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BusterandBelle

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I am shopping for a new truck. I pull a fifth wheel, around 10,000 pounds including contents.

I have a 2009 F150, and I find it marginal on long hills. I would not feel comfortable hauling through the Rockies, which is on our bucket list.

The new F150's have a higher towing capacity than my old one. But are they strong enough, or do I need to be looking at the F250?

Any comments would be helpful?

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The newer trucks might have more power, better trans and/or lower gearing but I would still want at least a three-quarter ton to tow10,000 pounds. FWIW, if I were buying an SRW for that much weight I would go up to a 1 ton SRW just to be ready for the next step up in RVs. Whatever you buy, make sure it has enough pay load and towing rating and don’t forget to include cargo passengers and fuel. Craig

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BusterandBelle wrote:

I am shopping for a new truck. I pull a fifth wheel, around 10,000 pounds including contents.

I have a 2009 F150, and I find it marginal on long hills. I would not feel comfortable hauling through the Rockies, which is on our bucket list.

The new F150's have a higher towing capacity than my old one. But are they strong enough, or do I need to be looking at the F250?

Any comments would be helpful?


"MARGINAL" the key word! Go with the F250!!!!

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C Schomer wrote:

The newer trucks might have more power, better trans and/or lower gearing but I would still want at least a three-quarter ton to tow10,000 pounds. FWIW, if I were buying an SRW for that much weight I would go up to a 1 ton SRW just to be ready for the next step up in RVs. Whatever you buy, make sure it has enough pay load and towing rating and don’t forget to include cargo passengers and fuel. Craig


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Welcome! How long have you been towing that 5th wheel with your F150? [emoticon]





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Yes faster is safer in the hills [emoticon]


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shelbyfv wrote:

Welcome! How long have you been towing that 5th wheel with your F150? [emoticon]


I would NEVER tow a 10k 5er with a half ton of any brand. 10k actual weight or some brochure weight???


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2009 F150 only had the 5.4L in it and it's a dog compared to the new 5.0, 3.5 Eco and probably even the 2.7 Eco...

BUT, power wise, the new trucks are fine.. For that much weight... Well, it ain't gonna handle any better than your current F150.

Suspension, suspension, suspension is where it's at when you get into those kinds of weights.

Everyone's mileage will vary.. So, choose wisely... [emoticon]

Good luck! Mitch
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Welcome to the forum!
A properly equipped new 150 with turbos would be a big step up in power from your current 150. Lots to consider, such as payload capacity and RAWR.

A new 250 or 350 with 7.3 would be a huge improvement in all categories. The HD trucks also have FW puck system available.

Jerry





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Ten thousand pounds and a half ton is a combination I wouldn’t consider.


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