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Old 09-08-2021, 06:50 AM   #1
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Thinking about getting rid of my diesel and down sizing my travel trailer. I can not Justify having a big trailer anymore since the kids are getting older. So who on here pulls a 24ft to 28ft travel trailer with a half ton truck and how does it perform? I haven't had a gas truck since 2011 so I'm just looking for imput into half ton.

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Old 09-08-2021, 06:54 AM   #2
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Thinking about getting rid of my diesel and down sizing my travel trailer. I can not Justify having a big trailer anymore since the kids are getting older. So who on here pulls a 24ft to 28ft travel trailer with a half ton truck and how does it perform? I haven't had a gas truck since 2011 so I'm just looking for imput into half ton.

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I pull a 24 foot at 5k lbs with a 2021 ram 1400 with the v8. Plenty of power thats never an issue but I can definitely feel it back there stability wise. I get about 8 or 9 mpg

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Old 09-08-2021, 07:03 AM   #3
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Bout a 26í travel trailer in May and went in 5 trips so far pulling it with my 1/2 ton. Spent the extra coin on a good leveling/anti-sway hitch.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:12 AM   #4
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I’ve always pulled my travel trailers with a 1/2 ton. Currently have a 32’ ultra lite. I don’t travel all over with this one. Pulling isn’t the problem, stopping in a hurry is. And I only get 8-9 miles per gallon.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:16 AM   #5
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We have a 25 ft apex ultra lite,pull it with a 5.7 Toyota Tundra. Pulls great,ok gas mileage.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:17 AM   #6
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Put air bags on the truck from the very start. Can a 1/2 ton pull it safely? Yes no problem. Transitioning from 3/4 ton diesel to the 1/2 ton stability is hard to get used to.
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:33 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the info.

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Old 09-08-2021, 08:08 AM   #8
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I rent one about 3-4 times a year and pull it with my F150. I usually rent 26-28ft and the weight is 5500-6500lbs. It can be done, but they do have a little sway from time to time.
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:20 AM   #9
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If you already have a diesel, why downsize to a half-ton (unless it's a dually)? There's a huge difference in stability and ability while towing a huge, heavy rectangular object, 65+ mph down the highway. I can see downsizing to a half-ton if you were getting rid of the camper and not towing one at all, but I promise you, you're going to have many more "pucker factors" happen with towing a camper 4k lbs+ with a half-ton. Yes, "It Can" tow it is A LOT different than comfort and stability WHILE towing it.

To Add, you will also be limiting your payload in the tow vehicle and won't be able to pack as much or any at all (if your wife is like mine) or load extra gear in the bed of a half ton while towing a 24'+ camper because you'll most likely already be at or over GVW of the half-ton
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:34 AM   #10
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im following this...im currently looking at a 29 footer behind a half ton and thinking it may be a task to move it...im not planning to drag it all over the state for camping as much as to a deer lease but the mrs. has the great plan that we can use it "here and there" in between
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:57 AM   #11
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You'll have plenty of power. What you'll miss is the frame, suspension, and brakes of the heavier truck. Have you looked at a 250/2500 with a gasser? I'm very happy with my Ram 2500 and 6.4 Hemi.

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Old 09-08-2021, 10:34 PM   #12
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Just be careful. I have heard of people going over there GVWR and getting in an accident and insurance not covering it and the other party pursuing criminal and civil lawsuits.
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Old 09-08-2021, 11:05 PM   #13
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I have a 26 footer. I HAD a F150. It pulled it and it sucked! I would get 6-8 mpg and it was white knuckle every time. Every bump and gust of wind was throwing the truck around. I bought an F250 power stroke and don’t even know it’s back there till I look in the mirror. I think you will have trouble with the lack of power and stability after always towing with a diesel. JMO.
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Old 09-09-2021, 12:38 AM   #14
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I have a 26 footer. I HAD a F150. It pulled it and it sucked! I would get 6-8 mpg and it was white knuckle every time. Every bump and gust of wind was throwing the truck around. I bought an F250 power stroke and donít even know itís back there till I look in the mirror. I think you will have trouble with the lack of power and stability after always towing with a diesel. JMO.

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Old 09-09-2021, 05:46 AM   #15
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I pull a 27' hitch to bumper with a Titan Pro4X with a WDH and have no problems. I have Sumo Springs on the rear of the Titan replacing the original bumps. Properly set up hitch and no squat.






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Old 09-09-2021, 06:29 AM   #16
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Old 09-09-2021, 06:53 AM   #17
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Do a quick search on YouTube for RV wreck. Almost all of them are half ton trucks towing a bumper pull RV. I’m not saying it can’t be done safely, but the odds of an accident go up with a half ton truck and a bumper pull.
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Old 09-09-2021, 08:28 AM   #18
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We did the opposite. 24 bumper bull (30 foot stem to stern) and had a half ton. The half ton pulled it fine but as mentioned, wind and hills killed it. Truck was a 2015 chevy with 6.2 and air bags

Ended up going back to 3/4 and got f250 with the 7.3 gas. I can drag the travel trailer, tractor or 21' boat at 80 if I want now and not worry about it. Pulling out into traffic isnt a problem either
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Old 09-09-2021, 09:08 AM   #19
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Pulling with a half ton is never the problem. Stopping is always the problem.
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Old 09-09-2021, 09:41 AM   #20
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Depends on where you plan on taking it. I used my wife's Yukon XL (Denali motor rated for 9,000 lbs) to pull mine... didn't have an issue until we hit Colorado. Huge mistake and I'll be hearing about the $4k it costs me on replacement differentials till the end of time.

I have a 2500 and never eveb felt it pulling the trailer up the same mountain canyon. The V-8 was struggling to get 40 mph while the Ram diesel did 80 with zero issues.

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Old 09-09-2021, 09:46 AM   #21
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We have a 25 ft apex ultra lite,pull it with a 5.7 Toyota Tundra. Pulls great,ok gas mileage.
said no one ever.
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Old 09-09-2021, 10:15 AM   #22
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Pulling it will not be an issue, but any wind will not be your friend.
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Old 09-09-2021, 10:47 AM   #23
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Pulling my trailer with my Tundra has never been an issue. I canít remember if itís a 28 footer or a 32 footer and too lazy to go look right now but the secret to pulling one is to have an equalizer hitch and sway bars.



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Old 09-09-2021, 10:58 AM   #24
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I get 7.5 - 8mpg pulling a 32ft 7500# trailer with my 2011 F150. High winds really suck and I take it slow. Doable but high winds and hills will cause gas mileage to drop into the 6-7mpg range. Get a good weight distribution hitch with 4 way sway control. Air bags are a plus.

My previous trailer was 28ft and I thought it towed really well. Would have no concerns with 24-28ft trailer. When my oldest graduates in 2 years I'll probably downsize back to this range.
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Old 09-09-2021, 12:01 PM   #25
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I pull a 28ft trailer with my 2013 F150. Have not had any problems but wind is definitely noticeable. Putting the truck in tow/haul mode makes a huge difference. Fastest Ill go is 65mph. Sway bars are worth their weight in gold. Took it out 4 times last year and 3 so far this year. Longest trip was 8 hours to Arkansas.
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Old 09-09-2021, 12:13 PM   #26
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Pulling a 24-ft with a 2012 F150 ecoboost. Burns gas real fast like lol
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Old 09-09-2021, 12:41 PM   #27
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24í with a 2015 eco boostÖ I donít have any issues.

Do I travel 75-80 mph? Nope. But Iíll regularly do 65-70 depending on the wind.


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Old 09-09-2021, 12:53 PM   #28
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The most important part of this equation is not the pulling but the stopping! Nothing else should be be discussed! They do make smaller, lighter trailers though ;-)
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Old 09-09-2021, 01:26 PM   #29
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I pulled this rockwood Roo 233s with my raptor and was maxed out. A regular half ton would have been fine. Keep an eye on your payload and remember listed travel trailer tongue weights are dry weights. My 6k on trailer had right over 1k lbs of tongue weight when fully loaded!

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Old 09-09-2021, 01:32 PM   #30
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I have no problem stopping with the truck pictured above. OEM trailer braking system, OEM sway control and a good WDH make a huge difference. Most mistakes are driver error IMO. I see them rolling down the road every trip out.


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Old 09-09-2021, 01:36 PM   #31
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If you can't stop your travel trailer with your 1/2 ton truck, you need to have the trailer brakes, or brake controller checked. There's no reason a reasonable sized trailer should be that hard to stop with modern brake controls, working trailer brakes, and modern disc truck brakes.


3/4 Ton trucks don't cost that much more than 1/2 tons, but if a 1/2 ton is your move, thenI would recommend...

E Rated tires on the truck
Air bags to accommodate extra tongue weight (most people load trailers too light on the tongue), and keep the rig mostly level.
A WD hitch WITH sway bars, not just the weight distributing bars, but an actual sway bar (or two).
Learn to load the trailer right, get enough tongue weight, but not too much, etc...

As my Uncle Bud would say "Don't worry about the mule son, just load the wagon!"
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Old 09-09-2021, 03:03 PM   #32
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Iíve never had a fun experience pulling a tongue pull travel trailer behind a 1/2 ton of any make.

It just plain sucks especially if you are used to a 3/4 ton or larger.


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Old 09-09-2021, 03:10 PM   #33
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Pulled 24’ camper all over Texas in a Ford F-150 (with trailer brakes). Now if you own a Chevy you better just sleep in a tent.
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Old 09-09-2021, 03:42 PM   #34
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I have a 26 footer. I HAD a F150. It pulled it and it sucked! I would get 6-8 mpg and it was white knuckle every time. Every bump and gust of wind was throwing the truck around. I bought an F250 power stroke and donít even know itís back there till I look in the mirror. I think you will have trouble with the lack of power and stability after always towing with a diesel. JMO.

this right here... i'm fixing to swap to diesel as well.
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Old 09-09-2021, 03:45 PM   #35
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For short trips to the lake it will be fine, but if you are traveling any distance stick with the 3/4 ton.
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Old 09-09-2021, 04:27 PM   #36
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Trailer brakes are a must if your pulling with an f150. I installed a Tekonsha on my truck before I went and picked up my trailer. I will move to a 3/4 ton but will not pay the inflated price right now.
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Old 09-09-2021, 06:58 PM   #37
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We bought a 24 ft trailer recently and I pulled it from Llano to Pleasanton thru Fredericksburg & Comfort, then on I10.
Used my 2002 Suburban.
Has plenty power, but is in some lower gears at times and that engine really howls.
Probably 7-8 mpg.
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Old 09-09-2021, 07:02 PM   #38
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For short trips to the lake it will be fine, but if you are traveling any distance stick with the 3/4 ton.
I agree with this.
I told my wife the very thing at the end of my trip.
The Suburban pulled it, but it was grunting on those hills.
The rig came with a stability system, though, and it helps greatly.
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Old 09-09-2021, 08:24 PM   #39
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I tow a 32' bumper pull with now my second Ram 1500, hemi. Pulls fine. Stops fine. Trailer brake will pretty much stop the truck if set a little too hard. Also does not bounce me or sway on the road, but I do have a quality weight distributing hitch and installed a sway control on both sides. I keep speed to 65-70, depending on road and wind. Would a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel pull better? Of course it would. But, I can't justify that expense just for pulling a camper.

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Old 09-09-2021, 08:27 PM   #40
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I've been pulling all kinds and brands of trailers with 1/2 ton. Sure I'm not first at the finish line but I'm there safely. All over the grand USA!!! I've even daisy chained my boat last in the line. Never an issue. As stated good trailer brakes, controller, stabilizer and weight in trailer are the key components. Don't be fooled as these things are also important using larger tonnage. One major item is paying attention, yes paying attention to your surroundings. Probably the most important aspect of pulling anything. Everybody wants to get there, it's best to get there safely. Hope you have grand adventures...

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Old 09-09-2021, 10:37 PM   #41
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Really just depends on the numbers on the trailer your wanting to tow and what the truck is rated for. Im on the road quite a bit for work and see ALOT of sketchy towing in the highway, especially travel trailers.


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Old 09-09-2021, 10:55 PM   #42
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Man, I have a baby sized camper. It's a single axle maybe 25' total OAL and I pull it with a new Ram 1500 (my wife's) and anything over about 70 mph is just not fun. The pucker factor is there. I will say I haven't towed much outside of smaller boats and utility trailers, but I wish I had more truck. It accelerates great and stops fine but it throws me around when I try to go the speed limit on the freeway.
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Old 09-10-2021, 11:30 AM   #43
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Towed 26' bumper pull for 2 years with an '07 1/2 ton Chevy. I was always on high alert for winds, big rigs passing me from either direction and crawling up even the slightest grades.

Buckled roads really made the thing "porpoise" so bad I've almost had to stop the truck on the highway to get under control. I was running air bags, WDH hitch and friction sway control bars.

Very stressful driving days and I put thousands on miles on this way.

Moved up to a gasser V10- F250 and my driving days are mostly stress free. Still have to pay attention to following distances and be sure to drive like there's something back there. But its a night/day difference.

For me, it came down to some pretty easy math. My trailer loaded is almost 7000 lbs, and the Chevy only weighed, max 5600 w/ tongue weight. The tail wags the dog every time! Bump up to the F250 and its built with bigger brakes, lower gears and more torque. These are all good, but with tongue weight, its heavier than the RV. So the dog now wags the tail!

Good luck in your decision.

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