New Tow Vehicle
We just bought our first travel trailer and tow vehicle, woohoo!!! We have already been out in them a couple of times and decided we should have done this a long time ago. We were originally looking at getting the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the V-8 and tow package but I was concerned about the 750lbs max trailer tongue weigh, everything else seemed fine for it as a tow vehicle. So we ended up with a 2015 Ford F-150 with the 3.5L Ecoboost and the max tow package which comes with the 3.55 rearend. If I remember right that puts the GCWR at 16,900 and the max trailer at 12,200 which is plenty for our 2015 Jayco Whitehawk 24RDB at 6500 max weight (actual loaded weight 5960). There is even room for a nice upgrade if we decide to get a larger camper down the road, but I doubt we will since it is just the two of us. Here are our numbers, truck loaded weight 5558 (7000 GVWR) which means we could have a trailer weight of 11,342 (technically), trailer axle weight 5220, tongue weight 740, total trailer 5960, tongue weight percentage 12.42%, combined weight 11,518.
This thing pulls great and you don't even know the trailer is back there, even in the hills of Southern Missouri. The truck still does not have 3000 miles on it but I have been getting around 12.2 MPG pulling the trailer mainly on two lane roads doing 55 MPH or less. On the interstate I stay below 65 MPH but the mileage drops. Next week we will go on a trip that is mostly interstate so I will see if the 12 MPG holds, probably not. But so far we love the combination of the truck and the trailer that we chose.
2015 Jayco Whitehawk 24RDB
2015 Ford F-150 3.5L Ecoboost 3.55