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p220sigman

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spoon059 wrote:

You said you guys will be pulling 12 months out of the year. A half ton is designed for occasional light towing. A 3/4 or 1 ton is designed to be worked to the max capabilities every day of the year. If I was planning on towing 12 months out of the year, I would get a bigger truck even though you don't necessarily "need" the payload or tow ratings of the bigger truck (at least not right now!) For the minimal price difference, you are getting substantially more truck. Heavier frame, brakes, wheels/tires, cooling system, etc. Your towing experience will be much more comfortable in a heavier truck as well. You'll get less push/pull in a heavier truck then a lighter truck.


This is probably the best advice you've gotten. Personally, I'd rather be on the lower end of a tow vehicles capabilities than the upper end if at all possible.

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Well, we bought a truck. Didn't intend to this quickly but this one came through a friend who knew we were looking. It's a 2019 F150 XLT, 3.5L V6 4x4 with the Max Towing package, 20" tires and Ecoboost. It has 12,700 miles on it. One owner and a clean Car Fax record. As someone pointed out, we have had several rigs and since the Alfa 5th wheel, have stayed down, not up. So we believe this will be sufficient for us. Besides with our 10th & 11th grandkids on the way, I don't think we'll be on the road for long periods (or distance) except for the trip we plan next year. We'd miss them too much. So we decided a 1/2 ton was the way to go, especially as we live and drive in downtown Phoenix. Also, I am retiring next March so we decided one vehicle will be enough for us. Thank you all for your comments and thoughtful input. It was quite helpful. Happy trails!


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Congrats on finding a really nice truck!! That model of 150 should do a great job of towing, and a fun to drive truck, under all situations. Post a pic of it when you have time.

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Grit dog wrote:

Y’all have probably succeeded in confusing yet another new member.
Given especially statements like it’s unsafe without D or E tires!


Well buddy I DO have experience towing with soft sidewalk tires and rolled over going thru Portland.


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

Y’all have probably succeeded in confusing yet another new member.
Given especially statements like it’s unsafe without D or E tires!


Well buddy I DO have experience towing with soft sidewalk tires and rolled over going thru Portland.


Tell us more, that is a story that I have not heard before. Time for another beer?


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jodiwer wrote:

Well, we bought a truck.


Good choice [emoticon]

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That f150 should work well


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Me Again wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

Y’all have probably succeeded in confusing yet another new member.
Given especially statements like it’s unsafe without D or E tires!


Well buddy I DO have experience towing with soft sidewalk tires and rolled over going thru Portland.


Tell us more, that is a story that I have not heard before. Time for another beer?


I agree how fast you hit that corner to roll it BTW love how my P tires ride both at 35psi around town and 44psi when towing.


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Me Again wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

Y’all have probably succeeded in confusing yet another new member.
Given especially statements like it’s unsafe without D or E tires!


Well buddy I DO have experience towing with soft sidewalk tires and rolled over going thru Portland.


Tell us more, that is a story that I have not heard before. Time for another beer?


Just a helpful tip Chris...If you and Ron go for that beer, you be the one driving...be safe!!

Jerry

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Jerry,
I wouldn't trust either driving!

Yes the F150 will and should serve the OP very well.

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