015, 01:23 PM   #13
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It all depends on what your safety margins are and how much gear you want to carry in your truck, including passengers. Personally, while I do not regret purchasing my Windjammer I am very close to the margins and definitely need a 3/4 ton or larger. While I do not have power issues, my truck is on the lighter side to have a heavier vehicle in tow. Though it is stable towing, there have been some white knuckle moments that I dont think I would have otherwise had in a 3/4. Of course if you plan on just short distance or parking it at the lake or a lot then you could do it no problem. We have not pets or kids to take along so my truck is pretty well empty to avoid going over my GVWR on my F150. Gas it up 36 gallons and that rear axle is very close to its GAWR. Not a margin I would want for long distances. The ecoboost and 3.55 will have sufficient torque, you will just wear things down more quickly, a price I am willing to pay for now till I can upgrade. Wife says no more toys until I sell the airplane.....heck, I still gotta get my boat ready too......too many toys and not enough time or money to play with them all.
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Old 04-02-2015, 03:57 PM   #14
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You need to worry about stopping it more than towing with that little truck
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Old 04-02-2015, 04:10 PM   #15
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You have brakes on the trailer to stop it.

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Old 04-02-2015, 05:08 PM   #16
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You have brakes on the trailer to stop it.
X2, Can't grasp why anyone who actually tows does not realize that the brakes on the trailer do stop the trailer.
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:45 PM   #17
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You have brakes on the trailer to stop it.
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:18 PM   #18
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For a number of years I pulled commercial trailers with 1/2, 3/4, & 1 ton trucks. No matter how we had the trailer brake set, the 1/2 ton's brakes would overheat & therefore we ended-up replacing those rotors often. Likewise, we had a lot of issues with commercial 1/2 ton van brakes overheating when the van was loaded near max. In comparison, few problems with 3/4 & 1 ton van brakes...

I'm not sure how today's truck brakes compare... However, after an hour up & down winding hills in Southern Ohio my 3/4 ton's brakes were very hot. I had the TT brakes set on the max & felt I had a lot of stopping power but cannot imagine that same trip with a 1/2 ton.
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:34 PM   #19
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I have a 2013 EcoBoost pulling a 2014 2703WS TT and it handles it just fine. Sway is not too terriable but its noticeable. Keep an eye on the toung weight. The back 2 slides make it rough in high winds due to the weight. over all I'm satisfied with the way she pulls.
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:42 PM   #20
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We are towing a Rockwood fifth wheel, 8280WS, weighs in close to 8K lbs. We drive a Ford Ecoboost with heavy duty tow package and 3.73 rear end. The 3.73 makes the difference - we have towed from Ohio to WV to Smokies to Grand Canyon to Phoenix. Now leaving for the Sierra Nevadas and Oregon Coast. Never a hiccup with this truck. Pulls like a champ, handles well, brakes just fine. When not towing (a big consideration for us as that is where we put on all the miles) I am getting 20 MPG combined city highway. You are not allowing enough leeway for towing with what you have. Our F-150 can tow 11,300 lbs, and that makes it comfortable under all conditions.

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