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Old 06-20-2012, 06:35 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by mick View Post
If you are looking for permission to tow overloaded etc, put the public at risk and your family and you, GO AHEAD, I will allow you to.
My original question, was a simple question. No need to get nasty. Not everyone is running a mobile home down the road : )

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Timberframe, all too often we see someone with a 1/2 ton truck wanting to pull way too much trailer for a 1/2 ton truck. They search the net and finally find a few others pulling too much trailer with a 1/2 ton truck....I guess safety in numbers, off they go to get the big trailer based on someone that pulls it 20 miles to the summer site and 20 miles back during the winter. This hardly qualifies as towing.

But with the above said, a properly equipped 1/2 ton truck is capable of towing an appropiately sized trailer. Most of the 1/2 ton vehicels on the delaers lot, are not set up for the maximum towing ratings, so you need to know what engine, axle, towing package etc. you have to determine your tow rating.

A lot of the peopel that start out with a 1/2 ton truck and a trailer near it's limits will move to a 3/4 ton truck within a year or two.

So the wise thing to do is to get your trucks specs and work through the numbers and shop for the trailer that it can tow when the trailer is loaded.


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Old 06-23-2012, 09:26 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by mhs4771 View Post
Just let us know where you'll be towing so the rest of us can stay away.
Hey mhs4771 et al, just wanted to let you know I'll be in Western NY next week towing my FW with my 1/2t truck, so please stay off the roads lest I cause you damage in some way .
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:08 AM   #18
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The whole term "half ton" is so varied from what it was years ago, that a comparision is very hard if not impossible to do.
To demonstrate just how confusing the whole "What is a half ton pickup" has become, You just need to look at the specs for 70's half tons and later model Rangers, S-10, Dakotas, Colorados.....

To the OP,
Just buy a big enough truck (1/2 ton or whatever) it takes to tow what you want and drive with your brain engauged in drive.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:40 AM   #19
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Who out there is towing their 5ers long distances using a 1/2 ton truck? What is the gross weight you are towing? Do you feel you should be using a 3/4 ton? We appreciate your opinion.
To quote a good friend of mine "the pulling is not the problem the stopping is."

I pulled a 5th wheel FRP/Aluminum 30' horse trailer with a Ford F150 (with factory towing package) for years south and east of Atlanta on fairly flat land. I had full living quarters and one horse. The day I added the 2nd horse and tack and traveled over Monteagle, Tennessee I sold the F150 and bought a Dodge 3500 Cummings. God was good that day he got me up and down that mountain but the little F150 was tuckered out and I was tired of worrying about the runaway sand pits.
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My old '92 fleetwood Avion slide has been binding on the top right hand corner on retraction. The last couple of times used I've had to use force to help on extension and it seems to bind up when retracting. We recently had the room seal replaced because the upper right portion of the seal was literally shredded. Could the new seal be causing this to bind? Has anybody run into this?

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