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Old 05-05-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
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Need a little advice here. Lets say you pull a Jay Flight Swift 267BHS at roughly 7,000lbs loaded weight and you are looking to by a new tow vehicle, what would you buy? I currently pull it with a 2002 F150 and it does ok power wise in Florida, but it does throw it around a bit in the wind. Obviously money is an object in this discussion because the huge cost difference between an f150 and an f250 diesel for example would pay for an awful lot of camping gear and trips. I have no plans to upgrade the travel trailer for a very long time as it is new, so I do not need plan for future growth. I am not a full-timer so 6-8 trips a year are about all we will use the truck to pull mostly in Florida. However, I would like to make a trip through the Tennessee mountains once or twice. The make of the vehicle really makes no difference to me, but I am partial to ford and dodge. The problem I see is the 250 / 2500 diesel seem like over kill and the 150 I have now is working hard. Are the new 150 / 1500 trucks better than the 2002 I have now. I appreciate any advice you all have. Sorry for the long post and all the questions.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:36 PM   #2
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I have a 2013 F-150, 5.0, 3.73 and it seems to do very well. The one option I probably should have obtained is the heavy duty haul package. With the tongue weight and family I do not have much room left for cargo in the truck but we are OK in all other areas. You will like the 6 speed tranny with the tow/ haul mode over what you likely have now. We towed out Jay Feather 29Y (about 6000# dry, up to 8000 wet) over the mountains for the first time this weekend. Overall, a good ride.

If you go with a half ton, you have to watch the truck's cargo capacity very carefully. Load it up with options and extras and you lose cargo capacity - on some trucks you can go down to just over 1000# (some are even worse) ( I am at 1490#). This is the biggest limiting capacity on half ton trucks, which is why you may want to consider the heavy load option (if you go Ford). Or just get a 250 and above.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:25 PM   #3
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What % of the trucks life will spent towing vs just en empty truck for every day driving?
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:26 PM   #4
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:27 PM   #5
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I find the extra $ for a 2500 Diesel to be well worth it. I bough 4 year old truck with ~80k miles in order to keep within my budget. Never have I wished it was a 1500 gasser, and I really appreciated someone else taking the initial depreciation.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:29 PM   #6
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My older TT was ~4500 lbs.

When I went to the dodge cummins..... holy cow!

Colorado mountains , uphill at 65 MPH

And the exhaust brake was an bonus.

Never going back.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:40 PM   #7
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I had a 4.7 litre Tundra which was working hard to pull my 26BH. My 5.7 litre Tundra pulls my 27DSRL, which is #1000 heavier just fine. (Loaded about #6700) The newer 1/2 ton trucks with 6 speed transmission and heavy duty tow package should work fine for you. A lot of people seem quite happy with the Ford 3.5 litre Ecobost for a trailer such as you are citing. The tongue weight on 1/2 ton pickups is probably the most critical factor leading to the overloading of 1/2 ton pickups. We have only two people and a dog in our truck and are about #200 under its GVWR, even though well over #3000 under our GCVWR. If you have a lot of people and stuff in your truck, a 3/4 ton gas model might suite you better.
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:58 PM   #8
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Why not a 250 with 6.2 gas engine? You get a truck designed to tow with none of the diesel issues. Close to 400 hp and lb ft of torque should haul 7k pretty nicely.
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My brother in law tows an Eagle 320RLDS with a 3/4 ton Ford with the 5.4 gas engine and 3:73 axle. It works just fine for him. It handles his trailer well it just doesn't fly up the big hills like a diesel.
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Since you are looking for towing performance, I would highly recommend a used 3/4 ton diesel. With some shopping around you should be able to find one for a pretty good price. Don't be afraid of a 100,000 miles on a diesel. Today's diesel-powered trucks are good for 2-3 times that many miles. If you ever pull with one, you will wonder how you ever did without. It really is that much better.
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