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Posted: 03/22/22 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

southernsky wrote:

Do yourself a favor and go with a 3/4 ton. More than you may need but the comfort in pulling is priceless.


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Not much in common between a rv trailer vs a motor homes other than appliances.
Check out these 5th wheel trailers under 27' clicky link .
I bought my first two truck camper from these folks in the '70s so they have been around many years.

Trailer length doesn't have much in common with a 1/2 ton truck load carrying ability as a 25' 5th wheel trailer gvwrs and hitch weight can vary greatly. As was mentioned a 25' 5th wheel trailer can require a truck with 2000 lbs+ of rear axle payloads.

Which brings up the F150 truck. The F150 has over a dozen different gvwrs but more importantly five different rawrs all depending on year models.
Rawr (rear axle weight rating) will carry all the hitch load....weight of a 5th wheel hitch...other stuff in the bed.
This list will give you a idea of all the different F150 gvwr/rawr. As I mentioned these F150 numbers have changed a bit depending on year models.
#1 and #2 would be the only number I would recommend for a 25' 5th wheel trailer.
F150 also has a good "max tow" option....but has nothing to do with carrying more weight.
Many F150 owners like the 3.5 ecoboost engine for mid 20s mpg when not towing. Strong engine at 390 hp and 470 torque.

#1. 8200-7850 gvwr...4800 rawr....2500 lb in the bed payloads.

#2. 7550-7600 gvwr...4550 rawr... 2200 lb in the bed payloads

#3. 7050 gvwr...4050 rawr... 1800 lb in the bed payloads

#4. 6750-6800 gvwr...3800 rawr...1500 lb in the bed payloads.


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I haven't bought a truck yet, just thought a F-150 would be good, now I'm learning otherwise. Good info. Thanks

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Another one that agrees with Southensky. Go with the 2500 and don't look back!

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supercub wrote:

I haven't bought a truck yet, just thought a F-150 would be good, now I'm learning otherwise. Good info. Thanks


Buying a truck, with the intent of towing a FW, a HD is better choice. A HD may also have the FW prep option. I took it that you already had the 150. A 250 gas will not cost much more than 150, but the gas mileage when not towing, is not nearly as good, if that is a concern.

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The F150 is a great truck like my 1500…but not for a 5er.


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you'll blow through most F150 payload before you even put TP in the trailer. If it's the unicorn high capacity F150, you may get away with it on a light 5er. Lot of ifs here.

Much better off with F250, but at that point might as well step up to F350.

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supercub wrote:

I haven't bought a truck yet, just thought a F-150 would be good, now I'm learning otherwise. Good info. Thanks
Yeah..... finding the right new or used F150 with the higher gvwr/rawr for carrying a 25' 5th wheel trailers isn't always easy as finding a 250/2500 truck. Ram/GM/Ford 3/4 ton gives you a lot more of every thing to choose from.

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southernsky wrote:

Do yourself a favor and go with a 3/4 ton. More than you may need but the comfort in pulling is priceless.


Why not go all the way and purchase a 1 ton? Now THAT is all you will every need, unless you end up upgrading down the road to a monster FW. Our current TV and FW match up perfectly with a little weight room to spare.


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ReneeG wrote:

southernsky wrote:

Do yourself a favor and go with a 3/4 ton. More than you may need but the comfort in pulling is priceless.


Why not go all the way and purchase a 1 ton? Now THAT is all you will every need, unless you end up upgrading down the road to a monster FW. Our current TV and FW match up perfectly with a little weight room to spare.



Little room to spare?

The info I saw was your RV has a 14k GVWR? That is in 3500 SRW territory and looks like your truck is a DRW. What makes you combo so close on ratings?

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