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Old 07-18-2013, 09:34 PM   #31
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We have a home base a cabin in the Tennessee mountains. So we don't have to take everything with us and we are ready for a slower life. I was looking at the extra insulation package.thought the standard would give you 3 seasons though.do you have problems getting sights at national or state parks with the 41 feet length.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:00 PM   #32
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Ecclesiastes, I have a 2011 2500 6.7 CTD, 4x4, crew cab, short bed.

I pull a 2011 Silverback 29 RE (35 foot fifth wheel) that clocks about 10k empty and about 12k loaded. I have pulled this same trailer with a Ford F250, and now with the Dodge. It is night and day different. The Dodge is so steady it is actually possible to forget you are towing.

With the Ford I had moments of doubt and concern. With the Dodge I set the cruise on 68 or so and never have any trouble. The six speed auto does an excellent job and never has any trouble.

I love the built in brake controller and how it interacts with other systems in the truck. It knows when you connect the trailer and acts accordingly. When you turn on the tow haul (which I rarely do) and engage the exhaust brake (more frequent than the tow haul) you have one of the best hill towing experiences you can imagine. We have crossed Monteagle on I-24 on several trips, if you can get the truckers out of your way the truck will drop from 6th to 5th and keep on pulling. Going down the other side the exhaust brake and braking computer takes over and you cruise right on down. We make several trips per year in the mountains in the Monteagle/Altamont area and I have never felt as safe and secure as I do with the Dodge.

I have also pulled my best friend's 37' park model bumper pull with this truck for about 100 miles. I did not have an equalizer or sway control for this site to site move. The truck pulled the trailer like a champ. I could have pulled the trailer to Florida on just the hitch ball. It was that stable.

I cannot speak about the units you are looking at, but I can tell you that you have one heck of a tow vehicle and I do not think you will be disappointed.

As I said at the beginning my fifth wheel weights about 12k loaded. I do not know what 4k more would feel like or how it would change the towing dynamics of the truck, but at 12k loaded it is a very comfortable experience.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:20 PM   #33
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Wow thanks for the great input. There is a v 365 vstb that I really am also looking ats got same tongue weight but it's a light weight at about 2000 lbs less gross what kind of fuel consumption did you get with your diesel.i got 20.9 doing 75 up into the Tennessee mountains (no towing ) and 23-26 doing 68 mpg without a/c and sunroof open /back window open on Florida flat ground
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We have a home base a cabin in the Tennessee mountains. So we don't have to take everything with us and we are ready for a slower life. I was looking at the extra insulation package.thought the standard would give you 3 seasons though.do you have problems getting sights at national or state parks with the 41 feet length.
We did get whatever upgraded insulation package was available at the time. We only really camp in cool weather - daytime temps as low as the 40s. But in cooler weather, the floor is cold. When I bought mine (one of the early ones of this model), there weren't heating or cooling vents in the 1/2 bath. I'm not sure of newer models have it or not. As well, the bunk above the outdoor kitchen runs according to whatever temperature it is outside.
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I get about 10 mpg pulling the trailer at 68 mph. I do a lot of mountainous travel, so that does not help my towing mileage.
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We have a 2013 silverback 29 re, and 2008 Ram 2500 CTD mega cab. The silverback is one of forest rivers lighter pin weight trailers around 1650 lbs empty I think! Not sure what our weights are but plan on scaling all the axles soon to get an idea of axle weights and combined gross weight. But I can say that pulling it to Branson and back it felt very stable with no undesirable characteristics! ( oh firestone ride rites on rear axle) I have been pulling trailers (RV) for about 20 years and experienced swaying, fishtailing, porpoising, blown tires and other bad things. This truck and trailer seem to be a good fit!
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I get about 10 mpg pulling the trailer at 68 mph. I do a lot of mountainous travel, so that does not help my towing mileage.
We have almost the same setup, and the same generator. Was wondering where you carry your generator and is it permanently mounted?
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We have almost the same setup, and the same generator. Was wondering where you carry your generator and is it permanently mounted?
I built a bumper mount rack for the rear of the camper. I have the generator semi-permanent mounted near the electric port on the camper. It is loose bolted (so it can freely vibrate on it's rubber feet), and cable locked to the rack. Being a Honda, you barely notice it running outside when you are watching TV. We take the generator off during the winter months and store it in the garage. We keep the cover on it when not in use.

My friend has the same camper and carries his the same way, neither of us have ever had any trouble and he frequently travels to Florida, Texas, and the Carolina's with his running.

We normally start the air a couple of days before we head out on a trip. When we disconnect the shore power, I start the generator and keep the main air running while we travel. Most of our trips are 2 - 3 hours from home and the camper use to get really hot during the travel. Now when we arrive the camper is nice and cool.
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Are the bumpers on the 5th wheels that much stronger than the travel trailers? I know on my travel trailer I was warned of not mounting much more than a bike rack reliably.
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Are the bumpers on the 5th wheels that much stronger than the travel trailers? I know on my travel trailer I was warned of not mounting much more than a bike rack reliably.
No, in fact the ultra-light 5th wheel's bumpers are not even rated for a bike rack.
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