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Surgtech94

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Posted: 07/08/22 05:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for all the information. I need to start researching

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Our first TT was a Starcraft Autumnridge no slide. We pulled it with two Suburbans and eventually a 1 ton truck. Scariest driving I ever experienced. Once we traded the last Suburban for a long bed GMC 3500 we barely noticed the trailer back there. We upgrade our TT several times same with our trucks. I would never again tow a TT with anything less than 3/4 ton ( and would prefer 1 ton ).

We are hauling a Host Everest with a 2019 Chevrolet 3500 Dually. We are considering a Dodge 5500 for various reasons the main one payload.

Good luck with your search.


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5100lbs dry? That can easily push 6500lbs loaded. That will exceed the tow limits of most mid size SUVs. You’d be easily within the range of any half ton with a turbo V6 or V8. A tuck will have a longer wheelbase than an SUV and be more stable.

Since you specifically mention a Tundra and buying used I would recommend checking it out. They are reliable and will hold value over the long run. The drivetrain is bulletproof. It is geared for towing and won’t even notice that weight except for in MPGs, it is thirsty. The Taco is a little undersized for what you want to tow.


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Posted: 07/08/22 10:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

camp-n-family wrote:

5100lbs dry? That can easily push 6500lbs loaded. That will exceed the tow limits of most mid size SUVs. You’d be easily within the range of any half ton with a turbo V6 or V8. A tuck will have a longer wheelbase than an SUV and be more stable.

Since you specifically mention a Tundra and buying used I would recommend checking it out. They are reliable and will hold value over the long run. The drivetrain is bulletproof. It is geared for towing and won’t even notice that weight except for in MPGs, it is thirsty. The Taco is a little undersized for what you want to tow.


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My old v6 Taco which was rated for towing 6500#, and was pushing it while towing my 5000# (OTR) TT. My Tundra was rated for a 9800# tow, and was pushing it with a 7000# (OTR) TT.

The Tacoma was great for short hauls and flat ground while the Tundra had more than enough power anywhere. Both were gas hogs, and I would not want to pull any more weight with either truck. I’m sure you would be more than happy with a 5.7l Tundra which has 380 HP and 401 ft lbs of torque.

More weight than the 7k that I had behind the Tundra, and I would think about a ¾ ton in your favourite flavour. The trailer was 30’ tongue to bumper, and was a bit of a handful on a windy day.


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Ford Ranger w/2.3L I4 EcoBoost has a max towing capacity of 7,000 lbs.

F150 w/2.7L V6 EcoBoost has a max towing capacity of 10,000 lbs.


Surgtech94 wrote:

Thank you for all the information. I need to start researching


When shopping and comparing it is good to remember that a very small percentage of the trucks are set up to tow the max. If you decide you want a 150, for example, make sure the 1 you pick has the capacity you need.
Somebody mentioned "Future Proof. That does not just mean larger trailer. Say in the past 95% of the miles you put on TV where without trailer, a lot of the compromise had to lean towards driving without the trailer. You say you plan to drive a lot less miles. Are you going to tow about the same as before? Then the compromise might lean more to tow performance. And your trips. Working we would often go out on Friday, come home Sunday. After we retired, we often leave home Sunday morning, come home Friday. And because we leave morning we sometimes go farther

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You have research to do, but I will tell you that I was shocked when I towed for the first time with my new 2021 F150 with 2.7 V6... It basically blows the doors off my previous truck, 2008 F250 with 5.4 V8.

As posted earlier, the newer turbo engines combined with 10 speed auto trans are a world of difference, for the better, then the V-8 engines with 3-5 speed trannys.

Also, fuel mileage when not towing is amazing. 26mpg highway, 20mpg around town. For a pickup truck!


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Thanks everyone for the education! I really appreciate the advice and information. Whatever vehicle, probably a truck will see more miles being a Tow Vehicle. We’ve had good luck with Dodge but looking at other options. I think the older Toyota Tundras were V8 but the new ones are V6 ? Probably the main focus is going to be Dodge, Toyota Tundra and Ford. Our 1/2 ton Ram with the TT does move some in the wind, so maybe a 3/4 ton especially if we stayed with Dodge.

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camp-n-family wrote:

5100lbs dry? That can easily push 6500lbs loaded. That will exceed the tow limits of most mid size SUVs. You’d be easily within the range of any half ton with a turbo V6 or V8. A tuck will have a longer wheelbase than an SUV and be more stable.

Since you specifically mention a Tundra and buying used I would recommend checking it out. They are reliable and will hold value over the long run. The drivetrain is bulletproof. It is geared for towing and won’t even notice that weight except for in MPGs, it is thirsty. The Taco is a little undersized for what you want to tow.
1400 lbs in a 25 foot trailer - WOW!

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Though I think the newer gas V6s (non-turbocharged) would do what you want, I think they would work hard. Just about any V8 (or equivalent power) truck would do well for you. I firmly believe Ram builds a lot of play into their numbers. Their GVWR is miles from their GAWR. My 2015 Ram with 5.7L V8 tows our 6000 - 6500 lb trailer with ease and stability under all conditions. And that's with various loads in the truck that are usually over the GVWR, but under GAWR.

I agree with the statement earlier that anything in the last 8 years or so would be adequate as long as you go by the manufacturers numbers and it's been well maintained.


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Posted: 07/09/22 11:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lwiddis wrote:

Do the nominated trucks all have sufficient payload for an estimated 650 to 700 pounds of tongue weight and your family with what you want to carry in the truck? And I believe those trucks all have a shorter wheelbase than your current Ram…one of the reasons I moved from a Tahoe to a 1500.


Problem is once he loads up, it's likely going to be up around 7000lb with a hitch weight of 800-1000lb.

Even with the 1/2 ton trucks, pay attention to the payload numbers. They can vary from 950lb to 2500lb. Toward the upper end, that's plenty. At the lower end, you are likely to be overloaded.

The turbo V6's will have plenty of power but will the chassis be able to handle it.

Currently have an F250 on a similar size trailer (had it before buying the current trailer) and it tows real nice. I wouldn't object to an appropriately spec'd 1/2 ton but 3/4 ton doesn't cost much more.


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