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Old 12-29-2012, 02:04 PM   #11
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Our 5er is right at 11,000# fully loaded, and we got an F350 to tow it with. Tows very nicely, and have never had any sense of not being in control. Have never regretted getting a larger truck than absolutely necessary, so as to have a comfortable margin. One thing, though - I would highly recommend an 8 foot bed over a short bed & slider hitch. The slider will work, but becomes a pain after a while. I have a full sized locking box in the front of the bed, but it fits down between and flush with the rails, so there is never an issue with tight turns. It takes up 2 feet, so I still have 6 feet for hauling other things around the 5er hitch. JMHO
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:42 PM   #12
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Thanks so much for all the great advice. It is very much appreciated.
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:18 AM   #13
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Do I need a 4WD? I will be in the Rockies camping, but not exclusively. Thanks for all the info.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:01 PM   #14
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Do I need a 4WD? I will be in the Rockies camping, but not exclusively. Thanks for all the info.
Towing abilities of 2WD and 4WD versions of the same truck are very little or nothing. So again that is something you will need to determine for yourself if you need or want it. Where I live I need 4WD but if I didn't I still wouldn't own a truck without it , goes back to that ole saying " better to have and not need than to need and not have ".
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:10 PM   #15
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My thinking is that if you are sure you will be on pavement 100% of the time, probably not. If you find yourself in an unimproved State Park or a grass or dirt RV camp or a place with a lot of sand, or if a rainstorm turns the dirt roads into mud, you will be glad you have 4WD because you may need it.
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:48 PM   #16
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Even with a "HD" package, the pin weight on the fiver is very likely to exceed the payload capacity and possibly the rear axle rating of a 1/2 ton truck. You are setting yourself up for a marginal towing experience and probably not a comfortable one. I've seen fivers pulled with 1/2 tons and it didn't look like a lot of fun. I think the payload and tow capacity of a 2500 or 3500 is even more important than that of the the gas vs diesel argument. Your big payback is going to be the heavier suspension unless you tow on a frequent basis, then the diesel and all of expenses associated with it begin to make sense. JMHO.
I'm pulling an 8K lb Outback with a Tundra, and while it's not close to being uncomfortable, I think it would be with anything larger and the truck is rated to tow 10,000 lbs.
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Do I need a 4WD? I will be in the Rockies camping, but not exclusively. Thanks for all the info.
No you do not. 4X4's just suck fuel.. but trying to find one (not 4x4) in 3/4 ton or larger is almost impossible.
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No you do not. 4X4's just suck fuel.. but trying to find one (not 4x4) in 3/4 ton or larger is almost impossible.
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I hope you aren't upset that some members replied with the option that a 4X4 may meet the OP's needs..., in the end the OP will weigh the pros/cons. I guess I wasn't sure how to interpret your bold, large font post

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Just throwing this out there for what it is worth. My Ford F-150 with max-tow package, 3.73 gears, and 3.5 Eco-boost is rated at 11,200# trailer capacity.
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