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Old 10-31-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Best truck to tow a 30 foot jayco..

Next summer we will be taking our first road trip with our 2012 jay flight 28BHS, which fully loaded may weigh somewhere in the range of 7500 pounds, although we have definitely tried to purge down to essentials, I want to base this decision on fully loaded weight. So my question is, with a trip planned through the canadian rocky mountains, which would be the most recommended truck to pull this vehicle. We own a used car dealership and we buy a different truck ever summer to pull our trailer. The last two years we haven't been that choosy about the tow vehicle because we were only travelling one hour on flat prairie roads to our destination. But given our planned trip, I would like to seek out some advice from people who have pulled large trailers through the mountains, as to which tow vehicle would be best and any other prep we should do to be ready for this adventure. Thanks.
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Since you have a car dealership and can essentially get what you want/need, I would focus on a diesel. diesel's are designed for this type of work, especially in the mountains. A diesel pretty much means 3/4 ton and larger. I'm very happy with my truck, a Chevy 2500 Duramax, however Dodge and Ford have nice offerings too. Only word of caution would be Fords' 6.0 PSD. A little research and you will see some of the issues that particular engine had.
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Best truck to tow a 30 foot jayco..

3/4 ton or larger and diesel for towing in the mountains. I don't tow in the mountains so a gasser is what i own.
Hope you find what you are looking for.
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Well since you are looking strictly used it seems then the diesel is the way to go. On the other hand if you want to invest in a long term vehicle that is new, Ram is coming out with an ECO Diesel 1500 series that is set to come out 2014. This truck is estimated to get 25 MPG and pull 9 K. Something to consider if your in that position. If not then a used 3/4 or SRW 1T will do the trick.
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At 7500lbs the newer 1/2 ton pickups will do that pretty well. We pulled a 34 foot with a 2012 F150 with no issues at all. With that said, there is no replacement for the ease of towing with a 3/4 ton diesel pickup. If I were buying a diesel Ford (which I just did) it would be 2011 or later.
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I think there are a few questions you need to answer before selecting the "PERFECT" truck:
- How much of the annual mileage will you be; mountain towing vs level ground towing vs everyday "LOCAL" driving (non-towing)?"
- How high are the mountains 4K' vs 10K'?
- Are you planning on getting a bigger trailer in the future?

I spent about 6 months researching what truck would be the best for "MY" specific needs. I looked at Chevy, Ram, Ford.. Toyota, and after I was finished, the F150 "built to my specifications" won. So everyone will have their own personal preference as to what is the "Best" truck. I have been a GM "BIG BLOCK" kind of guy all my life, but decided Ford had what I needed. If you decide to look at a F150, I inserted a few charts below that you and your significant other can look over. I factory ordered the 2012 Ford F150 EcoBoost, SuperCrew with the 157" wheel base, 6 spd trans, and 3:73 rear axle that was best for me. I can honestly say that I am not a diesel engine fan, for many reasons, so my options were going to be a gas engine.

We just returned from a trip out west to Colorado where we put on 6K miles of which about 90% of the mileage was driving between Florida and Colorado, which is all flat land. We climbed the 10K foot challenges in CO with no issues at all. The EcoBoost was great!!! The twin turbos give it all the power needed and more. Engine breaking was fine for the down-hill segments... but it has a MAX for towing 11,300 LB TT with a GCWR weight 17,000, so if I plan on going with at larger TT, I will need to sell the truck and move up a level. I do not believe in being close to the max limits of the truck/TT when towing. We averaged between 10/11mpg (9mpg in the mountains) with the overall trip in the 11mpg range, which was not bad. When not towing, it gets about 15.5 city and around 20 on the highway.

So for me it was a good selection, but may not fit your needs. GOOD LUCK!!

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http://www.ford.com/search/?f%3Asear...rchForm#page=1


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Just cant beat a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel for towing any distance and especially with mountains. I usually tow large trailers but tonight brought our 1990 Jayco 250 special weighing less than 5000 lbs. Didn't even know it was there ha ha! Big truck tows it so easily takes all the stress out of it. The wife actually towed it the hour long trip home.
Having access to a car dealership why not "try" a few trucks and see what you like?
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I think there are a few questions you need to answer before selecting the "PERFECT" truck:
- How much of the annual mileage will you be; mountain towing vs level ground towing vs everyday "LOCAL" driving (non-towing)?"
- How high are the mountains 4K' vs 10K'?
- Are you planning on getting a bigger trailer in the future?

I spent about 6 months researching what truck would be the best for "MY" specific needs. I looked at Chevy, Ram, Ford.. Toyota, and after I was finished, the F150 "built to my specifications" won. So everyone will have their own personal preference as to what is the "Best" truck. I have been a GM "BIG BLOCK" kind of guy all my life, but decided Ford had what I needed. If you decide to look at a F150, I inserted a few charts below that you and your significant other can look over. I factory ordered the 2012 Ford F150 EcoBoost, SuperCrew with the 157" wheel base, 6 spd trans, and 3:73 rear axle that was best for me. I can honestly say that I am not a diesel engine fan, for many reasons, so my options were going to be a gas engine.

We just returned from a trip out west to Colorado where we put on 6K miles of which about 90% of the mileage was driving between Florida and Colorado, which is all flat land. We climbed the 10K foot challenges in CO with no issues at all. The EcoBoost was great!!! The twin turbos give it all the power needed and more. Engine breaking was fine for the down-hill segments... but it has a MAX for towing 11,300 LB TT with a GCWR weight 17,000, so if I plan on going with at larger TT, I will need to sell the truck and move up a level. I do not believe in being close to the max limits of the truck/TT when towing. We averaged between 10/11mpg (9mpg in the mountains) with the overall trip in the 11mpg range, which was not bad. When not towing, it gets about 15.5 city and around 20 on the highway.

So for me it was a good selection, but may not fit your needs. GOOD LUCK!!

Don

Here are some FORD links for towing info
Page 18 has the RV/Towing specifications:
https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...FLRVTT_gde.pdf
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You can pick the year for the specifications you are looking for:
http://www.ford.com/search/?f%3Asear...rchForm#page=1


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Wow, quite a post. But it looks like you miss the fact that they own are used car dealership and get a new truck each season for towing. That said, I don't think they will be ordering a new "purpose built" truck from any manufacturer.
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snip...... We own a used car dealership and we buy a different truck ever summer to pull our trailer.....snip
...... In that case I would watch for a used 3/4 Ton, Crew Cab/Short Box/Diesel/LT tires)....., or at least a newer 3/4 Ton with a big "L" gasser (5.7L, 6.0L, etc.).

My TT loaded weighs in at 8,400lbs (including a 1,300lb tongue). My 2500HD/6.0L gasser will tow my TT through the mountains "ok", but it's working pretty hard.

You stated that your TT weighs "in the range of 7,500lbs", is this based on a CAT scale visit, and does the 7,500lbs include or exclude the tongue weight? If the tongue weight is included in the 7,500lbs, then IMO a 3/4 Ton big "L" gasser would be just fine.

I would lean toward the 3/4 ton to insure that you don't run out of payload capacity for that extra mountain trip "stuff".

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3/4 ton and either a big block gasser or a diesel. Early model 6.0 Fords should be avoided.
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