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Old 07-21-2015, 06:59 PM   #15
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:59 PM   #16
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Most motorhome handling problems can be fixed. What motorhome do you have? What have you tried so far?


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Old 07-22-2015, 11:16 AM   #17
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Looking to possibly move from MH to truck + fifth wheel but have some concerns. With the vast knowledge of IRV2 people, please help.

Biggest issue we have with the MH is the constant driving correction. This caused major fatigue and feels loose. Dealer keeps telling us its normal. Well if we move to the truck fifth wheel will this go away? Truck in the 350 or 3500.

The truck would be a daily drive. 2008 - 2011 Ford as an example. Dealer is telling us, do not do this for the truck is going to have problems. They are made to be worked hard not as a to and from work, light lode use. We would pull a few weekends and 2 long trips a year?

If not a diesel, then what? Fifth wheel in the 10 - 15k weight range?

We will not be purchasing a new tv but used.

Thanks for your help.
Without going into all of the technical details here regarding diesel application for daily use (just Google it for more info) what the truck dealer meant was for reasons of efficient operation and maintenance the very broad advice usually given around the industry is that an annual mileage of over 10,000 miles/year over 3 years is about the threshold for choosing a diesel. Collect all of the opinions, suggestions, recommendations, experience and knowledge given, then do the necessary technical research provided by the experts and apply to your specific circumstances.
I just went through this myself last year and am very satisfied with my decision which works best for me overall. I just wish I had more gas fuel capacity.
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Old 07-24-2015, 03:29 PM   #18
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I see by your signature your motor home is a 31'ish class 'C'. Those beasts really are not easy to drive. I rented one early in my decision making process. Thus you see me towing a trailer with a truck.

To answer your question. A dually truck towing a 5th wheel is really a nice and stable one hand driving. I can not comment on SRW trucks.

I would not want a dually truck as the daily driver. I have an inexpensive older reliable car that I use a lot.

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Old 07-25-2015, 10:54 AM   #19
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That motorhome probably just needs a wheel alignment and/or some fresh tie rods/bushings.
As far as driving a 2500 every day, you have to get used to the long wheelbase and larger blind spots, but they can certainly serve as a daily driver. Just not ideal for 'round town or heavy traffic due to the size.
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:51 PM   #20
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All we have is the DRW. It was a bit of a challenge at 1st, but now it's 2nd nature. I'm really comfortable just about anywhere. I drove the going to the sun road in it, and that should be the test to see if you can drive a DRW on extremely narrow roads. After that any spot at Wally World is doable. Love my DRW Pickemup truck.
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People can get used to damned near anything, if they must.
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:05 PM   #22
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My daily driver... No complaints at all. Drive-thrus, busy streets and mall parking. I've never complained that my truck is too big, but I often complained that my swr 3/4 was too small.

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Old 07-25-2015, 07:29 PM   #23
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Do you need a CDL to tow that much weight where your from? That's 6,540 lbs over the 26,000 lb limit isn't it?
In CA you need a Class A - Non Commercial license if the 5ver's GVWR exceeds 15000 lbs. There is no mention of 26,000 lbs. When taking my driving test I kind of complained about some of the stuff. The examiner says, 'SIR, you are testing for a CLASS A license. Just Non Commercial'. The big difference for me is that I cannot double trailer (in CA) and cannot tow for pay.
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[QUOTE=TDI-Minnie;2665460]That motorhome probably just needs a wheel alignment and/or some fresh tie rods/bushings.

Or a new steering box,...or proper air pressure, if not aired up properly.
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Our daily driver is a Volvo 610 semi that has been converted to RV use. Short wheel base ,55* front wheel cut, and it works great for us.
We are the same length as a crew cab longbed dually from any of the manufactures. Just like the folks with the dually truck, we generally park away fro the stores and walk, we don't do drive thru's, and parking garages in big cities are a no-no.
The pro's of this set-up is, a great view, huge storage space, indoor bar size fridge, and we'll never worry about having enough truck!
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I wonder why a dually pulling a 5th wheel does not get affected by the wind very much? I will notice a head wind vs a tail wind by my mpg display. Have yet to notice any cross winds.
Drive I-10 through west Texas, NM, and AZ and you will notice it. I pulled my 43' 5th wheel through some pretty bad crosswinds and it was not comfortable. I have since driven my 45' tag axle through the same areas and cross winds and it is also not comfortable. It get's pushed around just as badly as the F350 DRW and 5th wheel did. I have had rogue cross winds hit me so hard it almost sounded like a tire blew out and shoved me over half a lane. That's downright scary and probably time to pull over for the night, but there's usually a schedule to keep.
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I am no expert on the newer emissions on these trucks (I purposely steered clear of that BS when buying my truck)... But I know on our new John Deere End loader at work, we were very clearly told that extended idle and low load conditions will destroy the DPF... Not sure if its the same on pickups or not but probably similar.
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These modern diesels will regen at idle so not a problem.

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