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Old 05-11-2018, 08:17 AM   #1
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Pulling a 6000 lb Jayco 265RLSW with a 2016 F15 5.0 litre 3:55 gears. Sure seems to work the truck. Screams the motor on hills. Trusk is rated to tow max of 9000lbs. Doesnt handls thewind well at all. Thinking of trading up to a F250 6.2.litre gas. We are headed to the Great Smoky Mountain park and through theCarolina's this summer. Not looking for a white knuckle towing experience. For those who HAVE made this jump. Please tell me your results. We will probably own a fifth wheel a few years down the road.
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:29 AM   #2
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Pulling a 6000 lb Jayco 265RLSW with a 2016 F15 5.0 litre 3:55 gears. Sure seems to work the truck. Screams the motor on hills. Trusk is rated to tow max of 9000lbs. Doesnt handls thewind well at all. Thinking of trading up to a F250 6.2.litre gas. We are headed to the.Great Smoky Mountain park and through theCarolina's this summer. Not looking for a white knuckle towing experience. For those who HAVE made this jump. Please tell me your results. We will probably own a fifth wheel a few years down the road.
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You may want to check your cargo capacity, which typically you reach long before towing capacity. Should have a yellow sticker on the drivers door post, which lists the cargo capacity as built. From that number you need to deduct passengers, cargo in truck, hitch weight and tongue weight as loaded, with propane batteries etc. You may be at or exceeding that number.

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..... Thinking of trading up to a F250 6.2.litre gas.
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Been there... done that....

You'll never regret having more truck. The HD trucks were designed to tow/haul and you'll be a lot more comfortable in one while towing.
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2 adults and "maybe" 250lbs in the.bed plus 150 lbs topper
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:30 AM   #6
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Pulling a 6000 lb Jayco 265RLSW with a 2016 F15 5.0 litre 3:55 gears. Sure seems to work the truck. Screams the motor on hills. Trusk is rated to tow max of 9000lbs. Doesnt handls thewind well at all. Thinking of trading up to a F250 6.2.litre gas. We are headed to the Great Smoky Mountain park and through theCarolina's this summer. Not looking for a white knuckle towing experience. For those who HAVE made this jump. Please tell me your results. We will probably own a fifth wheel a few years down the road.
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We had a 2017 F150 with the 3.55 gears pulling a 2017 27DSRL and traded to a F250, 6.2L gas in anticipation of getting a 5th wheel.
We just returned from a 2 week trip from KS to Eastern TN pulling our 28.5 RSTS FW. Couldn’t be more pleased. The FW weighs right at 9800 lbs loaded. For the most part, we set the cruise on 65, sat back and relaxed. In the hills, we maintained between 55-65 mph and never dropped below 4th gear even on the longest pull. Never saw over 207 degrees on the transmission temp. Generally ran around 196 degrees. For the 2200 mile round trip, we averaged 8.4 mpg. That includes the flint hills in KS and the hills of TN. Did I mention very pleased? Hope this helps.
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I switched from a Silverado 1500 to a 2500HD and the handling was significantly better. I just replaced the 2500HD with a 2017 F250 gasser and I pulls our camper (roughly 6000 lbs loaded) with very little effort. I haven't pulled at high altitude or up steep grades yet so I can't report on that. My truck has a 3300 lb payload.
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If you are considering a fifth wheel in the future and you are making the investment in a truck now. I would get a 1 ton SW minimum. Can you use a 3/4 ton? Yes but it will limit your selection of 5th wheels if you don't want a "White Knuck" experience a lot. I love my F350 SW 6.7 diesel. It tows our 13k 325BHQS 5ver GREAT! The jump from a 3/4 ton to 1 ton isn't big. Then you will talk to some that say you need DW but I drive my truck personally not just towing and hate driving DW. Some of the big boy 5vers you would need a DW but I will tell you my 325 is well within the limits of my truck and 39' so you have a lot of options for 1 ton SW trucks.
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Old 05-11-2018, 01:30 PM   #9
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If you are considering a fifth wheel in the future and you are making the investment in a truck now. I would get a 1 ton SW minimum. Can you use a 3/4 ton? Yes but it will limit your selection of 5th wheels if you don't want a "White Knuck" experience a lot. I love my F350 SW 6.7 diesel. It tows our 13k 325BHQS 5ver GREAT! The jump from a 3/4 ton to 1 ton isn't big. Then you will talk to some that say you need DW but I drive my truck personally not just towing and hate driving DW. Some of the big boy 5vers you would need a DW but I will tell you my 325 is well within the limits of my truck and 39' so you have a lot of options for 1 ton SW trucks.
Probably not an option at this time. Going to try an make this truck and trailer last us until retirement in 5 years. Then check out our options
The truck also has to double as an occasional daily driver..... I cant see us going over 30ft in a fifth wheel. But I can see where 350 might be a better option....depending on the $. Right now the diesel option is 9k. Tha puts it out of my $ comfort zone
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We had a Ram 1500 Hemi. I have owned several over the years and love 'em.
It was rated to tow 7000, but towed our 5400 gingerly. The motor wasn't the issue, we needed more truck.
Upgraded to a 2500 6.4 and it tows the trailer with authority. I still miss the 1500, just not when towing.
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