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Old 10-13-2014, 04:53 PM   #11
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Love the bunkhouse in the QBS, but the one I looked at was aluminum rated at 7200 dry so it's prob outta my range.
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Old 10-13-2014, 05:07 PM   #12
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Love the bunkhouse in the QBS, but the one I looked at was aluminum rated at 7200 dry so it's prob outta my range.
Yes and the loaded for camping tongue weight of that trailer would likely be even more of a concern for your truck, it would eat up much of the payload.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:56 PM   #13
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Not trying to hj, but I'm curious. All these threads about what a half-ton can handle makes me wonder why folks planning on towing don't just go with a 3/4 in the first place? Price, engine choice, ride? I know nada about half tons, so I'm really just asking.
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Lots of things. for many of us the truck has to double as a daily driver. I have a 23 mile drive to work, so my wife gets the truck most days and I take our HHR. I can pretty much guarantee that my 1/2 ton gets better non-towing mileage than a 3/4 ton. It's all about what's realistic. Then again we don't have the needs/wants of others when it comes to camping. So my 1/2 ton is more than enough truck for my needs.

That said, even a 3/4 ton has it's own limits, so why not just opt for a 1 ton?
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Old 10-14-2014, 03:24 PM   #15
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Doc, "That said, even a 3/4 ton has it's own limits, so why not just opt for a 1 ton?"

I did.

Those sound like good reasons. In our county most of us drive many miles to town and use our trucks daily, but often use them for hauling and towing more than campers. Many more 3/4 and 1 tonners than half-tons in the WM lot.

I've had an F250 and it had limits, just as they all do. But it had pulled a fiver nicely (not by me, my cousin) and had the added features offered over the 150 in that era. But as I said, I'm not familiar with today's half-tons. I'd have to do a bit of research to see if there is an increased capability in towing capacity, payload, brakes, suspension, engine options, etc., as was the case a few years ago.

I'll be interested in other replies.
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I'd have to do a bit of research to see if there is an increased capability in towing capacity, payload, brakes, suspension, engine options, etc., as was the case a few years ago.
There is, to a point. Weak areas are still payload and tongue weight, though my Sierra has a 1600+ payload, which is on the higher end of 1/2 ton payloads. Certainly nothing like a 3/4 ton though. If they increased those, there'd be no point to offering a 2500/250 series truck. As I see it, much of the increased towing capacity in 1/2 tons is more about marketing than real world application. That's what confuses people, they see a towing capacity of 10k# and think they can literally tow a 10k# travel trailer, without understanding all the factors involved. So they go out look at trailers, see the "dry weight" and buy a truck with a TC based on that number. Only to find out that, yes, they should have bought the 3/4 ton.
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As I see it, much of the increased towing capacity in 1/2 tons is more about marketing than real world application. That's what confuses people, they see a towing capacity of 10k# and think they can literally tow a 10k# travel trailer, without understanding all the factors involved. So they go out look at trailers, see the "dry weight" and buy a truck with a TC based on that number. Only to find out that, yes, they should have bought the 3/4 ton.
Nice to hear that. I've seen those F150 commercials and never quite bought towing 11,300, and with a six. Hope this doesn't start a war with the half-ton guys towing space shuttles!
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Can you pull the White Hawk, yea. Will you like to pull it with your current truck, probably not. Truck is going to work real hard with the 3.55 rear end.

Tongue weigh on my 27DSRL can get over #1000, which maxes out my payload and maybe a little more. We also use paper plates.

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Forgot too, lol, the 17 year old wants to go to Disney after graduationso we may be planning a trip to Ft Wilderness. Live in NC so it gets flat in GA. We love Gettysburg and stayed in a cabin at Gettysburg campground, but it's 7 hrs uphill to pull up there though. Bet I won't get 20 mph lol.
The Bride and I just made the trip to Ft. Wilderness. We loved it!
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i'm new to this forum but i just traded in my 267bhs because i was over my 1600 pd payload in my 5.4l f150... i was just shy of 1000 pds tongue weight (which was the limit for the factory hitch with weight distribution) and I also had 3.55 gears. It was not anywhere close to enjoyable to tow. I know we're talking 2 different trucks and 2 different trailers; however, I think my f150 is pretty similar to your dodge and the 267bhs is lighter than what you're looking at... on the other hand you see people pulling larger campers with 1/2 tons and swear they can't even tell it's there (which i call complete bs on) but i guess comfort is quite subjective... If you're comfortable almost certainly being over on payload and being 3500-4000 rpm going up hills and sill slowing, I'm sure your truck can pull it. Personally I wasn't.
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