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Old 03-23-2014, 09:55 AM   #29
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I have the same fifth wheel ,the dealer had a F250 with hitch they were trying to sell me .the salesman said the F250 would be fine...I hitched up to the new Gateway and went for a little ride. The power was ok ,but the handling was not good,the trailer manhandled the truck.

I returned with a F350 crew cab long bed , hooked up and made the same trip. Big difference . easy choice for me


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Old 04-18-2014, 03:34 PM   #30
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I pull a 32foot Cameo, about 14500pounds depending on how we load it, with a F-350 crewcab long box dually and it works well. It is also my daily driver and I don't have any issues, other than car washes. Just back into the parking spot at the store and sometimes part a few spots farther away. Another advantage is that with that heavy a 5'r if you ever blow a rear tire you have a much better chance of holding it on the road and getting to a safe place to do repairs than a SRW. I am a prof. semi driver with over 4 million miles and cannot count the number of accidents I've seen that could have been avoided with duals.

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Old 04-21-2014, 05:28 PM   #31
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We bought a 1t gmc dully - easily pulls our NUWA! We are new to this too and there is so much to learn! It is a world of wonder though so have fun!
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:35 PM   #32
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The newer Dually truck ride better than just a few years ago. I pull a 15,000 lb 5th wheel with my dually. I have never towed this trailer with a SRW truck.

I will say I am very happy with the way my rig goes down the road.

For a 41' trailer you need a dually truck to be safe. In about 6 months Ford will have it's answer to the Ram. From what I have read the Ram can be optioned with special engine chip and transmission to pull a 30,000lb. trailer. Not sure if it is a goose neck or 5th wheel rating. Ford F-350 dually will have a 26,500lb capacity for both 5th wheel and gooseneck.

The 2015 F-450 will have a higher gooseneck rating than Ram but a lower 5th wheel rating than Ram.

Ram, Ford, Chevy dually will all be close. Pick the dually you like the best. If it were me, I would wait to see the 2015 Ford Super Duty.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:44 AM   #33
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The day we start pulling 30K with a 1T pickup is ridiculous. I'll stay out of the way. To jump 8K in towing from one year to the next is merely just pencil whipping the competition. I had hoped that Ford and GM not follow Ram, and would adhere to the new SAE tow rating standard, but of course they wouldn't.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:56 AM   #34
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Congratulations on your new RV! Use this online weight calculator to eliminate all bias and confusion for properly and safely matching a truck to your new 5er. After you obtain the actual weights requested and use the calculator, you'll see a SRW vehicle is out of the question.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:36 AM   #35
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Seriously, a dually is what you need for the trailer you picked. If you prefer a SRW really has no bearing on the correct truck. What determines the proper truck is the pinweight of the LOADED trailer. A 15500# GVWR trailer will have a pin weight close to 3100#. A SRW F350 or 3500 may be able to tow it within limits, but you will not have much room for cargo/passengers in the truck.

You will be much happier at the end of the day with a DRW and not have to worry about being over loaded.

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I have a 3500HD SRW and am within all specs for the truck when towing my trailer loaded for a trip. I've logged 15+K miles towing, no problems or complaints.
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Ya the 2015 super duty is gonna be even sweeter than the current model!
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:09 PM   #38
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I got the most trailer I could get and still be safe (very lightly loaded trailer) with my current truck. I currently have a 2005 Dodge 2500 diesel tow vehicle. I think based on the weights you could tow your trailer with a truck like mine, however, you would not like it!! You need at least a 350/3500 and preferably dual rear wheels (just like almost everyone here has said). You would probably be even better off going up to a MDT (450 or 550 truck). In my mind, you can never have too much truck!

I'm upgrading my truck as soon as possible. Since my trailer's gross weight rating is a bit higher than yours and I'm planning on full-timing with it, my planned upgrade will be either a Kenworth, Freightliner, Peterbilt, or Volvo class 8 truck. (I've looked at a couple of Macks and Internationals, but the other brands were in better condition.) When full-timing fully loaded, I'll probably be just a bit shy of 18K in the trailer and some (Okay, a lot of) added payload in the truck as well. This in not a combination I am willing to trust with a 350/3500 truck. I'll require at least a 550 or better tow vehicle. I can get a class 8 rather than a 550 or 650, have a better truck, more options, more capacity, better towing and stopping capabilities for less money!

I wouldn't take any trailer weighing more than 13K into the mountains with a 350/3500 or less truck. I'm sure I could get up the mountain, its the stopping on the way down that would worry me.
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I only hit the brakes going down the mountains from nd to nv about twice in My f350. My trailers only 8-9k though, but the transmission/engine brake works awesome.

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