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Old 06-24-2016, 03:15 PM   #31
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Everyone I know with a Tundra with the 5.7L V8 is very happy with it, plenty of power and reliable, but that payload is waaay too low. I know you are looking for a 3.73 rear end, but I tow with a 3.42 rear end without many issues. I have the GM 6-speed with the 5.3L V8, which does not have anywhere near the down-low torque of the EcoBoost.

In order to get the max tow package I would have had to upgrade my trim level and wait 2-3 months. I went with the 3.42 because they payload was "enough" (1750# vs 1900 for max tow) andso was the tow rating (9400#) and I saved around $5k.

The 3.42 rear end with the 6-speed has an equivalent 1st gear ratio as the old 4-speed with a 4.10 rear end!

Originally Posted by saml View Post
Thanks for the replies! Great information. We're running into a bit of a snag. Having trouble finding (used) f150's with a 3.73 gear ratio for sale. We found a Toyota tundra 5.7L V8. However it only has a payload of 1295. Jayco's website said to take 12% of loaded camper and subtract that from the available payload. If trailer was loaded to 6000lb that would take 720lb away. With only 575 left... subtract 475-500 for 2 adults and 2 kids we're left with less that 100lbs for cargo. Why such a low payload on these trucks? Is anyone pulling with a tundra??

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Old 06-24-2016, 03:23 PM   #32
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Try looking for a Max Tow equipped F-150 rather then a specific gear ratio. If your on the lot, the larger factory tow mirrors are a dead giveaway. Besides the payload, the Max Tow has other great 'built in' features like upgraded suspension parts, Class IV receiver, upgraded rear bumper, upgraded cooling and often the larger fuel tank.

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Old 06-24-2016, 04:06 PM   #33
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Looks like there a few paths to go here.

People love the V8, but as the air thins in these Colorado mountains and the turbo just loves injecting air into that enginer. +1 for the Eco-boost.

Another slight issue. The Denver marketplace for used trucks is nuts. Anything that is reasonably priced has lots of miles on it, and is probably beat up. Consider new, Near the end of the month, most dealers will fight hard to sell you a truck at invoice minus incentives. An XLT model and lower might not hurt the wallet too bad. No truck in this market, is worth more than invoice cost.
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Old 06-26-2016, 02:20 PM   #34
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If you go with a Super Duty, you won't have any worries. It's always better to have too much truck, than just enough.
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Old 06-28-2016, 08:13 PM   #35
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Gotta say even with the lower payload of my Tundra (1400#), for a few $$ it pulls my 28BHBE great! All I have added was load range E tires (in a larger size too) and a set of air bags in the rear. I run across the scale at 15,480# and the truck was 7,000# by itself. Pulls the load with relative ease. The camper weighs 8,480#. I traded in a Ram 2500 4x4 quad cab for the Tundra and have not regretted it one bit. Spent the money on the ProPride hitch and have never looked back.


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