RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Travel Trailer Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-07-2019, 08:36 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Redapple's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 904
New trailer purchase

Went to the LA RV show with the intention to purchase a new rv and was looking at Tiffin even met and spoke with Bob Tiffin and his wife. Lovely people, but ended up buying a Grand Design Reflection 315RKTS.

Now I need a truck. Eyeballing a new Ford Super Duty 6.7 diesel crew cab.Click image for larger version

Name:	20191006_173812.jpeg
Views:	19
Size:	60.2 KB
ID:	262906

Been ot off the tt game for almost 14 years. I chose to not do the distribution and hitch with the dealer, so input is appreciated. Best brands etc.

I have a month to pick it up and get a truck.
__________________

__________________
2006 Damon Daybreak 3272 w/F-53 @ V10
Redapple is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 10-07-2019, 09:29 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
tuffr2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Palm Coast Florida
Posts: 6,638
Very nice TT.

If you can find a F-350 6.7 diesel with the heavy duty trailer package I am pretty sure it comes with a 3" receiver on the hitch. It will have 2 reducer sleeves. That truck might not need any WD hitch.

That is a big travel trailer but the F-350 is a very capable truck. If you decide on a WD hitch I had a Drawtite that I liked.
__________________

tuffr2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 09:46 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Rock Hill, SC
Posts: 350
I tow a camper probably around the same size with a 250 and the 6.7l. The 6.7l Ford diesel in the 250/350 series is an incredible tow vehicle. Not much else to say. Strong as an ox, great mileage, easy maintenance, well put together.
__________________
2020 Flagstaff Classic 832IKBS
2011 F250SD Lariat Crew, 2WD
6.7L, 3:31, Husky CenterLine
Reevesfamily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2019, 10:00 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 69
New trailer purchase

I have a 2017 F250 Crew Cab SB Powerstroke and a slightly smaller/lighter TT. In good weather, no need for a fancy WD hitch with sway control. In windy conditions when you're in a hurry to get home and cruising at 75mph (no problem for the the 6.7) you'll be glad you have a good hitch setup.

Knowing what I know now, I'd spend an extra $1k to get the F350, and get a decent WD hitch with sway control (Equal-i-zer is a decent affordable brand.) Also, if this isn't your daily driver, I'd recommend a long bed with 5th wheel prep for Max payload and flexibility in case you want to upgrade/future proof....
swavescatter is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2019, 08:06 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Redapple's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 904
Thanks all. Much appreciated
__________________
2006 Damon Daybreak 3272 w/F-53 @ V10
Redapple is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2019, 12:00 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redapple View Post
Thanks all. Much appreciated
I tow my 315RLTS with a Blue Ox hitch. Great hitch. Equalizer's top hitch is good for 1400lb tongue weight, not enough for the 315 IMHO. I use the 2000lb hitch. Unless you're looking at a dually I wouldn't think of skipping a WD hitch with sway control.
Chiefblueman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2019, 12:05 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Redapple's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 904
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chiefblueman View Post
I tow my 315RLTS with a Blue Ox hitch. Great hitch. Equalizer's top hitch is good for 1400lb tongue weight, not enough for the 315 IMHO. I use the 2000lb hitch. Unless you're looking at a dually I wouldn't think of skipping a WD hitch with sway control.
Agree completely. Looking at F350 6.7 sb srw.

Have not identified a hitch yet.

Looking at a 14k hitch setup with tw around 1200 lbs and built in sway control.
__________________
2006 Damon Daybreak 3272 w/F-53 @ V10
Redapple is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2019, 12:29 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redapple View Post
Agree completely. Looking at F350 6.7 sb srw.

Have not identified a hitch yet.

Looking at a 14k hitch setup with tw around 1200 lbs and built in sway control.
I've owned a 315 since 2016. Your tongue weight will very likely be well over 1200lbs. Forget about the 1065lbs advertised by Grand Design, it's hype. In your paperwork you should have a weight sheet showing tongue, axle and side to side weights for your specific trailer as it left the factory.That's totally empty with no propane or battery. All your storage is ahead of the axles. My '17, which was 300 lbs lighter than the '20, ran well over 1400lbs with no water on board. Some folks have reported tongue weights over 1700lbs.
Great trailer, great truck, don't skimp on the hitch.
Chiefblueman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2019, 01:58 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Redapple's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 904
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chiefblueman View Post
I've owned a 315 since 2016. Your tongue weight will very likely be well over 1200lbs. Forget about the 1065lbs advertised by Grand Design, it's hype. In your paperwork you should have a weight sheet showing tongue, axle and side to side weights for your specific trailer as it left the factory.That's totally empty with no propane or battery. All your storage is ahead of the axles. My '17, which was 300 lbs lighter than the '20, ran well over 1400lbs with no water on board. Some folks have reported tongue weights over 1700lbs.
Great trailer, great truck, don't skimp on the hitch.
Will do. Take delivery of the trailer Nov. 9th. Have not purchased a truck yet. Will use my brothers truck to take delivery. Late Nov. or Dec for truck.

Still need to sell my class A too.

Will post here as I go.

Thanks
Bill
__________________
2006 Damon Daybreak 3272 w/F-53 @ V10
Redapple is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 07:16 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
tuffr2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Palm Coast Florida
Posts: 6,638
If it weren't for the GM auto strike I would recommend you look at the new 2020 GM 2500HD trucks. From what I have researched GM made an already solid frame even more solid by adding I think 2 cross members.

I have not seen this truck yet, darn striking auto workers, but I want to see how the trailer hitch is attached. If my suspicions are right, it will be designed as part of the frame. The hitch on my 2017 F-250 looks that way and looks to be attached really well.

If you are looking at used trucks I recommend a 2017 or newer F-250/350. Preferably a F-350 for added capability.
tuffr2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2019, 09:05 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Redapple's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 904
Thanks. I am a former Duramax (2500HD) owner, circa 2004 with the first gen motor. Loved that truck. I have started looking at Chevy's and GMC's. They definitely seem to be a bit less expensive.
Quote:
Originally Posted by tuffr2 View Post
If it weren't for the GM auto strike I would recommend you look at the new 2020 GM 2500HD trucks. From what I have researched GM made an already solid frame even more solid by adding I think 2 cross members.

I have not seen this truck yet, darn striking auto workers, but I want to see how the trailer hitch is attached. If my suspicions are right, it will be designed as part of the frame. The hitch on my 2017 F-250 looks that way and looks to be attached really well.

If you are looking at used trucks I recommend a 2017 or newer F-250/350. Preferably a F-350 for added capability.
__________________
2006 Damon Daybreak 3272 w/F-53 @ V10
Redapple is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2019, 01:07 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Redapple's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: SoCal
Posts: 904
Been looking at trucks and hitches. The new trailer has a gvwr of 10995 (11k). At full 15% tw that puts it at 1650. Should I get a hitch to accommodate full 15% tw? Would that require a 2.5 in receiver (class v)?

Want to do this right. I already know I am better off with 350/3500, am currently looking. Do the 1 tons come with class v receivers ?
__________________
2006 Damon Daybreak 3272 w/F-53 @ V10
Redapple is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2019, 01:48 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Posts: 857
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redapple View Post
Been looking at trucks and hitches. The new trailer has a gvwr of 10995 (11k). At full 15% tw that puts it at 1650. Should I get a hitch to accommodate full 15% tw? Would that require a 2.5 in receiver (class v)?

Want to do this right. I already know I am better off with 350/3500, am currently looking. Do the 1 tons come with class v receivers ?
You should start a new thread for this issue.

By all means get a hitch rated for the full gross tow weight and greater than 15% for the tongue weight. Just google the hitch receiver capacity.
__________________
Paul Bristol
Kodiak Cub 176RD
Nissan Pathfinder 2015
Persistent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2019, 10:31 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
R.Wold's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Rosemary Farm
Posts: 554
My 2017 F250 6.7 Lariat:

 925 lb.-ft. of diesel torque
 27,500 lbs. max. 5th-wheel towing capacity2
 21,000 lbs. max. conventional towing capacity2

The hitch is designed to distribute enough weight forward that they say you dont need weight distribution gear. Ive towed heavy 5th wheel and goose neck trailers and around 15,000lbs conventional (equipment trailer) with nothing but complete satisfaction.

Also the exhaust brake works. I set my cruise on 55 and engage the exhaust brake and rode it down what we call “3 Mile” in the Sierras on I-80 with 15k lbs behind me (skip loader on an equip trailer) and never picked up speed all the way to the bottom. Then I cranked up and ran up the other side at 65 effortlessly.

These trucks aren't cheap but I have no complaints about performance, comfort, and quality. They do have way to many idiot warnings, but you get used to that.

I don't tow heavy often with this truck but when I do it is pure pleasure.

Editors note: Exhaust brakes work best at higher RPM where more exhaust is created to supply sufficient back pressure against the restriction of the brake. So running around 3000 down hill when using the EB seems to work well.
__________________

__________________
2010 Bay Star 2901: Victron 24/3000 inverter/charger, 1575w residential solar, and a whole lot of elec and plumbing mods. In the process of upgrading...
R.Wold is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
purchase, trailer



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
To Purchase or not to Purchase sundance1 Class A Motorhome Discussions 32 03-26-2019 01:00 AM
New Trailer Purchase Discount Sammie Travel Trailer Discussion 4 08-17-2014 12:25 PM
'06 Phaeton Purchase - Purchase Warranty or not ? SWFlaPhaeton Tiffin Owner's Forum 7 01-08-2013 09:46 PM
New RV'r wanting to purchase trailer lori99 Travel Trailer Discussion 17 08-10-2008 05:48 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×