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Here is the plan at the moment, buy an F150 in May of 09 and then a 24-26' 5th wheel trailer when I retire 2.5 years later. I was considering going with a Supercrew but was told the short box won't work with a 5th wheel. Any thoughts on which version to go with and also which options to seriously look at?

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I believe that a short box will work just fine with a 5th wheel , you just have to buy a slider hitch.(this is what I was told when looking at them)
Sorry not much help:icon_smile:
 

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I do know the 6.5 ft box is fine for a 5th wheel but you may be on the border line for weight with an F150 and the 26 footer.

Make sure you have the 373 gears for the F150 and the 5.4 engine of course.

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If I was going to tow a 5th wheel I think I would want at least a F 250 Diesel, Dont get something and then wish you had the "OTHER TRUCK" you passed up
 

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Here is the plan at the moment, buy an F150 in May of 09 and then a 24-26' 5th wheel trailer when I retire 2.5 years later. I was considering going with a Supercrew but was told the short box won't work with a 5th wheel. Any thoughts on which version to go with and also which options to seriously look at?

TIA
I purchased/ Leased 2006 XTR extcab sb and shocked at its payload capacity 26 foot no problem. BUT pulling is no problem,I think you got to look at breaking power. as well I would check laws in your area even tho 150 can do the Job. laws are changing to minumum 1 ton trucks for pulling tandem trailers. Remember Safety First,:character0182:
BC there already exsists a law and herd its hitting AB.
so probably go cross Canada would hate to travel hit a province and get a fine.
Get min F-250 play it safe. My thought Good luck either way
 

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Supercrew with 6.5 box will work just fine, upgrading to a F250 wouldn't be needed for that size trailer.
 

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Late in the 2006 model run Ford offered the 6.5 box on the supercrews

This was my '04 with 5.5 box





This is my '06 with 6.5 box



 

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I think If i was getting a New truck I would be tempted to get a F250 Harley Davidson Edition with a Diesel in it And lift it with 37's or 38's on it
 

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If you plan on pulling a trailer, I would recommend going with a diesel, especially if you plan on going on long trips that include hauling the trailer up alot of hills. My dad has had a F250, F350 and now a Chevy silverado 2500 Turbo Diesel and he wouldn't go with anything less then a 250. Even the trailer dealership suggest going with something a little bigger then the 1/4 ton.
 

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you can get a crew cab with a 6-1/2' box (f150). My question to you would be what kind of weight are you talking about (not dry) I mean if you go out and buy an F150 are you limiting your choices of trailers? Ive sold many F250 / 350's to retiring people who have never taken one out. Once they did realized they are awesome too, and now have a better selection of trailers, and safer for when they go out to purchase one. Yes a 150 can do it, but may not be the wisest choice.

I would seriously look at a 250.

Just a thought since you have the time to plan it
 

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I have a 5.5 box with a roller hitch and I haul a 33' 10'' Laredo Fifth Wheel without trouble. We travelled to Prince Edward Island last year without any problem (apart from the old 147 years old man that blocked us when we where climbing Cavendish hill). My nefew had a 07 6.5 box 5.4 F150 and hauled is 32ft Prowler Travel Trailer without problem, as our friend with his 2007 Silverado 1500 Classic and his 33ft Prowler Travel Trailer (my old RV)... If we could haul 30+ ft trailer, I think you can haul a 26ft trailer. What brand is it ?
 

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The diesels are nice and meant to pull but not everyone needs one to pull their trailer. The f150's will pull a good size trailer when properly set up.
I read a lot of forums for RV's and some of them are telling the newbies to the forum that everyone should have a diesel dual wheel f350....etc

well most people only use the truck to pull the trailer a few weeks out of every year and that makes it hard to justify buying way more truck than you need for the rest of year unless you are a full time RV'er.
I think everyone has to look at their own needs and go from there.
A well set up F150 V8 will pull a decent size rv ....But this is just my opion
 
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