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Old 06-20-2014, 06:56 AM   #1
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Good Morning everyone! What a great resource this forum is! We are a family of 3, considering a Jayco 5th wheel purchase. Salesman said "of COURSE you can buy a fifth wheel with that truck!" Left the lot, found this forum, probably not true. So, we have a 2013 F150 V6 3.2L 4WD and doubt that buying an Eagle 26.5-RLS would be wise unless we upgrade and buy a new HD truck. My question: would trading in our 6 month old F150 and buying another F150 V8 6.5L do the job? Was hoping to not have to do that but not sure keeping our truck and going forward is wise. Thank you!
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:12 AM   #2
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I doubt buying that unit would be wise on a half ton body and the small V6 engine. That would make for a lot of uneasy moments.
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No but a Cummins Ram will do the job!!!
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A 1/2 ton will do the Job but I'd go with at least a 6.2 V8 with a 3:73 rear end
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I think namu's got it. Check the owner's to see if is rated to pull that much weight and then consider the Pin weight. It's just a guess but let's say loaded with tools, food and adult bev's you weigh in around 8500#. You would then expect around 2100# on the pin (25%).
I say this a lot but, fill the gas tank, load up the TV like you'd be travelling and visit the local CAT scale ($10) and you will know what the rear axle weighs. Your yellow tag on the TV will tell you the Rear GAWR (gross axle weight rating). Subtract the rear axle weight from the GAWR and that will tell you how much cargo you can put in the bed. Add 100# (for the 5th hitch) to the 2100# and you get 2200# of possible cargo. Comparing that to the above calculation will let you know if you can expect to be over weight or under and by how much.
Even if you are within the weight limits of the F150 I'd expect the 3.2 to be grunting pretty hard going uphill. Before rushing out for a V8 make sure that would even be capable, I expect it would but I'm not 100% on that.
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I would rather have to much power, then not enough to pull up some of the hills

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Good Morning everyone! What a great resource this forum is! We are a family of 3, considering a Jayco 5th wheel purchase. Salesman said "of COURSE you can buy a fifth wheel with that truck!" Left the lot, found this forum, probably not true. So, we have a 2013 F150 V6 3.2L 4WD and doubt that buying an Eagle 26.5-RLS would be wise unless we upgrade and buy a new HD truck. My question: would trading in our 6 month old F150 and buying another F150 V8 6.5L do the job? Was hoping to not have to do that but not sure keeping our truck and going forward is wise. Thank you!
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I think that most would agree that a 3.2L engine is too small for any serious towing. If it was required to trade in my 6 mo. old F150 for a beefier truck, I believe I would give serious consideration to going to a F250. It would give you heavier brakes, frame and transmission with a lower rear end ratio that was made for hauling. That would also give you a lot more flexibility with how you load your truck and your trailer. Being on the ragged edge of being over loaded is not the ideal way to get started. An F250 gas or diesel would be a good fit for a 26.5 5th wheel. Can you make a 150 work?? Yes, if you are careful with your gear ratio's. But you are at or near maximum capacity when you start. Thats not where i'd want to be after I just bought another truck!!!!!
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Dodge 2500 or Chev 2500 BUT not a FORD

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snip..... It's just a guess but let's say loaded with tools, food and adult bev's you weigh in around 8500#. You would then expect around 2100# on the pin (25%).......snip
I agree, and very few 1/2 tons (if any) have that kind of "available" payload capacity under loaded TV conditions.

IMO a 3/4 ton Ford, Ram, or GM product would be a better choice.

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If you like the truck you could buy a smaller lighter trailer. You're going to lose a lot trading the truck.
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