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Posted: 06/27/19 12:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

rollindowntheroad wrote:

Does anyone have a 5th wheel that they say can be towed by a 1/2 ton truck? Are you actually towing it with a 1/2 ton truck and what kind of truck do you have?
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There is no need to add a aux tranny cooler on these new trucks unless your pulling 4k-5k lbs above the truck makers GCWR.
Like all add ons like a tranny cooler, the time to add them is when tranny temps run hot continually. Same for air bags/SuperSprings/etc.

I've put over a dozen truck in commercial service and always made some runs first to see if anything needs help.

Look at the F150HDPP platform. Its not just a F150 with bigger springs but has a heavier main frame....9.75"HD rear axle....load E tires and wheels.....larger brake rotors....3.5 EB engine with more HP/torque than many 3/4 ton gazz trucks.
This is the top F150 and is good for pulling up to around 9k-10k gross weight 5th wheel rv trailer.
That 11400 lb 5th wheel trailer may have 2300-2500 lbs of pin weight. By the time you load the trailer and stuff in the truck it will overload the trucks 4800 RAWR.

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rollindowntheroad wrote:

I went to Towingplanner.com. They have a way you can calculate the Maximum Loaded Trailer weight that you can tow using the payload. I had all the other numbers they asked. According to that I can tow a Maximum weight of 7,600 to 11,400 lbs.


It's such a large range because of different types of trailers can vary greatly in tongue weights. Fivers are usually between 20-25%, bumper pulls 10-15% and boats 5-7%. The boats are again another way that manufacturers get away with advertising such high tow ratings as they have much lighter tongue weights than standards trailers.


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As a Park Host I see many 1/2 tons carrying/Pulling 5er's, most seem to be set up well. I have stated many times while I don't endorse it, I would much rather see a 1/2 ton over GVWR and under axle and tire rating carrying a 5er, than pulling a long TT! Towing a 5er is far more stable then a TT, wind or semi sway is non-existent. With a 3.5 EB, power is not an issue. Most that I see carrying a 5er with a 1/2 ton seem happy with the setup.
As another posted don't get discouraged, go look at a couple RV shows and see what rigs will fill your needs.

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I see a guy in the campground with Ford 150 puling a 35 ft.Montana.He say the truck don't have any problems puling
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If you want to tow a fifth wheel with your 1/2 ton do it. It's just as safe as using a 3/4 ton. The only limiting factor would be not having a full floating rear axle. Although it has been years since I've heard of any axles breaking on a 1/2 ton because of overloading, you might want to be a little careful of pin weight. A Lot of people on here tow with 3/4 tons and bigger and are somewhat limited in ability. They are always down on others that do something a little different then they would be comfortable doing. I can tell you from experience 1/2 tons work just fine as a tow vehicle. Myself, I prefer a 3/4 ton. The only reason being is I can get one with more pulling power then 1/2 ton has. I pull a second trailer behind my 5th wheeler. My second trailer weights 3,400 lbs loaded. Get what you want. Relax and enjoy.


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rollindowntheroad wrote:

Bionic Man wrote:

If you haven’t bought the truck yet why are you so set on an F150?

Because those are in my price range. I don't want to spend $65,000 + on a truck.


I suggest getting online and pricing up a 1/2ton with the ratings and options needed to tow that kind of payload and then compare to the 3/4 or 1 ton.

The $199/month specials they advertise are the ones with 1200lb payload and 4000lb tow ratings (yes, I'm exaggerating but not a lot)

I think you will find, once you option the 1/2ton out...you are up pretty much in the same price range.


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valhalla360 wrote:

rollindowntheroad wrote:

Bionic Man wrote:

If you haven’t bought the truck yet why are you so set on an F150?

Because those are in my price range. I don't want to spend $65,000 + on a truck.


I suggest getting online and pricing up a 1/2ton with the ratings and options needed to tow that kind of payload and then compare to the 3/4 or 1 ton.

The $199/month specials they advertise are the ones with 1200lb payload and 4000lb tow ratings (yes, I'm exaggerating but not a lot)

I think you will find, once you option the 1/2ton out...you are up pretty much in the same price range.
Actually I did just that in March. Depending on incentives in effect, the price is within a couple thousand dollars of each other. However, at least in March, the incentives for the F150 were $8500 more (cheaper) than the F250. And besides that, I have the 3.5 ecoboost and a 10 sp transmission, a combination that is far and away superior (in my opinion); And especially so if you are using it as a daily driver. I dumped my V10 F250 and couldn't be happier.

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Actually I did just that in March. Depending on incentives in effect, the price is within a couple thousand dollars of each other. However, at least in March, the incentives for the F150 were $8500 more (cheaper) than the F250. And besides that, I have the 3.5 ecoboost and a 10 sp transmission, a combination that is far and away superior (in my opinion); And especially so if you are using it as a daily driver. I dumped my V10 F250 and couldn't be happier.


You have a much more reasonable approach - with the truck being a daily driver. OP is asking about a dedicated tow vehicle that he will full time in.

F250/2500 is a better choice, even if it is a little more.

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You have a much more reasonable approach - with the truck being a daily driver. OP is asking about a dedicated tow vehicle that he will full time in.

F250/2500 is a better choice, even if it is a little more.


I'm not sure about this point. How often does the full timer move? And how much time is the TV used for non-towing?

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