Thanks for the concern - I got what you meant, and we are certainly planning ahead. At the moment, our plan is to keep the current trailer until the kids leave home at which point we will probably move to a 5th wheel. That is 8-10 years down the line.
On the vehicle,I like to buy new and keep for 6-8 years, so the truck I buy now won't need to tow anything but our current trailer. If anything, we are more likely to "downsize" the trailer if (when!) the kids get bored with coming away with us, then upsize again when we retire and are going to spend more time in the trailer - if we go that way, it'll be more like 10-12 years before we hit the 5th wheel.
You should definitely test drive the Ecoboost, there have already been over 100K of them sold since January 2011, there are more than a few owners on here that seem to be very impressed with their Ecoboost performance.
I happened to be passing our Ford Dealer this morning and had a an hour or so to while away, so dropped in and had a good talk with one of the sales guys. Ended up driving an Ecoboost in Lariat trim. Very nice indeed. Will be going to see the RAM later in the week, but it'll have to be something special to match the F150 - based on the finish quality/trim on our current Dodge, I'm not expecting it to come up to the mark on that aspect, but thats only part of the story of course....
Rambling Yorkie, you can get the EcoBoost F150 Crewcab with the Heavy Payload Package. This adds 1000 pounds of payload to the F150. We have had our longbed Heavy Payload for 7 years and love it!
The EcoBoost turbo F150 would help in the Rocky Mtns. I know my F150 pulling 8200 lbs was not happy above 5000 feet. In the Mtns high altitude, thin air, = less horse power. The fix is TURBO CHARGER.
2005 F150 XLT Supercab LB Heavy Payload 5.4, 4.10
2007 Jayco Jayflight 31BHDS
Back-up camera on the TT with infrared & microphone
Reese duel cam hitch, U-bolt style ($40 at a garage sale)
2 canoes, 3 kayaks, & camping dog (Tootsie)
Couple of questions; new or used truck? Does your Durango have 3:43s or 3:73s?
Rear Axle? 3.55
My bad....3:55s. I wasn't sure and didn't have the time to look it up. Anyway, I had an 05 Durango, HEMI with the 3.55s and I had a 6K trailer. We joked the other day that in a head wind we could only go 40mph and get 1mpg. An exaggeration, for sure, but we traded for a diesel to hopefully (which we did) upgrade in the future. A 1500 with 3.73s or 4.10s along with the added weight and length will provide a much nicer towing experience. A 2500 with the HEMI might be worth looking for as well! You would only need a diesel if you would like a bigger trailer down the road.
2013 Fleetwood Discovery 40G
TOADS: 2012 Jeep JK Rubicon, 2012 Durango Citadel
2010 Harley Heritage Softail....American STEEL = American profits.
We tow a 2011 Passport 290 that weights around 6500-7000 loaded. Our 1500 suburban did the job okay, but control (or the perception) kept us under 60mph. It did hills with a running start and 2nd gear. Was looking for a little more umphh in the power, control, handling areas. The ecoboost was the only 1/2 ton class engine we saw that would justify a vehicle change. Liked the 400+ torque rating at lower rpms and use as a daily driver. Was looking at 3/4 ton class...
However, an older F-350 dually diesel found us so we are now out of the market. Let me say that too much truck is a very nice thing, especially for DW. Before touching the truck we got 12.5 MPG towing. After doing some much needed maintenance I am hoping for 13+.
or you can save money now and buy a more than capable 1/2 ton truck and "years" down the road when you want to upgrade you can just buy within your specs.
The man clearly has a plan if you bothered to read and comprehend. This plan does NOT include a possible upsizing of the trailer in the next 8-10 years.
Considering that the vehicle will see 30,000 miles a year, in 8-10 years even a 3/4 ton diesel will be pretty threadbare. No doubt the OP will be questioning its reliability, more than sick of it, and ready for a change.
"Plan Ahead" becomes "Money Wasted." $10,000 of optional equipment, thousands of gallons of more-expensive fuel, more-expensive tires, costlier maintenance... FOR WHAT? For a maybe that never happened.
A 1/2 ton with maximum towing options is more than adequate here. If he really want's to "Plan Ahead" then go with the max payload F150. That way you get something in between a 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton.