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Old 09-23-2013, 12:52 PM   #11
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I have the exact same 5th wheel ....well 99.5% the same.
I suggest you look at a 1 ton truck. We just did this on another thread, you are going to have every person say why or why not a 2500 or F250 would be just fine. Specs and stickers aside yes an F250 will do the job but you are maxing out all the systems, brakes, tranny, tires, suspension, engine, rad, steering....do i need to go on..!

You should be looking at a 3500 or F350...period. A single rear wheel drive is ok but dually's handle better. Drive to your local camp ground or RV park and ask those who drive and pull their 5th wheels, then go ask the mechanic at the shop what he thinks.

This is all just my .02 cents worth.

I am a truck driver, also a mechanic in both auto and heavy duty. I have more miles driving than most will ever see.

P.S. I am in the same boat of what truck to upgrade to.....F350 with 7.3 powerstroke or Chevy 3500 with Duramax and ally tranny are looking good. I have also been looking at F450 and 4500.

Ultimately it is your choice.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:01 PM   #12
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What they all said above. I would also maybe add, if you are going to be pulling a lot, either full-time or just getting out a lot or long distances, maybe consider the F-450. You sure don't want to skimp on the truck with a trailer that big. Do it right the first time, and you won't have to do it again.
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You will be at the upper limit of the vehicle systems and that is not a great starting place. While it would work I think you will find yourself where I was and end up trading it in for a 1 ton. So I suggest you bite the bullet and get a 1 ton. The Dodge diesel is a good choice.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:46 AM   #14
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Thank you to everyone that responded with help to my question. Based on the feedback and research, I am opting for a Ford F-350 DRW. I want to be comfortable and not worrying about overworking my truck.
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If you plan to adhere to manufacturer specs, payload will be your limiting factor. That truck will likely have a listed payload capacity of 1800 pounds or so. It seems as though you are very new to all of this, so I'd recommend going with as much truck as possible. A DRW F350 would be best, but I personally think you'd be fine with a SRW F350.
I agree with everything Dusty said.

I believe that a F350 SRW may possibly have the specs to carry this load. You just have to look at each truck individually and determine it's payload.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:06 PM   #16
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Thank you to everyone that responded with help to my question. Based on the feedback and research, I am opting for a Ford F-350 DRW. I want to be comfortable and not worrying about overworking my truck.
It really comes down to the actual pin weight of the camper. Unfortunately, the dry weights are completely fictional when it comes tot he real world as we all add things to the camper, either in dealer add-ons or simply the stuff that we put inside of it. In my opinion, the bigger the camper, the more stuff we add to it.

To figure out how much carrying capacity of the truck your need (called it's payload), you have to take an estimated loaded weight of the camper and multiple that by .2 which is 20% of it's overall weight. Most fifth wheels run anywhere from 16% to 25% of loaded weight in pin weight. (To help you estimate here, it's usually a safe bet to take the dry weight of a camper that size and add 1,500 pounds as a good starting number.)

This is what the camper will push down on the truck bed and make the truck carry. In addition to that, you have to add the weight of the fifth wheel hitch, any passengers that you carry, the driver's weight over 150 pounds *and* anything else you carry in/on the truck. For instance, my beautiful RetraxPro rolltop bed cover runs about 150 pounds. That comes off of the truck's payload. We usually carry a cooler full of snacks and food, a variety of things for the kids - activities and whatnot. As well as a plethora of electronic gadgets, maps, atlases and guidebooks.

The truck's payload has to carry all of that.

Be educated and be aware. Don't trust dealers- they either don't understand this stuff like they should or don't care to.
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