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Old 03-01-2016, 11:45 AM   #1
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Help with truck purchase

I'm planning on purchasing a grand design solitude 379fl. It's 42". I'm only planning on moving it 2-3 times a year. Can I get away with a chevy Silverado HD 2500?

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Old 03-01-2016, 12:02 PM   #2
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42' foot 5th wheel with 3000lb pin weight. And gross weight of 16k.
If you're buying a truck, get the 3500. Dually.
The first impediment is that pin weight. You adding 1.5 tons to the bed of a 2500 truck that rides on 2 tires.

Can you pull it? Sure..It'll pull it. Is it in spec? Depends on which variant of the 2500 - more cab and the more options, the less likely that is... I'd (personally) never do one that heavy with a 2500.

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Old 03-01-2016, 01:45 PM   #3
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If only moving 2-3 times a year, can you *borrow* or *rent* a truck that is spec'd properly for the weight? Maybe pay a 5th wheel moving service? They're out there.
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Old 03-01-2016, 02:05 PM   #4
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Thank you both for the help.
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:50 PM   #5
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Two different questions to be answered...

1. Can you tow it within the door tag specs? Probably not.

2. Can you safely tow it? Most likely yes. If not, then the campgrounds would be empty as all the toyhaulers would be crashed out on the side of the road on their way there.

Given your usage, if you already had the truck I wouldn't rush out and trade it in on a new 3500DRW. If you don't have a truck and are going to buy one, then I would buy a 3500DRW.
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Old 03-01-2016, 05:58 PM   #6
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Hire someone to move it for you or get the right tool for the job. That means a dually!
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Old 03-02-2016, 11:29 AM   #7
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my Dodge 2500 would handle 3182 of payload. my new camper is a 3500 pin weight. I just upgraded to a 3500 Diesel, SRW, payload of the new truck is over 4000 lbs. While a dually would be more stable im sure, it is a pretty stable ride as mine sits. I would agree with others, if your not moving it that much, pay someone else, or rent would be a lot cheaper than the cost of a truck
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Keep the truck you have. Just get someone to move it for you. It's easier and safer. Don't buy a new truck just for a couple of moves a year. You can pay for the tow and save a lot of money.
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Bags and 19.5's you can tow anything!
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You will only need to worry about the rear tire capacity. Air them up to 80 psi loaded and you will have no problem. I take it that you are camping close to home and moving spring and fall. You might like the ride so much that you will want to travel more.

My old 2500 Chevy had a better ride with 3500 lbs load in the box, so for me your truck will do well.
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Ram 2500's and the SRW 3500's are the same truck with the exception of a different spring rate on the rear. They use the same axles, tires, wheels, drive train ETC. Of course the 3500 uses leaf springs but it's the same axle with different brackets welded on. So you could just add some air lift bags and go. You'll be grossly out of specs, but as far as safety goes you'll be fine. If you go RAM don't get the air suspension model as you can't beef up the rear suspension as I have found out.
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Just spend the extra $800 +/- and get the 3500.
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If I have learned anything in the RV world, its basically you will always end up needing more truck... Our first camper was a little 26' Shasta... easily pulled with our 1/2 ton gasser.. Along came boy #2, and enter the current camper which I hated pulling with the 1/2 ton (and I was with in 50 lbs of the rear axle limit with just myself in the truck)... So I traded off the 1/2 ton for a very nice 3/4 ton diesel... loved that truck so very much, and after all, we would never get a camper so big the Cummins couldn't handle it right.... Well Now the wife's father passed away and the Mother in Law camps with us all the time... Yeah... I need more room. We have picked out the Coachmen Chapparral 360IBL... you guessed it... when I run the numbers I will be over my GVWR on the 3/4 ton, so I traded it off on the 3500 dually. Seriously doubt I will ever be able to go over its ratings, but in hind sight, this is the truck I should have bought years ago.... Although, I will look silly pulling around my 8000lb travel trailer until we get the Chapparral 5er (probably next winter)!
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Help with truck purchase

You may think you look silly but who cares. You will climb mountain passes with ease and descend without hardly touching your brakes. I towed my 25 foot TT (6000 lbs max) with a 3500 DRW and I thought it was wonderful. Same truck now pulls a Montana 3100RL (15600 max).

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