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Old 08-02-2021, 10:45 AM   #1
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Does anyone have this combo, i am looking at a 2021 ram 3500 srw standard bed (short box) HO engine with the aisin tranny, 3750 lb payload towing a 2021 van leigh beacon 34 rlb wondering if this is enough truck without going to dually?
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Old 08-02-2021, 10:51 AM   #2
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2021 van leigh beacon 34 rlb
GVWR 18000
*Wet pin would be 3600# PLUS

NO...
Even new model SRW
*above 16,000 GVWR is DUALLY
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OB hit it on the head (as usual). This is smack dab in the middle of dually territory.
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Does anyone have this combo, i am looking at a 2021 ram 3500 srw standard bed (short box) HO engine with the aisin tranny, 3750 lb payload towing a 2021 van leigh beacon 34 rlb wondering if this is enough truck without going to dually?
GM here but I do have the same floorplan in Vilano trim, and mine could be somewhat similar in weight since I have it optioned out with 8K axles and many other "Beacon-ish" upgrades as listed in my registry.

For a relatively untrustworthy reference point, my RV weighs in at 14,300 camp ready with empty RV tanks, 3260 pin weight, and 6880 on my pickup’s 7050 RGAWR. That’s only a 170# buffer at the rear axle, so my dreams of adding a generator are dashed, for now.

And depending on what additional options you may have over my RV, i.e., outside TV, wood fridge panels, slide toppers, genset, hitch, etc., you’d surely be over RGAWR right out the gate. Not to mention the added weight of your Beacon-exclusive FPB, more ornate woodwork trim, additional lacquer coating on all woodwork, and separate floor tiles. And I can’t figure out if Beacons still have rear caps because I’ve seen some without a rear cap recently, but that would certainly add weight too.

My next truck in 2023 will be a dually for this RV, and I’ll finally get to buy the wife a genset as a wedding anniversary present at that time. Check for me in the obits.
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GM here but I do have the same floorplan in Vilano trim, and mine could be somewhat similar in weight since I have it optioned out with 8K axles and many other "Beacon-ish" upgrades as listed in my registry.

For a relatively untrustworthy reference point, my RV weighs in at 14,300 camp ready with empty RV tanks, 3260 pin weight, and 6880 on my pickupís 7050 RGAWR. Thatís only a 170# buffer at the rear axle, so my dreams of adding a generator are dashed, for now.

And depending on what additional options you may have over my RV, i.e., outside TV, wood fridge panels, slide toppers, genset, hitch, etc., youíd surely be over RGAWR right out the gate. Not to mention the added weight of your Beacon-exclusive FPB, more ornate woodwork trim, additional lacquer coating on all woodwork, and separate floor tiles. And I canít figure out if Beacons still have rear caps because Iíve seen some without a rear cap recently, but that would certainly add weight too.

My next truck in 2023 will be a dually for this RV, and Iíll finally get to buy the wife a genset as a wedding anniversary present at that time. Check for me in the obits.
Thank you for your replyís, might reconsider a different brand thatís lighter
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Just another thought for you. It is not possible to have to much truck.
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Don’t want a DRW? OMG the truck is soooooo bigggggg! We full time and our only vehicle is a 2016 Ram 3500 CC long bed. There are not many places that I will not take this truck. Learn to back into parking spaces, easier than diving in and you see better coming out. Trust me you will get used to the size.
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As Old Biscuit says above #16000 is dually territory, I considered the new F350 SRW for my unit #16800 but ultimately went F350 dually and am glad I did, its a pain sometimes in town but is so nice with the RV behind.

#18000 is really pushing it
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Agree that really needs DRW or a different (lighter) RV.

We have a Beacon 39FBB (same GVWR) that I started towing with an F-350 and was overweight with a pin weight of about 4000 lbs. Switched to an F-450 and well under now. Ours is heavier as we opted for the onboard generator and washer and dryer, so those options pushed the pin weight up higher.
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