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Old 10-26-2013, 01:42 PM   #1
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We just purchased a 2008 26 ft Crossroads Cruiser that we love! We had it towed home for us, and now need to purchase a pickup to tow it with. Do we really need a 3/4 ton pickup? Does anyone have any experience towing with a 1/2 ton pickup? Any advice?

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What model is it? What are the weights on the trailer? GVWr not dry weight. How much pin weight does it have? This will determine what you need to tow. The only half ton I would even consider would be the ford ecoboost HD. Mark tows his cruiser with one. Might want to look him up and ask him how it handled those mountains in va earlier this month. One thing to keep in mind is most tend to upgrade their trailers after a short period. since you are buying a truck now, I would get one big enough for the next trailer.
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ok from your other post it looks like the 26RK. From what I have found it has a dry weight of 6622 lbs and a dry pin weight of 1462. That pin weight will be pushing it for the payload on most 1/2 tons. Remember that both those weights will increase with gear etc.
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I believe you have the same rig as I do. I'm towing mine with a Ford f150, but it's a pretty heavy duty f150. It's plenty capable of the task.

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What model is it? What are the weights on the trailer? GVWr not dry weight. How much pin weight does it have? This will determine what you need to tow. The only half ton I would even consider would be the ford ecoboost HD. Mark tows his cruiser with one. Might want to look him up and ask him how it handled those mountains in va earlier this month. One thing to keep in mind is most tend to upgrade their trailers after a short period. since you are buying a truck now, I would get one big enough for the next trailer.

Towing my Cruiser 335ss in the Virginia Mts. was no problem. Whether climbing or decending the mts. was great with the F150. I put about 2500 miles of towing this season and had no issues towing. Probably averaged about 11 mpg. I do have the HD payload and towing package plus I have added the Roadmaster active suspension. Any questions pm me.

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What model is it? What are the weights on the trailer? GVWr not dry weight. How much pin weight does it have? This will determine what you need to tow. The only half ton I would even consider would be the ford ecoboost HD. Mark tows his cruiser with one. Might want to look him up and ask him how it handled those mountains in va earlier this month. One thing to keep in mind is most tend to upgrade their trailers after a short period. since you are buying a truck now, I would get one big enough for the next trailer.

Towing my Cruiser 335ss in the Virginia Mts. was no problem. Whether climbing or decending the mts. was great with the F150.* I put about 2500 miles of towing this season and had no issues towing.* Probably averaged about 11 mpg.* I do have the HD payload and towing package plus I have added the Roadmaster active suspension.* Any questions pm me.

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glad to hear, I was wondering how afton mtn went for you.
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Works good in the mountains of CO. also.

I have to say tho, I never seen 11 mpg towing with mine. More like 9 to 91/2.



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Looks like a short bed. Just what I would like! Thank you,

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ok from your other post it looks like the 26RK. From what I have found it has a dry weight of 6622 lbs and a dry pin weight of 1462. That pin weight will be pushing it for the payload on most 1/2 tons. Remember that both those weights will increase with gear etc.

I tend to agree. F150 Eco Boost HD is an awesome 1/2 ton for you size trailer now. However if you think you may upgrade later most folks tend to go larger. If you feel that is the case you may want to consider a 3/4 ton or 1 ton now.
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If your truck is rated to tow the trailer both Gross Wt and hitch Wt you can do it. BUT if you are outside that you may not have insurance coverage. If all the weights are OK you just may have to think about hills

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