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Old 05-08-2016, 04:57 PM   #1
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2500 or 3500 for towing columbus 340RK

I have a 340 RK 5er that has an unloaded weight of 11,850 and a hitch weight of 2200lbs. GVWR is 13,882lbs. Can I tow safely with a ram 2500 diesel or do I need a 3500 SRW or DRW. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated before I make this investment. Thanks in adavance
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:21 PM   #2
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I`d go with the 3500 DRW and not worry about the weight . Never had any regrets on buying my 3500 DRW. Will give you a lot more wiggle room than a 3/4 ton.
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:34 PM   #3
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I assume that you do not own this TV presently. I would say first to look at the yellow sticker on the door frame for any truck that you might consider. The Ram 2500 diesel is somewhat limited as to the cargo caring capacity so be very carefully if you considers this truck. I would recommend a 3500 DW truck, so that you do not have to worry about this.
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:54 PM   #4
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You're gonna want a 3500.

Here's a 2016 sales flier with the numbers.
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:32 AM   #5
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What else will you tow?

If this is the last 5th wheel you will ever buy, then just buy what will tow it easily. However, I would and did, go with a DRW 3500HD diesel so that we didn't have to worry about weights when we upgrade to a new 5th wheel in 2017. Currently we are pulling a 35' Windjammer, but we will be upgrading to a 40' 5th wheel next year, and now we have all options open as to pin weights and GVW. The difference between the SRW and DRW is very minimal but the load capabilities are very different; ours rides very nice when not towing and I average 14-16 MPG in town and about 20 MPG on the highway.
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For that trailer, a 2500 truck will be marginal at best. I wouldn't quite call that a deal breaker myself, but a 3500 will be much better suited for the pin weight your trailer will have. No need for a dually at that weight...especially if you go with a smaller cab and/or short bed (the less the truck itself weighs, the more weight it can carry (payload)).

If you already own the 2500, try it out. But keep a CLOSE watch on your trucks payload capacity and how you load your truck/trailer. If you need to purchase a truck no matter what, I suggest you rule out 2500's.
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Old 05-09-2016, 12:41 PM   #7
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i would go with the 3500 DRW Diesel
i wish i would have the first the first time around
but the tow life is all good now
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I believe once you really look at the number you would need at least a SRW 3500... But my opinion (after having to upgrade trucks constantly) is for that size / weight of trailer just get a 3500 DRW..

My chaparral 360IBL appears to be very similar in weight to this trailer... It pulls fantastic behind my dually.
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I have a 340 RK 5er that has an unloaded weight of 11,850 and a hitch weight of 2200lbs. GVWR is 13,882lbs. Can I tow safely with a ram 2500 diesel or do I need a 3500 SRW or DRW. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated before I make this investment. Thanks in adavance
Do you one a 2500HD Ram with the Cummins engine? If so what year? The only difference between a 2004.5 and a 2012 Ram 2500HD and a 3500HD SRW truck is the extra leaf spring between the two trucks. The frames, axles, shocks, tires, wheels, brakes and everything else is the same except for one helper spring on each rear axle spring pack for the 3500SRW truck. Now the manufacture ratings are less on a 2500HD truck, so they can sold in the market class that they are in.
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Old 05-09-2016, 07:04 PM   #10
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I have a 2015 340rk and tow with a 2014 chevy srw 3500 duramax. works great!
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