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Old 05-14-2015, 02:06 PM   #31
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I made the switch from an 02 F350 7.3 to a '14 F150 Ecoboost and the Eco tows better than my F350 did. So an older diesel isn't necessarily better.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:11 PM   #32
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The reason I ask is because I have a similar setup and keep debating if a 2500 is in my future.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:34 PM   #33
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The reason I ask is because I have a similar setup and keep debating if a 2500 is in my future.
Oh ok. Funny thing is, our Titan pulls our new to us Whitehawk 29SQB easier than our old 16.5' Roadrunner trailer we had before. Fuel mileage is slightly better towing our 33' whitehawk than it was towing our old 16.5' roadrunner...

If I towed my TT a lot, I might consider a new truck only if I could get the cost/MPG of a diesel to make sense. For us, even at 9.5 mpg it's far cheaper than a new truck.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:24 PM   #34
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Some food for thought. I believe you can get a 3/4 ton gasser for the same price as an ecoboost 1/2 ton or even cheaper by the time you add the max tow and max payload option. Granted your fuel economy probably won't be as good. Also you'd be surprised on if you look at a used diesel wouldn't be much more then the ecoboost. Trucks are very expensive these days. My personal preference is to have more truck then needed a lot less stress when towing.
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I picked up my nicely optioned EB with 6k miles on it for under $30k last year. Just gotta watch for deals and travel if needed.
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All I can say is go and enjoy yourself. You are good on weight unless you completely over load it. A 2002 f250 7.3 is like 250ish hp now a 2015 is 440hp. I remember thinking back then how could we need more power. Gas pickups were 250 hp and pulling just as much weight just not as comfortably. We all get used to having more of everything. Will a 250 pull easier sure but your trailer is not that heavy run it for a while if you come a cross a great deal. Buy it. Untill then just enjoy. As alway just my 2cents
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The 22 ft.'s TT's in the 70's were just as heavy has the 30 ft.'s now. We pulled with 275 HP and 3 speed automatic then and we didn't hold up traffic. Now with 400 HP and 6 or 8 speed you'll go faster up the hills. Then the speed limit in the 70's was a bit lower too. The biggest problem with the late model 1/2 tons is the weight carrying capacity. Special if you have a family and a few animals...........and the genny. Go as close with your hitch ball towards you axle as you can. Even if you have to drill a new 5/8 hole in the shank. Get a 1200 lbs. WDH because the bars with chain type adjust the distribution per chain link. And with sway control you're set to go. Older trailers had a closer axle spacing which gave quicker sway. Now axle spacing is 33 to 35" and some even more. Safe travels!
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I picked up my nicely optioned EB with 6k miles on it for under $30k last year. Just gotta watch for deals and travel if needed.
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All I can say is go and enjoy yourself. You are good on weight unless you completely over load it. A 2002 f250 7.3 is like 250ish hp now a 2015 is 440hp. I remember thinking back then how could we need more power. Gas pickups were 250 hp and pulling just as much weight just not as comfortably. We all get used to having more of everything. Will a 250 pull easier sure but your trailer is not that heavy run it for a while if you come a cross a great deal. Buy it. Untill then just enjoy. As alway just my 2cents
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We started with Toyota Highlander towing our 23ft. Dry weight of 4200lbs. The Highlander had a max tow rating of 5000lbs, and being naÔve, we figured we would be ok because the dealer said it would work. Leading up to picking it up from the dealer, I did a lot of research on towing and even told the wife that there was a good chance we would need to upgrade the TV. A few local trips were ok, but when we took it a distance, it became a white knuckler. The following spring we traded it for a new F150 EV with max tow - 11,200lbs max and a 1740 payload. So much better.


Funny, we are looking to upgrade and now we may need to upgrade the TV again depending on what we want. We considered the F250 when we bought the F150, but decided against it since its my wife's daily driver. The F150 is a much better daily driver. It will be find as long as we stay under 30ft in the ultralights.
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I totally agree with you idahoboy but in my case it's more about the 2500's suspension, never really feel under powered as much as overweight.
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