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luberhill

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Posted: 07/09/18 11:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ok we have been looking for a good under 30 ft motorhome.. just wife me and dog..didn’t want a toad so figured stay under 30
Haven’t been able to find a A or a C used that didn’t have issues... thinking of going new if we can around 60k or less
Now we are seeing lots of TT’s and thinking I alread have a F150 4x4 5 liter V8 truck...
What are the pros and cons of one over the other ???
Do TT’s have onboard generators ??? How would my truck pull a decent sized one ???


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What year is your truck?

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Only a few travel trailers have on-board gens.


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Truck is a 2013 crew cab Liarat with tow pkg.. also has trailer buttons on dash,,, don’t know what they do.. also has tow haul mode

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Towing capacity is here:

https://www.ford.com/resources/ford/general/pdf/towingguides/13flrv&tt_f150.pdf

As you can see, a lot of variables depending on rear axle ratio, engine, and other features.

As for the dashboard buttons, probably the built in factory brake controller for the trailer brakes.

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We had options years ago and decided, and still do to this day, to stick with a truck and a travel trailer (opposed to 5er or MH). Why? Because of the separation value. We don't have to have a Toad, and we can park the camper and use the tow vehicle to run around.

There's pros and cons in every choice. This is our logic, your's can definitely be different, and that's perfectly OK. There are no rights or wrongs. All that matters is your decision fits your lifestyle and you are happy with it.

From all that I've gathered, read, studied, and learned about truck size and RV trailer ownership, this seems to be a near-miss rule:

F150 / 1500 vehicles OK to tow trailers (any kind) up to about 23 feet with no problem. (Gas)

F250 / 2500 vehicles OK to tow trailers (of any kind) from 23 feet to 31-32 feet with no problem. (Gas)

F350 / 3500 vehicles (single wheel) 31-36 foot trailers with no problem (Gas)

F350 / 3500 vehicles (dual wheel) pretty much anything (Diesel), Dual wheel best for longer, heavier Fifth Wheel trailers.

Diesel anything will tow the same trailer easier than it's sister gas model.

Generators? I don't know of any travel trailers that come with generators, but have bumped into a few owners that modified their campers to have one permanently installed (very creative ways actually). Most travel trailer owners will carry a portable generator for those that camp off the grid.


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I have a 40' DP we keep in the south west and a TT we keep in Alaska because we're not going to drive the DP back and forth and the DP is a little on the large size for regular use in Alaska. I tow the TT with a 3/4T 4X4 CC long bed diesel truck.

Since I currently own and use both of them, when I had to hitch up the TT a couple of days ago, the first thought is always how much easier and faster it is to get the MH on the road.

Motor Home
1. Unhook water sewer & elect
2. Pull in slides
3. Push button from inside to raise jacks
3.a. For set up the leveling is automatic
4. Hook up Toad - takes about 2 minutes, but you won't have one
5. Drive off

Tow Trailer
1. Unhook water sewer & elect
2. Pull in slides
3. Go outside with drill to raise four stabilizer jacks
3.a. Take out wheel locks if you use them between the tires
4. Back up the truck to hitch, hook it up
5. Install WD bars and anti-sway bar to hitch
6. Raise the TT hitch to install the WD bars - hope you have elect jack
7. Install electrical cord, safety chains and break-away cable
8. Pull forward drive off leveling boards and stow them
8.a. When parking, play the leveling game because it isn't automatic like the MH
9. Load and secure the generator - very few trailers have built-in generators
10. Make sure you fill up the generator fuel can when you fill the truck
11. Don't forget to stow the steps, they're not automatic like the MH
12. Stow the wooden blocks under the jack, raise the jack fully

If it's hot outside while traveling in MH you can always start the generator by pushing a button and then another button for air conditioning. When you get someplace the MH is cool all the way to the back. Very few TTs have a generator built in that you can do that with. Even if it does, you'll have to stop to start it up.

While there are a million TT owners out there towing with a 1/2T truck that they swear tows just fine and they're happy with them, you'll find a lot more people that have switched from a 1/2T to a 3/4T than the other way around. Most that use a 1/2T had them before they started towing so they're using what they have. Some bought them because they'll fit in their garage. Others because they want better fuel mileage as they're using them for their DD. Me, I'll stay with my 3/4T diesel, I wouldn't want to tow my 26' TT with anything less.

My TT works well for Alaska with its smaller, off the road places so I'll certainly keep it for up here, but for stateside, I'm always happy to be using the MH instead of the TT.

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Your Lariat will have a lower payload rating because all the Lariat bling adds weight to the truck.
We aren't fans of MHs, since you have two drivetrains to maintain.

What would you consider a "decent sized" trailer? It different for everyone. One would consider a 14' trailer enough while another would want a 35' minimum.
I don't know of any TT, other than Toyhaulers, that have a built-in generator.


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If I already had a truck that would pull the trailer I "wanted" I would just get a trailer.

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luberhill wrote:

Ok we have been looking for a good under 30 ft motorhome.. just wife me and dog..didn’t want a toad so figured stay under 30
Haven’t been able to find a A or a C used that didn’t have issues... thinking of going new if we can around 60k or less
Now we are seeing lots of TT’s and thinking I alread have a F150 4x4 5 liter V8 truck...
What are the pros and cons of one over the other ???
Do TT’s have onboard generators ??? How would my truck pull a decent sized one ???

Won't find a new class a for 60,000 not even close

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