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BUFFALODAN

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Posted: 03/23/09 09:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I suggest find a floor plan that suits you first. How many people will be in the TT? You? You and a spouse? Kids/grandkids/friends? Once you find a floor plan see what the specs are then see if the half ton truck you want will pull it. Many, many people tow with half ton rigs. Most of todays half ton pickups can tow between 7000 and 10000 pounds when properly equipped. BUT, with a half ton truck you have to watch payload numbers though, and a heavy tongue weight on a TT will really eat into a half ton's max cargo capacity. So you might end up within the COMBINED weight rating (truck + TT) but over the truck's Gross Weight max (truck + people+ cargo + tongue weight).


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Posted: 03/23/09 11:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can buy a 1/2 ton that will pull a 29" 7000 lb trailer all day. I know, I have one( see my sig). On the other hand you can buy a 1/2 ton that would struggle with a 4000 lb 19' trailer. It all depends on the truck.


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martipr wrote:

You can buy a 1/2 ton that will pull a 29" 7000 lb trailer all day. I know, I have one( see my sig). On the other hand you can buy a 1/2 ton that would struggle with a 4000 lb 19' trailer. It all depends on the truck.


in all fairness your truck is on a 3/4 ton chassis and I want one


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Hello Lawrence, I pull a 33ft Rockwood Ultra Lite with my 2005 F150.I know the camper is back there but it pulls it with no problem.If I were to buy another truck though I would definitely upgrade to a F250 or an F350.I live just south of Raleigh and we pull it to Myrtle Beach every summer a couple of times a year.
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Lawrence, I am a chevy suburban fan, i tow a 08 jayco 27BH little less than 6000# ready to camp (29" long from tongue to rear bumper)w/ my 1999 5.7 burban. yes i did some modifications - i changed my 3.42gr to a 3.73, w/d is a reese with hp strait line dual cam, i use a hypertech downloader for hp and torque, and my rear shocks are monroe spring loaded. And the most important change is my driving, i stay between 50 and 65mph depending on weather and/or road conditions.
The family is on a budget but never cut back on safety.

if i can get my sig. to work i'll show my set up

good luck!


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Ok, I did it, bought a 1998 Dodge 1500 Ram 5.2L Longbed 4x4 extended cab and a 2009 Jayco Flight 26BH. Now I want to add horsepower to the Dodge, any suggestions? Cold air intake filter kit? Cat-back exhaust system? Chip?


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Nope, you can't pull a TT with a half ton...

People have been RVing for a long time, and it wasn't always in 500 horse one ton diesels, thats for sure!
Do your homework, play it safe, and drive it with respect, but get out there and enjoy the summer!!!


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lawrence617 wrote:

Ok, I did it, bought a 1998 Dodge 1500 Ram 5.2L Longbed 4x4 extended cab and a 2009 Jayco Flight 26BH. Now I want to add horsepower to the Dodge, any suggestions? Cold air intake filter kit? Cat-back exhaust system? Chip?


I would have a look at the gears first, if they are 3.73 or better (higher) you could look at a CAI or a chip, but gears are the biggest and most noticeable mod you can make to a TV...

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Posted: 05/24/09 01:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have 2005 27' Flagstaff Ultra light TT and 2002 GMC Sierra 1500.Ours works nicely. There are alot of options out there.

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My 2001 Dodge Dakota Pulls my 27' 2007 Springdale great and is rated to 6100lbs. I have towed a lot of regular trailers and I would caution you on getting a trailer too close to the top of your tow weight as it may toss your truck around quite a bit a high speed or under windy conditions. Other then that I say go for it.


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