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Old 09-12-2021, 10:40 AM   #1
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Seeking advice for truck towing 10K max

We are buying a new 33' travel trailer and need advice for which used/new half ton truck capable of towing 10K max. Dealers send us models that do NOT have cooler on transmission and large fan? Do we need those options? We have been towing our 25' Coachmen Catalina light for 20 years but not 33'. Thank you in advance for your advice.
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Personally a 33' TT is too long for a 150/1500 pickup truck

Personally a 10k TT is 3K too much for a 150/1500 pickup truck
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Not a towables guy so can't help with that.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the forum. I think you need a bigger truck.

You are joining a good group of friends here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up or add information if you can.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Personally a 33' TT is too long for a 150/1500 pickup truck

Personally a 10k TT is 3K too much for a 150/1500 pickup truck
I agree. You need to look at a 3/4 ton truck.

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Look at that 33' travel trailer then think what truck you will need. Use your head. That trailer has big long flat sides that will catch any wind or turbulence from Semi's.

I doubt any little 150/1500 series truck can control that trailer.

Good luck picking the right truck.
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Yeah Old Biscuit,
I appreciate your advice and will investigate. BUT not ONE person has told us the 150/1500 too light for the job if has max tow package. Bob
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Look at that 33' travel trailer then think what truck you will need. Use your head. That trailer has big long flat sides that will catch any wind or turbulence from Semi's.

I doubt any little 150/1500 series truck can control that trailer.

Good luck picking the right truck.
We will investigate more.
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Do not buy a regular 150/1500 series truck unless you want to trade it in after trying it.

You heard it here 1st - a 150/1500 truck is too little and can not comfortably control a 33' travel box.

There are only 2 half ton trucks that could possibly do it. That will be a very hard to find on a dealer lot F-150 with the HDPP option. That truck has a longer 163" wheelbase that helps a lot in control a trailer. Or maybe a Nissan Titan XD. Like a F-150 with the HDPP option it comes with LT tires, tow mirrors, higher capacity rear axle, larger frame with a longer wheelbase.

But a F-150 HDPP or the Nissan Titan XD still are not as good as any 3/4 ton truck for towing. Example a Titan XD has a 4,900 lb rear axle capacity, F-150 HDPP 4,800lb capacity rear axle. The 3/4 ton trucks have a 6,300 or higher rear axle capacity.

Payload on a F-150 HDPP or Nissan Titan XD will be in the low 2,000 lb range. My gas powered F-250 has a 3,497 lb payload.
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Here is some information you need to look over and consider before buying. You need to remember that the tongue weight listed are unloaded weights. Tongue fall between 10 and 15% of a loaded ready to camp RV but I wouldn't recommend any less that 12.5 to 15% for stability. I always use 15% of the RV GVWR which leaves some margin.


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Yeah Old Biscuit,
I appreciate your advice and will investigate. BUT not ONE person has told us the 150/1500 too light for the job if has max tow package. Bob
My son-in-law had a Toyota Tundra with the towing package and they bought a 32' Winnebago Minnie Plus which was well under the 10,500 max towing capacity of the truck. All it took was one trip and he decided that the trailer was controlling truck. It had enough power, and the weight distribution hitch was set up properly. I had warned him that it would pull it, but be uncomfortable and tiring for longer trips.

He stepped up to a F250 and is much happier towing the trailer.

No, you can pull that much with a 1/2 ton truck, but believe me, you will be much better off with a 3/4 ton truck or a smaller trailer. I have been the route of smaller tow vehicle and a larger trailer. It is fine for short trips, but not much fun for a longer trip or in the hills. RVing is supposed to be fun, not work.

No disrespect, but if you are set for a 1/2 ton truck, stick to a maximum GVWR of 7500# for the trailer and no more than 28 foot in length. I have been RVing since 1984 and had both travel trailers and 5ers. I am also a retired mechanical engineer and fully understand the towing issues.

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Yeah Old Biscuit,
I appreciate your advice and will investigate. BUT not ONE person has told us the 150/1500 too light for the job if has max tow package. Bob
Were those people sales people? You should not tow that trailer with a 1/2 ton truck with the exception of the two noted above. Even then, why? Just get a 3/4 ton gasser and enjoy towing without worries.
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Thank you so much Ken, I failed to add the Trailer is a Hideout 28RKS at 7K, wife does NOT want diesel and the 250/2500 drive like cement trucks when not towing which we need after our 3 month trip out west. Thanks for your input, Bob
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