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Old 01-01-2012, 05:59 AM   #1
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Question What size truck?

What size truck is needed to pull one of the larger fifth wheel toy haulers? What should we be looking for?

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Old 01-01-2012, 06:02 AM   #2
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There are plenty of tools HERE that will allow you to select the right tow vehicle for the 5th wheel you're considering.


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Old 07-17-2012, 04:44 PM   #3
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Large toy hauler, large truck. I have a Large toy hauler and a 1 ton Dually. I can tell you it is the least amount of truck I would pull this trailer with. It does a good job but I feel any less truck would strugle. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:38 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by asuperheat
Large toy hauler, large truck. I have a Large toy hauler and a 1 ton Dually. I can tell you it is the least amount of truck I would pull this trailer with. It does a good job but I feel any less truck would strugle. Hope this helps.
Although I have no experience with a 5er, I've done a lot of heavy hauling. I wouldn't use anything less than a one ton diesel dually.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:11 PM   #5
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Look at the site Rusty posted. Any questions after that, ask us here.

You will see people pulling large 5ers with 3/4 ton truck and they do not have clue that they are overloaded.

Just remember.....little trailers and little trucks. BIG TRAILERS and BIG TRUCKS.

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Old 07-18-2012, 09:51 PM   #6
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Well depending on what brand of TH you go with the very minimum should be a 3500/350 series dually and probably a F-450 to MDT/HDT. You will be surprised how fast the weights add up when loading TH's. The Excel I'm pulling would put most trucks over their "legal limits". I only have about 3500 lbs of room to the maximum GCWR rating on the freightliner...that's why I sold my 2011 F-350 DRW...it was overloaded. If you ever get in an accident and you are overload by vehicle spec's the chance's are your insurance company will leave you on your own.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:46 AM   #7
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1 ton (Dodge of course ) will get it done. Be mindful of what packaged you get...heavy duty service group is a must (different names for different makes, but basically upgraded alternator, trans cooling etc).

I've pulled the moon with my 1 ton Ram. It never complains. A spring upgrade is a nice add-on and worth the money though.
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Originally Posted by Jon Mopar View Post
I've pulled the moon with my 1 ton Ram. It never complains. A spring upgrade is a nice add-on and worth the money though.
Those Dodge guys showing off. Please put it back when you are done next time.

Seriously though. While allowable to pull max weight, it is always better to leave yourself some extra weight on your capabilities. For things that get added, or just a plain safety buffer. While I am 'good' to (5er) 21k (by specs) I think 18K is the highest I (me personally) would want to pull with the truck.
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i love my fl70 freightliner. put er on 75 and roll. ive passed too many rvers with the white knuckle ride going on. a ton dually would be the least i would use especially on a 3 axle rv
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I am with RICKS on this. I use a ton diesel and am at the limits on weights. My next truck will be a ton and a 1/2(F450, 4500). Same engine but beefier suspension, brakes and drive train components.
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I'd advise you pick out your RV and then match the truck to it. Better yet, buy a bit more truck than you need, say at least 20% more. You and the truck will be much happier.

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We tow a 39' fifth-wheel trailer with our 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD. It's "rated" to tow about 15,000#, and the trailer loaded with two race cars, tools, scooter etc, is around that. No "white knuckle" driving as alluded to above. Drives very well, stable, and stops well too, considering its 22,000 lb. total. We've towed with it for seven years, and no issues.
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I have a new Voltage 3950 triple at 43' and 19,000 lbs. My 2012 Ford F-450 pulls it very well. Hardly know its there.

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