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Old 07-25-2015, 06:38 PM   #1
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Best tow vehicle for the 2016 371REBH

Hello! We are a new full timing family of 5 that has a 2016 Sandpiper 371REBH. The GVWR is 15,500. We haven't purchased our tow vehicle yet and we want to know what would be the absolute best and safest to tow our rig with. We need the crew cab and the long bed. Used would be better since we want to keep our payments down, but we aren't opposed to new if it's significantly better. We are located in Oregon so we need something that can handle the mountains on the west coast. We have no preferences towards any brand, we just want what's best for our situation. Any advice, tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. And if you need any more info then feel free to ask. Thank you so much!
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Old 07-25-2015, 06:56 PM   #2
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For the weight of the trailer plus the stuff that five people would require I would go with a F450 or a Dodge or Chevy 4500.

But that is just MHO.
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Old 07-25-2015, 06:58 PM   #3
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Boy oh boy wait until you see the posts about this... LOL truck wars, here we come

For us it was a Dodge 3500 Dually Diesel - the 2016 builds have the largest cargo carrying capacity in class (and as a family of 5 you will need that!!) and it will pull your Sandpiper with NO problem (it can pull 29K lbs!) The dual rear wheels will give you the stability you need and want. The 2016 models have a higher cargo and tow capacities than Ford F450s

4x4? Maybe. You can carry a few hundred LBS more without the 4x4 but when you need a 4x4 you really REALLY need a 4x4 so for us that was a no brainer.

I would steer away from the megacab (all it gives you is reclining rear seats) because you loose a LOT of bed space - but YMMV what with 3 kids in the back seat!

Consider putting a "Fuelbox" (combo aux tank+toolbox) in the bed and you will be good to go to find your best price for diesel!

Oh, and the 2016 - which is just now being released is indeed significantly better than the 2015 builds!

Good Luck and PLEASE keep us all posted on your adventure - sounds wonderful!!
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I'd go with the Chevy duramax and crew cab with long box 2 wheel drive. Rated at GCWR of 30,500 and tt of 22900. It has 34 gal tank. Later RJD Later RJD
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:03 PM   #5
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I pull a 2014 Sandpiper 365SAQ that dry weighs 13k and full weighs about 15,500. I live in Washington State so I know what you mean about mountain passes. Also have a large bike rack and Honda 3000 generator hanging on the back of the trailer

I started with a 2007 Chevy Classic Duramax crew cab shortbox 2500. It pulled fine, but was not the most fun going down mountain passes. Had airbags on it. Pulled the trailer all the way home from Ohio with this truck so it has seen some miles. Still have the truck, but it is my farm truck now.

Bought a new 2015 Chevy Duramax crew cab short box 2500 with airbags also. Huge difference with the exhaust brake for going down long grades. At times on I 90 in WA, ID, and Montana I actually had to accelerate on the downhill. Short or long box 2015 have the sake 34 gallon tank also so that is nice.

I don't have a dually and don't think you need it, but I might be the minority. My wife and I also have 4 kids and we all load up in the pickup and go. Most 2500 and 3500 have the same 5th wheel trailer capacity. Make sure it has an exhaust brake and buy what is in your budget. My trucks are both farm trucks, so I have no use for a dually
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Thank you all so very much for your advice! It is greatly appreciated and has given us more to think about and noodle on . I'll definitely make sure to keep you updated on what we get. Thanks again!
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We have the black sheep of the Ford F-250s with the 6.0 diesel But even at that the truck is an invincible tank. WE pass the big trucks on the big grades, So for sure you want a Diesel and after all the years that I drove a diesel car and Diesel cost more, NOW IT IS MUCH CHEAPER THAN GAS. Look at the specs on F-350 because the Jump to the F-450 is likely pricey. The duelly makes for a more stable platform. Just new or used be sure to look at rated load capacity and make sure you have plenty to spare. Remember the people in the cab and all the personal crap adds weight too.
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I won't suggest any particular thing, other than what ever you THINK you need, step up to the next model for capacity to be happy.
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I won't suggest any particular thing, other than what ever you THINK you need, step up to the next model for capacity to be happy.
What Mark said.......
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Hello! We are a new full timing family of 5 that has a 2016 Sandpiper 371REBH. The GVWR is 15,500. We haven't purchased our tow vehicle yet and we want to know what would be the absolute best and safest to tow our rig with. We need the crew cab and the long bed. Used would be better since we want to keep our payments down, but we aren't opposed to new if it's significantly better. We are located in Oregon so we need something that can handle the mountains on the west coast. We have no preferences towards any brand, we just want what's best for our situation. Any advice, tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. And if you need any more info then feel free to ask. Thank you so much!
Getting dwn to the brass tacks...The Dodge would fit the bill if it had a better than stone sled suspension and stone age engine ....Stay away from the chevies n GMC's no powere , no milege no suspension....So that leaves you with 450 hp (youd swear it was more) 900 ftlbs O torque...Agreat Tow Haul paddle shifted F350 dually or F450 Dually Ford ....Ive had them all and Ford is your best current investment for doin the work safely, in comfort, reliability , mileage , affordability and power !
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