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Old 03-03-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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new bigger 5er, need honest opinion on TV

We bought a bigger 5th wheel, a 2013 Wildcat 312BH-OK last August & we hauled it last fall with our 2009 5.7 Toyota Tundra (Rock Warrior with Tow Haul package & airbags). It has 9,222 dry weight on the sticker. The Tundra can haul it 45 MPH no problem up the steeper mountains of Western Md and 65 on the interstate were we live, but we can't help but wonder if we should be upgrading the TV as well. It would also be used as an everyday vehicle. We looked at an 2012 F-250 6.2L yesterday for 40K with 5K miles & almost bought it. Sales lady told us it would haul 16K, but later a friend told us 12K. We just need an honest opinion from someone not trying to make a sale out of us. We usually tow within 1hr or 2 of home, but are thinking of heading to Myrtle Beach in the future. Should we go with a Chevy Duramax Diesel, or something else, or keep our Tundra?
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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go with the duramax....
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:22 PM   #3
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We bought a bigger 5th wheel, a 2013 Wildcat 312BH-OK last August & we hauled it last fall with our 2009 5.7 Toyota Tundra (Rock Warrior with Tow Haul package & airbags). It has 9,222 dry weight on the sticker. The Tundra can haul it 45 MPH no problem up the steeper mountains of Western Md and 65 on the interstate were we live, but we can't help but wonder if we should be upgrading the TV as well. It would also be used as an everyday vehicle. We looked at an 2012 F-250 6.2L yesterday for 40K with 5K miles & almost bought it. Sales lady told us it would haul 16K, but later a friend told us 12K. We just need an honest opinion from someone not trying to make a sale out of us. We usually tow within 1hr or 2 of home, but are thinking of heading to Myrtle Beach in the future. Should we go with a Chevy Duramax Diesel, or something else, or keep our Tundra?
That's a tough one. I own a Duramax Diesel it is a great tow vehicle and has been trouble free, but with diesel 4.00 + a gallon I'm glad I have another vehicle to drive to work.
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With a gross of 12k and camping weight of 10.5 I would get a diesel or 3/4 platform with gas. 45 mph up any hills is way too much trailer for the truck unless you like 5000 rpm trying to maintain the min hwy speed, also is the tv brakes up to this task? Not for long in the hills . Yes it prob has no issues on the flat but western MD is full of hills. Towing is supposed to pleasurable not white knuckle towing, because the trip is always better with out being stressed getting there
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:49 PM   #7
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You need to find out exactly how a truck is equipped. The Duramax is a good engine but it doesn't mean that the payload will be high enough just because a truck has it.
https://www.fleet.ford.com/showroom/...orP19_Sep6.pdf
The 6.2 in different trucks is rated from 12k to over 15k fifth wheel towing.
Look at the yellow sticker on the driver door for the payload rating for that specific truck, or any other that you consider.
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I think you will be happier with a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel truck no matter what make you choose.Drive each make and decide yourself. You can't pry me out of a Ford with a crowbar. I believe you will dissapointed with the gas mileage you will get out of a gas motor towing that weight jmho. You can find alot of good trade ins if you look. Good luck!
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FIFTH WHEEL TOWING.
A 2012 F250 Crew Cab 4X4 6.2 liter gas engine with the 3.73 rear end has a towing capacity of 11,900 pounds. However if the F250 had the 4.30 rear end the towing capacity increases to 14,900 pounds. If the truck you looked at was a SuperCab those numbers increase by a couple of hundred pounds.

Regardless of what brand you buy you'll be better off with a three quarter ton truck or larger.
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I know a Tundra can pull the space shuttle but...

Truth is you are over your current truck weight limits no matter how you look at it. Some people say that is ok. Most do not. Local law enforcement and insurance companies fall into the category of not ok.

You probably need a 3/4 ton with the highest tow rating or a full 1 ton.

I greatly prefer The Dodge diesels. That is my preference. I have owned Ford and dodge, p
Pulled with all three.

You will be fine with a gas engine, but it will kill you in daily driving.
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