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Old 01-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #11
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IMO, the Toyota Tundra with the 5.7L engine is the best choice. You can get several versions of the Tundra to suit your passenger requirements. I replaced a 1 ton Ford F-350 dually with a 7.4 L engine and couldn't believe the performance difference. The Tundra is rated to tow 10,000 lbs. I have towed a 27' Terry through the mountains at 7,000' + altitude with now loss of speed at all I am talking 65 mph. The Ford would do 25-35 up grades. In fairness the Ford was a 1989 and the Toyota a 2007. My point is don't be afraid to go with a Toyota. I am going to be pulling a Windjammer 3008 W very soon with mine.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:59 PM   #12
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I am curious as where I can find this calculator. I live in Minnesota and have traveled the surrounding states. Some areas are very hilly (foothill like, not mountains). I use a WD 10,000 lb hitch which I have been told can handle the extra tongue weight. I think what comes standard with my SUV is a 500 lb hitch rating. So I would imagine I have about 650-700 lbs of downward weight on there when pulling.

My 5.4 liter engine has trouble pulling and maintaining speed up hill. Yes the transmission shifts to try and compensate and maintain that speed. But I don't want the engine to blow up either with the higher RPM's. Any suggestions on a proper engine size?

Will just getting a 3/4 ton itself fix this hilly issue? Or should I be looking at a 6.0 or larger engine?
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #13
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1/2 ton or 3/4 ton for towing. A major item of consideration will be the gear gear ratio. The lower the ration i.e. 4.11:1 will tow a lot more and better then say 3.52:1 gears. So to say 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton one is better then the other for that size trl all relates to the gears. I have an 08 Dakota with 4.7 ltr, and 3.92:1 and to a Rockwood 2604 loaded weight of 6500 and it tows great even up hills, so gearing is critical.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:28 PM   #14
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I am curious as where I can find this calculator.
Here's a commonly used calculator ...

Travel Trailer Weight Calculator

Your truck (any tow vehicle, for that matter) will have numerous weight ratings, or restrictions, as determined by the manufacturer. These ratings are based on a multitude of variable including how big the engine is and gear ratio. Also, suspension, size of radiator/wire gauge/ number of angels dancing on a pin head. Who knows what they all are and, in a way, it doesn't matter. Your future TV's tow capacities already consider these variables. So use the calculator to start figuring out what you need for your trailer and go from there in your search for a new vehicle.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:45 PM   #16
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I just want to second Triguy, the calculator takes all the variables into consideration based on the MFG specs and recommendations. Do not try to break the issues of gearing, suspension, engine out, everyone has an opinion on those but you will never get to a decision if you try to meet the benefits of one piece of the puzzle vs another.
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Old 01-18-2012, 05:00 PM   #17
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I recently purchased a new pickup and purchased 9 days before I purchased my current travel trailer. Yes, I knew before hand that I was going to be making a new trailer purchase soon - very soon. Like you, I was torn between 1/2 ton verse 3/4 ton. Since I live in south Louisiana where it is very flat and my truck was going to serve a dual purpose (towing and normal driving) with normal drivi ng being 99 percent, I went with the 1/2 ton. However, I did get a bigger V8 than what my previous truck and a different gear ratio.

Had my wife already retired, as I am, I would have went with the 3/4 ton as we could go to far away places (mountains) more often.
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IMO, the Toyota Tundra with the 5.7L engine is the best choice. You can get several versions of the Tundra to suit your passenger requirements. I replaced a 1 ton Ford F-350 dually with a 7.4 L engine and couldn't believe the performance difference. The Tundra is rated to tow 10,000 lbs. I have towed a 27' Terry through the mountains at 7,000' + altitude with now loss of speed at all I am talking 65 mph. The Ford would do 25-35 up grades. In fairness the Ford was a 1989 and the Toyota a 2007. My point is don't be afraid to go with a Toyota. I am going to be pulling a Windjammer 3008 W very soon with mine.
X2 on tundra. Awesome towing power. Just lacks a little on cargo weight. Pulls my 8k+ trailer without hessitation
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Based on my past experience towing the 3/4 ton has better brakes, heavier suspension etc. You will sacrifice a little milage, but overall it is a better experience. Next time you camp take a look around you and see what people are driving and pulling. The diesel ( I Like) is much more costly to buy, but if you tow a bunch and plann on keeping it is the way to go.
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Or... A F150..ecoboost v6..a supercab with a 8ft box... Max payload pkg...Max towing pkg...3.73..limited slip.. around 2,600 lbs payload..and 11,300 lbs towing... might work.. OR.. F 150 super crew 6 1/2 ft box....max tow pkg ..etc
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