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Old 06-10-2010, 10:16 PM   #15
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Ignore the UVW, it is as useful as a screen door on a submarine. The GVW is the only weight you need be concerned with. Now find a truck that will truly handle that GVW and for maximum family safety, have a 20% truck capacity safety factor. The market is flooded with used MDT 5er haulers right now. Look at the for-sale board on any RV forum, Good Sam magazine, internet, etc. IMO_ There is no 1ton vehicle today that will safely handle 18,750lbs. of trailer - - especially with my family aboard!
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Old 06-11-2010, 06:14 AM   #16
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If you want to safely tow a trailer that weighs nearly 19,000 lbs forget the F250. Donít even think about an F350. The absolute minimum would be an F450. If you want some advice from someone that tows a trailer at the weight you are contemplating then get a real MDT or HDT. (Freightliner, International, Peterbuilt, Kenworth, etc.

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Old 06-12-2010, 05:58 AM   #17
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A 18750 GVWR trailer with a 14390 lb dry weight leaves you with 4360 lb for loading stuff for the trailer. Both are a usefull number.
Actual scaled weights are prefered but thats not possible in many cases. Figure 2500 lbs added to the dry weight is a good estimate of stuff you add to the trailer gives a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of around 17k.

Trucks carry weight by their axle/tire capacities and pull weight by their GVWR so lets look at some manufacture numbers.

The new 2011 GM 3500 DRW has up to a 13000 GVWR with 9375 RAWR for carrying those big pin weight/GN loads. This truck has over 5500 lbs of pin/GN ball weight carrying capacity. GM says it has up to a 20k trailer tow rating.

We see the F350 DRW numbers from the poster above.

The 3500 DRW Dodge has a 12200 GVWR with 9350 RAWR. This truck also has over 5500 lbs of pin/GN load capacity potential. Dodge gives the truck a 17600 lb tow rating. These are 2010 figures but your Dodge Ram dealer may have 2011 numbers for the Ram.

Looking at a Dodge 4500 chasis cab shows the truck has up to a 16500 GVWR with a huge 12000 lb RAWR for carrying GN/pin weight loads. Payloads range in the 7k to 8k range. Lots of overkill IMO for a RV.

As others say any of the newer gen 3500 DRW/diesel trucks will fill the bill.

The F250 PS has a 6000 lb RAWR/tire capacity. AS you figured the trucks rear axle/tires would be severally overloaded

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