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Old 01-24-2015, 11:16 PM   #11
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As rookies to this - if given a choice between the 2007 Ford 5.4L V8 HD tow package 9000# tow capacity 3.73 rear axle ratio expedition And the 2014 Silverado 1500 crew cab 5.3L V8 3.42 rear axle ratio z71 package including trailer package, which would you use to pull this trailer.

We have the following trailer- specs right from jayco site
29.1'
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 4,425
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 510
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 6,500
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) 2075


Looking for opinions on the better vehicle putting aside the $$ right now. Again the diesel is the preference but I don't know that we can afford one for several years. For now this will be all local and short trip travel with an occasional 1-2x year long distance - no major mountains at least not yet.
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:17 PM   #12
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Also thanks to everyone for your advice so far, super helpful
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Old 01-25-2015, 12:39 AM   #13
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As rookies to this - if given a choice between the 2007 Ford 5.4L V8 HD tow package 9000# tow capacity 3.73 rear axle ratio expedition And the 2014 Silverado 1500 crew cab 5.3L V8 3.42 rear axle ratio z71 package including trailer package, which would you use to pull this trailer.

We have the following trailer- specs right from jayco site
29.1'
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (lbs) 4,425
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs) 510
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 6,500
Cargo Carrying Capacity (lbs) 2075


Looking for opinions on the better vehicle putting aside the $$ right now. Again the diesel is the preference but I don't know that we can afford one for several years. For now this will be all local and short trip travel with an occasional 1-2x year long distance - no major mountains at least not yet.
I prefer the lower gears of the 3.73, And agree with the notion to not "settle" for a truck that you don't see yourself in for the next ten years.

You'll be taking a big enough bath on RV trade in values if you're all ready planning on upgrading. Get your ideal truck, wait if you must, but don't waste time and money on some sort of "stepping stone" truck. Look into a three year old used 2500 crew.
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:22 AM   #14
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I would say get your wdh and sway setup and see how the expedition tows. I tow a 264bh (5089 empty weight) with a 2014 Sierra 5.3 with tow package and it tows great. But, if you have bigger and better plans to upgrade to a larger trailer in the near future (one that will probably require a diesel or at least a heavy duty), then I agree to hold off if you can and don't settle for less. As long as the expedition is mechanically sound and able then save your money.
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:01 PM   #15
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Good advice here because "bouncing" and "swaying" is a serious problem. With an 8 year old tv I'd certainly look at a new set of heavy duty shocks to help with the bounce. What kind of tires are on your tv? You need LT not P rated tires for more stability. Also make sure your rig is set up properly with a slight downward angle to the tt when on level ground and enough hitch weight.

Good luck on getting your rig dialed in.
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Old 01-25-2015, 01:21 PM   #16
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Like others have said, get a good WDH. Even if you get a truck you will still need it so you won't be out anything extra. Then try towing it before you upgrade your truck. I would think your vehicle should tow it fine with the proper hitch. I don't think its worth going from what you have to a truck, only to plan on another truck in a couple of years. But again, try it with the hitch first. Those things are great. Also, bouncing could be due to lack weight in the trailer. Once you start putting your stuff in it, and get a real hitch, all of it should settle down.
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:14 PM   #17
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You don't need LT tires for a trailer of that size and weight.

I love my Tundra, but if I were moving up I would get a 3/4 ton gasser.

As to answering your question. I would get the Silverado.
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I think the LT tires were recommended for the tow vehicle, not the trailer
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To clarify: Don't need LT tires on a truck to pull a trailer that size and weight
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