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Old 03-15-2015, 04:46 PM   #1
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Deciding on a tow vehicle

Hi everyone,

I will be taking delivery of a new 2015 34 RL Cedar Creek FW in a month. I still need to decide on using either a 3/4 of 1 ton tow vehicle. The FW is 36 ft 8 in long, will have a Hitch weight of 2175 lbs and a total weight of 11450 lbs as received. The total weight capacity of the FW is approximately 16,000 lbs.

I am trying to estimate what truck to buy for a fully loaded FW. If I load the FW to 15,500 lbs, using the rule of 3 with pin weigth as received, would it be fair to say that the pin weighht when loaded to 15,500 lbs would be more or less 2,945 lbs (2,175 lbs / 11,450 lbs) x 15,500 lbs . If this is a fair estimate, I could probably go for a 2015 F250 4x4 diesel with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs and a load capacity is 3,450 lbs.

I want to make sure I am legal for those states where load capacity is strictly enforced. As I will be living year round in the FW and that the truck will be our main vehicle, we definitely prefer not going to a dully.

Thanks for your insight in the matter.

JC
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:08 PM   #2
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If I only knew then what I know now. Back then I would purchase a vehicle to tow what I had and then when upgrading to a larger unit, I had to upgrade my tow vehicle. UGH! Looking back I would have purchased more tow vehicle than I actually needed and then I would have been ready for my next larger rvs.

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Old 03-15-2015, 05:10 PM   #3
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Might want to consider a F350 diesel 4x4 with towing package. More is better and you are getting close to the limits. Sure won't hurt to have extra. Sooner or later, you WILL need it. IMHO
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:22 PM   #4
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Might want to consider a F350 diesel 4x4 with towing package. More is better and you are getting close to the limits. Sure won't hurt to have extra. Sooner or later, you WILL need it. IMHO
I would go for the 350 also...not much of a difference in price !
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:59 PM   #5
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Tow on average of 24,000 miles a year toy hauler gross weight on trailer 14,000lbs. I travel all through western states encountering mountains in the Sierra, cascades, Rockies and more. There may be faster and more powerful trucks but given my experience over the last nearly 20 years I would highly recommend Dodge Ram 6.7 with the best feature of exhaust brake not to mention longevity pretty much unmatched by the other manufacturers. Cheers
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Old 03-15-2015, 06:02 PM   #6
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I second the 350/3500 SRW route


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Old 03-15-2015, 07:50 PM   #7
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Just out of curiosity, how much should you tow under the TV capacities. Or is it ok to be over, but how much is ok. Or is it ok to be right at the capacity.
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:03 PM   #8
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Get the 350. You won't find an f250 diesel with anywhere near a 3400lb payload. Check the payload stickers as you shop.


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I will be towing my new CC34RL with a 2008 Ram mega cab 2500,6.7L, 68RFE auto. I figure that I will be pretty close to the GCVW of the truck when towing. I will be scaling the trailer and truck to find the actual weights that I will be towing.

I will not have the washer dryer opition and I will tow with no water in the tanks. If the weigth from the factory is correct 11,400 lbs + and I will carry about 500 lbs of cargo I will be under the max tow weights for this model year as advised by Ram.
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Go with the 350. It also has the exhaust brake feature.
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