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Old 09-22-2007, 04:16 PM   #15
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I filled up last night and hand calculated my mileage. Last tank full I got 13 MPG in my F-250 SC 4X4 V-10 4.10 gears daily driving. I just installed my hitch today and took the 5ver out for a drive to see how the new truck did. My Wildcat 31QBH on the road is right at 10K lbs and it did just fine.

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Old 09-30-2007, 09:29 AM   #16
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For what it's worth, here is my experience. I bought a new mid-profile Cruiser cf30sk 5'er last December. Trailer loaded scales at 9700 pounds. Last Nov. while the trailer was on order I started looking for an 07 f250 V10 new. Dealer couldn't find one anywhere. Ended up buying an 07 f250 sc longbed 2wd with 4.10 ls, 5 speed auto tow package with the 5.4l 3 valve. Have towed approx. 4000 miles with rig and am happy with the performance. We spend 3 months in Gulf Shores, Al in winter. Travel from near Chicago to there through Tenn and Alabama. 90 % of the time I am in cruise control and overdrive. There's a couple of places I drop to 55 mph in 3rd gear, but that's no big deal. I am normally driving about 62-63 mph. I average 8.5 mpg on this trip. Good luck on your search.

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Old 10-01-2007, 04:41 AM   #17
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dalemac, The truck you just bought is exactly what I am looking for. The 5th wheel we like is the Rockwood/Flagstaff from Forest River. The Flagstaff 8528RKSS and the Rockwood 8280SS are the same on paper with a Dry weight of 6366 lbs and a GTWVR of 7898 lbs. We like the kitchen in the rear of the 5th. These 5ths are considered Ultralites and could be towed by a 1/2 ton truck. However, I want a 3/4 ton as I feel the 1/2 ton is not enought truck. Considering what I will tow do you think the 5.4 engine is enough?

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wakamicamper, like I said, I am happy with the trucks performance. My Cruiser 5'er was approx. 8,000 pounds empty and 9700 loaded. I think the mid-profile helps because the trailer is only 11 foot 8 inches tall. As far as the 5.4 engine, the 07 is rated at 365 pounds torque and the chevy 6.0 is 375. I doubt you would tell the difference. The other thing about the f250 with my setup is that its max 5'er rating is 11,800 pounds, the chevy/gmc is rated at 10,300. I went with this setup because of the overall tow rating and the towing features. Considering that I have been a chevy/gmc person my whole life, this is my first ford, I am pleased with it. The built in brake controller is fabulous.
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The 5.4 and the 6.0 are not going to like 9k. Both can do it. The real question is what kind of performance will be acceptable to you. If you want to run up hills you better get the V 10 and you may find you can get better mileage some of the time.
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Bottom line is, buy all the power you can. I can tell you that if you don't, you'll be sorry. You just cannot believe how much you need to pull weight, you cannot have too much.
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Old 12-16-2007, 05:59 PM   #21
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Like I said, I am happy with the performance of my 5.4L 3valve, both towing an regular driving. To each his own. I am retired so if it takes me an extra hour to get where I am going it is no big deal. I am sure a high profile 5'er would be more of a challenge for the 5.4, but that is partly why I bought a mid-profile, less wind resistance. I also like the fact that the gasser has much less maintenance and upkeep cost.
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When we went back to a smaller TT instead of the large 5er, I tried to go back to a 3/4 ton Suburban and a gas engine (5.7L and a 4.10 axle). All ot took was one trip that averaged 7.4 MPG at 60 MPH and loosing speed on hills while in 3rd gear...I was going to keep my diesel. The gasser would pull the trailer, but not like the diesel...70 MPH, in OD and 11 MPG.

Like Tom said, get all of the engine you can get...you won't be sorry in the long run.

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As others have said, I hear very few people complain about having too much truck. On the other hand, not having enough truck is not the way to RV. I, like the others, have been in the latter situation and can say from experience that I didn't like it.

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I found that Excel spreadsheet for Towing HP requirements. It is a real eye-opener!

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