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Old 10-12-2015, 08:33 PM   #11
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There was a long thread here back in August about towing a 28BHBE with a F150. After many suggestions by experienced people the OP smartly decided on a F350 to tow their 28BHBE.

I have an Eagle 284BHBE that is conservatively loaded and I tip the CAT scales at about 8700#. I tow it with a Ram 2500 and would never tow with anything less. I've owned two Ram 1500's before the 2500 and would never tow my 284BHBE with a 1/2 ton truck. My family's safety is important.

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Old 10-12-2015, 08:58 PM   #12
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Myself and many others who have experience with NEW 1/2 tons were part of the discussion as well. Things changed in vehicles in the past year. Towing especially.

Talked to your local dealer for both the trailer & truck and decide. No regrets here!
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Old 10-12-2015, 09:17 PM   #13
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I'm sticking with tow vehicle in signature. Won't go any less. You still know the 28BHBE is behind you. We travel all over the US, so 4wd, and the diesel is a must for us. I don't like to wonder if I ever have enough TV. Guess it depends on what type of traveling you do, or where you go.
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Old 10-13-2015, 12:02 PM   #14
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We just got this model n a 2015. Yellow weight sticker on door is 6911. We tow it w/ a 2012 1500 burb w/ towing package. I upgraded tires on burb so far and it towes fine. I max out tire pressure on both TV and TT, travel dry, little to nothing in TV. We are a family of 4 bad have been from NC to FLA with no trouble. I know it's heavy, we drive 55-60 and take our time. So far, so good. I have the equalizer hitch and little to no sway. I know I could use a 3/4 but that's not in the cards right now. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-13-2015, 12:36 PM   #15
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A 3/4 ton would be ideal, but a 1/2 ton will work (although it most likely will technically be overloaded).

We have the exact same trailer. We currently tow it with a 2015 Yukon (1/2 ton). It has air shocks from the factory for leveling, and we also have a equalizer hitch. It came with a factory brake controller as well. We have only went for two trips so far (roughly 700 miles total) and have had absolutely no issues at all. Stops wonderfully. Has never so much as even swayed a smidgen yet (past by many big rigs, and one trip was very windy). The last trip I filled the water tanks (90 gallons) before we left the house - still no issues, but definitely could tell the added wight was there.

All that being said, I am pretty sure the rig is a bit overloaded (I have not ran the numbers) - any I don't like that. A 3/4 ton is in out near future for sure.

And like someone else stated... don't sell yourself short for the 3/4 ton. They really aren't that much more money unless you go with the oil burner.
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Old 10-14-2015, 03:45 PM   #16
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Here we go again with if you tow anything more than a 2000 lb garden trailer with a half-ton you are putting your family and all of North America in imminent danger (the explosion will wipe out at least 2 city blocks!).

I have been towing my 2015 Eagle 28BHBE for two years with a 2010 F150 with a max tow package and the 5.4 Triton which was the gas motor in 2010 for the F250. I'll take my F150 with airbags and Propride hitch over a gas F250 and other brand of hitch any day of the week. IMHO there is currently little or no advantage to a gas engine F250. On the other hand, I would really like a new 6.7 Powerstroke with double the torque for towing, but it wouldn't make me and my family safer and the speeds I have seen some of the diesels cruise at while towing would do exactly the opposite.

With half-tons you challenge is payload and a F150 with the payload package (In a Supercrew configuration) will have very close to the same or even more payload than an F250 with a diesel motor, especially if you are looking at the new aluminum F150's. The new transmissions and payload packages make the new half-tons a completely different beast than those of decade ago.
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Guess I always look at it as mass vs. mass. Everybody has there reasons for picking what they pick, and I respect that, but the prices are so close between the choices. Big difference in a heavy cross wind with different tow vehicles. Too light of one and a trailer will make a rag doll out of a truck regardless of the WD hitch. I'm just used to towing a lot bigger trailers, but still would rather have the 8000 lb plus of truck in the front. It can be done safely with any of them, provided common sense plays a big roll.
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:52 PM   #18
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John I agree with everybody being entitled to their preferences and I would prefer to have your F-350 PSD for pulling the 28BHBE. Pinning the accelerator while climbing a steep grade would make me grin from ear to ear, but we are just not ready to invest that much for a PSD TV at this time. As far as mass vs mass, there really isn't a significant weight difference between the earlier gas F250's and F150's in supercrew with the larger gas tank. When looking at trucks this spring, there was still about $5,000 (in Canada) in difference between similarly equipped F150's and F250's even without the PSD.

I think it is uninformed and misleading for some of the above posters to offer as advice to the OP that he would be putting his family in jeopardy and that no half-ton is capable of towing this trailer safely and he should follow the advice of the "many suggestions by experienced people the OP smartly decided on a F350 to tow their 28BHBE" (If you actually read this thread, this OP asked whether he/she should tow with a half ton with 7700lbs tow capacity and was NOT asking about an F150 with HD Payload and tow package as this OP is)

I would presume that the OP is looking at an F150 Supercrew to store the cargo from the back bunks of the 28BHBE while travelling. So the halfton that the OP was asking about is presumably a 2016 F150 Supercrew, and with HD Payload and Tow Package it has a GVWR of 7850 lbs, 3010 lbs of payload and 420 ft/lbs of torque (with the 3.5 Eco). I guess I just don't see how a gas powered 2500 Ram with a cap is safer or smarter. If there is something I am missing that puts me and others on the road in danger, please let me know.
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:11 PM   #19
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Was just throwing 2 cents worth of useless info out there as to why we tow with what we tow with. Helps people think, just like me reading other's posts and taking in why they do what they do. Not trying to convince anybody of anything, just know what I've dealt with in heavy winds and bad weather.
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Old 10-15-2015, 03:07 PM   #20
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ice, you will have to let me know how it tows. i am eyeing the same trailer. i will be pulling it with a Nissan armada with factory tow package. the tongue weight is what i was mostly worried about. i too plan on upgrading to a 2500 a couple of years after i get the trailer and would also recommend the same to you. i really like this trailer and would really like your feed back on it. congrats!
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