Originally Posted by justbob
We are going to go to a Cedar Creek 5th wheel - 36ckts and need some advice on truck purchase. Have been told that a 3/4 ton diesel will work and are undecided on Ford or Ram. Any advice? Will be our 1st 5th wheel - currently have a class C.
Lots of good advice from other posters. You may want to check with your insurance agent. Ask about coverage if you are in an accident and an investigation finds you've exceeded any of the weight limits of your TV (GCWR, GAWR, Payload, etc.) Also, the 1 ton may be more than just a label change: bigger brakes, larger differential, different gear options, larger capacity springs, etc. Another consideration is the tax man. The 1 ton may require commercial plates, may limit some highway/parkway access. A dually will likely be more difficult to maneuver driving solo in congested areas.
Don't forget to check the height of the truck bed AND the truck rails. You want to tow with the trailer level and with about a 6 inch clearance between the truck bed rails and the trailer. Truck lowering is a possibility, and trailer axle flipping can also be done. Both cost money, and axle flipping raises the trailer center of gravity.
The more capable TV will give greater peace of mind especially when towing in high winds or in mountainous areas.