Traded Half Ton for 3/4 Ton. Happiness!
Hi guys... just a word to the wise. I'm a Ford guy. Love their trucks. I had a 2016 F150 ecoboost. It had plenty of power to pull our 2017 Jayco 28 foot 287BHSW. But, it was a nightmare to travel with.
I suspect there are a lot of people seeing the tow ratings of the newer Ford 1/2 tons and assume it's going to travel just fine down the road. The power is incredible in the new V6 Ecoboosts! But maybe we need to take a step back and think about it.
Our camper is 6200 pounds dry. My F150 was about 5600 pounds with me in it. That's 11,800 GCWR. Add a few bikes, food, beer, wife, kids and the max GCWR for the F150 was maxed out. The max GCWR for the truck was listed at 12500.
So I know, I get it. It was maxed out, so that's why I had sway and travel issues. Probably. No need to flame.
I put 45 pounds air in the back tires, I added Timbrens to the back and all that helped, a lot. But after our last trip on the Ohio turnpike, we decided to trade the half ton and go with a 3/4 ton. There was sway., a lot of it. I felt like I was floating and didn't have much control over 60 mph. The "semi suck" as I call it was atrocious. Like I said, plenty of engine power, but not much stability.
So we got home and I traded the 16 F150 on an 18 F250 with the 6.2L gas engine. This beast is a truck! GCWR for this truck is 19500. I went and weighed the truck, camper and me and the GCWR is 13620 before food, wife, kids.
But, I'm telling you, it tows like a dream. Sure I still use the WDH and friction bar, but it truly tows amazingly well.
The point of all this is, if you plan on towing a heavier camper, please make sure your 1/2 ton is better suited for it than mine was or just bite the bullet and get a 3/4 ton. This will save a lot of wear and tear on the smaller truck and on your nerves!