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Old 10-10-2014, 09:43 AM   #11
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I would much rather have the sluggish and better MPG. IF people behind me don't like it...oh well plus the thousands of dollars instantly lost in trading will buy a lot of gas

I tow 1500 miles a year and drive empty 10000.
I guess everybody's situation is different. I rarely use my tow vehicle except when towing or hauling
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I guess everybody's situation is different. I rarely use my tow vehicle except when towing or hauling
with that fuel economy I can see why
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"Half ton towable" is mostly a sales gimmick. Half ton trucks don't have any business hauling more than 5000-6000 pounds. There's simply not enough chassis there to do it.

My half ton truck is my nice family vehicle. I've got a 19 year old dually that's dedicated to hauling the camper.
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Half ton trucks don't have any business hauling more than 5000-6000 pounds. There's simply not enough chassis there to do it.


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The Ecoboost is superb at pulling, however it should have the Max Tow package at the very least, or the HD package to get above 2000 lbs payload. However as I've mentioned in other posts it doesn't do too well when engine braking.
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I towed a hybrid that was 4500 dry and my half ton with 5.3L and 4.10 gears was not liking the hills of central NY at all. I think its capacity was low 8K and I would not want to be anywhere near that..
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IMO the term 1/2 ton towable means nothing since vehicle manufactures no longer make 1/2, 3/4, 1 ton, etc designated vehicles. Depending on the manufacture they make 1500/150, 2500/250, 3500/350, etc. These numbers no longer attribute to 1/2,3/4,1 ton, etc. Think about it, when was the last time you saw a 1500/150 that was only rated for 1000 lb (1/2 ton) capacity? That phraseology is some thing from the past that we consumers, RV marketers, sales reps still perpetuate to. This is a real disservice for the consumer that doesn't know how to or want to figure out the appropriateness of a specific TV/Trailer combination. In today's world that means you need to do the number crunching to determine if the combinations fits the specific ratings of the TV.

As far as pushing and exceeding the limits, or buying a combination one person may feel is inadequate, that is an individual decision. As a community we should share facts, or personal experience that is identified as such. We should not green light or red light an internet stranger's decision based on their specific circumstance that isn't necessarily the same as our own.
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Inferior brakes and suspension...
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Inferior brakes and suspension...
and a 3/4 ton and 1 ton are greatly inferior to an MDT.

So what weight do you say a 3/4 has no business towing at?
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and a 3/4 ton and 1 ton are greatly inferior to an MDT.

So what weight do you say a 3/4 has no business towing at?

I don't know, but it will certainly handle more than a half ton.

I tried it. I tried towing a previous camper of 8000-9000 pounds with my long wheel base half ton truck. I had brakes on both trailer axles, a good weight distributing system, and I even installed air bags on the rear axle of the truck. I was a nervous wreck every minute I towed with that.

Sure, you can hook a heavy camper on a half ton truck and make it go down the road, but it is inadequate for the job. It really is just trouble waiting to happen. The problem isn't the engine or the gears. It is everything else on the truck. It simply wasn't built for that task.
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