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Old 08-17-2015, 09:11 AM   #1
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Do I need to buy a bigger truck??

I have a 2005 Ford F150, 2wd (front), XLT, V8. When we were buying our travel trailer (27' Jayco JayFlight), the dealer made it sound like we would pull that thing with ease. Well....I feel like my truck is STRUGGLING to pull this! Especially up any long or gradual hills...

I'm CONSTANTLY pushing 3000 RPMS while pulling it. Initially, it was pulling it REALLY pooly, but then someone told me I needed to have overdrive OFF. I have never pulled anything behind my truck. Not even a little lawnmower trailer or anything. So, I don't know WHAT it should feel like to pull something. I just know this feels kinda rough. Our ABS dash light came on yesterday while pulling it, I still haven't checked what that means.

Anyway...the wife wants me to start looking at F250's, or Chev 2500's. I don't know.

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Old 08-17-2015, 09:20 AM   #2
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Upgrade definately.
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:25 AM   #3
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Can go wrong with the F250SD the 27 Jayflight is about 8k too much for a 1/2 ton.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:02 AM   #4
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What is the dry weight of that camper? I had the same towing experience with a 2007 Silverado 1500 pulling around 5700 lbs. The gearing wasn't idea (3.42) and the 5.3L engine seemed inadequate in the rolling hills of Missouri. If you are looking at the 2500s, look for one newer than 2008. The 2008's and newer have the 6 speed transmission and will tow better.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:31 AM   #5
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What is the dry weight of that camper? I had the same towing experience with a 2007 Silverado 1500 pulling around 5700 lbs. The gearing wasn't idea (3.42) and the 5.3L engine seemed inadequate in the rolling hills of Missouri. If you are looking at the 2500s, look for one newer than 2008. The 2008's and newer have the 6 speed transmission and will tow better.

My 2007 LBZ duramax has the Allison 6spd trans. But i agree it's much better...
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I don't know what year the GM diesels came with a 6 spd transmission. I believe GM briefly had a 5 speed but the 6.0 gassers didn't get a 6 speed until 2008....maybe even as early as the 2007.5 when they went to the new body style.
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I have a 2005 Ford F150, Well....I feel like my truck is STRUGGLING to pull this! Especially up any long or gradual hills...
but then someone told me I needed to have overdrive OFF.
Just my opinion But you should tow with the O/D off. It doesn't make much difference if you had it on or off when going up steep grades as the trans will shift to where it needs to be. By having the O/D off will prevent the trans from Hunting when you encounter even the shorter grades. Plus its less wear and tear on the trans, although with it off you will suffer on mileage which is the least of my concerns when towing.

And yes you do need to upgrade
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What is the dry weight of that camper? I had the same towing experience with a 2007 Silverado 1500 pulling around 5700 lbs. The gearing wasn't idea (3.42) and the 5.3L engine seemed inadequate in the rolling hills of Missouri. If you are looking at the 2500s, look for one newer than 2008. The 2008's and newer have the 6 speed transmission and will tow better.
Had almost the same 1500 GMC 5.3L w/a 5k 5er and found out quickly it was not enough truck for the NM mountains. I wouldn't tow with out a diesel now there is no comparison. Got a friend that's got a diesel? Go for a ride and see the difference.
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What v8 is in your truck? 5.4 or the 4.6? 4 speed transmission too right?

What axle ratio do you have?
3.31:1 / 3.55:1 / 3.73:1 / 4.10:1

I think your truck is probably up to the task you just have to get used to revving it up and the poor mileage associated with that. We need more info on your truck to tell you for sure. And we need more specs on your trailer. Model and year or GVWR and what the weight is ready to camp.

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I have a 2005 Ford F150, 2wd (front), XLT, V8. When we were buying our travel trailer (27' Jayco JayFlight), the dealer made it sound like we would pull that thing with ease. Well....I feel like my truck is STRUGGLING to pull this! Especially up any long or gradual hills...

I'm CONSTANTLY pushing 3000 RPMS while pulling it. Initially, it was pulling it REALLY pooly, but then someone told me I needed to have overdrive OFF. I have never pulled anything behind my truck. Not even a little lawnmower trailer or anything. So, I don't know WHAT it should feel like to pull something. I just know this feels kinda rough. Our ABS dash light came on yesterday while pulling it, I still haven't checked what that means.

Anyway...the wife wants me to start looking at F250's, or Chev 2500's. I don't know.

Thoughts??
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LOL..... Like you, I was once a newbe ! Had a 2005 Dodge Dakota V8. When I went to buy my 25 ft Airstream TT the sales guy said almost word for word the same thing! "Oh yea, you got a V8 ! It can tow the trailer with no problem!.

Being uninformed in the art of towing, I bought the AS and on my first trip (to Yosemite) I had nothing but problems in over heating, and going up hills, the engine would over heat! On the Yosemite trip the engine got so hot that the truck started shutting down on me. Talk about major stress, I barely made it up the hill when the engine shut down. I don't know what I would have done had it shut down going up the hill as there are no pull outs...

I truly believe there was some sort of "intervention" by the powers that be! Upon our return home, I noticed this "clicking sound and the truck was over heating to the point that I had to stop about every 1/2 hour to let it cool down.

Made it home, took it too the dealer. Find out that I have a cracked head and blown header due to the stress and heat ! That was the bad news... Good news.... It was just 30 miles from being out of warranty !
Ended up the next day buying a Dodge 2500 diesel with "jake break" Never had any more problems after that !

Oh, and as for the dealer of the Airstream... Out of business !
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