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Old 02-08-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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Ready to buy our first 5er

Has any one gone from pulling a 34' 5er to a 40' 5er? What if any differences were noted when pulling. I understand that it obviously makes a difference when trying to find a spot to park. Thanks for all of your help.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:49 AM   #2
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I would think that the weight between the two would make a difference. Might just have to upgrade the truck as well.
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Howdy and welcome to the forum! I've never pulled a 5er, so I'm no help to you. You might want to post your questions in the 5er Owners section.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:47 AM   #4
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Welcome to the madhouse...

Yes, the 5er section would probably get a better response. From personal experience, although I never had a 34' unit, I am now in a big one, and would echo the caution in selection of hauler.

I currently have an F-350, which is adequate, but my next truck will likely be an F-450. I would steer you toward a dually, mainly for the extra stability, and all the braking power you can get.

Hope that helps, and have a good browse around, the depth of knowledge here is staggering.
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Pulling length is not much of an issue. You need to be sure you have enough truck to pull the added weight.

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Hello Jfurey. Welcome to IRV2. Safe travels.
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Pulling length is not much of an issue. You need to be sure you have enough truck to pull the added weight.

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Agree...since most diesels tow capacity is the very close to the same whether a 3/4 ton or dually, don't forget the increased pin weight.
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Agree...since most diesels tow capacity is the very close to the same whether a 3/4 ton or dually, don't forget the increased pin weight.
Dually usually has a few hundred #'s less capacity due to the extra weight of the extra tires and fender extensions
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Welcome to the forum Jfurey. Good luck with your 5ver.
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I would not think pulling would be all that different but parking will!
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Having been a commercial truck driver for a number of years I would say there in definitely a difference. You will find there is more weight so it will take more power to get the trailer moving and more importantly stopping the extra weight. Turns will need to be wider and your over hang from the rear axle will be longer. If you have enough room you will find backing up is easier. The longer the trailer the slower it reacts to your steering but like I said you need the room. I personally would not go over the 36 foot mark, but just my opinion.
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Dually usually has a few hundred #'s less capacity due to the extra weight of the extra tires and fender extensions
Your statement applies only to equivalent GCWRs between the SRW and DRW trucks, which is not the case with the new Dodges. The DRW trucks not only have higher GVWRs to handle more pin weight, they have higher GCWRs as well in most cases. In fact, the MaxTow package is only available on the 3500 DRW with 68RFE 6-speed automatic and 4.10 axle ratio.

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We went from a 32 Ft 5er to a 40 Ft 5er.

Going down the highway, not much difference, do have to watch the turns a little more due to the length.

As far as getting into sites, yes it is a little tougher due to the length, just may take a extra try to get it right with the longer length but so far has not been a problem. Love them Pull Thru's

We sure do enjoy the extra room inside!
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