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Old 07-09-2016, 04:56 AM   #1
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So I'm looking at TVs and the Ford site is really easy to use. Just pick the truck and then the options you want. It starts with pretty much all the F series trucks. Then there's a slide bar for towing capacity and as you slide it over trucks fall off the list. At about 19K only duallys are left.

I decided to look at Rams too but no matter what I do I end up looking at options for a SRW 1500 with about 11K towing. Even if I start at the page for the 3500 dually and click on "Build it" or whatever. And if I click on the "Search Inventory" I still only get SRW trucks. Anyone know the secret to this?
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Yeah their website is painful....

Lets just start with what you want to tow.
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Yeah their website is painful....

Lets just start with what you want to tow.
That is a good question. I'm starting to research this now. My wife will finish college (late start) in about 2 years at which time we'll back to the US for at least 3-5 years. The current plan (dream) is a full timing in 5r as I really don't want any roots or state residence unless the state is Alaska and I think you have to live there a year to get that. So all I really know is that I want a 4 seasons 5r mainly for us 2 but with a fold out couch for guests if my daughter comes to visit. I don't plan to be north for any snow really but there are parts of the country where cold weather can swoop in and catch you off guard. I also figure if the trailer is better insulated for the cold, it should also do better in the heat.

So I know I'm going to need a good TV and thinking diesel dually. Either Ford of Dodge.
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On the ram site I just pick the truck and the options. I don't really see the issue?
If I want to build a 3500 it gives me a 3500.
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JMO but the GM site is the worst.
Never had issues with the Ford or Ram sites.
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A combo like this will serve you VERY well!

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That's about what I'm looking for.
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not sure I understand,

If I understand the OP correctly, you're getting to the point where you click "Search Inventory" ??
I noticed this phenomenon when searching for a TV also. The sites are using your location for that inventory search. You might try expanding your search area if possible. You'd be surprised at the vast expanse of areas where the dealers never order DRW for their inventory. I remember expanding my search to about 500mi. I was in a large metro area with lot's of dealers who implied DRW was basically a custom order. A very large volume dealer several hundred miles away had numerous brands & models to choose from or coming into inventory.
Those sites also make it difficult to determine the actual installed equipment. So you want to use the view "window sticker" (linked to Manufacturer by VIN) option and look at installed options, [example] GVWR-13500 DRW $1200. Otherwise it was listed as GVWR-11200 std. for SRW. also larger dia. rims
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If I go to ramtrucks.com and select a 3500, then Build and Price.

Then I pick say, Big Horn, 4X4, Crew 8' box. Then at the bottom it says Towing 10,980 lbs. ???

Then I go through and pick the air ride, 5er prep, DRW, luxury group. And there's no more mention of towing capability.

Then if I view inventory (200+ miles) and sort by best match I get 300 pages with none better than a Low match and none of the icons showing a dually. I see from some of the Window stickers some are dually but what PITA to click through a list like that.
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This is where you go to find your towing capacity.


http://www.ramtrucks.com/assets/towi...ing_charts.pdf
You can also find the payload rating there too. But that will not be the true payload. Need to figure in any options to the truck for the final payload number.
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My thoughts are you are looking at this backwards, FIRST pick a trailer, determine it's loaded/wet weight.

Then, pick a truck that can safely tow it. With out knowing what weight you are towing, you have no way of knowing how much truck you need.
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Well, it seems all the 5ers I've been looking at are in the 16-18K range, loaded. And I've read a few TV discussions on here with comments like "no one ever complained about having too much tow capacity. I don't want to go too overboard but I also don't want to have 'just enough." No problem having a safety margin.
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This is where you go to find your towing capacity.


http://www.ramtrucks.com/assets/towi...ing_charts.pdf
You can also find the payload rating there too. But that will not be the true payload. Need to figure in any options to the truck for the final payload number.
Looks like for a rig like yours there's only a few on the list that will do.

So much easier with the Ford site. Just drag the bar to the amount of towing capacity you need and the non-players drop off the list.
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A combo like this will serve you VERY well!

(admin, it's not for sale)

Beautiful rig, Cummins!
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Well, it seems all the 5ers I've been looking at are in the 16-18K range, loaded. And I've read a few TV discussions on here with comments like "no one ever complained about having too much tow capacity. I don't want to go too overboard but I also don't want to have 'just enough." No problem having a safety margin. Looks like for a rig like yours there's only a few on the list that will do.

So much easier with the Ford site. Just drag the bar to the amount of towing capacity you need and the non-players drop off the list.
If you are in the 16-18K wet range you are in the DRW truck market. It is not only the total weight, it is the pin weight to also consider. My trailer total weight is around 14.5-14.9K depending on loading, but my pin weight is between 3200-3700lbs. (about 23%) I see a LOT of folks with SRW short bed trucks towing WAY over their limits. I hear, Yea, put air bags on it and it tows great.

Plus you might want to double tow, like I do at times, and a little extra truck is nice.

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