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This is surly not the first post like this and probably not the last, but I am a newbie looking at purchasing a Rockwood mini lite 2304s dry wt. 5654, GVW 7660. I have never towed before. Finding the right tow vehicle is down right confusing so i”m looking for some advise from the experts! I don’t feel comfortable taking advice from car and rv sales people. Don’t want to overkill it, but also don’t to want to be underpowered driving in the mountains which will be a minimum of once a year up to the North Carolina mountains (Linville area). I’m assuming a 1/2 ton is sufficient. Looked mainly at the Ford F 150 2.7 and 3.5 EcoBoost engines so far. Thinking the 2.7 is too small. I would like any and all advice on any of the big 3 pickups but mainly advice on the appropriate pickup engine for the weight of the trailer. Thanks

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Welcome to the forums! Congrats on your decision to join the RV lifestyle. Lots of good information on these forums and lots of good folks to share experiences, advise, and opinions. Sift through the fool-hardiness, and sometimes the bickering back-and-forth, and through it all, you'll find your answers. Just remember, in the end, the final answer and solution to your situation is yours. We can recommend and give our advise, but it's still your call in the end.

So, to give an answer to your question ... looks like you may need to tow that trailer with one of these!

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So, now that the SHOCK is over! [emoticon] Sorry, I just had to play with your brain! You are looking at an F150, 1500 tow vehicle at a minimum. Of course, bigger will make a more pleasant towing experience.

The thing you need to consider, is not how much it can tow, but how much weight can you put on the hitch and still be in specs of the tow vehicle.

Many folks tow similar size and weight trailers very comfortable with F150, 1500 vehicles. You also need to consider what you use the tow vehicle for when NOT towing a trailer, and how long do you plan on keeping the trailer before you decide to get something bigger, which will result in a bigger, heftier tow vehicle. So, getting an F250 / 2500 size right now, might make better since if you decide to go up in weight and size on a trailer in 2 or 3 years.

I think it is safe to say, most people go through 2 campers before they get the one they really wanted in the beginning. So, camper #3 is usually the one you wish you would have started with #1. So, when consider tow vehicles, consider how long you plan on keeping it, and that may persuade to go with a more robust tow vehicle from the beginning.


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F150, 3.5. With the max tow package should cover it. If you think you may want a bigger trailer in the future, then further consideration may be necessary. If you're like me, I kept my first trailer for 12 years.





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If you do EB get the 3.5!

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The bighest problem with a 150 ecoboost is cost. You can actually buy a nicely equipped 250/2500 for the same money and have a truck that you can grow into and have better resale value down the road. A 2500 will also allow you to grow when you decide its time for more trailer.


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I wouldn't assume a 1/2 ton is sufficient. Some of the newer ones with high payload packages and low axle gear ratios will be fine; others will not. Although others here might suggest you will be fine with a 6 cylinder engine, I would strongly recommend against that no matter what any salesman, marketing document, or review online states. Get at least a small V8.

Make sure you have at least 1000 pounds of payload leftover after you subtract the curb weight from the GVWR and also the weight of any passengers or other equipment you're going to have in the truck itself. Personally I think that buying a 1/2 ton truck with the intention of trailering is a poor idea, but as long as you keep the weight and size modest, it doesn't present a serious problem.

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all I can tell you is a 1/2 ton and a 3/4 is like night and day difference. I used to tow with a 1/2 ton and with the trucks passing you or the wind in general, power, and the truck being able to perform, a 3/4 will not let you down in satisfaction and safety. I would only buy a 1/2 again if all I wanted was to haul a sheet of plywood. I believe in my 3/4 ton that much

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donn0128 wrote:

The bighest problem with a 150 ecoboost is cost. You can actually buy a nicely equipped 250/2500 for the same money and have a truck that you can grow into and have better resale value down the road. A 2500 will also allow you to grow when you decide its time for more trailer.


Sure, if you are comparing a Platinum Eco F150 to say an XL F250 with the 6.2 gas engine...

I have to admit, I have not been on a dealers lot since 2014... Have no need for a new truck at this point in MY life... [emoticon]

But, when I bought my little F150 in 2014, I DID look at the F250's and they were a lot more $$ unless you were looking at an XL 6.2 reg cab F250....

I still have the first TT I bought back in 2002 and I know most folks get bigger and bigger rigs as their family grows.. I get that..

To the OP, in the end, you just need what you need today and without any past towing or RV experience, I can't say one way or the other what to tell you... Until you have towed overweight, or anything for that matter, you are going to learn just like I did when I was 16 years old and worked on a farm and towed more overweight stuff than I can remember.. I'm 55 now, so been doing this stuff for some time, but nothing like the experience of others on here, so we are are all in the same boat in the end..

Good luck!

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old guy wrote:

all I can tell you is a 1/2 ton and a 3/4 is like night and day difference. I used to tow with a 1/2 ton and with the trucks passing you or the wind in general, power, and the truck being able to perform, a 3/4 will not let you down in satisfaction and safety. I would only buy a 1/2 again if all I wanted was to haul a sheet of plywood. I believe in my 3/4 ton that much


Really.... Man I thought I was out of touch with things...

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MitchF150 wrote:

old guy wrote:

all I can tell you is a 1/2 ton and a 3/4 is like night and day difference. I used to tow with a 1/2 ton and with the trucks passing you or the wind in general, power, and the truck being able to perform, a 3/4 will not let you down in satisfaction and safety. I would only buy a 1/2 again if all I wanted was to haul a sheet of plywood. I believe in my 3/4 ton that much


Really.... Man I thought I was out of touch with things...

Mitch


I actually agree with this. I wouldn't have a household without a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup truck. Buying a 1/2 ton truck knowing that you're going to be trailering is not well advised. 1/2 ton trucks are designed for people who mostly want a truck, but do not need a truck. While they have become more capable over time, they lack the features that come standard on 3/4 and 1 ton trucks for trailering.

Do 1/2 ton trucks work for trailering? For the right trailer, sure. But can you honestly say you would rather tow 8000 pounds with a max payload package 1/2 ton vs. a random 3/4 ton? The 3/4 ton comes with heavier springs, a full floating rear axle, lower gears, a heavier duty transmission, maybe overload springs, and E rated tires. And that's without specifying any additional options!

To me that's a no-brainer.

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