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Old 09-06-2017, 11:53 AM   #11
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My 2009 F150 has engine braking with tow engaged. It work's very well towing my 6800lbs. I am not sure if it is on the new gas engine's.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:19 AM   #12
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I drive a Tundra Limited and for my purposes it's perfectly matched with our Zinger 291RL.

In tow/haul and at 60 -65 mph I get 9 - 10 mpg with 'Harvey' on the back.

The Tekumsah trailer brake controller makes very light work of stopping the rig even on steep downhill grades when fully loaded. I'm guessing were just shy of the Tundra's 10,300lb max tow weight.

I do pull with a 10,000lb rated weight distribution hitch and sway control linkage which keeps us straight and horizontal.

Going uphill is easy, the truck's transmission when the cruise is set always finds the right cogs to maintain the speed. Any attempt to accelerate at this point is met with a rapid downshift and high RPM but with little increase in climb performance, so I tend to leave it be unless traffic dictates otherwise. "Know your limitations" 'Dirty Harry Callahan' once said.

I had a full service on the 2015 truck before last trip and the tech was impressed with how minimal the wear on the pads was for the 30k miles it's covered from new.

I often think about getting a 3/4 ton when a big diesel one blows past me on the interstate at 70+ pulling a monster 5th wheel, but then I'm reminded I don't have his fiscal resources or responsibilities.

Just my 2 cents worth...

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone. Be safe.
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:19 PM   #13
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I get the rapid downshift and high RPM when using speed control so I don't use it that often. Any one else find this to be true?
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Old 12-22-2017, 06:01 PM   #14
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I get the rapid downshift and high RPM when using speed control so I don't use it that often. Any one else find this to be true?
I found that to be the case with my 2007 Toyota Tundra. Between the consistently high RPM, constantly feeling like we were under powered, and always being right at max GCWR for the truck/trailer we recently upgraded. We werenít originally looking for a 3500 but the opportunity presented itself at a fantastic price so we couldnít pass it up. Prior to the 3500, we were always taking 2 vehicles because I didnít want to go over on max GCWR even though the Tundra could do it... now we all travel together with no concerns and itís great!
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Old 12-23-2017, 05:48 AM   #15
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Hippy,

I just traded in my 2012 F250 gas for a new f350 Diesel Dually. My 250 had the 6.7L. I had the engine braking while tow option was engaged.....
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Old 12-23-2017, 07:19 AM   #16
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IMHO, if downshift and high RPM happen, that's an indication of not enough truck !

Don't get an intermediate truck, get the 3/4 ton because you WILL get a larger rv soon enough and having more truck than needed is always a safer approach.

And a cat scale and real weights compared to your GVWR, Rear GAWR, pin/tongue weight, and rv weight are the only things that can answer your question.

While my Ford Excursion, and F250, and F350 were all really nice traveling vehicles, they were right at the top of their capabilities with the rv's we had...
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Old 12-27-2017, 10:11 AM   #17
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I'm thinking about just diving right into a 3/4 ton but want to first find out what other fellow Crossroads owners who tow with a 1/2 ton and this unit feel about their 1/2 tons. I'll spring for the 3/4 but really would like to stick with a 1/2 ton if I can. Thanks!
Did you get your answer from other 1/2 ton drivers? A lot of good points were made regarding being able to stop, not just tow as well as possibility of a heavier RV in the future. Safety is top priority. Personally I wouldn't want to tow anything over 25 feet regularly with less than a 3/4 ton truck.

Any truck is expensive. A TV is a big expense especially if you don't need a truck for work. If it's your daily driver, then there are other considerations. MPG etc. Jumping from a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 ton is considerably more money. The ride in a 1/2 ton to 3/4 ton is different too. I went with a used TV. It was a great deal even though it is more than I need, (was looking for 3/4 ton, ended up with 1 ton). I also work from home. If I had to commute, I'd probably buy a burner car for daily driving. I've done that in the past.

Good news is you have time to look around and make an informed choice because you have a functioning TV. Good luck!
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:06 PM   #18
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I ended up getting a 3/4 ton rather than a 1/2 ton cause of a good deal. Turned out it was a good idea as I used a truck camper to do an Alsaka trip and needed a 3/4 ton to Haul the weight of thr truck camper. Since have sold the camper and big truck works great for towing .
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:12 PM   #19
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I realize this post was made back in September, but its been that long since I've been on last. Although we don't tow a 32RL, we have a 270BH, I do tow with a half ton truck. Well we used to....
Yesterday We ordered a new 2018 Ram 2500 Laramie Mega Cab with the 6.4 Hemi.
With your trailer having a GVRW of 9700#, I think you would be more comfortable controlling the weight with a 3/4 ton truck. My biggest complaint with our 1/2 ton was it's performance in windy conditions and low payload. It moved the load great, stopped fine, maneuvered with ease. But looking forward, our kids are getting bigger, we take more stuff and I didn't feel comfortable with the 1/2 ton moving forward.
I'm really looking forward to next season with the new tow vehicle.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:03 AM   #20
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Do I need more truck?

I'd sure like to thank everyone for all their advice and recommendations. After looking at multiple trucks; comparing this and that, power trains, etc. the opportunity/deal was too good to pass up on a brand new 2017 Ford F-250 XLT gas at one of our local dealers so we made the plunge and got it.
So far we have made two short trips towing the TT and we don't have any regrets thus far.
We have planned a trip in a few weeks to Arizona from out home in No. Calif. so we will see just how everything works out. Now if I could just figure out why the wardrobe slide out stopped working, I'll be one happy camper.
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