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Old 01-22-2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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Trailer Size & Truck Size(towing Capacity)


Hi, guys. I'll get straight to the point, I've never owned a trailer and trying to switch from working van to towing a trailer to jobs.

I am looking at a trailer at about 6,7 wide by 10,12 long. The main reason is to have a vehicle for personal use after I leave the trailer on site.

I was looking at Tacomas but think the might be a little underpowered and also considered an F150.

What size truck woul you recommend to tow the trailer that has the average amount of tools that you would fit in a van?
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Sorry for the terrible spelling, typing long texts sucks on the phone screen.

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What weight class you looking for . Do you want gas or diesel truck .
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How much weight you going to pull. How far and over what terrain.
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What weight class you looking for . Do you want gas or diesel truck .
Gas. Trying get something with as close to decent mpg as possible. That's why still trying to figure out if Tacoma won't work for me.

Ford F150 or Tacoma v6( max 6500 towing)
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How much weight you going to pull. How far and over what terrain.
Well, we don't have to many hills over here.
As to the weight, I am not sure. I have a van packed with tools but I need to have a little extra room for play so I don't run out of my range to quick.
What do you guys use?
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If all you are carrying is tools and f150, Toyota tundra or a chevy 1500 would all be more than capable. They all have close to a 10k towing rating.

I you carry a lot in your bed like pallets if tile or shingles you may want a 3/4 ton.

I'm using a chevy 2500 with the 6.0 and it does all i need.
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Thanks a lot guys, I know my question was rather vague, just needed your outlook.
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Most trailers that size will be 3k lb on a single axle or 7k lb on a dual axle payload capacity. Most f150's can tow about 11,300lbs last time I checked depending on how you spec it out. Mine has a 7800lb towing payload if remember correctly and I tow my 7x14 dual axle day in day out all around the mountains with the 5.4 gas motor.
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I think towing 6500 lbs with a Tacoma wouldn't be much fun. Seeing as you have never towed a trailer before I think I would opt for 1/2 ton truck. It will be more stable than a tacoma. If you get a single axle trailer get at least a 5k axle on it, and make sure it has electric brakes. Single axle trailer with a 3-3.5k axle will get overloaded quickly. A general rule of thumb I have read is- your trailer shouldn't weigh more than the tow vehicle. Now, I don't live by that saying at all, but as soon as you start to pull more than your tow vehicle weighs, you better be paying real close attention.
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I pull a 6x12 loaded heavy with my 07 f150 without a problem, stops good too. However I get right at 10 mpg and the rear springs are upgraded to keep the rear level. I got 105K all city driving without a problem. Well, I do eat front brakes every 30K but that pretty cheap repair. I miss my diesel but not the repair bills.
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Add another vote for the F-150
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any 1/2 ton will tow that trailer w/o a problem. I'd stay away from the smaller stuff like the taco, rangers, s10s.
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Being the owner of a compact truck, I personally would dissuade anyone who wants to tow from purchasing one.

Don't get me wrong, I love my ranger...but I have lots of time on Taco's as well...and with anything more than 3k behind them, they are not fun.

an F150 with an ecoboost or 5.0 will get the same fuel economy as a compact, and tow mountains these days (8-11k lbs). Keep in mind, whatever you are towing...you also have to stop. That is the biggest advantage to larger trucks. They can generally stop their loads better.

With a trailer though, don't forget brakes. I spec'd all my trailers with brakes. Cost me a few hundred extra per axle, but it saves tons of wear and tear on the truck.
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Forgot to note - with regards to towing...don't look at just weight. A lot of compact trucks have limits on frontage (sq ft of the front of the trailer). Enclosed trailers tow like sails.

5k in 6x10 trailer tows and handles way differently compared to 5k of gravel in a dump trailer. Less surface area for wind means less sway in high winds, and generally an easier towing experience.
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Thanks again, everybody. Your experience really helps a lot.
I guess know I am pretty sure about getting an F150, just gotta pick the package that would work for me best.
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Just remember, the weights are for a properly equipped vehicle. If you feel you will be at the high end of the weight you need to look at equalizer bars.

I believe the DOT rule for brakes is 3000 pounds gross. If your trailer has electric brakes you will need a brake controller.

I drive an Excursion with Hawk LT pads and slotted cryo rotors, I still make sure the brakes on the trailer function properly and adjust the controller for the weight being towed.

Check the GVW of the trailer then the curb weight of the trailer empty, the difference is your maximum load in the trailer. ALWAYS load the trailer 60% heavy to the front.

Tongue weight plus truck cargo cannot exceed the GVW of the truck.

Get the F150.

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If you can do it, get the F150 or something comparable.

I pulled a 6x12 with my Ranger and as others have said, it's no fun. It's not as easy as it looks when you see someone else going down the road with the tail wagging their dog.

I did that for several months thinking that either I was just being a wuss or that being shifted around was part of towing a trailer. Then I borrowed my buddy's F250 and realized that I didn't have a big enough truck.

From experience, I can tell you that I never thought that I'd be hauling that much stuff in my trailer but eventually you have those few instances where you need to put something in there that's large and/or heavy.. and you do it simply because you can.
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If you can swing it buy a diesel. Your initial purchase will be higher and the maintenance a little more but your fuel mileage will be drastically better than a gasser. Not to mention resale on. 4x4 diesel is much higher.

I have a Chevy 6.0 and ford 7.3 diesel. Forget the Chevy unless I'm driving empty!
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I love my diesel f350 towing, but maintenance is way higher than a gas half ton. And most of the time I don't need the truck I have, I could get away with a f150. Not to mention a half ton will ride way nicer.

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