A one ton would be the way to go for sure. The truck (chevy, ford or dodge) is really what you prefer. They are all pretty darn good.
I have a Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie, 4 x 4, quad cab
with a short box. Got the truck with 40,000 km (24,000 miles) in 2010. We pull a 8265WS Rockwood
5th wheel. It is 29ft. Since we have a shortbox we opted for a HiJacker Auto slide hitch and it is a dream.
We now have over 200,000 km (120,000 miles) on the truck and most of those miles are with the trailer in tow. We have gone from coast to coast (in Canada) and back again, up to Yukon and Alaska and over half a dozen shorter trips across the rock pile (Canadian Rockies) to the prairies.
The truck has never given us any problems and the Cummins motor is great. Incredible torque.
Being a one ton it does ride a bit like a lumber wagon, especially empty. With the trailer on it does smooth out.
Consider adding a Glide Ride Pinbox
, this will improve your ride.
The newer trucks apparently ride way better then our old beast. Good luck and congrats on the new unit.
Cortes Island, BC. Canada
Pony: 2008 Dodge 3500 Laramie, 4x4, Quad Cab
Harness: Hijacker 24-AS-18 Autoslide, Demco Glide Ride Pin Box
Chuckwagon: 2011 Rockwood 8265WS