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Old 01-10-2015, 04:17 PM   #21
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Peak torque RPM is more important. So you don't have the transmission "hunting" gears all the time, find peak torque in your owner's manual. If you have to be the first to the top, then it's pedal-to-the-metal and you mileage takes a big dip!
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Old 01-10-2015, 04:51 PM   #22
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I live in the mountains of Colorado much like the mountains of British Columbia.
I have a 3/4th ton tow vehicle and a 25 foot 6300 lb gross vehicle weight trailer. I have towed bigger trailers with smaller trucks.
7,300 empty seems high for a vintage trailer but if rig does weigh that much, you are going be over 8,000 loaded with close to a 1000 pound tongue weight. I would tow it a few miles to and from the lake with a half tonner but wouldn't consider a trucklet for long range towing.
I don't mind roaring up the hill in second or third gear but I really hate getting pushed on steep downhill turns and that smell of burning brakes at the bottom.
I like being able to drive with a 25 mph cross wind or get passed by an 80 mph semi and not notice a thing.
I try not to drive in snow ever, but if I am caught in it (and that is a possibility where I live even in the summer), I don't want a marginal tow vehicle.
I like being able to drive 300 miles in the mountains and arrive at my destination without a big knot between my shoulders.
Since you already have your truck and trailer, hitch it up and see what you think. If you feel as I do, you can always get another truck.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:43 AM   #23
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i have to agree with HANDN about shooting to small on the truck front. i have to wonder if folks who purchase 1/2 ton trucks have had experience with trucks in the past. i know the 1/2 tons i have owned, Ford and Toyota, didn't have the suspension to be able to cope with big trailers, and that with the tow packages. sagging the rear of the truck, maybe that is mitigated to some extent with a weight distribution hitch, is not a great idea. i think the other thing i read is lots of folks with 2 wheel drive trucks. out this way, that is not a very good idea unless you are committed to the interstates and to the big paved snowbird campgrounds of AZ and NM.

if i were not hauling a 10k boat and trailer as well as the AS, i would seriously consider going back to a 1/2 ton. but with long distance towing in mind, what i thought was going to be overkill, has turned into a decision i am happy with. the 1 ton Ford diesel handles the mountain passes and narrow 2 lane roads of WA with ease and gets OK fuel mileage in the process. the notorious side winds of the Columbia gorge were hardly noticed save the trees bent to the ground.

sometimes bigger is better.
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Old 01-11-2015, 09:59 AM   #24
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You got it right in my opinion !l
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:34 AM   #25
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i have to agree with HANDN about shooting to small on the truck front. i have to wonder if folks who purchase 1/2 ton trucks have had experience with trucks in the past. i know the 1/2 tons i have owned, Ford and Toyota, didn't have the suspension to be able to cope with big trailers, and that with the tow packages. sagging the rear of the truck, maybe that is mitigated to some extent with a weight distribution hitch, is not a great idea. i think the other thing i read is lots of folks with 2 wheel drive trucks. out this way, that is not a very good idea unless you are committed to the interstates and to the big paved snowbird campgrounds of AZ and NM.



if i were not hauling a 10k boat and trailer as well as the AS, i would seriously consider going back to a 1/2 ton. but with long distance towing in mind, what i thought was going to be overkill, has turned into a decision i am happy with. the 1 ton Ford diesel handles the mountain passes and narrow 2 lane roads of WA with ease and gets OK fuel mileage in the process. the notorious side winds of the Columbia gorge were hardly noticed save the trees bent to the ground.



sometimes bigger is better.

You may wonder all you like, but I for one have been around trucks large and small since before I had a driver's license, I chose a half ton for towing the Argosy that exceeds my needs in nearly every way and meets them in extreme cases like crossing the Divide. I have no need of a 5 lb sledge to set finishing nails.

My truck doesn't "sag" much even without the weight bars set. I also find that there are many thousands of miles of well-paved roads in this country that are not Interstates and many wonderful remote campsites that are accessible with 2wd. I just don't have the extra requirements you do (the large boat you mentioned, eg) that would demand the HD capabilities.

I'm sure your F350 is a fine truck for you and wouldn't begrudge you the advantages of its abilities, but my F150 takes us camping just fine. Sometimes bigger is unnecessary, and it's possible to say "I like my F350" without leaving the impression that those who made another choice are in error.


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Our Airstream is heavier than the OP's and we have towed it throughout this country several times in all types of terrain and weather with our ram 1/2 ton 5.7. Pay attention to axle and tire load ratings when loading. No problems whatsoever unless you call using the transmission climbing and descending hills trouble.

I do recommend the Hensley/ProPride type hitch with it for ride, driving comfort, handling and safety a heavy pickup cannot match.
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Sometimes bigger is unnecessary, and it's possible to say "I like my F350" without leaving the impression that those who made another choice are in error.

sorry if i left the wrong impression. having had a PU as my second or third vehicle since 1970, now on my 12th, i was simply mussing about experiences of folks here on this forum. i don't believe there is an 'error' to be made in selection so long as you pay attention to load capabilities. but as i said, air bags in every 1/2 ton were necessary for the towing i had to accomplish. not a big thing but something that surprised me the first time i had to go down this path, torsion axle trailers like to be level.

i have never owned a PU of the size of my present one, all 1/2 tons save 2 3/4 tons, but i am astonished at the differences from ALL of the previous PU's that i have owned. and given the rather primitive campgrounds we find ourselves enjoying, four wheel drive was a must. no modifications to the suspension and this newest of the Ford diesels, 6.7, is going to rival the classic 7.3.

contrast all of this with my neighbor who tows with a Tundra two wheel drive and a 30' AS, coast to coast. as i said, there are no errors, just preferences.
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I know of many 1/2 ton PU owners that add a set of Firestone air bags to the rear springs for more stability and to also level the bed/trailer when the bed is also loaded. For $300+ dollars, it is an inexpensive safeguard and makes the entire rig more level and easier to handle.
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