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Old 10-03-2015, 10:52 AM   #15
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Old 10-03-2015, 05:16 PM   #16
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I see lots of posts about people buying the truck first and then try and find a 5th wheel that they like that can still pulled by the truck they just bought. Seems to me a bit backwards.
Why would you not buy the 5th wheel that you really like first and then get the appropriate truck to pull it? Getting the truck first means that you just have to settle for what ever the truck can pull or you have a truck bigger and more expensive than needed.
This is only if they weren't thinking about a dually in the first place. Personally I would be looking for a dually from the start. I would probably settle for a SRW 1ton for my next truck as they keep getting more expensive.
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In or around 2000 we had a King of the Road 5th wheel and it was a tad heavy. We initially pulled it with a Ford single and later with a Dodge dually. As I remember highway ride was very similar for the vehicles. We bought property in SW Oregon when we still had the Ford and found that the single rear axle with the 5th wheel on it would sink in softer soil. The dually had enough tire surface that it did not sink into the soil. You may not need to worry about that unless you get in an area with soft soil. Me, I'd do the dually and have 4 wheel drive. Hopefully never need 4 wheel drive but if you only need it once it pays for itself. Just my opinion.
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Old 10-03-2015, 06:45 PM   #18
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You never hear " I have too much truck"
This is correct in my opinion. My 06 3500 duramax is my daily driver and we can use it to pull any trailer pretty much. X2 on the parking lot comment.
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Getting ready to purchase a new truck. I will be pulling a 5th wheel trailer. Just curious of any pros or cons for or against single rear wheel or a dually. Thanks
Check the towing specifications on any truck that you purchase. Typically trucks are rated on the base model, standard cab, 2 wheel drive, 8 foot bed. the combined gross weight rating (CGWR) remains the same on all models. You then, with every addition, will subtract towing capacity. example, truck weighs 5000 lb and the CGWR is 20,000 lb you can tow a 15000 lb trailer if you add dual wheels they will weigh another 1000 lbs reducing the towing capacity to 14000, kids toys, extra gas tanks, Grill..... ect.. 4WD subtracts another 1000 plus from the towing capacity.

The CGWR on my F250 single wheels crew cab 6foot bed is 19500, my truck weighs (empty) 7500 lbs so my 5th wheel can weigh up to 12000 lbs. Very rarly is my truck empty.
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Getting ready to purchase a new truck. I will be pulling a 5th wheel trailer. Just curious of any pros or cons for or against single rear wheel or a dually. Thanks
That's an easy question. Get what you need based on the carrying/towing capacity of your truck and the weight of your 5th wheel. DRW and SRW are fairly similar in towing capacity, the difference is in the ability of the DRW truck to carry much more pin weight.
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