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Old 08-09-2015, 04:31 PM   #1
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We are trying to make a decision on what type RV to purchase. We have pulled a Travel Trailer that we rented a couple of times and really enjoyed it. Our problem has alway been my wife works most if not all week ends and that will stop in 2016 as she will retire. I plan to retire in 2017 or sooner. I have thought we would get a 5th wheel and a truck to pull it. A class A is too much and my fear is that a V8 or V10 are not strong enough to pull a Class C about 30' pulling a Jeep. We would like to be able to go anywhere including being able to make it across some of the high mountains. Is this a concern with a V8 or V10 pulling a Jeep? I don't understand why the do not use the Ford or the chevy diesel in some of the Class C Motor homes? The only diesel I have seen are fright-liners and they are out of my price range. I would enjoy any discussion on this.

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Welcome to the forum. What about a Class A is too much? Plenty of smaller class A's out there that can tow a jeep. I've seen many a Class A gasser in the 30-35 ft range with the old Chevy v8, and the newer Ford v10 pulling jeeps and other suv's. Typically the same engines in the C class and I've seen folks pulling all kinds of stuff. I think the Winnebago class C motorhomes with the v10 have a 5500 lb towing limit.
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I'm also a newbie. My wife and I boated for 26 years and decided to sell it to buy an RV. We plan to travel cross country. I was definitely going to but a TT but after research and talking to other campers I decided to go with a FW and glad we did. In my opinion, it is easy to hookup and unhook. I tow with a Toyota Tundra with V8 engine.

We bought a Prime Time Crusader 295RST. Truck pulls it with no problem.
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I'm also a newbie. My wife and I boated for 26 years and decided to sell it to buy an RV. We plan to travel cross country. I was definitely going to but a TT but after research and talking to other campers I decided to go with a FW and glad we did. In my opinion, it is easy to hookup and unhook. I tow with a Toyota Tundra with V8 engine.

We bought a Prime Time Crusader 295RST. Truck pulls it with no problem.
Thanks. I see quite a few 5th wheels being pulled by Tunda's. I pulled a TT a few times using a 2005 Silverado with the 5.3 and towing package. There is hill in Austin Tx going to my daughters house that by the time I got to the top at full throttle I was doing 5 MPH. I thought it would not make it. Thinking I need a F250 or 2500 with a diesel if I want to be safe going over the Rockies or other Mountains. I would like to stay under 12000 on a 5th wheel. Maybe the diesel is over kill but I would rather have a little more than not enough????
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My FW weighs a little over 9,000# dry. I travel with it dry but have supplies, pans, dishes, etc.... My TV pulls fine. I live in Richmond, VA and not a lot of big hills. My truck is a 6 speed automatic and I thought when I put it in tow/haul mode it wouldn't go in the 6th gear but it does.

I have not taken any long trips yet to see what for mileage I get when towing. I do know it is better than the boat I had. According to my "guesstament", I was getting .9 miles to the gallon with my boat doing around 22 miles an hour. I can do the speed limit with my truck and better but I think the sweet spot is around 60 and 65.

I did take a trip to Raystown Lake in PA and averaged 8.3 miles per gallon going up and down those hills. I've only had the RV since June and still learning how to gauge going up and down hills. On the trip to Raystown Lake there was a hill I wasn't expecting and I didn't think I would make it. I thought something happened to my truck because I think it went all the way down to first gear not sure of my speed. I made it and found out from others the same happened to them. Next time I hope there are no cops around when I tackle that hill again.

As for getting a bigger truck I don't know. By having my truck I was limited on size and weight. With a FW I can safely pull 10,780#. I am not pulling that much. The size of ours I think is perfect for us. We have a lot more room than we had in our 38' boat. We are going to Florida for 2 months and I'll see if it is big enough.

My thinking is that you can do less with more but can't do more with less. If our RV seems to small I may need to move up to a bigger truck and RV.


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djeirlessr!! You were in my neck of the woods, we are close to Raystown....you are right, we have a lot of 'hills' that most folks call mountains.

We just traded our fiver, I really loved it and we considered buying a front living room but then decided to get an A class. We pulled ours with a 3500 RAM, 9 foot bed (I think) and a pain to drive around when we visited anywhere, especially finding a place to park it! Also travel with cats, moving them from house to truck to camper was a pain...... That said, I LOVED our fiver.

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