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Old 07-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #1
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Can I tow this with an F150 chevy 1500 or do I need a 250 or 2500

The camper has a a GVWR of 7500 and an UVW of 5180.

We are in the market for a truck. And just thinking about basic stock and standard towing capacities would we need to look into the more powerful truck models? Really looking for a gas engine not diesel.

Right now we tow with a Ford Excursion with the V-10 engine and it can tow like 10,000 pounds so we have no issues.

But we really miss the openness of a truck bed and we don't need seating for 8 people. Just for 3, sometimes 4.

Any info you could give would be great.

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:57 AM   #2
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I would not hesitate to tow your trailer with an F150 but I would get the larger engine and most importantly a good sway control. Not those cheap friction type ones.

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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Some of the newer 1/2 ton pick-up trucks can tow this size TT. What you need to remember is the rear axle differential ratio; this should be at least a 3:55 axle ratio. You will need a heavy duty transmission cooler on the truck, if you go with an automatic transmission. Buy the towing package for most American pick-up trucks and these features will be in included in the package. I believe that a 6L Chevy, 6.2L Ford or a 5.7L Hemi Ram would for the job for you.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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Chevrolet has two models that would work for you. The standard Silverado with the 5.3 engine would probably do what you need. The better choice would be their 6.0 engine in their 1/2 ton heavy duty model.

You need to decide how much you intend to tow. If it's occassionally to someplace local, the lightest duty truck would be best so that you can get some fuel mileage when not towing. If you're towing more often, I would go for the heavier duty half ton and lose some mileage.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:22 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Haleions View Post
The camper has a a GVWR of 7500 and an UVW of 5180.
UVW is meaningless. Ignore it. Assume the trailer will weigh 7,500 pounds in the middle of your third camping trip.

Ford makes the perfect truck for that trailer. F-150 with EcoBoost engine and Max Tow pkg, which includes 3.73 axle ratio. If you order the E-Locker 3.73 axle, you'll get the max tow pkg with GVWR of 7,700 pounds. That's plenty of payload capacity for a 15 percent hitch weight of over 1,125 pounds if you don't haul a SuperCrew back seat filled with NFL linebackers while towing that trailer. But if you do have lots of weight in the truck, then you'll need the HD payload pkg which has 8,200 pounds GVWR and requires the 3.73 limited slip (LS) axle. And if you get the 3.73 LS axle, you'll get both the max tow pkg and the HD payload pkg.

We are in the market for a truck. And just thinking about basic stock and standard towing capacities would we need to look into the more powerful truck models? Really looking for a gas engine not diesel.
The EcoBoost engine with max tow pkg is rated to tow over 11,000 pounds. But that assumes no weight in the truck except a skinny driver. A realistic max trailer weight with that combo would be about 9,000 pounds. Add the HD payload pkg and you can pump that up to about 10,000 pounds max trailer weight without being overloaded over any of Ford's weight limits.

But we really miss the openness of a truck bed and we don't need seating for 8 people. Just for 3, sometimes 4.
With three or four people, then the max tow pkg may not give you quite enough payload capacity for 1,100 pounds hitch weight plus the passengers plus some other stuff in the truck. So I'd order a SuperCrew body with the EcoBoost engine aand the the 3.73 LS axle, and Ford will then include both the max tow pkg and the HD payload pkg.

The only thing some folks don't like about the HD payload pkg is it includes 7-lug, 17-inch wheels, with no options. So if you have dreams of aftermarket wheels, then you'd better move up to the F-250 with the 6.2L gas engine. All sorts of aftermarket wheels are available for that SuperDuty.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:05 AM   #6
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Certainly lots of good advice here for this trailer, but just a couple of thoughts:
-how long do you plan on keeping this trailer
-how long do you think it will be before you get '3 foot itis'
-how long do you plan on keeping the truck
You might also want to consider what you might be wanting to tow in the near future in choosing a model

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