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Old 12-08-2022, 09:00 AM   #21
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..........Should I consider any upgrades that would improve it over what I have now?........
Your choice.......appears your current truck tows just fine and does not require an upgrades BUT of course you can always spend $$$ for more truck and upgrades, but why? Selling both vehicles makes sense if the savings work for you. Everyone's experience is different. In my case. I towed a heavy fifth wheel trailer for 15 years for an F250.......then purchased my current tow vehicle for lots of reasons......more transmission cooling capacity, stability, uphill torque, comfortable ride, towing capacity and braking (transmission, on addition to exhaust brake).......then my wife proposed buying a longer and heavier fifth wheel trailer.
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Old 12-08-2022, 11:03 AM   #22
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To the OP. Do you load your bed up with gear for camping? Do you like having a crewcab? A couple of things to note. If you move to a f150 supercrew 3.5 shortbox 4x4 maxtow, especially the 2021+ you will gain a lot of cool features, but you won't even sniff that payload you have now. Expect a max payload of around 1800. Expect gas mileage of around 18-19 mpg not towing, maybe 21 on the interstate not towing.

It should pull that trailer combination easily. How it does at higher altitudes I cannot comment. I've heard the higher altitudes derate the ability somewhat but I have no personal experience.

To me, if your current truck is working, I'd probably stick with that. Or you keep the current one and figure out a way to try the new one, or buy it and try it, and sell the one you don't like as much. I'm happy with mine, but I've often thought about stepping up to the f250. I don't know if we will continue to camp past the next few years or not, so I've held off.
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Old 12-08-2022, 01:48 PM   #23
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It has been said time and again by knowledgeable people: dump the 3/4 ton and go straight to a one ton 350/3500.
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Old 12-08-2022, 04:06 PM   #24
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Ya, if your pulling a 40 footer!!! Thats big, nice rig ya got there!! Very nice!
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Old 12-08-2022, 04:26 PM   #25
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Ya, if your pulling a 40 footer!!! Thats big, nice rig ya got there!! Very nice!
I pull a 31' Cougar XLite fifth wheel with my F250 and "wish for an F350" every trip when I have to leave something home to stay under the 10K GVWR. It doesn't take a 40 footer to "bust the GVWR".... I do it almost every trip with my rig and have to "shorten the packing list" to stay under max weight.
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Old 12-08-2022, 07:38 PM   #26
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OK, I'm putting this thinking to bed.

Only been around trailering for what, 3 years now, so I am still learning and in need of much more schooling.

This trailer is us, that is done, finished.

The truck has been great. Never had an issue with it pulling, stopping, up a hill or down a hill, and the size of it, short bed super cab is the perfect size for us, as like our trailer, it's a couple's trailer, not a family truck.
Can toss a few things in the small back seat, but that's it.

I'm thinking this trailering and truck stuff can be a lot like boating, every foot bigger than the boat you own, sure seems nice, and....

Ha, now that I'm thinking about that, I did do that, I went bigger, 26 foot, because it seemed like it would be so much more fun, it wasn't, took more work, money, etc, and therefor didn't get used as much.

I went back down to a 19 footer we use a lot.

Much in the same way I did with my first travel trailer....

Maybe I will use this money that for some reason I just want to spend on stuff, and instead use it to see a shrink doctor
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Old 12-09-2022, 10:37 AM   #27
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I'll just opine with this. A tow vehicle is essentially a tool used to carry and or pull a trailer. I'm a firm beleiver in using the proper tool for the job. I don't use flat blade screwdrivers as a chisel or a prybar. Some will say that they do successfully but IMO it's a matter of time before it WILL fail.

I use tools that are fully capable for the task at hand. That includes the tool having a excess capacity to allow for a margin of safety. Trucks, like many things, are a compromise between comfort and capability. IMO that compromise should not include safety or premature wear from using it "at max capacity or capability" for extended periods. JMO, YMMV
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Old 12-09-2022, 10:44 AM   #28
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"task at hand"

That right there is key.

Where I go/pull, in the Pacific Northwest is a whole nudder task than what those in flatland USA go/pull.

One size "might" fit all, until you see a size that wasn't in on the equation
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