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Old 11-05-2009, 08:39 PM   #1
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lets put this to rest 1/2 can handle it

I have a 2010 8265s it weighs in at 7200 lbs loaded ready to camp. I tow it with a 2008 silverado 1/2 ton I am rated at 7500 lbs. up until I got my trailer all I had to here is that I will struggle towing this combo and I need to invest in a bigger truck to tow a 5er. well lets put it to rest I have gone on 4 camping trips now ranging from 15 to 200 miles and there are no problems. I have made a few mods I have the air ride suspension( easy to install by the way) and I got a better intake. now I will say gas mileage is not the greatest I am getting about 9-10 mpg. but the trucks handles it fine, I get off the line ok and with tow haul mod engaged I ride down the interstate at 65 just fine.

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Old 11-05-2009, 09:02 PM   #2
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And I'm betting that you live someplace that doesn't have hills or at least not many.
My dodge ram 1500 pulled my flagstaff 831krss that weighs in right at 7000 lbs Which is just what the towing capacity was of the truck was with the 4.7 v-8 it had in it. Did it pull it? Yea. Did it like it going over the smoky mountains where I live? Heck no. I now have a chevy 2500 and actually just towed it today and am in Nashville right now and I can honestly say I now feel I could say I'll take it anywhere now and feel comfortable.

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Old 11-06-2009, 04:09 PM   #3
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I was told the same thing about my rig too.
We do great! And no we don't just travel on flat land.
Every where we go is either in the mountains or we have to cross the mountains to get there.
There is so much prejudice against 1/2 ton trucks.
I just don't get it.
If I'm under my weights, and I'm telling them that it pulls really well, why can't they just accept it?

It really is sad.

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Old 11-06-2009, 05:50 PM   #4
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I agree with all the 1/2 ton owners out there. If you can tow in control keep it. 1/2 ton sure makes a better daily driver which I imagine most people do more of.
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:38 PM   #5
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I'll stir the pot a bit more...
It doesn't make sense to me to upgrade from a 1/2T to 3/4T where both trucks have the same drive train. Granted the 3/4T will have a higher payload, but the tow rating is hardly different. With the truck weighing 500 to 1000lbs heavier, the 3/4T will not pull the trailer up hill any better...probably worse.
All I'm saying, if you feel you need to upgrade to a 3/4T, better get the upgraded drivetrain too, otherwise you going to be disappointed.


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Old 11-06-2009, 10:07 PM   #6
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I humbly disagree with your assessment.

My Dodge 2500 has heavier duty tires, rims, brakes, axles, frame, suspension components than does a 1500.

The items I list are what gives me a margin of safety when I need it on the highway. I can recall several times when this truck was able to control the rig where a 1500 may not have. Those load range E tires aired to 70psi, don't squirm around much! I also like the idea that the truck slightly outweighs the trailer in terms of actual weights on the scale.

Either truck has plenty of power, that's not the issue.

Just my biased opinion.

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Old 11-06-2009, 11:33 PM   #7
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The last 10 years of wacky credit and manufactures eager to cash in resulted in every truck builder purposefully perverting folks understanding of need vs. want.

Today's base F-150 or Silverado has more HP and Torque than pretty much every truck used to build America and win 2 world wars.

Buy what you need to get the job done. Buy it used. Spend your money on maintenance and minor mods to dial it in to your driving habits / location.

For less than $20K you can easily have a sweet tow vehicle.
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Hate to disagree with Dave Monica, but 1/2 ton and a 3/4 ton do not have the same drive train. Go to the parts counter and ask for a transmission, or a rear differential, or better yet a set of springs. Also Mac1roc, you may tow it just fine, in flat Florida, with no side wind. The real deal with a 1/2 ton is Gross Combined weight of the truck and trailer, which Mac1roc is probably over. He told us the trailer weight, but not the truck weight, ready to go with wife and dogs and children, etc. Add that to the trailer weight, and check against gross combined. Even if under, there may not be enough margin for one more adult. Now add to that the the safety factor if something goes wrong, like your brake controller blows a fuse and you loose trailer brakes. You'll wish you had those bigger brakes on the 3/4 ton. It's not that a 1/2 ton won't do it when all is well, it's the extra margin that a 3/4 ton offers. This was written by a guy towing 7000 pounds with a half ton, in the mountains of North Carolina, where Mt. Mitchell (6,864 ft) is the highest peak east of the Rockie Mountains, and I have pulled my trailer up it.
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Old 11-07-2009, 01:14 PM   #9
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windrider, I agree with you, this is pretty much why I just upgraded my TV from a 2005 Dodge Ram Quad cab 1500 3:92 rear with the hemi to a Dodge 2008 Ram Quad cab 2500 3:73 rear with the Cummings turbo diesel. I now have plenty of safety margin where as before I was right at the hairy edge. I also tow often up to the Addirondak Mts. in upstate NY, I can't wait for the 2010 season to begin...Better tow and from everything I've read about the cummings turbo engine, better gas milage! BTW, I am towing a Flagstaff 831FKBSS travel weight at 7450lbs.
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Old 11-07-2009, 02:29 PM   #10
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The point that I was trying to make was that changing from a 1500 with a 5.7L to a 2500 with a 5.7L is a marginal improvement at best, if you're already within the 1500's tow ratings. Granted the 2500 has more payload capacity and bigger brakes (it better as it weighs about a 1000lbs more).

Windrider, both use the same 5 speed auto trans, a 545RFE. Also in your example of the brake controller failing, its not going to matter what you're pulling it're in big trouble.

What I'm saying, if you feel you need a 3/4 ton tow vehicle, you got to get the more powerful engine too as in a diesel or V10. Then you're making dramatic changes to the towing capacity and pulling power.


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