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Old 09-24-2010, 12:45 PM   #1
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Question Comparing Apples to Apples - HELP

Is there some where I can find a comparsion chart of FW in the same level as the Montana ?
We have a 2005 Dodge 2500 diesel and need to stay within the power of it.

We have just started looking for our first fifth wheel...
we plan to go full timing within 3 years...
Several friends have Keystone Montana - various floor plans
We like some of their trailers layouts but I would like to shop around the other brands...

We are in north Texas...

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Old 09-24-2010, 03:37 PM   #2
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Arguably the single best tip one can receive is to ignore the dry weight or UVW, and only use the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the trailer to decide what your truck will safely and properly tow.
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There are more such websites/groups besides those two, but they will get you started.

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also just look at lots of different models. we had settled on a keystone cougar after looking at a number of different models, msnufacturers, and floor plans. went into the dealer to buy and DW asked about some feature (don't remember what) the cougar did not have whatever installed, but the montana next to it did. while looking in the montana, she saw the kingsize bed, fireplace, etc. guess what we're pulling?

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........................ DW asked about some feature (don't remember what) the cougar did not have whatever installed, but the montana next to it did. while looking in the montana, she saw the kingsize bed, fireplace, etc. guess what we're pulling?

lotsa luck and good camping to you.
Doesn't the DW always pick the RV?

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With a 2500 series, check your GVWR and your actual truck weight. A 3/4 ton will reach their limit of pin weight ( GVWR) long before you reach your GCWR. Practically, you can tow about a 32' 5er as a max for MOST 3/4 ton trucks.

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