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Posted: 10/22/19 12:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Everyone!
My wife and I are looking to buy a truck and trailer within the next year and need some guidance. I posted in the TT forum with this same type of question and I am getting some good responses, but thought I would post here as well just in case there are more/different opinions here.
We are looking to buy a bunkhouse style TT with a GVWR of around 7,500 lbs. To pull it our initial thought was to us a 2018 F150 2 wheel drive V8. The math works on the payload, towing, and gross weight, but it is pushing the upper limits of what the truck is able to do.

What do people here use to pull trailers like this?

What kind of margin do y'all like to keep between what you are pulling and the limits of your truck?

Would it be better to go with a slightly older 3/4 ton truck than a slightly newer 1/2 ton truck?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted: 10/22/19 12:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Before this is all over, I’m sure u will be told to get the 3/4 well no it will be a 3500 dually diesel... lol jk guys. Seriously though some newer 1/2 tons will be fine for that. A 3/4 gas or diesel will work but most likely overkill unless u plan to get a larger camper in the future. Big area on all truck is payload. Check on your camper how much tongue weight it will put on the truck plus the extras that you carry. Passengers, toys ect... most half ton trucks give u minimal 1500 lbs payload, some up to 2400. While some diesel 3/4 tons have a payload of 2400.... cause of the weight of the engine. Gas 3/4 will give you 2900 at least. Don’t get caught up in the hype of how much any vehicle will tow... the manufacturer always uses the most base of trucks to get that number. Ford does offer a nice equipped 1/2 ton F150 with ecoboost with a great payload over 2k. Hope this helps, I’m sure others will chime in.


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Posted: 10/22/19 12:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wonder how many times we are going to hear "You can never have too much truck" or "I never heard someone complain that they had too much truck"....

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1/2 to 3/4 difference
1/2 to 3/4 again
1/2 to 3/4 again again

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Posted: 10/22/19 12:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the truck is truly equipped to handle the full GVWR you should be just fine. Payload can still be an issue if you start to accumulate other items to fill the truck bed. I would go F150 with max towing and max payload options.


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I tow a 28 foot TT with a GVWR slightly above yours with a Ford F150, 3.5L ecoboost, 10 spd transmission, HDPP and couldn't be happier. You won't find a F150 with the HDPP on the lot, it will have to be ordered. Best truck I ever owned, even better then the F250 I just got rid of. 10± mpg towing, 15± mpg as a daily driver 20+ mpg on the freeway.

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If you know you're within GVWR and GCWR and not overloading any axle, then you have your answer. I would take any 1/2 ton ratings with a grain of salt though, and honestly I wouldn't buy a 1/2 ton truck with the intention of pulling anything if I had not yet purchased the truck. If I already owned it and I was sure I was within all ratings, I probably wouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about it, though.

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I towed 7200 lbs with an F150 that had the Max Tow option with 1857 lbs for CCC. I had 900-9500 for tongue weight. The F150 had the 145" WB.
The TT was 31' long. I never really felt that comfortable towing it until I got a Hensley Arrow WDH.
It always felt like the TT and truck were never one with each other. I traded the F150 in on a Ram 2500 CC LB diesel. Not comparing power because thats not the issue. Handling was way way better. The longer WB and heavier weight help to put the truck in control of the TT.
JMHO but if you want a relaxed in control feel then opt for a 3/4 ton gas truck.

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I'm a half ton truck guy pulling 5,200 pounds. For 7,500 pounds I'd say 3/4 ton. Are you sure the max tongue weight on the F150 won't be exceeded on a 7,500 pound TT?


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Posted: 10/22/19 02:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Once the numbers have been satisfied it becomes a personal preference thing. One guy will take a truck and trailer out for a drive and claim they could not feel the trailer behind them. A different guy can take the same exact trailer and truck out on the same roads in the same conditions, and claim they were being pushed all over the road.


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