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Old 10-09-2015, 02:55 PM   #1
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5.0TA 1/2 Ton tow vehicle dilemma

I recently sold my Escape 21 and ordered the 5.0TA. I will take delivery in January 2016. In the meantime, I am trying to decide on a new truck to pull my new trailer.
I currently have a 06 Silverado (4.8LV8), but want to upgrade. I initially was very interested in the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel. It gets great reviews and good performance. I am having some reservations now after researching some of the stats. The max payload of the Ram Crew Cab short box is only 1340lbs which does not leave much left after considering the pin weight of the 5.0 is minimum 600lbs and up to 900lbs depending on the trailers loaded weight. The other issues I have is that the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel is not rated for a 5th wheel trailer. I am not sure it there is an approved 5th wheel hitch.
As well, the premium for the Ram is substantial. Also, you must reload the DEF exhaust conditioner at some cost and the oil used is much more expensive. So not sure it is worth it just for increased fuel economy. My other options would be the Silverado 5.3L, Ford Ecoboost, or possibly the Ram Hemi, most of which are approved for 5th wheel and have higher max. carrying capacity.
Any words of wisdom out there for me?
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Old 10-09-2015, 03:19 PM   #2
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Like you we sold our 21 and have a 5.0 on order for Sept 2016. We have settled on purchasing a Ford F-150 3.5 Ecoboost with a 5 1/2 foot bed. The payload capacity was the deciding factor.
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Old 10-09-2015, 03:46 PM   #3
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Like you we sold our 21 and have a 5.0 on order for Sept 2016. We have settled on purchasing a Ford F-150 3.5 Ecoboost with a 5 1/2 foot bed. The payload capacity was the deciding factor.
Interestingly enough, I am going from the 3.5 EcoBoost to a 2.7 EcoBoost to get better fuel mileage and to get a 35 gallon tank rather than the 26 which was all I could get in 2012. The 3.5 in my opinion is more power than needed with the 5.0TA, not that the power isn't good to have. I just would like to improve the 13.6 to 13.9 I get towing and increase the range.
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Old 10-09-2015, 05:03 PM   #4
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There have been previous owners of the newer 5.0 TA with the Ram diesel with good results. I believe the Andersen makes a light weight hitch set up.
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:51 PM   #5
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I have been kicking around the idea of getting a truck to either carry an aluminium boat with our 19 Escape on a rack or possibly going with a 5.0TA. I found the Tundra and RAM have similar payload capacities for a extended cab, whereas, Ford and Chev have about another 800 lbs or so more payload.
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:23 PM   #6
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I have the 2015 silverado and get 16 to 18 mpg cdn towing.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:55 PM   #7
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Haven't tested my 2015 F150 with the 3.5L EcoBoost yet towing a fifth wheel, but it certainly has the capacity to do so. My Lariat with 20" tires, and a few optional packages still has a payload of 1646. I got the 3.5L for a fewreasons. There was one on the lot that had near all the features I wanted, and at a clearance price that was great, plus I negotiated another $6,500 CAD off too. If I ordered a 2016 with way less options, it would have cost me a heck of a lot more. Another reason for the 3.5L, is I really wanted the 6.5' box, and it is not available in the 2.7L. After checking out the fuel economy of both engines, the 3.5L suffered less than 1 mpg difference.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:44 PM   #8
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I was also going to order the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel, lots of power, but then I found the real the payload capacity. Not enough extra for me. Ended up ordering from the factory, Ram 1500 Hemi, Quad cab, 2WD, 6.5 bed, towing package. Adding a 5th wheel hitch was easy, lots of offerings. It tows well, better milage than my Frontier ever got even with it towing a lighter trailer.
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:07 AM   #9
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Interestingly enough, I am going from the 3.5 EcoBoost to a 2.7 EcoBoost to get better fuel mileage and to get a 35 gallon tank rather than the 26 which was all I could get in 2012. The 3.5 in my opinion is more power than needed with the 5.0TA, not that the power isn't good to have. I just would like to improve the 13.6 to 13.9 I get towing and increase the range.
You'll love it Carl. The high capacity tank is actually 36 gallons. When not towing that gives us about a 900 mile range on the highway. Unreal.
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Of course, filling the tank increases the weight and reduces mileage..
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