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Old 04-23-2014, 02:17 PM   #41
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Just may need to upgrade to the right truck for enough power.
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Old 04-23-2014, 06:07 PM   #42
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... and Donna says her 4X4 XLT SuperCab 6.5' box (145" wheelbase) F-150 has a 7200 pound GVWR, so it does not have the high-payload package, and thus according to Ford specs has 1660 pounds of payload capacity... not so wildly different from the Toyota.
Just checked my new to me yesterday 2010 F150 4x2 Supercab and the yellow sticker says combined weight occupants and cargo not to exceed 693 kg or 1528 lbs.

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Old 04-23-2014, 07:33 PM   #43
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Just may need to upgrade to the right truck for enough power.

What do you think, Donna... it's a Ford!
I suppose you wouldn't need that satellite TV "dish" on the roof... and if you're traveling solo it has about seven extra seats. But is has a tonneau cover!

Ironically, these trucks don't have any more power than the regular production items, unless the engine is custom as well. An F-650 comes with old Ford V-10 (like my motorhome) or the Cummins-branded version of the same 6.7L turbodiesel as a Ram 2500/3500 pickup.

Too bad the guys who make these Frankenstein rigs often don't bother to make rear fenders to actually fit the truck... it looks much better (and of course still wildly excessive for any Escape) when they do.
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I can't see the truck for the fuel tanks.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:33 PM   #45
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Just checked my new to me yesterday 2010 F150 4x2 Supercab and the yellow sticker says combined weight occupants and cargo not to exceed 693 kg or 1528 lbs.

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Hi: emers382...Would you like me to include a case of slim fast in the "Camping package" too!!! Alf
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Now that truck is funny. I am really happy for Donna D. she has the right truck for her. Being a solo traveler she is fine.

For us, between me, mom, wife, dog, and a few extra tools, and other things, we are getting close to the max load, no matter what camper we chose from ETI.

So I am thinking the F250 mainly because it has the "below Bed rails" for the 5th and I will not have to worry about payload.

The F150 with all the HD and towing package would do, but then I would have the rails in the bed all the time.

Plus, the F250 will allow me to haul that portable saw mill I want.....
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You do take a hit in the mpg department when moving up to a 250 or 350 unless you go diesel. The ride is also harder then the regular F150, the HD being somewhere between the 2.
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The 250's and 350's models are definitely more than is absolutely required for towing an Escape.
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The 250's and 350's models are definitely more than is absolutely required for towing an Escape.
Both trucks with purpose. I love my 350 diesel for work. BUT, no way would I want it to be my tow for a 5.0 where I would be using it every time I went out.

Just realized a big benefit for a bumper tow. I guess I knew it, but it hadn't clicked. You are not dedicated to a set tow vehicle, or at least a narrow range. Right now I can use my Pilot, or F-350, or just about anybody else's adequately sized vehicle for a tow.
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Both trucks with purpose. I love my 350 diesel for work. BUT, no way would I want it to be my tow for a 5.0 where I would be using it every time I went out.

Just realized a big benefit for a bumper tow. I guess I knew it, but it hadn't clicked. You are not dedicated to a set tow vehicle, or at least a narrow range. Right now I can use my Pilot, or F-350, or just about anybody else's adequately sized vehicle for a tow.


That big Ford truck is just cool. Maybe it's the flames. Had that pic for a while. Probably from a car/truck show. Gotta love it. MPG is a very important factor too.

With the 5th wheel, the hitch weight is over the rear axle, rather than the bumper area, allowing you to pull more weight. I came sooooo close to getting a 5.0, but like the layout and versatility of the 19.

All of Escapes RVs are well built and a great choice. The TV depends on so many factors, it's better to have a little extra power, but a PU with a V6 like a Frontier, or a small V8 like my Dodge Dakota will pull anything Escape makes. That's the big benefit with a fiberglass trailer. Plus they're cool.
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