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Old 11-13-2018, 06:56 PM   #1
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Truck Help for 5.0TA needed

All, We are (hopefully) in the final process of getting our 5.0 order together. Unfortunately, we do not have a tow vehicle yet and are in the process of researching trucks. The order form requires us to provide information on our truck. My question is, if you have a 5.0TA is there an issue with changing to a different truck? I would think it would simply be a matter of changing the hitch in the truck or, at worse, getting the high axle installed, but would like the experts input on this topic-- that is all of you.

Also, and not to start a debate because everyone has their favorite, but any input on the Dodge vs Ram vs Tundra(?) would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:18 PM   #2
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Some owners are using the Ra1500, some are using the Ford 150, A Chevrolet/GMC is in the mix, Colorado and Canyon are also being used. Just about and 1/2 ton truck can be used.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:49 PM   #3
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All, We are (hopefully) in the final process of getting our 5.0 order together. Unfortunately, we do not have a tow vehicle yet and are in the process of researching trucks. The order form requires us to provide information on our truck. My question is, if you have a 5.0TA is there an issue with changing to a different truck? I would think it would simply be a matter of changing the hitch in the truck or, at worse, getting the high axle installed, but would like the experts input on this topic-- that is all of you.

Also, and not to start a debate because everyone has their favorite, but any input on the Dodge vs Ram vs Tundra(?) would be appreciated.Thanks!
Main reason they need the truck bed rail height dimension is to determine if the pin box will need to be adjusted from the stock position. Biggest possible influence if adjustment is needed is height of bed rails and whether the customer chooses the high lift axle option.

When you trade or sell your tow vehicle you will be able to adjust to the new tow vehicle using the height adjustment on the 5th wheel hitch and or the pin box if needed.

As stated any 1/2 ton will work. Test drive all vehicles you are considering and go with what makes you happy. I have always been a Ford fan, but my current tow vehicle is the GMC Canyon with Duramax as that is what worked best for me.
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Old 11-13-2018, 08:51 PM   #4
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My question is, if you have a 5.0TA is there an issue with changing to a different truck? I would think it would simply be a matter of changing the hitch in the truck or, at worse, getting the high axle installed, but would like the experts input on this topic-- that is all of you.
There's no problem. Higher box sides might mean adding the suspension lift; lower box sides might mean taking it out. The box side height doesn't even indicate the bed height, so they can't be adjusting the pin box based on that... and both the pin box and the hitch are adjustable in height.

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Also, and not to start a debate because everyone has their favorite, but any input on the Dodge vs Ram vs Tundra(?) would be appreciated.
Why only those three... which are actually two, because Dodge trucks don't exist anymore ("Ram" replaced "Dodge")?

Ford's F-150 might be the most popular choice in this forum, due to the EcoBoost engines, or high available payload, or just brand loyalty. Ram 1500s are popular, perhaps due to the large V8 engine available, or the advanced suspension, or maybe pricing; if picking Ram, keep in mind that the 2018 is still available but the 2019 has a larger cab and higher payload. Chevrolet Silverado / GMC Sierra are essentially the same thing as the Ford and Ram - it's a very competitive market.

Toyota's Tundra is not nearly as popular, and has less configuration choice, but is functionally comparable. Nissan's Titan is relatively rare, and again has little configuration choice. Otherwise both are objectively pretty much like all the others. Both would work.

Going heavier, there are people using the Ford SuperDuty pickups, and probably Ram 2500 and Chev/GMC 2500 pickups. These are all unnecessarily heavy, but have higher payload capacity and stiffer suspensions, and some people like them. The heavier Nissan is the Titan XD, which is even more rare than a regular Titan, but would work, too.

Going lighter, the mid-size trucks can also handle a 5.0TA but payload is often a serious limitation. That's the Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and soon the Ford Ranger.

About the only pickup which is currently sold in North America and is unusable for a 5.0TA is the Honda Ridgeline - too little capacity, and not enough box length.

Some people seem to pick an engine and buy the truck which it comes in, which actually makes some sense for those with a strong preference in engines. This is particularly true of diesel fans.

If you know what is important to you, then you can pick a vehicle. If you don't know that you can blindly throw darts at a wall of truck pictures to choose and whatever you get will work as long as it has enough payload.
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Old 11-13-2018, 09:17 PM   #6
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All, We are (hopefully) in the final process of getting our 5.0 order together. Unfortunately, we do not have a tow vehicle yet and are in the process of researching trucks. The order form requires us to provide information on our truck. My question is, if you have a 5.0TA is there an issue with changing to a different truck? I would think it would simply be a matter of changing the hitch in the truck or, at worse, getting the high axle installed, but would like the experts input on this topic-- that is all of you.

Also, and not to start a debate because everyone has their favorite, but any input on the Dodge vs Ram vs Tundra(?) would be appreciated.

Thanks!
Hi: Sabres... We have had both 5.0& 5.0TA now. Have had a '02 GMC 2dr. short box, '10 Nissan 4 dr. Frontier, and now a '16 Ram 4dr. EcoDiesel Crew Cab. We have used the same hitch in all trucks and relied on the adjustments avail. with the Husky 16K EZRoller hitch. We have yet to need the slider feature. Alf
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The only limitations on choosing a truck I can think of are making sure you have adequate payload for the truck, and making sure you can get brackets for your choice of hitch mounts, be it bars or below bed, for your specific truck. Sometimes the maker of a specific hitch takes a while to come out with frame brackets for a new model of truck.



Hitching height can be adjusted by moving the actual hitch, if it can do so, the pin box, and the suspension mounts.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:50 AM   #8
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All, We are (hopefully) in the final process of getting our 5.0 order together. Unfortunately, we do not have a tow vehicle yet and are in the process of researching trucks. The order form requires us to provide information on our truck. My question is, if you have a 5.0TA is there an issue with changing to a different truck? I would think it would simply be a matter of changing the hitch in the truck or, at worse, getting the high axle installed, but would like the experts input on this topic-- that is all of you.

Also, and not to start a debate because everyone has their favorite, but any input on the Dodge vs Ram vs Tundra(?) would be appreciated.

Thanks!
I have a 2012 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4 x 4 with the 4.6 liter engine and 6.5 ft box. It works very well for me. I also used a rail kit from etrailer with custom fit mounting brackets and that was easy too. I use the Anderson ultimate hitch as my truck is also a work truck and the Anderson is light and easy to remove. No groaning or clunking from the hitch either. The only thing I would do differently there is to NOT cut the bed liner around the rails but instead remove it when the hitch is installed and put it back over the rails when working (less chance of crap getting under the liner) As long as you are careful about what you bring most 1/2 ton trucks will do just fine. I have stuck with Toyota due to their high reliability ratings and personally have found that true as well. The only thing I do not like is the Toyota is towards the bottom of the heap when it comes to MPG. I like the idea of a diesel but am not sure the payback is there for the added upfront cost. I know folks that have the Fords with the turbo and like them although I am a bit concerned about the longevity of the turbo (an expensive item)…..time will tell. Find a 1/2 ton you like, get the highest payload you can, watch what you bring and enjoy! If you decide to change trucks they are not that different in height and everything is adjustable.
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Old 11-14-2018, 09:21 AM   #9
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Dodge 2500, Cummins diesel....no replacement for cubic inch displacement...no pass too steep and I’m in the left lane going past all the semis with flashers on and half tons pulling trailers. Horsepower is nice, but torque gets you going. Now if only a truck maker would sell a truck with a manual tranny........
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Old 11-14-2018, 10:01 AM   #10
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I bought my current ride to tow a 5.0 TA. It's a 2013 F150 ecoboost with a 5.5 foot bed.

With any luck at all, the 5.0TA will come within two more years.

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