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Old 08-18-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Best Truck for a 7600 pound RV

We are looking to buy a new bumper pull RV that has a shipping weight of 7600 lbs. I have a Tundra that I pull my pop-up with but I need a bigger truck. Just wondering if I should get a 2500 diesel? Or go with a gas burner? Any brand better than another??


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Old 08-18-2012, 09:21 PM   #2
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You need to know the gvwr of the trailer, then figure 10 to 15% of that for tounge weight. A 2500 is a good idea, the diesel depends on how much you plan on towing the trailer and what your everyday useage is. Which make is entirely up to you, everyone can tell you pick this one, but it is your choice, just make sure to get the tow package and any additional cooling that is available, like transmission, motor oil, and coolant. Also make sure that the gcvwr will cover the loaded weight of the truck and trailer.

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Thanks for your reply! The truck really will not be used much other than pulling the RV. Maybe 3000 miles a year on the truck. I heard it's not good to leave a diesel sit for long periods of time.. Is that true??

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:36 AM   #4
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Don't size a tow vehicle for the shipping weight, dry weight, brochure weight, etc. of the trailer. None of those represent the weight of the trailer when you get it loaded and ready for travel. Instead, size it for the trailer's GVWR and a hitch weight of 12% of the GVWR (travel trailer) or 20% of GVWR (5th wheel) since the GVWR is the maximum actual weight limit the trailer should never exceed.

Also, don't use the tow vehicle's manufacturer's trailer tow rating to size the tow vehicle. The manufacturer's trailer tow rating is calculated as the tow vehicle's GCWR minus the manufacturer's curb weight, which is given for a base model vehicle (no options or accessories) with only a 150 lb driver. In the real world, the loaded curb weight could be as much as 1000 lbs higher than the manufacturer's curb weight, which would drop the manufacturer's trailer tow rating by that same 1000 lbs.

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It is not good to let a vehicle sit for extrended periods, gas or diesel, At least once a month you should take it out and drive it enough to bring everything up to operating temperatures. The gas vs diesel again is entirely up to your personal choice, if you are buying a new truck, then for 3000 miles a year, I personally would by a gas, the diesel is just too expensive with all the federal epa crap on it. JMHO.

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And when it comes down the buying, you may want to use the free Before You Buy RV app that is web based and readable on PC, iOS and Android. Before You Buy RV or Tow Vehicle Compatibility Checker
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Yea, don't go by dry weight. My toyhauler has a dry ship of 6510. ACTUAL WEIGHT of 8600 with only 1 bike, food and stuff to cook, serve, cleaning supplies, clothes and bedding. I'm at max capacity of my GMC, but NOT the trailer. I'd like to find me a used diesel 250/2500 series so I can eventually load up to boondock with the 80 gal fresh water capacity and 20 gal of gasoline my trailer could haul. My trailer has a MGWR of 11,800 - WAY ABOVE what my GMC will tow safely. Until I can afford to upgrade, I'm limited by my GMC.
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Originally Posted by pudwick View Post
We are looking to buy a new bumper pull RV that has a shipping weight of 7600 lbs.
As others have indicated, the shipping weight or dry weight of the trailer is useless info. Almost everyone will have the RV loaded to the GVWR by the middle of the third camping trip, so use the GVWR of the trailer as the actual trailer weight.

Hitch weight of TTs vary from about 12% to a bit over 15%. When estimating hitch weight of a TT use 15%. (My new TT has a hitch weight of almost 16%.)

With a shipping weight of 7,600, that trailer probably has a GVWR around 9,000 to 10,000 pounds. That's too much weight for almost all the half-ton pickups. Only one that would be close is the 2011-up Ford F-150 with EcoBoost engine and the HD Payload pkg and Max Tow pkg, with a GVWR of 8,200 pounds and GCWR of 17,100. And it would be maxed out with that much trailer.

So for that trailer I'd want a three-quarter ton pickup, probably with the diesel engine. But granted, the diesel will set you back about $10,000 more than the properly equiped F-150 EcoBoost.
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Will you tow over any mountains? If so I'd go with the Diesel.

I initially towed my 6,000# boat with my 7.5L Ford F250 and mountain grades were not fun. I'd be down to 45 mph and the 7.5 would be screaming.

When I got my Duramax I could tow those same mountains in cruise and 65 mph. Diesels really do flatten out the terrain.
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Any of the gas motor 2500 3/4 ton truck will do just fine at those weights. Forget the 1/2 tons, besides lighter weight, things like brakes, wheels, tires, axles, suspension are more geared toward passenger car ride instead of truck use.

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