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mike2894

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I need a tow vehicle for a 24ft 5th wheel with gvwr of 11,635, dry weight 6860. I'd like to get a f150 ecoboost, but I'm not sure that enought to tow my rv. all advise appreciated. Mike

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Posted: 03/04/12 09:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMO at GVWR of 11,635 you're looking at the upper limit of 3/4 ton truck. Most of the time the GVWR is close to your actual travel weight.


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F150 is not the truck for that much pin weight and cargo.


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mike2894 wrote:

I need a tow vehicle for a 24ft 5th wheel with gvwr of 11,635, dry weight 6860. I'd like to get a f150 ecoboost, but I'm not sure that enought to tow my rv. all advise appreciated. Mike



Don't go by dry weight...no one travels "dry"....you have clothes, pot's, pans, dishes, bed clothes, outdoor chairs, full propane tanks and so on...it adds up after a while...even if you only loaded up to 10,000# believe you would be pushing the limits of the F150's GVWR with the 5er's pin weight that could reach up to 2,000# or more. There are lighter 5er's that the F150 can tow, but believe I'd lean towards a 3/4 ton with that weight....

"IF" you only loaded to around 8,000# or so, might be ok, but it's a guessing game until the actual weights are known


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That trailer is a little heavier than mine and I had to add air bags to my 3/4 ton.


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Diesel HD 2500.
Everything lasts longer especially under hard use.
Every 1500 or F150 is a compromise as a tow rig.
Fancy styling, leather seats, and a GPS monitor do not increase tow capacity.
However, those same features will keep you from doing the right thing.

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Moved from 5th wheels to tow vehicles.
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Posted: 03/04/12 11:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would get a 1-ton SRW and be done. 7k dry, 8k wet/loaded for a trip. 1500-2000 pounds of payload before you add a 200 pounds hitch and people in the cab. 3/4 ton gasser or 1-ton crew cab. EB is fantastic, but it's a stretch on payload for even a Supercab 8200 pounds GVWR HD F-150.


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Posted: 03/04/12 05:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seems heavy for such a short 5er. Arctic Fox?

In any case, I'd suggest a 2500 minimum, maybe a 3500 SRW for an 11,000# GVWR 5er.


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I towed my 7180lb dry fiver today with my EcoBoost F-150HD, and it did great! It is a fine TV for a lightweight fiver. It tows WAYYYYY better than my old F350 dually ever did. Now if you are towing ALOT or are a full timer a 3/4 or 1 ton would be better but for the occasional trip the F150HD is a great choice.

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