The 2015 Ford F-450 will up its maximum towing capacity by 6,500 pounds for a class-leading 31,200 pounds; gross combined weight rating increases by 7,000 pounds to a class-leading 40,000 pounds.
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When reading these numbers, I keep thinking of the guy that buys this truck to tow that much weight without any towing experience. Bringing 40,000lbs under control during emergency braking can certainly be a white knuckle experience. Are HD pickups quickly approaching the limits of conventional car/pickup licensing?
Many people who deliver rv's for a living are retirees working on a very low profit margin. Most of the vehicles that they use in the business are purchased used to keep costs as low as possible, especially with the high cost of fuel. The Cummins engines are reliable powerplants, and when combined with the lower purchase price of the Dodge truck, is probably the reason more are seen at the manufacturers lots. If you ever see these couples delivering to dealers, stop and have a chat with them, you will find it quite interesting. The new Dodges are nice trucks. The Italians have done a very good job turning the company and products around.
I think the truck looks pretty good, bit heavy on the chrome but what really stands out is the DPF tank still hanging down. It is partially hidden by the chrome step tube but there it is. I would be concerned if the truck was ever going to be leaving pavement for the trail. All the room under a truck, but GM decides to leave it there after a refit, seems odd.
Need room for the family, including grandkids and two big golden retrievers. Been looking at what brands are left in the market middle ground. I have looked at a lot of brands and Jayco appears to be about the best for the money. First two fivers we have purchased, Teton and Sunline, the companies have gone bust. Really hope that trend does not continue. This model has a large rear bunk area, pretty good sized upper bedroom but the middle section is a bit tight, but it should work for us. I am looking for inputs from those that have later models, 2010 on, how well their trailers are holding up, any major issues that have not been resolved. Not too crazy about buying another trailer with a rubber roof but that looks likely once again. Thanks.
We were just up at Gayle Kline RV in Pa. looking at a new Jayco bunk model with the outdoor kitchen. Wife loves the idea. While I think it is a neat feature, I am less impressed on the installation. The fridge is just a small $125 dollar 120vac model you can buy at Walmart, and the smallest, cheapest microwave I have seen. Time for us to get a new camper, not many to choose from these days. The Jaycos seem about the best of what is left in the middle price models. If you get this model I think I will be doing some upgrading of those components.
So the 450 is returning to the 19.5 rims and tires, allowing for larger brakes. I always wondered why they were dropped in 2011. Sounds great but I will continue to wait for an all new SuperDuty. The glove box is just too dang small in the current versions.