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Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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Hello, I am in the market for a new tow vehicle for a new to me 8x16' ice house that I purchased. Question is what type of vehicle should I be looking at?

A little background, I previously had a 2002 Ford F150 5.4l before but it had a hard time pulling my last 8x16 house. Specifically starting out, going up hills was very hard without dropping 15-20 mph by the time I got to the top without feeling like I was going to kill the motor, and gas mileage was a dismissal 8 mpg.

I was thinking about going with a 3/4 ton diesel but not sure if the newer 1/2 tons will get the job done (150 eco boost, silverado, etc.) and be a lot better than what I was experiencing. BTW: the ice house will have the "V" front and is 4300#'s

Anything you could share on what you have, pros/cons would be greatly appreciated as I need to buy something very soon.

Thanks

Posted on: 6/26 22:25:21
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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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The newer 1/2 tons will have no problem pulling that house. Fuel mileage when towing likely won't be much better than you were experiencing before. Personally, I have a 2013 F150 with the Ecoboost. Power when towing is never an issue, including when towing a skidloader. But, with a heavy load, I'm getting 8-11mpg. If you have the option, maybe test drive and hook up the house and see what you think.

Posted on: 6/27 7:50:29
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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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I had a RAM 1500 with 3.92 gears and an 8 spd. This hauled a 6500LB glass boat fine, but like you had mentioned you would feel it start to lug at the top of a hill. I never had issues with it though and it was a great truck. I had a 1500 silverado and the same with that. But the RAM hauled much better then the chevy I had.

I just got into a 2500 GMC Diesel and I will tell you what.... You won't see me in a gas job again probably. The 2500 is awesome for towing. You obviously know the load is behind the truck, but when it comes to getting going or passing or climbing hills, it doesn't really skip a beat.

I had my fully fueled tournament load 21ft skeeter behind and I passed 3 vehicles on a long stretch and I don't even think it dropped a gear. Just got up an went. It through my off because before I knew it I looked down and was doing 85. My old trucks they would rev out just to pass.

I love the diesel but there are some drawbacks. One of them being ice fishing... With the diesel keep in mind obviously heavier so you might get stuck having to wait longer to get on the ice before resorts allow 3/4 tons with wheel houses.

But for me that wouldn't be an issue.

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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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I love the diesel but there are some drawbacks. One of them being ice fishing... With the diesel keep in mind obviously heavier so you might get stuck having to wait longer to get on the ice before resorts allow 3/4 tons with wheel houses.

But for me that wouldn't be an issue.


I agree that diesels are great for towing but they cost $5 - $8k more than a comparable gas, diesel is more expensive than gas to fill up and you need to use DEF. Of course there's the emissions issues they all seem to have too. So if you're just getting a new truck to pull the fish house 5 - 10 times a year, a diesel might not be the answer. JMO

Posted on: 6/27 17:07:05
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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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How are the gas 3/4 ton trucks comparable to the diesels? Are they just as strong? gpm difference?

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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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I have a 2018 F150 with the 395 Horse V8
With the new 10 speed tranny I doubt that you would need to go bigger.

JMO

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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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I have a 2012 half ton F-150 with the 3.5 ecoboost. You will have no issues pulling a fish house with a half ton. If it were me I would go lighter on the truck so you can get on the lake sooner as you mentioned. Also a gas 3/4 doesn't do much but burn more fuel and cost you more in yearly tabs. 1 ton diesel (which you don't need) or half ton gas. Any of the ecoboost engines or V8's everyone offers is more than enough. Maybe just make sure to get a nice tow package.

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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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I have a 2012 half ton F-150 with the 3.5 ecoboost. You will have no issues pulling a fish house with a half ton. If it were me I would go lighter on the truck so you can get on the lake sooner as you mentioned. Also a gas 3/4 doesn't do much but burn more fuel and cost you more in yearly tabs. 1 ton diesel (which you don't need) or half ton gas. Any of the ecoboost engines or V8's everyone offers is more than enough. Maybe just make sure to get a nice tow package.


What is your gpm when towing at highway speeds? 65-70mph? Just seems like a V6 would be underpowered, are they stronger than a v8 b/c of the ecoboost?

Posted on: 6/30 18:51:15
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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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So, my experience in owning several tow vehicles is that I don't think I would go smaller than a v8. I've fairly recently owned three v6 vehicles that I've used for towing - a ford explorer, a chevy blazer, and a nissan pathfinder. All of them were more than capable of towing my boat and fish house, but they all wound up with engine and/or drivetrain problems. Although, the blazer was garbage anyway and I babied that sucker, I'm surprised GM is putting that name on a vehicle again. Ran out of ideas in the R&D department... Right now I have a grand cherokee with a v8 and it is much nicer. One of the biggest things with the V8 is it doesn't seem like towing causes as significant decline in fuel mileage as the v6 vehicles I had, nor have I had any engine issues in the 100,000 miles or so I've had it for. I don't know much about the ecoboost engines but I think it would be a tough sell to put me in a v6. Seems like all the bells and whistles they add to get it to do the same thing as a v8 is more to go wrong and they really don't get that much better mileage it seems like. I know a couple people with the RAM ecodiesel and they have no problems whatsoever, but that's extra expense as well as pointed out above with DEF and the massive volume of oil each oil change etc..

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Re: Tow Vehicle Likes/Dislikes pulling a 8x16 ice house
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Sorry didnít see your reply earlier. Gas mileage for me really depends on what Iím towing and what speed Iím towing it at. If Iím towing my boat doing 60-65 I can get 14-15mpg. If Iím towing it at 75 I get about 13.

I also own a 23 foot camper. Itís fairly light but theyí all have the same wind resistance. I get anywhere from 9-10 pulling that doing 75-80. Iíve never really pulled the camper slower so I couldnít tell you but Iím sure it would be slightly better.

You will not have power issues with an V6 ecoboost on anything under 8K. Some are rated for 10. Your issue at those weights is vehicle weight vs tow weight. Anything above and beyond those weights and you should be considering a larger truck for safety reasons.

Personally I prefer the ecoboost over the V8ís. Theyíre more peppy and pull with more torque. Every time I get behind the wheel of a V8 it just feels slow and groggy.

Your call tho, happy shopping.

Posted on: 7/6 21:08:59
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