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Old 03-22-2014, 08:24 PM   #1
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Towing 32 bhds with 1/2 ton

Hello I am planning to tow my 32 bhds with my f-150 5.0 3:73 hd tow package anyone towing 32 bhds with similar setup can give me positiv input ? Please I just want comment from people towing with half ton I already know that a 3/4 ton can do it ! Thanks !!!

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Old 03-22-2014, 08:49 PM   #2
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I'm sure some of our 1/2 ton TV members will chime in with some feedback in respect to considering towing same/similar model weighted TT's under loaded conditions.



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Old 03-22-2014, 09:38 PM   #3
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32BHDS = Not half ton towable.
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:31 PM   #4
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If you have the max payload/tow package, you might be legal and within specs of the truck. I know the newer F150's are available with pretty high ratings.

I haven't towed anything that heavy with a 1/2 ton, but my previous experience shows me you can't have too good of a hitch/sway setup when you're bumping against the limits.
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Just because you can doesn't mean you should. I've been where you are and moving up to a 3/4 ton was an amazing improvement in towing ability. Your unit has a GVW of about 5 tons. IMHO way too much for any 1/2 ton truck. Smart=Careful!
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:56 AM   #6
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I towed a 2009 308RLS with a F150 with 5.4 engine and heavy towing package. The towing experience was pretty good however I was at or a little over the maximum payload capacity for the truck. The payload capacity for the truck was 1332 pounds. Deduct the tongue weight of the trailer and there is not a lot left for passengers and other stuff in the truck. I convinced the DW that we needed a bigger truck so bought a F350 with the 6.7 diesel. The towing experience was significantly improved. The I told the DW that that was too much truck for the trailer (she didn't go for that argument) so we bought a 5th wheel. The towing experience went up several more notches. The actual payload capacity for your truck should be on a sticker found on the driver door or door jam.
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Dry weight as delivered to the dealer my 32 BHDS weighs 8131 lb I tow with a Ram 3500 SRW cummins it tows great but it is a heavy pulling trailer. I don't think i would even consider it with a 1/2 ton

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Old 03-24-2014, 04:02 PM   #8
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I think you are just past the margin of the F150, but should you move forward don't load anything extraneous and definitely take it to a CAT scale or similar.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:39 AM   #9
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If you dig around online long enough you'll find that guy that's "been doing it for years with no problem" guy. He's always out there!

My previous truck was a 2500 Suburban, tough truck with TONS of power/torque. However, I wouldn't have wanted to pull our new camper with it. Tongue weight alone is the killer.

You may have plenty of ponies under the hood, but your brakes, tranny and rear end would be what would worry me.

BTW, I have a 2500HD with the 6.0 gasser in it. People were telling me I needed to upgrade trucks with the 32 BHDS !!
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Checkout the website bybrv.com. This is a calculator to determine the comatability of your TV and TT. There are others out there (http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-...eight-tt.shtml) but this seemed the simplest. I have a 1/2 ton and I don't think I would try towing 32bhds with it. I went for the Whitehawk series - much lighter.

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