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
Jim & Kathy, (Boxers, Buddy & Sheba)
2016 Ram 3500 DRW Longhorn 4X4/CC/LB/Aisin/4.10/rear air assist ...Pearl White.
2016 DRV MS 36RSSB3/ W&D/ slide toppers/ DTV satellite/ 5.5K Onan propane gen.
B&W RVK3600 Hitch
Now Fulltiming! USAF 71-75 Viet Nam Vet
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.
2011 Palomino Maverick 1000SLLB on a 2004 Dodge Quadcab CTD Ram3500 SRW long bed equipped with Timbren springs, Stable Load bump stops, Rickson 19.5" wheels/"G" range tires and a Helwig "Big Wig" rear anti sway bar.
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.
A & A parents of DD 2005, DS1 2007, DS2 2009 2011 Suburban 2500 6.0L 3.73 pulling 2011 Heartland North Trail 28BRS 2012 VW Passat TDI 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R
In any case, I'd suggest a 2500 minimum, maybe a 3500 SRW for an 11,000# GVWR 5er.
Had a 2010 Cougar 322QBS 5er, it was junk
01 Dodge 2500 4x4 360 Gas 4.10 Auto
02 Dodge 2500 4x4 5.9L CTD 3.55 Auto
07 Dodge 3500 4x4 SRW Mega 5.9L CTD 3.73 Auto
14 Ram 2500 4x4 Crew 6.4L Hemi 4.10 Auto All above are sold Tenting it and shopping for a Tacoma TRD
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.
Current RV: 2009 Keystone Springdale 280FWIKSSR Fifth Wheel
Current TV: 2012 Ford F150 Heavy Duty Crew Cab EcoBoost Lariat 4x4