Originally Posted by Tfort
I am towing my Salem 356qbq with a 3/4 ton. Loaded I am at my max but the newer trucks have a higher pay load and gcw than I do.
2000 F250 CC 4x4 7.3L diesel
15 Salem Hemisphere Lite356QB
I own a 2015 Heritage Glen 356QBQ, which is essentially the same exact model as the Hemisphere. It is a 42.5 foot bunkhouse. I pull it with my 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 diesel 4x2.
At first, I was satisfied with the pullin gpower of the diesel, until I had to contend with a few hills that slowed me down. So, on the advice of a diesel veteran, I bought a Smarty Junior reprogrammer for the Cunmins diesel engine. It gave me the capability to bump up the power in increments up to a maximum of 100 more HP, which I did. Now, the extra 100 HP, I can pull this beast at 70 MPH no problems, and hills only slow me down a little.
Not all programmers are equal, so be careful with that. However, the Smarty is well rated, and it has worked fine for me.
BTW, my Dodge is not a dually. It is a full length bed, crew cab truck. It has strong brakes (a must) and can handle the pin weight, although I recently took a trip with too much weight in the nose, and it pushed down the truck more than I would have liked. All I had to do was move the weight behind the rear axles to balance the weight. This 5er has about a 12,000 pound dry weight, so it is pretty light for one its length. The biggest problem with that length is being careful on turns and changing lanes. I would recommend a rear camera install for towing, but that isn't a necessity.
And one more thing. I use this truck as my daily driver (since my daughter took my real car to college)
It gets 20MPG in the city and 25MPG on the highway. Considerably better than my car. Even towing, I get 12-13MPG. You can't beat a Diesel for so many reasons, not to mention higher resale.