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Old 06-12-2019, 08:53 PM   #1
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So I am thinking about down grading from my F350 dually to an F150. My concern is towing. I pull a tractor at most 5 times a year, total package with trailer is somewhere in the 9K range. Anyone tow that with an F150? Specs for the F150 say 13,200 but I am worried I am making a bad decision to save a dollar. Need some suggestions on how to proceed and go.....
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:58 PM   #2
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I'd stick with F350.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:00 PM   #3
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How far and what kind of terrain?
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:02 PM   #4
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maybe 70 miles terrain ranges from flat to hills. . . . . .savings will be about 400 a month
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:06 PM   #5
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I had an eco boost and I trailered a Jeep Wrangler through northern New Mexico and over half of Colorado with no problems..... but I had a lot of injector trouble so I didn’t keep it but a couple of years.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:16 PM   #6
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9,000 lbs and 5 times a year, you don’t need diesel or gas 2500/3500. Half ton will do that problem.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:17 PM   #7
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I pulled a 30hp 4x4 tractor w/FEL, brush hog & tiller a couple times with my '13 EcoBoost without max tow. Just make sure you have brakes on the trailer.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:22 PM   #8
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I had a 2013 3.5 with the Max Tow Pkg and loved it. It had the 3.73 gears. It would not have an issue with that weight at that distance. The 2nd gen in the new models have even more hp/torque. I have a 2015 duramax now and plan on going back to a max tow F150 within a year.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:41 PM   #9
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Iím my experience nobody that is used to the size and power of a one ton goes to a half ton and is happy with it. If anything, maybe get in an F250.
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:18 PM   #10
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I'm kinda in the boat with Acameron52, it will do it just fine BUT, it won't pull it like the bigger truck. If you are good with the way it pulls and handles it, you should be fine. IMO, I have pulled a camper that weighs 8756lbs.with my wife's 09' F-150 3-4 times a year and have no issue with it. Yes, it does not handle the same but, it does the job. Again, just my OPINION!
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:29 PM   #11
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Last weekend I pulled a John Deer 40 hp tractor with a rotary cutter on the back on a 16ft trailer with 2019 Eco Boost F150. Round trip was probably 50 miles on flat county roads.
No issues and will do it 4-6 times annual.
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Old 06-12-2019, 10:53 PM   #12
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I don't pull that heavy but I have a 32' bumper pull travel trailer that weighs ~7400 pounds. I pull it with a 2011 F150 but with the 5.0L with no trouble. Planning a trip now that will take me to at least Nashville and possibly further and back next month. Towed it to Gulf Shore, St. Louis, Colorado Springs and all over TX.

Not the same as towing with a heavier truck, especially in high wind but will still work.
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:52 AM   #13
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Youíll be fine in the 1/2 ton.


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Old 06-13-2019, 06:33 AM   #14
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Half ton. My dad does the same thing with a 2008 GMC, and that has 315 ft-lbs. The ecoboost will be just fine, just don't expect it to pull as nicely as a 1 ton.
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:36 AM   #15
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I pull loads that size all the time in my 1/2 ton but I have a Chevy with the 6.2 liter. I have been wanting to add bags to the rear for leveling it out if I have a heavy tongue.
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:46 AM   #16
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It will do fine, I pull a 30' TT that weighs about 8K. Yes, you do know it is there, but if you are not pulling every a lot, it will do fine. For me managing my cost vs what I really need is a bigger priority that driving the biggest truck out there. Others think differently. A half ton will do what you need, it more depends on what your priorities are.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:26 AM   #17
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Id agree with rest. I have a 2013 3.5 eco and have pulled 11-12k several times with no issues. If you were pulling like that daily then no doubt the 350 is what you need.
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Old 06-13-2019, 07:47 AM   #18
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Agreeing with the 1/2 ton crowd. I have a '12 3.5L ecoboost. It will pull that no problem. If you were towing very frequently I would stick with a 1 ton, but for just a few times a year the ecoboosts have plenty of power. Plus when you take the trailer off, it is really fun surprising the heck out of cars that think trucks won't go
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:51 AM   #19
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I personally wouldn’t go to a 1/2 ton transmission, brakes, suspension and curb weight. I would go 3/4 SWB though.

I’ll take safety over money to any degree I can afford.

Also everyone’s objective 9k varies, as does trailer configuration. You may not notice tongue weight of a shorter trailer on a 1 ton but on a 1/2 it may be borderline max
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:54 AM   #20
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With a $400 a month savings you could rent a 3/4 ton 5 times a year.

13,200 gross wt? Pulling 9k what does the whole pkg weigh?
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:56 AM   #21
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Wait for the new 7.3 gas for the F250 with ten speed transmission for 2020.
Itís never the motor, but the brakes, suspension etc. I have a diesel F250, but I bought my son a 2018 f150. Itís like driving a station wagon at this point on the half tons. Gets up to speed fine, but itís so light and squishy with a real load.


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Old 06-13-2019, 11:27 AM   #22
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For 5 tows and trip is 70 miles, why spend $4800 a year multiple by the years. Trust me, I tried to justify buying a diesel but ended up back in a Tundra and tow 15 plus times a year dragging my mule 600 miles a weekend.



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I personally wouldnít go to a 1/2 ton transmission, brakes, suspension and curb weight. I would go 3/4 SWB though.

Iíll take safety over money to any degree I can afford.

Also everyoneís objective 9k varies, as does trailer configuration. You may not notice tongue weight of a shorter trailer on a 1 ton but on a 1/2 it may be borderline max
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:37 AM   #23
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For 5 tows and trip is 70 miles, why spend $4800 a year multiple by the years. Trust me, I tried to justify buying a diesel but ended up back in a Tundra and tow 15 plus times a year dragging my mule 600 miles a weekend.
What kind of mileage do you get with the Tundra pulling the mule?
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:48 AM   #24
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Single digits pulled tandem car hauler and mule pro fxt loaded with corn and whatever else we may need. Had 210k on my last tundra, no repairs or parts needed.

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What kind of mileage do you get with the Tundra pulling the mule?
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:58 AM   #25
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What kind of mileage do you get with the Tundra pulling the mule?
I bet a lot better than the diesel. Iíve pulled a lot with my 17í 350 and my dads 14 & 17í Tundras. The Tundras would get 16-17 unloaded, and 13-14 loaded with a 18 ft trailer a UTV & ATV. My 350 pulling the same stretch gets 11 with just a 12 ft trailer and UTV or 10 with my 24í gooseneck and both UTVs.
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:39 PM   #26
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Like others have said, the F150 will serve you just fine. I don't own it anymore but, had no problem pulling my 32' TT which was usually in the 8200# range with my 15' 5.0. You feel the trailer more than in a 3/4 or 1 ton but, for all the time in-between that you're not hooked up to a trailer you'll enjoy the ride and lower costs.
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