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Old 11-16-2014, 03:40 AM   #1
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:34 AM   #2
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Satisfy the DW first then tell her that now you need a freightliner to tow the unit. Both will be happy.
We had the truck first and bought the unit that added to Gross Combined Weight Rating of the truck. She is happy and my wallet is also.
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Get the most truck you can afford first. Then do lots of research, I spent probably three months on RV and truck forums before I bought my truck and I'm glad I did. Over four years with no problems, truck is now 10 years old. Then spend as much or more time finding a trailer. You won't regret the time spent searching and reading reviews. Sometimes you can find truck/trailer packages which can be good deals.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:50 AM   #4
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Get the trailer first. You need to know what you are going to tow. Once you know how much the trailer weighs and the kingpin or tongue weight then you are ready to buy a truck that is capable of handling the trailer. Get the truck towing specs from the truck manufacturer and read the specs to find the truck that will handle the trailer. Then sticker on the door jamb doesn't tell you anything about how much trailer you can tow.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:02 AM   #5
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after we figured to go 5th wheel, we looked for the trailer first. Had 2 years before retirement and found it in a year. She got what she wanted in it (washer dryer, large shower, larger refrigerator) and I got the truck (diesel 4 door) to pull it. She got the heated seats also.
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You need to think about both. You need to have a good idea of what you want in a fiver and what the weights (pin and gross) are. Then research the trucks required to tow it. Or get a SD/HD truck and look for fivers within its capabilities.
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Spend some time researching both and don't do what I did... I had a 3/4 ton dodge diesel and looked at the towing capacity when I bought my Cardinal. Everything was within specs so I was safe and happy... Until I tried to climb the sierras with VW busses passing me. But I made up time as my truck screamed down the other side with no engine brake. The smell of hot brakes stays with you for a while... My purchase of a new 1 ton Dodge Megacab diesel with the bigger engine, more gears and engine brake solved my problems and 7 years of traveling with this setup have been awesome.

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Start off right, get a RAM Dually and then you can haul most any RV out there.
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You can haul about any 5th wheel on the market with a new DRW 3500/350 from any of the Big 3. If you don't want a DRW, then you need to match truck and trailer.
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It really doesn't matter what you buy first. What does matter is that you do your homework, become knowledgeable first then go make your best deals on what suits your needs. You seldom can have too much truck but without that new knowledge, you can make a decision that is beyond comprehension. For example, many dealers say that you can pull a 5er with an F150/GM1500. Yes he is possibly right as far as weight carrying and towing capacity, but that's probably not a good idea for the long run.

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Old 11-20-2014, 09:34 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Cummins12V98 View Post
Start off right, get a RAM Dually and then you can haul most any RV out there.
I'm going to assume that you are a Ram, Cummins, lifelong fan. But lets be honest, a Dodge, Ford, or Chevy dually can haul most any RV out there.
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If you know you want a larger trailer I would say for the average guy to buy the most truck he can afford first. You may be able to get a great deal on an older Teton or newmar mountain aire, but you find that a truck to pull it is the bigger hassle or way out of budget. So if a guy gets say a srw 3500 and knows his limit for a trailer he knows what trailers to scratch off his list.

If money is no object then yes go trailer shopping. You may need a peterbuilt to pull your dream trailer.
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With Ford you might think about staying away from the 6 litre engine.....We had thousands of dollars in repairs on that engine.....Loved the truck but the engine......not so much......We upgraded to the new 6.7 litre and its amazing.....Now that is an engine that pull its weight.....I figure if you buy a diesel the only other choice is weather to buy a SRW or DRW......Anything that has a sticker weight of 13k I would be going to a dually......10k like my rig.....SRW.....its reasonable that we have about 3k lbs of stuff and the truck is well suited for that weight.
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Get the most truck you can afford first. Then do lots of research, I spent probably three months on RV and truck forums before I bought my truck and I'm glad I did. Over four years with no problems, truck is now 10 years old. Then spend as much or more time finding a trailer. You won't regret the time spent searching and reading reviews. Sometimes you can find truck/trailer packages which can be good deals.
I concur. If you are on a budget, getting the truck you can affort first makes sense; then look at the trailers that fit into the trucks limites. If you get the trailer first, you may end up having to get a larger, more expensive tow vehicle. Now if money isn't a concern, buy what you want, when you want.
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