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Old 04-07-2022, 11:58 AM   #1
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Anyone flat tow a 3/4 Ton Truck or Larger?

I'm so surprised how well my F250 does as a flat tow vehicle. Anyone else pull a 3/4 ton Truck or larger. What has your experience been?
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we flat tow a Ford F250.. great tow vehicle and allows us to take our golf cart!!
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Couple thoughts:

3/4 ton is supposed to be the one PULLING, not getting pulled.

I had no idea how/that it could my SuperDuty could flat tow until Youtube just told me. Learned something new today. (Theres no transfer case manual shift, it's accessed via info center settings menu.). In fairness, it never occurred to me to investigate this.
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It's not quite a 3/4 ton but it is a "heavy" half ton with 1700 lb payload rating. Pulls fine and I can put my bike in the back. I haven't pulled with the bike in the back yet but I don't see and issue. I have a 20,000# hitch with the GCWR to match.
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Old 04-08-2022, 08:46 PM   #5
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Couple thoughts:

3/4 ton is supposed to be the one PULLING, not getting pulled.

I had no idea how/that it could my SuperDuty could flat tow until Youtube just told me. Learned something new today. (Theres no transfer case manual shift, it's accessed via info center settings menu.). In fairness, it never occurred to me to investigate this.
Believe me it would not normally be my first choice. But I originally bought the truck in 2018 to pull my then Jayco 5th wheel. In 2021 at the end of the year I traded in the 5th wheel for the Super C and needed a flat tow vehicle. Then it dawned on me why could I not pull the F-250. Like you I did much research and low and behold, it can be done. My Renagade Valencia pulls it fantastic, can't tell it's even back there. Going down to Florida soon for Vacation, will be flat towing the F-250 on our trip I am in Ohio.
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Old 04-09-2022, 07:11 PM   #6
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I towed an f250 until recently. It towed just fine. A little big, but no issues to speak of.
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I agree that if you have the truck and your motor home is large enough and if you don’t mind the reduction in motor home mpg pulling the extra weight, it would be ok.

Just curious though, to the OP, and maybe someone has said, how do you flat tow a 3/4 ton as far as the transmission gear placement, etc? What truck do you use?
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Old 04-10-2022, 06:50 PM   #8
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We tow an 1/2 ton Silverado with a cap. It is 4x4 so heavy. About 5800 lbs. Never a problem. With the GM's you can put the transfer case in neutral and away you go.
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Old 04-10-2022, 09:06 PM   #9
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I agree that if you have the truck and your motor home is large enough and if you donít mind the reduction in motor home mpg pulling the extra weight, it would be ok.

Just curious though, to the OP, and maybe someone has said, how do you flat tow a 3/4 ton as far as the transmission gear placement, etc? What truck do you use?
For my F-250, there is a very simple procedure for the electronic transfer case. You basically put in neutral and then switch the transfer case info flat tow mode. There is a little more to it then that but itís not hard.
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Our rig -- 1996 Ford CF8000 4x2 commercial truck converted to our concept of an ExpeditionVehicle.
Cummins 505ci through an Allison 3060.
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We towed a 1991.5 Dodge 2500 Cummins 4x4...
... twenty-four months twenty-four thousand miles around South America
...Alaska, Panama, all over North and Central America
... summers up rough logger tracks to remote mountain lakes
... winters on isolated Baja beaches.
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I fabricated our tow-bar from 2" thick-wall square tube, the steel used in most trailer hitches on the rear of a stout pick-up or van.
I acquired the safety chains at a local-owned family-operated logger supply, rated at 12,000#.
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For the permanent mount of the Dodge components, I fabricated a frame up around the radiator support and extending aft to the second cross-member.
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Across the scale, the Dodge was close to 8,000#.
Would I trust a tiny thin-tube light-duty tow-bar with puny 'safety' cables?
Probably not.
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Old 04-15-2022, 06:36 PM   #11
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Our rig -- 1996 Ford CF8000 4x2 commercial truck converted to our concept of an ExpeditionVehicle.
Cummins 505ci through an Allison 3060.
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We towed a 1991.5 Dodge 2500 Cummins 4x4...
... twenty-four months twenty-four thousand miles around South America
...Alaska, Panama, all over North and Central America
... summers up rough logger tracks to remote mountain lakes
... winters on isolated Baja beaches.
.
I fabricated our tow-bar from 2" thick-wall square tube, the steel used in most trailer hitches on the rear of a stout pick-up or van.
I acquired the safety chains at a local-owned family-operated logger supply, rated at 12,000#.
.
For the permanent mount of the Dodge components, I fabricated a frame up around the radiator support and extending aft to the second cross-member.
.
Across the scale, the Dodge was close to 8,000#.
Would I trust a tiny thin-tube light-duty tow-bar with puny 'safety' cables?
Probably not.
If it works, great!
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We towed a E350 one ton van based motorhome behind our pusher for a few years. Had a bracket made to hang the driveshaft in. Wife got pretty good at taking it off. 5 minutes under and out. .

Anyway, guessing that’s not the info you were looking for. I’ll see myself out. .
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We tow a 2016 Silverado with no issues.
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Even with a big coach, you'll know it's back there, especially when accelerating or better stated as.... gaining momentum. I don't think my coach would see an mpg change if it was towing a Honda CRV or the 6200-pound Raptor.

You do have to pay attention to the length and width. With that said, our Raptor is sooooo comfortable to drive as a toad and can pretty much go anywhere.
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