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Posted: 09/28/19 12:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“The GVWR on the tt is 5,800lbs. If I add some food/luggage and things I may end up around 6,000 to 6,500lbs, that's why I was thinking 6500 should work.”

Water...50 gallons...425 pounds. Now add propane, kid bicycles and toys outdoor rug, fire wood etc. Try 1200 to 1500 pounds in stuff.


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otterslide wrote:

MitchF150 wrote:

If the trailer GVWR is #5800, that's the max it can weigh.. You must mean that's it's "dry weight" and when you load it up, it can go up to it's GVWR. That was about the dry weight for my trailer. It's GVWR is #7000.

I've got 82,000 miles on my 13 F150 Ecoboost and it's only been in the shop for the couple of recalls on it (brake booster and transmission reflash of the program).

Oh, my truck has a 'tow rating' of #11,300... I feel maxed out with my #7000 TT. You will not enjoy towing a #6000 TT with that V6 Ram at all... I say that knowing what a difference it was towing a #5000 TT with my truck and then getting the #7000 TT with the same truck... Big difference!

But, every truck is different and no matter what make, model you get, there will ALWAYS be some that are a POS and some that shine..

Good luck!

Mitch


Ok, looks like I misunderstood what GVWR is, so the trailer will be a bit lighter than I thought then.
Dry Weight 3,914 lbs.
Payload Capacity 1,526 lbs.
GVWR 5,800 lbs.
Hitch Weight 380 lbs.

You have a pretty strong truck, and fast too. Surprising that you need such a big buffer to feel good towing.
How much worse does the MPG get when you're towing vs. not towing?
Thanks.


Yep, you didnt use GVWR correctly. Based on those numbers, if correct, almost any 1/2 ton would work. A 2.7 Ecoboost would work also and get better mileage than anything else in your price range.
BUT if you think you might upgrade to something bigger in the future, look for a bigger truck now.

I have had no problems with my F150 3.5 Ecoboost and love it. I average 10-11mpg towing, 16-17mpg mixed and often get 20mpg highway. I've been towing from Washington to Arizona every year, for the past 3 years and it has been stellar.


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MitchF150 wrote:

I had my little #5000 TT for 16 years and traded it in for 1/2 the price I paid for it brand new back in 2002!

Good luck!

Mitch


Which trailer model did you have?
Thanks again, I'm narrowing down on a few trucks in my area now. I'll try to get something with enough extra towing capacity.

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otterslide wrote:

MitchF150 wrote:

I had my little #5000 TT for 16 years and traded it in for 1/2 the price I paid for it brand new back in 2002!

Good luck!

Mitch


Which trailer model did you have?
Thanks again, I'm narrowing down on a few trucks in my area now. I'll try to get something with enough extra towing capacity.


It was a 2003 Prowler Lynx 722F. I told the dealer over the phone what it was and how it was kept and that it never had any leaks and always maintained with a cover during the winter and on and on..

When he tossed out a trade in price of $6500 I paused a few seconds and finally said "Okay, that sounds pretty good.."

I was expecting maybe $3000 at most and would have taken that!

We made the deal, and the dealer still had not physically seen it. I even asked him if he really needed to see it first.. He said "no, if it's not how you say it is, then we will talk, but if it's as you say, it's a deal". I didn't lie about anything. We had done a lot of mods to it as well, and I told him of all of those and even still had the original parts that I included with it.

We spent 2 days unloading and cleaning it up. Once we got all our stuff out, cleaned it from top to bottom, it really cleaned up nice! I was impressed and felt really good about it when I towed it to them to pick up the new trailer.

They looked it over and said it's a deal and I drove off with the new trailer.

Come to find out they have already sold it, but don't know what they sold it for...

So, in the end, covering it up all these years paid off in the end!

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Good luck!

Mitch


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My trailer weighs 6700 lb loaded for travel. I first towed it with a 2012 Silverado 5.3 6spd 3:42. That worked fine.

Now I have a 2017 Silverado 5.3 8spd 3:42. This engine has 40 more HP than the 2012. It handles the trailer with ease.

We go about 10 000 miles a year all across the continent.


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[image] ready to go camping this combination pulls great
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I am a contractor, and have had a 2012 5.7 Toyota supercrew Tundra since new. I pull trailers for work, as well as my 7000 lb boat with it. Other than brakes and tires, I have done very little as far as repairs. It has 90,000 miles on it. Even though I live in Ontario, it is pretty much rust free, and the frame is spotless. My cousin has the same year Dodge Ram, and it is a rust bucket. Any half ton will comfortably pull 5000 to 6000 lbs, but the small engines of some might not be desirable. The tundra has 380hp, and while it gets 16 mpg, it has plenty of hp to get you up that big hill, or onto the highway safely. Just thought I would add this as no one had any real life opinion on the Tundra.

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...When he tossed out a trade in price of $6500 I paused a few seconds and finally said "Okay, that sounds pretty good.."

I was expecting maybe $3000 at most and would have taken that!

We made the deal, and the dealer still had not physically seen it.

Come to find out they have already sold it, but don't know what they sold it for...


Early this spring we purchased a brand new class C. We traded in our well-loved and old (1980's era) class C. I traded it in because I didn't want to deal with flaky Craigslist people, and I was willing to take some loss for the convenience of a trade-in.

At negotiation time my wife threw out a ridiculous number (in my opinion) for the trade-in which was borderline embarrassing. It was literally at least $1k more than I could have ever gotten on Craigslist if I spent a weekend cleaning/detailing and then the planets aligned so the one-in-a-million unicorn buyer showed up with cash.

They (Camping World) immediately accepted the first offer with no issues, sight unseen, based on my verbal report of condition (I didn't lie or stretch the truth.) I did not overpay for the new unit, based on my extensive research on average purchase price of my specific unit nationally. Even if I did "over pay," I don't care, I love my new rig and I'm happy with the terms.

I was later told by my Camping World salesman that they have a "standing order" for "cheaper" (<10k) RV's with clean title-in-hand (no lien) and my rig was sold before I even proposed it as a trade in.

When I arrived in my old camper to pick up the new one, it seemed to me they cared about two things: the trade-in ran and drove and I had a clear no-lien title in my hand to sign over. Done deal. I was thrilled.

I have never traded in an old vehicle before but in this case it was the best possible outcome for me. I believe the story I was told about <10k rigs selling quickly for dealers. I don't know what they sold my old rig for and really I don't care, it was well cared for and will make a new family happy.

Just my story.


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My feeling is that the OP and some others are wrongly fixated on towing MPG rather than weights, floorplans, and reputation of manufacturer of trailer. When you are towing a trailer, you are going to get 8-10mpg no matter the truck/trailer combination unless you have a diesel. If that is the case you will probably get around 10-12mpg.

High miles per gallon of fuel just do not go together when you talk RVing. This is coming from someone who has towed RV's for many years with both gas and diesel trucks and cars. Started in the early 1960's towing with a Chev El Camino and Suburban - each with the largest engine GM made at the time, then with a Dodge 2500 w 5.9L gas engine, then a Ford F250 7.3L diesel, then Ram 2500 CTD, and now Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi but not towing anymore. I estimate towing over half a million miles and never got better than 12mpg consistently.
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Not towing now.
Former tow vehicles were 2016 Ram 2500 CTD, 2002 Ford F250, 7.3 PSD


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Maybe consider a 2500 type truck with the gas engine. Any of them should have enough motor to do the job. The 2500’s may not ride as rough as you think. Part of the trick is deflate to rear tires to around 50psi and the fronts to 60. It makes a big difference.
Happy shopping!

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