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Old 10-01-2016, 11:02 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by birddog55 View Post
I have a 04 f-250 crewcab short bed diesel and pull a 36' Bighorn with a hitch weight of 1995lbs and the rig weights around 13000lbs.
I have no problem pulling it with this truck, my mileage went down to around 12mpg.
As for the sliding hitch I have one but didn't need it as most of the newer 5th wheels are designed so you can turn without hitting the cab.
I would suggest getting air bags for the rear as they help the ride.
My F250 crewcab diesel SWB truck is somewhat of a bastard truck. While it has the power to to heavy, the weight carrying capability of the bed/hitch are just not that great.

I limited myself to a 11K lb. (dry weight) Grand Design 323BHS bunkhouse trailer with 2K lbs. kingpin weight. That's as heavy as I want to go, and my truck with airbags handles it fine.

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Old 10-01-2016, 01:33 PM   #16
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I pull a Cougar 29RLI 33' with a 2006 Chevy Silverado Duramax. No problems with the short box as the 5er is "round nosed". However it is possible to hit the cab with the truck if your not paying attention! I luckily broke the back window out before doing major damage to the cab. I leave the small dent on the cab to remind me not to be stupid in the future. I was trying for the first time to do a 90 degree backin to a narrow driveway from a busy narrow street. I've done it lots of times since but what a mess!

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Old 10-07-2016, 07:24 PM   #17
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Short bed 3/4 ton Cummins and 29' 5th

I just pulled a 2011 Jayco Eagle Super Lite from Vegas to Utah to Seattle last month. Its 29' 10,000 gross, has the long pin box standard and radius front cap. I pulled it with my 2002 3/4 ton Dodge short bed quad cab 4x4 Cummins w auto and 4.10 gears. It has stock size tires and suspension. It has the trailer towing and camper packages and is rated to tow a 11,450 lb gooseneck. I have a gooseneck adapter that hooks to a flip over ball in my truck bed.

I could tell I was towing, and had to plan for merging etc., but I never got worried. I backed it up into a tight space over a slope and worked it into and out of tight campgrounds and drove 55 to 65 on the highways. I'm a small single woman in my late fifties and it didn't worry me at all.

I could tell it was back there with a bit of porpoising on rough stretches, but not bad and didn't feel out of control. I took a four hour "short cut" to bypass Salt Lake City on a barely two lane twisty windy in the mountains through a reservation with loose cattle grazing and never felt out of control. I never saw high crosswords though.

I had to U turn real tight several times into steep ditches and back out with my truck tilted one way and my fiver the other. I kept my neck on a swivel and saw I always had clearance.

I'm real happy I stayed with the short bed quad cab SRW rather than going to a long bed crew cab dually. I can get in and out of spots that I just couldn't make otherwise. I've been hitting the forest service roads weekends looking for trout streams and will be able to get into spots a bigger truck couldn't go.

For sure a big long dually would be more stable at speeds, but I like my shorty just fine. And I'm real happy to NOT have a two hundred pound hitch in my bed!


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