Ford F150

5W-KOT

New Member
Hi folks I hope this is the right place for this..Looking to get a fifth wheel next year and despite being a big fan of the new 1.9 Isuzu ( thanks for the info Tony), I am drawn to the Ford f150 for its load bay and the potential for being able to 90 degree without looking a window or worse on the back of the cab. Has anyone any experience of f150s and where to get one. Or is there a better US pick up we should be considering?

Many thanks in advance

Al n H
 

shovelheadrob

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Dodge RAM,owned both. The f150 is a lot softer ride,the RAM is more truck
All depends on the year, newer Rams are coil sprung, in fact I think that they went to coils all round before Ford. Neither are great for a 5th wheel unless it's a lightweight one, 250/2500 or 350/3500 are for hauling but the ride quality suffers empty.
 

sundowner

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I love diesels and don't know if they make a diesel f150----- they never used to make a Dodge 1500 diesel ( don't know if they do now fiat own them!!) So IMHO it is a Cummins Dodge 2500------- we have owned two Cummins 4x4 3500 Dodge duallys but they are really too wide when not towing------- absolutely fantastic while carrying/ towing an 8ft wide RV though!!!! Also had a f 250 petrol 4x4 for a short time!
I believe the rules on us trucks has just changed, check out the legal side carefully, nothing worse than looking over your shoulder for VOSA!!!!!!!
 

old mo

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Our first RV was a 32ft Eagle 5th wheel with an F150 petrol/LPG 4X4 ...

Did a 5 month tour in Spain France and Portugal with it... and a good few rally`s over here, the first meet we ever went to with RVOC was the "Americana", in 2010 (I think)... and was with all the old RVOC gang and a great crowd they were, very welcoming.. (Don`t know what has happened since then !!! ;) :giggle:.)

Nice smooth gutsy truck solo and would go anywhere in 4 wheel drive... but..

I think it was under powered for towing the fiver.... we should have gone for an F250.. which would of been a bit more beefy for the weight we towed.. (y)
 

shovelheadrob

Subscriber
I love diesels and don't know if they make a diesel f150----- they never used to make a Dodge 1500 diesel ( don't know if they do now fiat own them!!) So IMHO it is a Cummins Dodge 2500------- we have owned two Cummins 4x4 3500 Dodge duallys but they are really too wide when not towing------- absolutely fantastic while carrying/ towing an 8ft wide RV though!!!! Also had a f 250 petrol 4x4 for a short time!
I believe the rules on us trucks has just changed, check out the legal side carefully, nothing worse than looking over your shoulder for VOSA!!!!!!!
Ford now does a V6 Powerstroke diesel, Dodge also has a V6 diesel, they get good reviews but as with all modern diesels imho they are fragile & high maintenance, especially when compared to say a 12v Cummins or 7.3 Powerstroke! They will also be a shed load of money as you're looking at either new or a year old at most.
Rules haven't changed as such, just maybe enforced a bit more, although the MOT is now defined as any American pick up with a GVW under 6500kg is class 4.
 

motor roamin

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Depending on the weight of your trailer, but anything a f150 can do the Isuzu can do we have six of them two being 1.9 autos and I regularly tow 3.5ton both on and off road and must say they are impressive, however if you are going for a heavier trailer then a 250 ford dodge or chevy would be a better choice, just make make sure it's plated correctly for the UK as many are not.
 

chrisaxe21

Active Member
As I'm heavily involved with getting a truck to pull my travel trailer (kerb weight 3331kg) I'm also lookimg at a US truck (Ford F250). Make sure you get a towing vehicle with a GVW over 3500kg. If you're towing a 5er or travel trailer and it's over 7m you need to have a towing truck with a GVW over 3500kg. Also check the width.

The weights are important too but don't forget the length.

All info here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/towing-a-trailer-with-a-car-or-van/towing-a-trailer-with-a-car-or-van-the-basics
 
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