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Thermoguy

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Posted: 07/24/21 09:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Groover wrote:

LowRyter wrote:

If you're within weight limits, it should work. Be prepared to get 5 mpg when towing. Keep it under 65.


My daughter gets about 11mpg towing her 3 horse gooseneck with living quarters behind her 2013 Ecoboost at 70mph. You can figure about 85% of what a diesel would give under the same situation.


A 3 horse trailer with living quarters could have a pin weight of under 2000 lbs or over 4000 lbs - not enough information here to think an F150 is OK towing a 5th wheel. I have a 3 horse no living quarters and the pin weight is OK for a 1/2 ton, but for stability, emergency braking, etc, the 3/4 ton is much better. I have looked at living quarters, but my 3/4 ton diesel is not enough truck... that is living quarters with water, waste, etc. Something you can actually use. Some living quarters are not much more than a bed and some cabinets.

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To the OP - there is some good advice on this tread. The ones you need to pay attention to go regardless of trailer. Get a trailer that is not too much trailer for your truck. If a fully loaded (full tank) trailer is under your weight limits, then go for it. There are plenty of small 5th wheels that can be towed by a 1/2 ton truck. Not all the 1/2 ton towable models meet the actual requirements, but some do. Just get your actual truck specs and start shopping - remember, brochures and websites under size everything or don't show the whole picture. You need to look at real world weights and weight limits.

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I know I would end up with a 3/4 ton. I don't want to be near my limits but most the towing in Az is extreme. I went from 3/4 ton down to a new 1/2 ton and am towing 6,000 lbs and it works well but I'm ordering a 3/4 ton next year. It's so much more relaxing with the bigger truck and I'm not talking about power wise. Full floating rear axles are so much safer too.


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Posted: 07/24/21 02:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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