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Old 07-19-2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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My wife & I are retired & thinking of selling our home to become full time rv's. We would like to have a 5th wheel toy hauler & a nice truck, maybe a dually not sure.I would like to draw from members experience on ideas for truck & camper. Thank you

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Old 07-19-2016, 05:00 PM   #2
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For sure, a dually always gives the absolute most stable ride.

The ability to control lateral movement with 4 tires is impressive, and were I full timing - I'd rather over do it than underdo it.

Pay attention to your payloads on a vehicle by vehicle basis as there can be a wide range in payload capacity of trucks even within the same year and manufacturer.

So, I would select my fth wheel first, truck second.

Not sure your level of knowledge on the subject, but many seem to miss this point, especially if guided by a car dealer (the worst thing you could do)

But a primer just in case.

Payload is the amount of weight a truck can carry straight down on it's frame.

YOU are payload.
your dog is payload.
a load of firewood is payload.
Your 5th wheels pin or hitch weight is payload.

Towing capacity is the weight rating that the drive-train can pull. That's the gross weight that can pulled be forward.

Most every truck can pull the moon, but you can't always set the moon in it's truck bed.

I generally think that ALL 5th wheels are 1 ton territory with the exception of some smaller 5th's in the 26-28 range that still sort of stress a 3/4 ton, but is sort of doable - but not by me

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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Good luck with your search.

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Old 07-24-2016, 06:12 AM   #4
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Congrats on your decision to become full timers! Where are you from in Missouri? Our home was outside Kansas City and we sold almost exactly two years ago.

We have had great luck with duallies and have had all three makes (Dodge, Ford and Chevrolet). I think the best puller was the 2011.5 Dodge Ram Laramie Longhorn.....I think it could have pulled our home away from its foundation. The Ford F350 King Ranch worked just fine but the ride was a bit disagreeable. We're now in a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD High Country and love it. It's rated to tow up to 23,000# but rides like a car. I'm a huge fan of the Duramax engine and Allison transmission and, at this point, can't see having a different make. The best explanation I received regarding horsepower and torque was that the torque gets you going and the horsepower keeps you going. The 5er choice is an individual choice and I hope you have fun looking.

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Old 07-25-2016, 06:14 AM   #5
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Hey Jerry

Thanks for your reply. We're from southeast mo. about 15 miles south of Cape Girardeau. What type of camper do you have? Are you guys enjoying yourself. We know its a big step to just up & sell everything, thats one reason we have so many questions. We want to make sure we get it right. There are so many types of campers . We are thinking about 40' or less toy hauler. They say if you get over 40' you can't get into some of the state parks. I sure would appreciate any input you may have to offer. Thanks again.
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Old 07-27-2016, 06:07 PM   #6
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Hi Bob

Like you, I am pretty new to RVing and just purchased my first 5th Wheel Toy Hauler after doing many months of research. I made the mistake of buying the truck first and then the RV only to regret it later. The RV was supposed to be able to be hauled by a 3/4 ton truck - and was...somewhat. From Ohio to St Louis on Interstate highways it pulled ok but I sure felt the side gusts of wind. However, when I got it into the hills at Cuiver River State Park on our first outing, it pulled down so much that I rethought the truck and ended up getting a pretty good deal on a used Ford F450 - which pulls it like a dream and the wind gusts don't affect me at all.

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