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Old 06-08-2014, 11:49 PM   #1
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What kind of truck do I need to tow my weight?

I'm switching from a class A to a toy hauler. Never towed before and don't know much about pickup trucks. I am looking at an approx 42 foot with gross vehicle weight rating 19,500 and hitch weight 3,500. Can anyone clarify what these numbers mean and point me in the direction of a compatible pickup truck?? Much thanks!!
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These numbers are probably for dry weight. You would have to add to that the weight of the items you add to the unit. From your description of length and weight I would go with a 3500 and that will cover any added weight.
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Howdy!

We tow that weight with our new toy hauler and our Med Duty Truck (MDT) 4400 Internationl 2L custom hauler is what we use.

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Definitely need more info.

I'm sure someone will have a link before I finish typing but . . .

GVWR - Maximum weight the vehicle is designed to weigh.
Pin weight is the weight on the hitch of the trailer. Varies with where you load things.
Anything that says gross _______ weight rating is the maximum weight said component is designed to weigh and safely carry. Axles, total rig, individual vehicle.
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Take it from a 30 yr Rv'er. I've pulled about everything from a popup to a now 45' toy hauler grossing 20g's. The minimum you will need is a 350/3500 dwr. Tried a single axle for this kind of weight and there is no comparison in handling. Also the additional length of a long box truck will give you more stability compared to a short box truck, especially if you have a triple axle( they have a tendency to steer the truck, by resisting steering corrections)
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