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RE: F150 3.31 gears vs 3.55 gears

I would rather have the 3.31:1 rear axle ratio, than the 3.55:1 ratio. I don't think it would manner if you are towing 10,000 pounds, the truck will not magically blow up because you are towing 300 or 500 more pounds than the recommended amount of weight. Of course buying used truck, it is nearly impossible to pick a rear axle ratio, as you are relying on the dealership back in 2015 deciding to order a bunch of F-150's with either the 3.31 or 3.54 rear axle. And the new buyer picking the truck that you want, and now wanting to sell it today. Not actually good odds, and I would not hold my breath until the right rear axle ratio shows up. Just buy the pickup and enjoy it. Know that the 3.31 ratio will typically get slightly higher MPG. But who really cars? If you drive the truck only about 5,000 miles a year, then you will perhaps spend as much on insurance as gas.
Golden_HVAC 08/16/22 08:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Back to truck campers

I guess the advantage of the truck and camper is that you could use the pickup when you have a place to unload your camper. I have seen some campgrounds that allowed unloading the camper at the site, but some have rules against that. Electric jacks can be helpful, and unload the camper in a few minutes. But I guess the easy way to go camping is a class C motorhome, in the 18- 24 foot long range, perhaps with a rear full size bed, (sometimes with the bath on the drivers side) or queen in the back with a split bath that is forward of the bedroom. It would end up about the same length of the truck camper, without the very high center of gravity. Being built into the van chassis, the water tank, and most of the weight is not 3 feet off the ground, like in a truck camper. I had a truck camper, then moved up to a 27' class C, and then up to a 30' class A without a slide out (1997 model). I liked each of them, and each was a improvement in water tank size, stability, and easy use. The camper had about 20 gallons of water, the class C about 25, and the class A has 100 gallon fresh water tank, 17,000 GVWR, and 2,734 pound of cargo rating (including water and anything else you might want to add to the RV). I lived in the class A, and was able to get 3 weeks without refilling the fresh water tank, and dumping the black water. I don't think I would ever move back to a camper, but might get a A-Frame hardside pop up, like Aliner. That is something that is light enough to tow with my Ford Edge, and get about 15 MPG, instead of the 7 mpg of my class A motorhome. Even at 7 mpg, the motorhome did not cost all that much in fuel, because I never really drove it over 5,000 miles in one year, so the $1,200 insurance and fuel costs of around $2,500 a year made up most of the cost of owning it.
Golden_HVAC 08/16/22 08:31pm Truck Campers
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