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Old 03-26-2016, 02:53 PM   #21
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It's good to hear different spins on the halfton towable fifth wheels. The right truck for the job it has to do. Mine is doing great with it. And I'll pull it from 65 to 70 miles and hour. It is the difference between night and day pulling a 5er as to a TT.
Keep in mind that many ST trailer tires are to be used at 65mph max. If yours are, you might want to upgrade.
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:08 PM   #22
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To help you expand on this. All gm truck engines were called vortec until I think it was the 2013 model year when the name changed to ecotec. The 6.0 that came in the 1/2 was called a vortecmax and a badge was put on the door above the 1500 tag.
The 6.0L is still referred to a Vortec ever since I had a 2008. In 2014 was when the Econotec was a 4.3 L and was later dropped. Later RJD
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Old 03-27-2016, 02:56 PM   #23
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Love these threads.
I just traded my Gmc 1500 with 6.2 and tow package for HD duramax.
I really loved the 6.2 8sp combo...fastest vehicle I ever owned...barring motorcycles. Duramax is great package too but more lineman than running back.

What I'm not seeing is a bunch of flaming death stories from the 1/2 ton crowd. Could more people describe what they didn't like about towing with their 1/2 ton? I just upgraded my tow vehicle before I even brought the trailer home mostly because I didn't want to worry about exceeding my payload every time we take off...it would be within 50 lbs too.

Hope I didn't waste my money. If all the 1/2 ton people are happy I may have been hasty. The 1500 was badass and a great daily driver. I'm picking up my 8289 Monday.


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You won't be sorry. I pulled an 8280 for a year and a half with a similar half ton. I never towed more than 6 hours, and was wiped out when I arrived. Now with my F350, I am ready to go and do stuff after I'm parked and set up. As one of the other poster said, my big problem now is to not get complacent while towing.
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Old 03-27-2016, 03:07 PM   #24
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You won't be sorry. I pulled an 8280 for a year and a half with a similar half ton. I never towed more than 6 hours, and was wiped out when I arrived. Now with my F350, I am ready to go and do stuff after I'm parked and set up. As one of the other poster said, my big problem now is to not get complacent while towing.
Same experience here going to a F 250 after 2 years. No flaming stories, perhaps a couple of stained shorts ones. The new truck eliminated them. It is just more of a relaxed drive.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:07 PM   #25
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I have a 8285IKWS 2015 I pull it with a 2013 f150 5.0 v8. Haven't been in any serious mountains yet, but very happy with it. I was not sure it would work but so far no complaints...
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Old 05-30-2016, 03:27 PM   #26
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We have an 8288WSA and absolutely love it.

We used to have a 2013 Ford F150 FX4 Ecoboost and pulled the fiver without any troubles.
We ended up getting rid of the 2013 for a 2015 F150 XLT - same Ecoboost engine, max tow pack, etc.
However, towing the same fiver was NOT fun. It just seemed like the F150 was getting beat up. We tried some different 6-ply tires to no avail

We now have a 2016 F350 Lariat diesel - fifth wheel hitch is being installed as I type. Can't wait to tow the fiver with this new truck!

Bottom line - better to have too much truck that not enough
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Old 05-30-2016, 06:48 PM   #27
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, I wonder if it's because the 2015 is much lighter being made of aluminum. I also think that my 8285ikws might have a lower pin weight then your model hopefully I won't have any problems. Thank
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Old 05-30-2016, 10:17 PM   #28
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half ton

I have a 2016 f150 Eco boost hauling my 3150bhd and it's sways all over the place. Currently putting a sway bar on it. Had a 2012 ecoboost and it hauled it like it wasn't even there. I'm also thinking that it's because of the aluminum body. Here's hoping the sway bar fixes it
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:26 AM   #29
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I always view the point of camping is to have a place to get away and relax. The past 2 years I had a Grey Wolf 28 BH we spent close to 30 nights per season in. I pulled it with my 1/2 T suburban. It handled it well unless there was a 25 MPH side or head wind. Dry weight was around 5,500 lbs. We were looking to upgrade to a bigger trailer so the first thing I did was upgrade the tow vehicle. I found a 3/4 T suburban. (On a side note I did swap the 6.0 gas for the 6.6 Duramax.) We bought a 8327ss and love it. Dry weight of around 8,000 lbs. After loading up with water and gear I go across the scale just shy of 17,000 lbs with TW. Last night coming home we hit a pretty bad storm with lots of wind, rain, and even a little bit of hail. Not once did I feel uncomfortable pulling the trailer through it. All the salesmen that sell these trailers say they are 1/2 T towable. They are trying to sell trailers not vehicles. When you max out the specs for your TW you have no room for error. If you go back and read discussions on 1/2 T vs. 3/4 T (and there are plenty of them) you will not find any comments saying they regretted upgrading to a 3/4 T or even a tonner. The safety of my family is worth way more than than the cost to upgrade a TW........just my 2 cents.


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Old 06-01-2016, 06:30 AM   #30
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Agree

I think we can agree the a bigger truck is better, also like to say there are Half Tons pulling with no problems. I think the driver might have a little to do with it, I have seen people pulling campers that are set up so badly as to be a danger to others. I am talking about very poor maintenance and knowledge of their equipment, also poor driving habits. I have had campers passing me at 70 miles an hour and above. Whatever equipment you have if it is misused or neglected there will be a problem. Just my opinion..
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