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Old 04-09-2016, 10:48 AM   #15
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Experienced some high transmission temps in Ozarks, Rockies, and Beeline Highway in our F-150 pulling our 30' FC. Strain on transmission. Switched to Duramax. No more problems. Very smooth and powerful up and down wherever we go. Cost 15k, but worth it for us.

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Old 04-09-2016, 10:48 AM   #16
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I also have a 2011 F-150 EB, which did well towing our 2015 23D. We now have a 2008 Safari 28' and I can definitely tell the difference. Overall it does great, but anything over a 6% grade causes the trans temp to rise. The most noticeable difference is the braking ability and tendency for the truck brakes to heat up, even with the trailer brakes adjusted and working as they should.
As soon as the 2017 F-250 diesel is released, I plan on placing my order!

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Old 04-09-2016, 10:49 AM   #17
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On My 1/2 ton ford pickups, after a year on the road the rear wheel bearings and seals would go bad, not a problem with the 3/4 ton....and the tail quit wagging the dog...
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:50 AM   #18
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F150 to F250 to's all about the suspension, horsepower and torque...
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:15 PM   #19
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Pay $400 and get a set of Firestone airbags on the rear springs and you will love the difference in stability in your 150.
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Old 04-09-2016, 12:34 PM   #20
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250 is better than the 150 , 350 is better than the 250, 450 is better than the 350, 550 is better than the 450 for towing .
you will drive yourself nuts.
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:44 PM   #21
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Went from a 2013 F 150 Lariet crew cab towing an SOB. Bought a 2013 FC. The 150 pulled well but the travel bug hit and we starting camping a lot. Payload in the 150 did it in as well as future travel plans to Alaska in 2014 and Newfoundland in 2015.

Two things I really miss in the 150, great comfortable ride and the back seat area was flat for our dog, Jake. Had to get used to the rougher ride of the 2014 250 super crew diesel. Had to build a platform for Jake and a ramp. BUT, will never look the 250 even though it had a puney 26 gal tank which I immediately changed out to a Titan 50 gal. We are now planning a year plus long journey in our new to us 2008 Classic 30, two kayaks, two bikes on front, and with some luck, Jake will still be with us. 53,000 plus miles on t he 250 in 22 months. Love the truck
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Old 04-09-2016, 02:34 PM   #22
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F150 to F250

Our first TV was a F150 with a 3.5 Ecoboost and. 3.73 rear axle to tow a 28'FC. The truck performed well even in the low hills of the Smokies. But once I took it to the scales I realized We were over the payload. I now have a F250 Diesel and love it. Towing could not be easier and the gas mileage is pretty much the same. Weight distribution is not so much an issue. Now I have plenty of payload. The only issue is that the F250 is not an easy truck to take into town. Parking can be challenging.
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Old 04-09-2016, 03:09 PM   #23
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Well we had to move from a F150 so we went to a F250 4x4 diesel because the 150 was just not cutting it. The F250 can pull like a dozer in any terrain. We are really pleased with the move. Plus I did move from a 5th wheel to a bumper pull and in just that decision went from 11,000 lbs. of weight to pull down to 7,900 lbs. Happy with both of those decisions.

Good luck and Happy Camping !
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Old 04-09-2016, 03:43 PM   #24
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I pull a Winnebago ONE 26 trailer, 7700#, with Ford Excursion 4X4; 425 Hp V10 - no problems at all. Also 34' Featherlite, 8800#, when OHV & 2 Kawa dual sports are on board. I also pull both trailers with E250 HD based Coach House running a roller cam 285 Hp 5.8L V8.
These TVs weigh in range of 7,500 to 8,800 #.
Both are very stable on the open road.
I u/s running a small displacement light weight TV is elegant and can lower fuel burn. Heavy large displacement TVs have their use, also.
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Old 04-09-2016, 05:33 PM   #25
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Lots of great input. Again, thank you.
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Old 04-09-2016, 05:40 PM   #26
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We have never, ever felt pushed around with two different 1/2 ton Ram trucks and ProPride hitch. Are Fords that bad?

Or are the tire sidewalls on your truck too squishy? Air up the truck tires to maximum sidewall stated pressure and try it. What tire size do you have now? Tall sidewall P-rated tires can be squishy.
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Old 04-09-2016, 08:35 PM   #27
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Does everyone's preference for the 3/4 ton trucks change if this vehicle is also your daily driver? We have had our first AS for a year now and I always thought we would go with a 3/4 ton truck as our tow vehicle. However, this is also my commuting vehicle and after driving a friend's very nice (and very expensive) GMC Sierra 2500 diesel I reconsidered our options. It is a VERY nice truck but it felt really heavy driving around town especially accelerating. Even with 800 lb ft of torque and 400 hp it was slow to get all that mass moving. We ultimately ended up going with a new aluminum F150 EB 6.5 bed. Payload is just over 1700 which is certainly plenty for our 19" International. We would someday like to trade up to a 27' and I suspect the F150 could do well with this size and weight of trailer. The EB engine in the lighter aluminum body truck really moves when not towing and has proven to have plenty of power crossing the Sierras. If we ever step up to a Classic I am sure we would benefit from a 3/4 ton, but the new F150 seems like a great TV for just about everything else.
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:09 PM   #28
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Great Post

We are in the same boat, looking at 3/4 tons....
Thanks for all the info and thanks for making this post.....Andy

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