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Old 07-11-2019, 10:09 AM   #31
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So MANY opinions. Smartest thing to do is buy the biggest and heaviest trailer you can afford and ask your salesman what truck will be needed to tow it! They are paid professionals, after all.
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:46 PM   #32
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So MANY opinions. Smartest thing to do is buy the biggest and heaviest trailer you can afford and ask your salesman what truck will be needed to tow it! They are paid professionals, after all.
Yes, right.
Paid to lie is more like it.
I gotta go back to my wife and I put many Kmiles on and our light weight TT and its just fine.
I have 37K miles on a 2017 Silverado with a small TT and we have enjoyed it all.
Our goal is to see America and Canada and enjoy the journey.
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Old 07-11-2019, 12:56 PM   #33
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I agree with Canonman's advice. I owned an 4 door crew cab F-150 and pulled a 19' trailer with it successfully for 4 years until I bought my 2011 Cougar. To handle the extra weight, I put airbags on the rear axles to keep the truck from "squatting" too much. I traded up to an F-250 in 2017 and it made a world of difference. If you do get an F-150 make sure it has the towing package on it if you buy used (Heavy Duty Radiator, Transmission Cooler, pre-wired for the brake controller)

One note on 3/4 ton trucks. Fords are called Super Duty's as they (F250/F350) all come from the factory outfitted with the aforementioned towing package. Whereas Chevy, GMC and Ram sell a 2500 model and a 2500HD model. The HD indicating the towing package items.

I again defer to Cannonman's logic.... if you can afford a 3/4 ton truck buy it for future trailer upsizing.


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Old 07-11-2019, 01:01 PM   #34
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Easy answer, go for a 2500/250 size truck if you can afford it.

Also, unless you intend to be traveling on slippery surfaces such as ice/snow or wet dirt roads, stick with 2WD. They have a larger payload capacity, cost less to buy and maintain(repair), less weight to carry in the running gear, less to go wrong with, and are a bit lower to the ground
Discovered to my grief yesterday that if you are looking for a 250 2WD in gas, you'll be looking a long time. Had to bite the bullet on 4WD just in order to find anything for sale.
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Old 07-11-2019, 02:49 PM   #35
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Discovered to my grief yesterday that if you are looking for a 250 2WD in gas, you'll be looking a long time. Had to bite the bullet on 4WD just in order to find anything for sale.


It may be a blessing in disguise. I've had nothing but 4x4s since 1990 I guess (truck/SUVs for family use). Back when I needed them because I went where I needed them. As I've gotten older I'm not nearly as adventurous but keep buying them. Why? I have had them come in handy in the weirdest of situations generally when I thought I would never need 4x4. So, instead of trying to get down in the mud/snow/rocks etc. trying to free my 2x4 up, I would rather "turn the dial" and drive away. It really can come in handy if you are in a dirt campground and it's been raining a couple of days. So, don't cry , it will be just fine.
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:14 PM   #36
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If shopping Ford, a MaxTow package is one to look at. It can't be ordered with the HDPP which is crazy. MaxTow is about $1295 but it includes 36 gallon fuel tank, trailer brake controller, 3.55 rear end gears, bigger front sway bar, and cooling for everything. You save over $2100 over buying those things separate.
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Old 07-13-2019, 09:26 PM   #37
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Ford also has a Trailer towing package for $999. But it doesn't include all that other equipment.
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Old 07-14-2019, 04:38 AM   #38
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Ford also has a Trailer towing package for $999. But it doesn't include all that other equipment.
They have 53a, 53b, and 53c. 53b is more or less just a class IV hitch and still severely limited. 53a includes an upgraded front stabilizer bar and auxiliary transmission cooler and steps up the capability quite a bit. Then 53C is max tow.
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Unless something has changed, you CAN order max tow and HDPP, but the 3.73 gear actually carries a lesser gcvwr than the 3.55 non HDPP truck. In the Ford forums we speculate that it is due to the combo never being recertified for a greater load with the wheel/tire setup that comes on HDPP vs the ones max tow comes with.
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Old 07-14-2019, 01:34 PM   #40
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If shopping Ford, a MaxTow package is one to look at. It can't be ordered with the HDPP which is crazy. MaxTow is about $1295 but it includes 36 gallon fuel tank, trailer brake controller, 3.55 rear end gears, bigger front sway bar, and cooling for everything. You save over $2100 over buying those things separate.
I'm in the process of shopping a new F-250 now. My wife (the researcher) says she can't find any option that offers extra cooling, or anything named MaxTow or HDPP, in the current lineup. She found a "high capacity tow" in the diesel lineup, but we're looking at gas. Is there some other option we're missing, and where can we read about it?
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