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Old 07-02-2014, 06:27 PM   #21
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You could find a used hitch on craigslist with both weight distribution & sway control like the equal-i-zer brand, if that doesn't fix your problem, at least you'll have a hitch for your next set-up.
In terms of trucks, I can't speak for the 1/2 ton, but a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel will fix your problems for the foreseeable future. The used diesel market is rough right now, high dollar for used. My formula has served me well over the past 15 years
1. I always buy used, 2-3 years old.
2. 40-60,000 miles on the odometer
3. I try to buy the best one I can afford, all the bells & whistles my bank account will allow.
4. I trade off every 3-4 years or by 100,000 miles. (Diesel engine warranty expires 5 years 100,000 miles).
5. Always Keep it well maintained and clean.

Traded an 09 3500 Chevy in March for the 12 Chevy 3500 I have now, 3 years and 48,000 miles, I lost $3,500 from what I paid and what they gave me for trade. I did put tires on it, but that's it, with the exception of fuel and oil.... less than $100 per month.
The last 3 that I have traded off have all been similar in terms of value left after 3-4 years and typically 50,000 miles.
A diesel is a large initial investment, but they do hold their value very well.

Good luck with whatever you choose!

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Old 07-02-2014, 06:29 PM   #22
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I had a Draw tite hitch that was part of my trailer deal from the dealership. I went on one short trip a couple weeks ago and could not believe the amount of sway I was getting. White knuckles were an understatement! Went right back to the dealer and switched out to a Centerline hitch and what a difference it has made. As someone else stated it is very heavy but also very well built. A 1 hour drive home this past weekend in 40 mph cross winds were a breeze. Very little if any sway. Like night and day.

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Old 07-02-2014, 07:00 PM   #23
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My comparison of 1500/2500 thread may be of interest.


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Old 07-03-2014, 09:17 AM   #24
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Yes I read through that one yesterday. Good info. Thanks

The problem with a new hitch is that it will put me over my rear axle rating. One of the appeals of the Anderson is its light weight. So will LT tires actually. I have a set of 10 ply winters and they add about 100lbs of weight. I have been curious about trying to tow with them to see if it makes a difference but I keep saying why bother I will still be payload limited and have to watch what I pack and leave toys at home all the time. I would rather spend a bit (lot!) more money now to not have to worry about that. Soon we will be adding bikes for the kids in the box. Maybe dirtbikes in a couple years. Add one or two of the kids friends....

I am pretty sure we will be happy with the 3/4 ton. There is no amount of money that will add payload capacity to our current F150.

I need to convince my wife that a used diesel is the right choice but she is pretty set on getting a new truck. Our trade plus ~15k can get us a new gasser but it would take about 25k additional to get a new diesel. Plus if I get a diesel I would want a 1 ton so I still have 3000+lbs of payload. A 3/4 ton gasser has over 3000lbs. 3150 according to the 2015 specs. The diesel drops that to 2500lbs.

Is the ride much different between a 1 ton and a 3/4 ton? I know other than suspension components they are essentially identical.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:19 AM   #25
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Traded a gasser 2009 F250 for a 2013 diesel F350. Rides about the same. Not too many advantages to a 1 ton over a 3/4 unless you get dual rear wheels. We only got the 1 ton because they had it on there lot and liked it. There are some advantages to a new diesel vs used. I'll give you more on my perspective later when I get home and in front of a computer to type it out.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:40 PM   #26
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Just went through the 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton decision and opted for the 3/4 ton. Sure the 3/4 ton burns a bit more fuel overall, but the peace of mind makes it worth it. The 1/2 ton may have been "adequate" for towing but the 3/4 ton is "comfortable".
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:12 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by mcfarmall View Post
Put a set of stiff sidewall LT tires on the F150, pump 'em up tight and call it good.
Agreed, I pumped up my P tires on my F150 to the sidewall PSI and it made a BIG difference, saving up for some LT tires.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:24 PM   #28
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Agreed, I pumped up my P tires on my F150 to the sidewall PSI and it made a BIG difference, saving up for some LT tires.

+1, I'm saving up for my own set of LTs

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Old 07-03-2014, 11:07 PM   #29
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I went from a 1/2 ton hemi to a 1 ton srw cummins...I can't imagine ever going back to a gasser or a half ton. The cummins just pulls. No downshifting, nor revving...just seamless power. Yeah it cost 8k more, but I love it and have zero regrets
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:26 AM   #30
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We just upgraded from an F150 FX4 Crew cab with the heavy duty tow package to a F250 Super Duty 6.2l Gas. I haven't towed our Whitehawk 33BHBS far with it yet, but in the short distance I have there was a huge difference. I was really stubborn about moving to the F250 but in the end I thought about my family's safety and those on the road around me. I thought the F150 pulled it pretty well and I did not feel a lot of sway One of my buddies, who drives tractor trailers for a living, convinced me by telling me that when I start getting into some steep hills etc, my brakes will fade and I will lose stopping power. It's just not worth it. Every time I towed the trailer with the F150 I had to be conservative with packing because of the weight and it was always in the back of my mind "am I doing the right thing?". Do yourself a favor and upgrade. You'll be glad you did, it's a big load off of your mind.

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