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Old 02-04-2014, 09:45 AM   #1
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Half Ton Tow Vehicle Owners Unite!

Lots of discussion here on tow capacity of 1/2 ton trucks. So I thought it might be fun for owners of 1/2 tons to post what truck they have and what they tow with it!

We have a 2012 F150 V8 3:73 axle, and a 2014 JayFlight 24FBS.

GO!
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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We have a 2011 Silverado and a 2011 Wildwood 26BHXL
Plenty of truck for our little TT!
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:50 AM   #3
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Cheers to ya! Uniting still doesn't make it safe if it isn't. Know your numbers! I towed a 26' toy hauler with a GMC 1500 Z71 extended cab with tow package. Trailer is 9,200# loaded to go. GMC was 5,500# plus passengers and dog. 26' is pushing the limits of half ton trucks - not because of weight, but the cross wind effect of so long of a trailer. The feeling you get towing at or near limits isn't worth it. Doing so isn't recommended because we don't know your skill level (or that of a newby coming here looking for advice) and a truck large enough may overcome what they encounter.
I towed overweight but stayed in Florida so I didn't worry about tearing up the truck with the amount I was over. The wind coming off other vehicles told me to upgrade - made all the difference in the world!
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:59 AM   #4
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We have a 2004 1500 HD Chevy & pull a Rockwood Mini Lite 1809S TT & love the combination.

We downsized from a 31 foot 5th wheel with two slides pulled by a one ton Dodge diesel dually. At our age (79) smaller is better.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:34 PM   #5
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IMO anything over 26' and 6000lbs should be towed by a 3/4 ton truck.
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:41 PM   #6
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I have a 2003 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 4x4 Hemi 4.56 gears and tow a 2012 Coachman Catalina Santara 271bhs 29' 3" weighs in about 6500lbs. Towed last year from western PA to Myrtle Beach, from Myrtle Beach up through the Smokies into Knoxville Tenn, then back home to western PA! Towed so unbelievable I can't describe it! Had 6 people in the truck too! You don't need a HD truck to tow upwards of 7000 or 8000lbs I don't care what anybody says!!! Just use a wheight distribution hitch and ADJUST IT PROPERLY!!!!
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:57 PM   #7
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Cheers to ya! Uniting still doesn't make it safe if it isn't. Know your numbers! I towed a 26' toy hauler with a GMC 1500 Z71 extended cab with tow package. Trailer is 9,200# loaded to go. GMC was 5,500# plus passengers and dog. 26' is pushing the limits of half ton trucks - not because of weight, but the cross wind effect of so long of a trailer. The feeling you get towing at or near limits isn't worth it. Doing so isn't recommended because we don't know your skill level (or that of a newby coming here looking for advice) and a truck large enough may overcome what they encounter.
I towed overweight but stayed in Florida so I didn't worry about tearing up the truck with the amount I was over. The wind coming off other vehicles told me to upgrade - made all the difference in the world!
Thanks for your response. Just to be clear, I didn't start this thread to suggest people should tow beyond safety limits. I was just curious what people are towing with their half tons.
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Thanks for your response. Just to be clear, I didn't start this thread to suggest people should tow beyond safety limits. I was just curious what people are towing with their half tons.
Glad to know you aren't advocating towing in excess of safety limits. I just wanted to point out that there are new people coming here all the time to see IF they can, should they, and how to get around the numbers. Half tons are a step up from SUVs and are reputable pullers and have come a long way from trucks of yester year.

So, ON WITH THE THREAD!
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:27 PM   #9
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It's not the trucks fault that people get wound up about 1/2 tons towing too much. It's the ridiculous tow ratings the manufactures give them. Then they go out and buy that 7500lb dry TT and come to find out that it's 8500lbs loaded and has an 1100lb tongue weight. And after loading momma and the kids plus firewood and what not in the truck bed the poor guy is over his payload. Put reasonable tow ratings that correspond with the payload ratings and things would get simpler. You almost never hear of a guy with a 3/4 ton complain about not having enough truck to tow his TT.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:57 PM   #10
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We have a 1992 F150. Six cylinder engine, auto transmission, and original AM only radio. No intermittent wipers and headlight dimmer switch is on the floor.

We tow a 5x8 utility trailer to the dump a few times a year, the occasional U-Tote-It concrete mix trailer for DIY projects, radio tower trailer to ham radio events, etc.

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2008 Ram 1500 5.7 Hemi with 3.92 rear end. I tow a Coleman 274BH ( 4646 lbs dry -about 5700 loaded). Well within limits.
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Mine is in my signature. It tows OK. I am kind of in agreement with cumminsfan... At 6,200# I am at my limit for feeling safe. A good brake controller has made a lot of difference for me. My original was a POS. Beware overconfidence. When I was young and thought riding a motorcycle was plenty safe... a wise man told me that as long as I was a little afraid of it, I would be OK. When I got comfortable with it... I nearly lost it... my life, that is... and I sold the bike.
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I have a 2007 Tundra 4x4 CrewMax Limited and tow a Bigfoot 21ft Trailer.
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We have a 2010 Dodge Ram 4.7 and tow our 26ft Springdale with no problem (except for what it does to mpg ) i also think i'm in the safety zone but would not want to go much larger without i upgrade in truck also !
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