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supercub

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Posted: 07/15/19 09:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I thinking of downsizing from a 38 ft Diesel Pusher to a smaller travel trailer. I have a driveway that is 25 feet deep. I'm thinking a TT around 23-25 feet. (I have to currently store my motor home at a lot. One reason I'm thinking of downsizing. Just me and my border collie travel 95% of the time anyway.
I won't be buying a new truck, thinking of something around the 2015-2018 year models. I also don't want/need 4 wheel drive. So what should I be looking for as far as towing capacity and set up? Should I be looking at a certain size engine/ transmission, are there certain tow packages? I'm just trying to learn this stuff. Been camping for years, just has always been in a motor home. Thanks for your help.

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Posted: 07/16/19 12:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Look at all the ratings.

1/2 ton trucks can vary wildly in terms of capabilities.

Some of the light duty 1/2 ton pickups run out of payload (to hold up the hitch) before they run out of tow ratings.

Realistically most 1/2 tons will be fine with such a small trailer but avoid the really low capacity ones.


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As stated, look at the payload capacity of the particular truck being considered. Generally, the higher trim levels with all the options have the lowest payload.

I tow a similarly sized tt with a 2018 F150 with the 3.5 eb andd max tow package and it pulls, and stops, great.

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my 2016 f150 s'crew xlt with 5.0 handles my 23 footer like a champ with a reese wd hitch and a friction sway bar im comfortable. My truck will have less capacity with the super crew back seat and the 4x4 than what your looking at. stay 2015 or newer if you want the aluminum body. the 10 speed came in 2017 (I have a 6 speed which works fine) I also have a 331 rear end for fuel mileage. going to a 355 would get you a bit more grunt.


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find the TT that you want/need. size truck to fit.
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Bumpyroad wrote:

find the TT that you want/need. size truck to fit.
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Bumpyroad wrote:

find the TT that you want/need. size truck to fit.
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Ditto.

Pick the cart then get the horse to match what it weighs.


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pick the cart... and with 1/2 Ton, cargo capacity will be your limiting number, not trailer wt.

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When I bought our new 2010 F150 FX4 (4x4) Super Crew Cab, I chose the Max Tow Package.

It included a built-in brake controller, with trailer sway control. A tighter turning radius, wider rear springs, different gearing, a transmission cooler, a larger (36 gallon) fuel tank, an 11,100# tow capacity, an 1810# bed capacity, a Class IV hitch, and a 4 & 7 pin towing receptacles.

I have always used an Equalizer hitch when towing our travel trailer, which is an excellent addition.

Because I sized my truck to fit my needs, I was able to also carry a 900 lb golf cart in the bed of the truck. Notice no squatting of the rear springs.

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In a couple of weeks, our TT will go to our niece. I have 105K miles on my truck, and have no regrets. It's still my daily driver.

Whatever F150 setup you choose, make sure it has the Max Tow Package. Can't add it after the fact. FWIW, the 2018 F150 with this package is rated at 13,200#. Not too shabby!


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I would get an F250 to allow for more options in the trailer you choose plus future choices.

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