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Old 01-20-2018, 09:44 PM   #15
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I'd probably go 1 ton. Not because you will die if you tow with a 2500 but because there may be a chance you could go to a larger 5th in the future and you may need the extra payload capacities if you want to go by the book.
If there is a chance of getting bigger look at DRW.

We started with F350SRW then the trailer got bigger a year later. We could fit into a F450 but we'll probably move into a F550 and have room to spare.
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Old 01-21-2018, 06:05 AM   #16
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Have a 17 F250 6.7L and towing a 18 344MKS Cougar. 11K ship weight and 2400 on pin. Pulls/Stops like a champ. Barely know its back there. And yes, over on the truck by 1K.
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:02 AM   #17
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Personally, I'd go with the one ton diesel SRW. Then your biggest worry is when to stop to warm up your coffee and grab a few Oreo Cookies!
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:25 AM   #18
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Folks, please discuss the topic in a courteous manner and quit the personal attacks.
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:47 AM   #19
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I camp with 2 people that have the same set up as the op is looking at. 3/4 ton cc 4x4 short bed diesel and 36' cougar 5vers. Neither one has had any trouble with their set up, except several trailer tires blowing out but that's a whole nother story, and they have towed from the Midwest to the southeast.
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Old 01-21-2018, 08:03 AM   #20
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I camp with 2 people that have the same set up as the op is looking at. 3/4 ton cc 4x4 short bed diesel and 36' cougar 5vers. Neither one has had any trouble with their set up, except several trailer tires blowing out but that's a whole nother story, and they have towed from the Midwest to the southeast.
That'll probably work where they travel now, however, if they decide to travel through the West/Northwest/Canadian Rockies/Alaska, the trip may be a "bit less comfortable". I lean heavily toward a TV that is "more than adequate to do the job that I'm demanding of it"!!! Jus' me though...
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How much safety margin does the OP desire?

IMO, the wrong question is will it work.

The correct parameter is always to address existing load and any potential loading and always add a safety margin into the calculations. If one is not using that paradigm it is an exercise in futility.
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:34 PM   #22
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Towing a trailer that has 2300 lbs of pin weight plus another 175 lbs or so of 5ver hitch with a truck that has maybe 2200 lbs of payload is OVERLOADED.....you can't manipulate the number...even though you are trying to. In my opinion, it's not only bad advice to say that it can, it's irresponsible on your part. Why would we want anyone to try and use a tow vehicle that isn't big enough for the job at hand?
No where have I said its ok to tow with a vehicle that isn't big enough....nor have I manipulated or stated such numbers .
However I do know how much load a vehicle can carry safely/legally and the 250/2500 trucks the OP is looking at will work fine.

Sorry OP for hijacking your thread. If you want to know how much load your truck in question can carry safely/legally check with your area state troop command. They can give you those facts.
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Really love the weight police lol. My rig is fine but thanks for giving your opinion. It matters.
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Really love the weight police lol. My rig is fine but thanks for giving your opinion. It matters.


1000 over with a F-250? Maybe that's OK. Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. I'm not about to tell a guy who doesn't know how to figure that out that it is.

Either way, if you're in this situation and upgrading the TV anyway go ahead and get the 350.
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Buying the right truck is like playing the lottery. You never know when you are going to win or not. However buying more truck than absolutely necessary will likely give you better odds if something happens.

Much like riding a motorcycle I plan on when it is going to happen not if. Nothing happens I am golden, something happens the odds are stacked slightly in my favor. What are the odds? We'll will never be able to go back and have a redo to see if a more favorable outcome will occur.

While I respect some who claim they have gone a million miles without incident with their trusty overloaded steed I have attended enough accidents to know if you drive long enough you will eventually encounter a situation.

I carry valuable cargo. I plan to live long to get as much as possible from the government through my pension.
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Buying the right truck is like playing the lottery. You never know when you are going to win or not. However buying more truck than absolutely necessary will likely give you better odds if something happens.

Much like riding a motorcycle I plan on when it is going to happen not if. Nothing happens I am golden, something happens the odds are stacked slightly in my favor. What are the odds? We'll will never be able to go back and have a redo to see if a more favorable outcome will occur.

While I respect some who claim they have gone a million miles without incident with their trusty overloaded steed I have attended enough accidents to know if you drive long enough you will eventually encounter a situation.

I carry valuable cargo. I plan to live long to get as much as possible from the government through my pension.
Precisely
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Smile Thank you all for your insights

After reading all of your good posts, it seems that I can get by with a 3/4 ton truck, however I agree with wundertaker's comment about taking the next step up to a 1 ton just for safety concerns and someday I might decide to get an upgrade to a larger 5er so I'm now looking at a 1 ton. Thank you so much for all the input/comments, hope to see you all in my future trips!
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After reading all of your good posts, it seems that I can get by with a 3/4 ton truck, however I agree with wundertaker's comment about taking the next step up to a 1 ton just for safety concerns and someday I might decide to get an upgrade to a larger 5er so I'm now looking at a 1 ton. Thank you so much for all the input/comments, hope to see you all in my future trips!
I went "one up" when I went with my Diesel...AND SOOOOO GLAAAAD I DID!!! For me it makes the trip so much more enjoyable!

JUST THINK OF THIS.... Have you "ever" seen a Thread on IRV2 about Someone Complaining that they "HAVE TOO MUCH POWER"???
Me neither....
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