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PA12DRVR

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Posted: 09/02/20 11:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Without getting into the debate about "will you want a bigger trailer", I'd suggest a 3/4 ton for a couple of reasons:

- it will likely hold some better percentage of it's value on resale (if that's a consideration)
- More capacity to carry additional weight in the bed
- Generally more capable for non-RV towing stuff (other towing, hauling, etc)...if that is of any consideration.
- With the Ford and Chevy brands, I suspect it's easier to get a strong engine/towing combination in a "standard" package on the 3/4 ton than on the 1/2 ton. Even if the numbers otherwise work out, a bigger engine / more towing capacity wouldn't be amiss in the mountains.

My DW is 5'-3" as well: at a little bit north of 60, she much prefers to ride / drive her Sequoia than my F250, but access to the F250 is straightforward with running boards and a grab handle on the door pillar. She does need a step stool for the F550 dump truck....

Our Sequoia is a couple years newer than the OP's Tundra, but (based on towing a variety of things with it, no RV), if the Tundra couldn't tow something, I'd jump straight to a 3/4 ton or SRW 1-ton.


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Posted: 09/02/20 11:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Me Again wrote:

bikendan wrote:


Now that we've had both for 4 years, we now are looking at a 30ft 5th Wheel, which our F150 can't tow. But we couldn't get a 3/4 ton up our driveway into the garage. But since we're planning on selling our place, now a 3/4 ton will be the next TV for our future 5th wheel.
If you don''t plan on ever getting anything bigger, then a 1/2 ton will work fine. I'm a fan of the F150 3.5 Ecoboost with the Max Tow package.



You should be thinking 350/3500 SRW not 250/3500. Just saying.


So the advice now turned to get a one ton truck for a 23' travel trailer? Are u sure they don't need a dually?

To the OP, you should use your Tundra and upgrade in the future if you want to.


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Posted: 09/02/20 11:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm so happy I bought my F150 before joining forums..........It's a great daily driver and pulls the GVWR 7700 28' trailer just fine. As an analogy I just can't understand the logic of needing to use a 10lb sledge hammer to drive trim nails into a piece of wood, when a 16oz hammer works just fine. But I guess you never know might want to drive railroad spikes someday.


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jodiwer wrote:

I greatly appreciate all your input. In response to a few points: the Roo is a hybrid TT; no, our Tundra will not pull this weight; yes we want 4WD - we're boondockers. Our hope is to travel the west coast of US and Canada in the spring, across the north in the summer, along the east coast in the fall and the south in the winter back to our home base in Phoenix, AZ next year. So yes on long distances and mountains.

We looked at a truck with a running board and I still found it difficult to hoist myself up into the seat - the 3/4 tons are all so tall and I am short -5' 3". We bought a little step stool but haven't been back to try it out yet - will the end of this week. Just seems like that would be a hassle every time I get in and out but might be necessary. However, the main point is how well a truck will tow for the type of travel we will be doing. I think we have narrowed it down to a Ford or Chevy. The RAM trucks are great but the seating is just not comfortable enough for long term travel.



I agree on the seating ,my Ram Laramie is no where near as comfortable as my old Ford Superduty . As mentioned , those automatic Amps steps come down lower, and are wider then most side steps, plus they tuck up underneath when the doors are closed. You would be surprised how easy they are to get in a truck with them. They will be my next side steps .

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We'll See wrote:

Me Again wrote:

bikendan wrote:


Now that we've had both for 4 years, we now are looking at a 30ft 5th Wheel, which our F150 can't tow. But we couldn't get a 3/4 ton up our driveway into the garage. But since we're planning on selling our place, now a 3/4 ton will be the next TV for our future 5th wheel.
If you don''t plan on ever getting anything bigger, then a 1/2 ton will work fine. I'm a fan of the F150 3.5 Ecoboost with the Max Tow package.



You should be thinking 350/3500 SRW not 250/3500. Just saying.


So the advice now turned to get a one ton truck for a 23' travel trailer? Are u sure they don't need a dually?

To the OP, you should use your Tundra and upgrade in the future if you want to.



You get this nonsense everyday here .

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Posted: 09/02/20 01:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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We looked at a truck with a running board and I still found it difficult to hoist myself up into the seat - the 3/4 tons are all so tall and I am short -5' 3". We bought a little step stool but haven't been back to try it out yet - will the end of this week. Just seems like that would be a hassle every time I get in and out but might be necessary. However, the main point is how well a truck will tow for the type of travel we will be doing. I think we have narrowed it down to a Ford or Chevy. The RAM trucks are great but the seating is just not comfortable enough for long term travel.

The wife and I had the same issue. She thought she wanted a 2500 Ram and being 5' 2" and 75 years old the dealer had to use steps for her to get in the seat. The killer was the ride. Now I have a 2500 Dodge/Cummins quad cab and a 3500 drw crew cab chevy and both rode one heck of a lot easier than the new 2500 Ram/6.4 Hemi crew cab.
So she settled on a 1500 chevy 4wd 5.3 crew cab short bed 6 speed tranny 6.42 gears with side tube steps. It does a good job pulling a 10k car hauler with 9460 lbs on the trailers axles but 6-7k trailer would be a piece of cake. The new 1500 chevies now use the 10 speed tranny. Those that have them say their superior to the 6 speed trannies.

If you go with a F150 be aware they have different GVWR/RAWR packages and all can come with the same engines options and the "max tow" option.
#1. 7850 gvwr...4800 rawr....2500 lb in the bed payloads.

#2. 7600 gvwr...4550 rawr... 2200 lb in the bed payloads

#3. 7050 gvwr...4050 rawr... 1800 lb in the bed payloads

#4. 6800 gvwr...3800 rawr...1500 lb in the bed payloads.

#4 may be a bit close on payload.

# 3 on up would be a good choice.


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Posted: 09/02/20 01:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OEMs use the same sheetmetal between their full sized pickups, with the changes mostly in ornamentation. Same glass, doors, etc.

The pavement footprint is also very similar and again most differences are in the trim (ornamentation) levels

Where they differ is below the sheetmetal body (unibody) and is what it sits on

Frames are bigger and why higher class (higher GVWR) pickups will sit higher than lower class, half ton’s

Even the same ICE’s will have differences to increase their duty cycle ratings for higher class pickups

Ditto tranny’s and drive train. On that, half ton’s have RGAWR’s below 5K lbs and higher class has 6K lbs or more

Agree and have been saying for years...the OEMs are making all pickups taller to appease the buying public, who thinks taller means more capable. Their GVWR’s have remained pretty much the same

Maybe this procedure might help ease getting in and out of a tall pickup (Most try to get into the cab too soon)

Either a step/stool/etc or running boards (and recommend the flat and the round tube...even flattened...places too much pressure on a small portion of the shoe/sole)

Open the door all the way. If partial because between parked vehicles, this still works, but not as well...you will ding the other vehicle)

Step up facing the cab interior, stand up tall, but DO NOT try to get in yet.

Grab the steering wheel or any grab bar with your LEFT hand

Place your right hand on the seat back or anywhere on the drivers side seat

Place your RIGHT foot/leg into the cab and pull yourself in with the left hand

At the same time, grab the steering wheel with your RIGHT hand and pivot your hips into the seat while pulling with your RIGHT hand

Once your hips are on the seat...SLIDE the rest of your bottom into the seat while continuing to pull with your right hand

Now let our head go into the cab...it naturally will go and if long body...your head might hit the cab top edge

Am on the board for a 501-3C that cares for the elderly and take them often with a Odyssey mini van, but occasionally when it is in the shop, take them in the pickup or Suburban.

Of course reverse the above for passenger side. These are mostly little old ladies (us guys die off first). Oldest is 94 and average is 75-80 (I’m 72 and 5’11”) and most are around 5’1”...Rosalind used to be taller, but she is now 4’10”

They panic the first time, but after a couple times....they like riding higher than surrounding traffic

Getting out is the reverse and tough getting them to back out (yelling “butt first...then stand up before stepping down” makes them laugh, but it works). Step backwards onto the side-step and onto the 2 step platform stool....again, after they do it couple times, no more problems


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Posted: 09/02/20 02:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Forgot to touch how OEMs use ‘common’ parts...and platforms...

Full sized pickups are the platform for full sized SUV’s. All full sized SUVs are half ton today. My 1996 Suburban is a 3/4 ton and is based on a 3/4 ton pickup

CUV’s (most confuse with SUV’s) are derived from car’s. A pilot uses the same platform as an Odyssey. A Highlander is based on a Camry. A RAV4 is a Corolla. A CRV is a Civic. Etc...

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As I said in my previous post, I used to own a hybrid TT that was almost the same length and weight as the OP's.
I had no issues towing it with a 2007 Avalanche 5.3 v-8. I towed it over the Sierras, the Rockies, the Cascades and the Siskiyous for 10 years.
The Avalanche never had any problems towing the hybrid nor did it feel underpowered.
So the OP doesn't need a 3/4 ton for this type of trailer, especially since they're downsizing. They've had bigger trucks and trailers so they aren't newbies.
But I do wish I had my current F150 3.5 Ecoboost back then. I love this truck.


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Ron3rd wrote:

kellem wrote:

Half tons ride nice and look cute but don't ask them to work.....get the 3/4.


Or get a Ram 2500 with coil springs on the rear and rides like a half ton, best of both worlds.

To the OP just have your husband put running boards on the truck and you'll be fine. All the new trucks sit higher nowadays


I can tell you for a fact that my `18 Ram 2500 DOESN'T ride near as smooth as my previous 1/2T Ford. Get a max tow F-150 with the 3.5 EB and you'll have more than enough truck for that trailer


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