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Old 10-12-2014, 10:20 PM   #11
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Yes, new trucks are expensive, but with your low low miles your truck is worth a ton on trade. So the difference is prolly not that much. Doesn't cost a penny to find out.
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:44 PM   #12
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In looking at our truck's specs again I just realized that we have the max towing package. Not quite the super duty package, but it does mean our max payload is 1810 lbs and max towing is 11,300.

For some reason, I had the numbers confused and thought our max payload was lower -- likely was mixing this truck up with our previous super cab.
No, look at your door jamb sticker. It tells you what your payload is... not the towing guide. Also, the 11,300 max iswith an empty truck with one driver... no passengers, no cargo, and not evena cup of coffee in the cupholder.

Take into consideration that the fiver hitch weight plus the pin, plus added weight in the fiver front storage, plus two 30 pound propane cylinders all add up. I think youll find that standard max tow ( not HD Payload package) F150 will be short on payload.
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:51 PM   #13
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No, look at your door jamb sticker. It tells you what your payload is... not the towing guide. Also, the 11,300 max iswith an empty truck with one driver... no passengers, no cargo, and not evena cup of coffee in the cupholder.

Take into consideration that the fiver hitch weight plus the pin, plus added weight in the fiver front storage, plus two 30 pound propane cylinders all add up. I think youll find that standard max tow ( not HD Payload package) F150 will be short on payload.
Door does say 1810, but yes, I agree we would be teetering on the edge with a fifth wheel due to payload. But on a happier note, it might mean we can tow a longer trailer! LOL
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:53 PM   #14
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Yes, new trucks are expensive, but with your low low miles your truck is worth a ton on trade. So the difference is prolly not that much. Doesn't cost a penny to find out.
Thanks. We have been looking into it. But it'll be double the price of our truck to replace it with a new (comparably equipped) F250 or F350. Mind you that's diesel versions too, which adds another $10K on or so.
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We did 5,800 miles this summer doing it. BUT - we made sure our F-150 also came with the heavy duty payload package - bigger rims/tires, suspension, etc. Without that, you will not have the capacity to carry the pin weight. As it is, we have to be careful not to overload with stuff, as we are right on the edge of max payload.
I haven't seen any other 1/2 tons that have a higher payload - most have lower. So evaluate your own vehicle and intended fifth carefully. You also might be able to squeak by, but don't be surprised if you can't....
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:20 AM   #16
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Is anyone towing one of these "half-ton towable" fifth wheels with an actual 1/2 ton? LOL

We have been all over the place trying to decide whether to upgrade our trailer to a 5th wheel. But we are really hesitant to also upgrade our 2010 F-150 Lariat because it's a great truck, with very low mileage (just 42000 KM or 26000 miles). It's got lots of life left it in it and new trucks are atrociously expensive. Yet I can't seem to find a used 250 or 350 that doesn't have a ton of mileage on it. GRRR

So I've been looking at these HT models and wonder if our F150 could handle it. We have a 5.4 litre V8 and a 3:73 rear axle. Any advice?
I tow my Eagle 27.5 5th wheel with a 2012 Tundra. No Problems.
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:45 AM   #17
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I would more concerned with running out of payload with a 1/2 ton truck than its ability to pull the weight.
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My Tundra would pull the Space Shuttle.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:03 PM   #19
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The hitch weight of the HTs from Jayco run less than 1,400 pounds before loading them up with your stuff. I would think you could pull any of them with your 1/2 ton. We pull ours with a 3/4 ton D/A combo GMC and don't have any problems, but it's a little bit of overkill.
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:10 PM   #20
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My Tundra would pull the Space Shuttle.

sorry you brought it up so i had to post it


anyways i have been pulling my 2014 HT 27.5BHS all summer with my 2006 f150 xlt with a 5.4 and 3.55's, generally within a couple hundred miles and it has been pretty good, a little bit of a dog because i have bigger tires but all in all it has been a pleasure, i just upgraded to a cummins but with stock tires and 3.73's you should be fine wth most of the HT line, you can save yourself a little payload by taking out the spare tire and loading the trailer more to the back
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