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Old 01-09-2012, 07:29 PM   #21
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If you would see my dads 3500 (1 ton) truck with his camper, idk the weight of it but it's 32 foot, it sags down a 1 ton truck, and makes it feel like your dragging a boat anchor, I no my 01 5.4 would not even look at that camper, with a load of wood my truck acts like my dads dose with the camper. I personally have not drove the ecoboost but I have rode in them my brother was looking at a ecoboost and a Chevrolet 1500 and got the 1500 after test driving both. I have drove it a cupple times And I no I wouldnt hook up to the camper with it!!!!! If you think I don't no what I'm talking about, then on, but I no what it will do to a 1 ton truck, and I would hate to see a 150 with a 32 ft camper!!!!!
3500 sagging with a 32 foot Tt... Hmm. I'm no dodge fan but my dad had a Chrysler aspen with the 5.7 hemi and it would pull his 37 foot travel trailer loaded without sagging too much. Hell I went with them once IN the vehicle with the trailer attatched and loaded and it did just fine pulling it. He wanted added safety so he bought a 250 and it laughs at pulling that trailer. I pulled it once with my lariat no problem. I say don't go over the max or too close to the load ratings and drive SLOW an you should be fine. There is also a platinum on this forum that pulls a gooseneck trailer..
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:50 PM   #22
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Wait a minute, TT or 5er? IMHO that's too much trailer for your truck. Check your GVWR and GAWRs. The hitch weight is what'll do you in, you've gotta add passengers and other stuff. And I think 32' is too long for the 145" wb. We're looking for a TT also and we're gonna stay @ 27' or so and 7000lbs max. No white knuckling for me.
Good luck in your search.

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Old 01-09-2012, 08:08 PM   #23
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Don't forget about Frontal Area and Parasitic Drag
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:14 PM   #24
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I'd just like to say that if you know anything about how trucks are named here in the US, then you'd know that there hasn't been a true half ton since the F100. F150's are actually class 2 vehicles, not class 1 like what a half ton should be.

I'm not saying that its a good idea to pull a lot of weight with a modern half but they can safely pull more than just a half ton on the pin.

The thing people have to remember with trucks, they are built more for comfort in mind than towing. Do people even realize that currently, Cummins equipped Dodges are the only trucks you can get standards in now? Those transmissions will easily handle 30,000 lb trailers, but the clutches aren't made for towing and will only handle 12,000 lb. Similar story with suspensions. The components (such as axles and frames) are stronger than the spring rates. In fact, with nearly any HD/SD truck on the market, the only difference between the 3/4 ton and 1 ton are springs and the dually option, otherwise the exact same truck.

Now when it comes to a 5th wheel. Don't waste the money on the 5th hitch, get a gooseneck. You'll get a much stronger setup for the same price...as long as we are talking about safety and all.
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The one thing you never hear about on the commercials touting the strength and power of a truck is what happens when people in an area Like south eastern Wyoming where winds of 50mph+ are common try to drive through with a 5th wheel, or any other trailer for that matter. Locals know better, people from other areas.....well.
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The one thing you never hear about on the commercials touting the strength and power of a truck is what happens when people in an area Like south eastern Wyoming where winds of 50mph+ are common try to drive through with a 5th wheel, or any other trailer for that matter. Locals know better, people from other areas.....well.
I saw a video on youtube of a GM3500 dually bumper pulling a 34 footer and the wind caught him when he topped out on a rise. Flipped the trailer over and jerked the truck around (the 2 5/16" sheared when it hit its binding point) by the safety chains. Could've been much worse had the coupler not failed...everyone walked and drove away, minus a trailer.
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^^^ that vid was crazy!
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Here is what I found on google. I guess it aint as bad as we thought it would be, but personally I wouldn't do it..
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And the last part I forgot it
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Found it...

I've pulled this with my dad's Dodge before, wind makes it a real challenge. Down hill is even harder as my dad is too cheap to get an exhaust brake and the 5.9's never saw VGT's.

I bet you could probably get exhaust brakes for the EB...when they start having VGT's then exhaust brakes will be like when the LLY was introduced...just a tune.
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