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Old 09-20-2015, 07:23 PM   #1
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New Tow Vehicle ?s

After a lot of time in Hershey this weekend, I am looking at upgrading to a 5th wheel within the next 12 months (I might just wait until next Hershey Show!) It just will serve my plans and purposes in the future...interesting I had NOT seriously considered prior.

I have a few questions:

1.) Given that I have not picked a specific 5th wheel yet (and therefore do not know exact weight), should I "automatically" be looking at a dually given the payload increase of the king pin? I could theoretically "get away" with a 2500 however, am I just going to realize in a year or two that I hate the way it drives and want to move up to say a 3500?

2.) I plan on really using the 5th wheel in the summer when I am off from teaching and plan over the next several summers to be going out west from PA (several family members along the way so I can visit which is a plus!)... anything I should be considering for such long haul purposes?

3.) I especially am interested in the Rockies both up to Glacier area as well into Colorado (again family all over those locations so multiple visits)... I have NEVER seen the Rockies and therefore never driven them. Do I need to factor this in to my TV decision?

4.) What do people feel is a solid, good TV to TT 5th wheel setup? I refuse to be the idiot on the road reckless.

Again, I am throwing a lot out there and just looking for opinions and advice! Fire away!
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:42 PM   #2
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One ton.
Dually is up you you.

Sounds like you would want a diesel.

I would suggest... Ram 3500 with aisin trans.


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Old 09-20-2015, 07:46 PM   #3
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I agree a Ram 3500 SRW 6.7L Cummins with the AISIN transmission SRW Crew Cab Long Bed is what I would consider. If I was in the market for a new RAM truck this is what I would order for my needs.
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Old 09-20-2015, 07:54 PM   #4
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The more capable of the truck you buy will increase the number of 5ers you have to select from. I wish from the beginning my RVing I went with 1 ton, it would of been a lot less expensive in the long run as I upgrading RVs and ended up buy more capable trucks. I have single rear wheel 6 1/2 foot bed because it fits in my garage.

As far as brand - they are all close so drive them all buy the one you like the best.
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:14 PM   #5
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1 ton diesel, if you are going those distances you sound like you will be spending a lot of time in it, full time shortly? If so that would be a rather large 5er, I would consider a dually.
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:24 PM   #6
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A guy on the CUMMINS forum, up in Alaska, built a killer ram 5500.
Srw conversion, pickup bed.. Full air suspension. amazing truck. Would love to build something like that.


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Old 09-20-2015, 08:24 PM   #7
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diesel for sure. Not just for the power, but better fuel economy and exhaust brake. Don't even bother with 3/4 tons. Either a single wheel 1 ton or dually. Big increase in payload for single wheel 1 ton over 3/4 ton for just hundreds more.
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And the debate goes on. Later RJD
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Why don't you decide what size and style trailer you want first, and then buy a truck that is capable and safe to tow it?
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Why don't you decide what size and style trailer you want first, and then buy a truck that is capable and safe to tow it?
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