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Old 09-21-2015, 08:00 PM   #15
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thanks for all the info and replies....this is the stuff the salesman at the dealership just won't or cannot tell you about.

I might just wait for Ram to come out with some deals I cannot refuse.

don't want to get a truck that won't do what I bought it for....and certainly don't want to ignore real world advise and opinions of those that have been on the road with TT's.

thanks again for all the info.

(would be driving into the Colorado mountains from the plains of Oklahoma on most trips.....mountains and cross winds....not a good combo for an underpowered/overloaded truck and TT.)
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:16 PM   #16
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I had a Toyota Tundra, I think it was rated to 10k. It was the best gas tow truck that I ever owned, amazing brakes, great truck. I never towed more than 6k with it and never had it in the mountains.

If you're really going at or over 10k and you're going into the mountains, I'm looking for something that's rated for at least 15k. And a turbo if I can get it. The turbo is just a massive advantage when facing density altitude. That probably means diesel 3/4 ton.

If I had to choose a 1/2 ton truck, per specs, in the mountains, I'd probably go ecoboost, just to get that turbo. Seems it can be equipped for 10-11k, but that's sure pushing it hard in the mountains.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:30 AM   #17
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Agree with cb1000, if you are going to travel at higher elevation get a turbo engine to help offset the thin air.

Maybe get a smaller trailer too.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:23 PM   #18
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I tow 10K with a Ram 3500. I'm sure the 6.4 2500 would be adequate.

I wouldn't consider a 150 for towing anything over 5K.
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Old 09-23-2015, 10:06 AM   #19
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I just had a thought that I think is true. The F-150 can tow 10,000 lbs if it is a low open trailer with steel rods. Or maybe, just maybe 10,000 lbs of cigarette boat.

The aerodynamic nature of TT really makes it tough for a 1/2 truck to control 10,000 lbs. of camping trailer.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:43 PM   #20
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the 2015 ford website lists the 4x4/3.73/145" WB/5.0L V8/tow package as able to tow 10,900 pounds.

it lists the same vehicle in the 3.31 as able to tow 9,100 pounds.

#'s on a sheet of paper don't mean a whole lot but that is what ford 'claims'.

from the posts in this thread I would assume the numbers are a lot less (my estimate would be less 1500-2000 pounds off the ford claim to be safe)

the 3.73 (I think) would be a 8500-9500 max towing capacity.

the 3.31 would be in the 6500-7500 pound range.....but thats just an uneducated guess.


http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/g...0_r2_May19.pdf
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:01 PM   #21
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This is one of those things that... just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:06 PM   #22
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The tow ratings for all of these trucks are derived with a flatbed trailer hauling bricks or steel rod. Always keeping the load below the height of the tail gate, i.e. no wind resistance to speak of, and all the weight is low to the ground as well.
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The tow ratings for all of these trucks are derived with a flatbed trailer hauling bricks or steel rod. Always keeping the load below the height of the tail gate, i.e. no wind resistance to speak of, and all the weight is low to the ground as well.
Hmmm....... do you have a link for that statement.
I've never seen that in a GM/Ford or Dodge Rams tow ratings.

In Fords F150/250/350 trailer towing guide page 13 shows their tow rating are based on a trailer with 60 sq feet. https://www.fleet.ford.com/truckbbas...3FLRVTTgde.pdf
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The tow ratings for all of these trucks are derived with a flatbed trailer hauling bricks or steel rod. Always keeping the load below the height of the tail gate, i.e. no wind resistance to speak of, and all the weight is low to the ground as well.

Where did you get that info from ?
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When Ford introduced the 3.5 eco-boost they towed a open car hauler with two cars around a race track with high banked turns. I think at wide open throttle.

Anyone that has towed a camping trailer knows these trucks really can not tow a 10,000 lb non aerodynamic camping trailer at highway speeds.

I too am interested it we can find it in writting that the tow ratings are using low trailers with low cargo. Even if we can not find it in writing I still believe it.
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:33 PM   #26
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Get an F250/2500 series truck and be done with it and you'll not have to worry. Plus, it'll make the whole traveling and towing experience much more relaxing and enjoyable. It'll also be much cheaper to do it right the first time. My sister and brother in law are buying a trailer that's going to max out their brand new RAM 1500. Just bought the truck and didn't even get the tow package or whatever RAM calls it. I told them to suck it up now and get rid of the truck so they can get the trailer they want also. But, they are buying the trailer that's not their first choice and my guess they'll be looking at trucks in a year or less.
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curious if the Ford F150 will tow 10,000+

Lots of good advice here, and have to agree that if you can swing it, get more truck than you need. With that said, some of these suggestions are extreme. I had a 2013 EcoBoost, and now a 2015 5.0, both with the 3.31 rear end. Both rated to tow just over 9,000. My Jayco is 7,000 empty, and 8,300 wet and loaded. Never had an issue towing, and have taken the family hundreds of miles. I've done the math, and we are within the limits. I love camping, but only get out 4-5 times a year. My truck is my daily driver for my 30 mile commute, so I don't need a 250/350 series truck about 335 days of the year. If money is not an object, buy the bigger truck for sure. You have more options and will appreciate it when it's time to move up in trailer size/quality. But, don't listen to those saying you can't tow more than 5k with an F150, it's simply not true. Do the math, and don't under estimate. But there is not a 20%-50% reduction from the stated values. My 2 cents, good luck!




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