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Old 11-24-2021, 12:50 PM   #253
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There’s another saying Dana, “Never put off what you can do today. Because if you like it today you can do it again tomorrow”.

For me it’s the fifth wheel first. Otherwise I could be limited in my fifth wheel selection. I’d not be the first to want a 9000 Lb Coach and then see one of 14000 Lbs and just have to have it! That’s two different trucks right there?
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Old 11-24-2021, 10:30 PM   #254
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Truck first

That’s why I bought a 1 ton so I could buy any trailer. If you buy the trailer first your on the clock to hurry and by a truck because they don’t want to store your trailer. Don’t put yourself in that position of course you Pay somebody to move it for you but why would you want to do that
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Old 11-29-2021, 12:34 PM   #255
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5th wheel or truck

Suggest to get the truck first--We were looking this past Spring--found a few 5th wheels but could not find a truck to pull it ( unless you ordered a new one and then you have to wait 4 to 6 months to get it. Good Luck
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Old 04-11-2022, 07:36 PM   #256
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Which Come's First-5th or Truck

Originally Posted by Dana Anderso View Post
And old saying, “ You don’t buy the cart before the horse”.
I believe the old saying you have in mind is “Don’t PUT the cart before the horse”
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Old 04-28-2022, 09:05 AM   #257
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From the number of opinions, and lack of consensus, I’d say it’s a personal thang.
All I can add is what I’ve done. Back in the nineties, I went to an rv dealer, found a swell used 38 foot Terry with a “slide out”. The dealer sold it as a package with a Chevy K3500 454 gas engine. A few years later, I traded the 5th wheel in for a Southwind Motorhome. I traded the truck in for a jeep to tow. A lot of years after that I traded the southwind for a Cyclone toy hauler, I already had a Ford F-350 srw diesel. I didn’t like the cyclone, because there was no heat duct in the bedroom, had to leave bathroom open to get heat. Plus it was too tall and too small. I traded it for a Stella. During the pandemic, I sold my Stella, and ordered a custom Escape 5th wheel. Still using that same F-350. So I guess my opinion is, do your research, and get what you want when you want it. Otherwise your not going to be happy when your doing what makes you happy.
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All too often, people go out and get a truck, a SRW, because they think a DRW is too much trouble. Then Mama finds the perfect 5er, a 42', 20,000 lb GVWR beauty. Now that is too much for a SRW truck and you blissfully take off with an overloaded truck. In a year or so, you are looking to get a larger truck.

So, the best approach is to get the trailer sorted out first and make sure you get enough truck to tow within the truck's ratings. Life is much more comfortable with a property balance rig.

We have been RVing since 1984 and were marginal on the truck. Towing was not much fun, but we kept the trips short. Now we have been full-time for over 9 years, and we see way too many people coming through the parts with trucks that are too small for the trailer. But, what the heck, they got a 3/4-ton diesel truck and the dealer told them that they could pull anything on the lot with that beast.

Do your homework and understand all the truck and trailer tow ratings.

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It’s an old thread but a great one,
I bought the horse before the cart,

Purchased a low mile Ford F450 king ranch from a friend at the spur of the moment . I was thinking about getting a travel trailer actually then this truck came along and really opened my options.
, It really left your options open for a nice bumper pull or any excellent fifth wheel .
I really wanted piece of mind when towing and going down the road, with my family,you really can’t go wrong with an 8 foot bed and the Dually., also that’s the only configuration available with that truck.
Don’t get me wrong it’s a great truck but even the F450 has its pluses and minuses… Does have a better turning radius than the F350 and it has approx another 1000 lbs of beef compared to the f350 ,would be nice to hear a thread just comparing those two vehicles if there isn’t one already.

Be safe and have fun with all of this stuff, ,happy camping!
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