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Old 05-05-2018, 06:37 AM   #15
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Always remember that "Pulling" a trailer is a lot easier than "Stopping" the Tow Vehicle and Trailer combination.

I understand that many folks here get concerned about Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings and Trailer Towing Capacity and yes the OEM's do design the vehicle with that performance in mind HOWEVER "I" have always been more concerned with STOPPING (Brakes) capability as most folks tend to Overload or Load To Capacity their tow vehicle and trailer combination. This means they tend to run at the limit of weight capacity for their tow/trailer combination and therefore their braking capability is average at best when in perfect new condtion! Throw a few miles of wear and tear on the combination and braking capability becomes less and less.

IF you purchase a tow vehicle with Big Enough BRAKES to STOP your tow/trailer combination you will easily take care of meeting the towing capability ratings of the tow vehicle and trailer combination you choose.
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Old 05-05-2018, 07:29 AM   #16
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I'm pretty sure that braking is part of the calculation for all of the capacity specs.

F150 brakes front 13.8" rear 13.7"
F250/350 brakes front 14.29" rear 14.29"

F150 GVWR 7,000lbs
F250 GVWR 10,000lbs
F350 GVWR 11,500lbs

Not being any kind of engineer, can someone tell me the stopping power comparison between these configurations.

Full disclosure - I have the 350 PS but don't believe everyone needs one
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Old 05-05-2018, 07:46 AM   #17
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If you stick with the base models of a 1/2 ton truck instead of the fancy dancy models the load carrying capacity is usually greater. The fancier the heavier which subtracts from the carrying capacity.
Highly recommend models with "tow/haul" capability.
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Old 05-05-2018, 12:36 PM   #18
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Just my 2 cents.

Tow vehicle weigh's more than what you are towing and/or may tow in the future. If you have never experienced being pushed during a hard stop or a quick/fast evasive maneuver, trust me it is not good.

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Old 06-16-2018, 09:04 AM   #19
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So you'll be towing every 13 weeks? Or will you change locations during your 13 week contract? The F150 might be fine for towing 4 times per year. It's also a comfortable vehicle for around town with a nice ride. Plus decent fuel economy.
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I tow a 27 with a Crewmax Tundra 5.7. Never feel like I need more power, never have had the pedal to the floor. Did s small brake upgrade; using soft Greenstuff pads on the front brakes.
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Old 06-16-2018, 11:58 AM   #21
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I am towing an International Serenity 28 with an Expedition, rated to tow 9200 lbs. No issue towing, but I am right at max payload. It may become an F250 diesel...
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Yup, my 2016 Expedition EcoBoost turned into an F250 Diesel. World of difference towing, and 1000 lbs more payload capacity than the Expedition.
For your situation, I think you will be happier towing with the 3/4 ton.
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:02 PM   #22
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So you'll be towing every 13 weeks? Or will you change locations during your 13 week contract? The F150 might be fine for towing 4 times per year. It's also a comfortable vehicle for around town with a nice ride. Plus decent fuel economy.



I will be towing predominantly every 13 weeks. Will look at staying at RV resorts. May take it for boondocking every now and again! Thank you all for your responses! It has helped me narrow my search down for the F150 Ecoboost 3.5L engine. I will definitely be paying attention to my payload. I understand it all better now thanks to you all!
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