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Old 03-25-2015, 02:42 PM   #1
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Question Puchased a 5th wheel now the confusion starts

My wife and I decided to purchase 2015 42' FR Sierra 378FB 5th wheel rv now so that when we retire in 3-5 yrs. we will be able to travel and enjoy the USA. It is still being built so I have a little time to look for a tow vehicle, but the more I look the more questions I have. The Sierra comes in dry @12,396 lbs. and GVWR is 15500lbs with the pin @ 2100lbs according to the spec. sheet. All of my research that I have done leads me to believe that I am looking at a 1 ton dually. Actually a Dodge 3500 DWR with the 6.7 diesel and a 3:73 rear end seems to meet the GCVW and towing capacity for my needs. My GCVW will be right at 30,000lbs. I am also looking at a Ford model dually also, since I don't see a single rear wheel 3500 working. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Also am I correct in assuming that since my GCVW is over 26,000lbs I need to change my drivers license to some kind of Class A ? Thanx Confused Newbie
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Old 03-25-2015, 02:47 PM   #2
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One ton drw territory yes.
No license change needed.
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:03 PM   #3
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Yes the DRW is a good plan. Don't get fooled by that low dry pin weight...you'll find that it's a much better towing experience when you get that loaded pin weight at 20% of total or above. Certainly would have enough truck to do that.


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Old 03-25-2015, 03:03 PM   #4
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One ton drw territory yes.
No license change needed.
Depending on the state you might need a RV certification. I know in California it is required if you are 1 lb over 10000 lbs. It is a 10 question test and not hard to pass.
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:25 PM   #5
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I tow with a GMC 3500HD Denali truck - Duramax diesel 6.6, Allison Transmission, Standard bed, 373 rear, 4X4, SRW. After market we added a gull wing tool box, AMP power steps plus rear and side pull down steps for easy access to truck bed and tool box. We use a Reese Elite 18K truck hitch. Spouse & I are hefty plus our 80lb American Bulldog travels in the truck. We tow a Salem Hemisphere 346Qbud (40'). Traveling with me is like traveling with the circus - I take everything. Why am I telling you all this? We have traveled north to south and east coast to west coast. Crossed the Rockies, been thru Donner pass and traveled the deserts. That truck didn't even know the trailer was there. Mileage was anywhere from 13 to 16 mpg; depending on terrain and speed. The inside of Denali is great for long distance travel - gonna spend a lot of time in it, might as well be comfy. Make sure you can really see yourself driving that truck for hours on end; that's almost as important as getting the right size TV to pull your 5ver. Congrats on new trailer and thinking ahead.


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A SRW 3500 is capable of towing your 5er safely and within spec, (Even some properly equipped 2500's would fit the bill, but wouldn't recommend) but a DRW will give you the largest margin of safety and available payload.
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I would go with a diesel dually for that trailer and the amount of travelling it sounds like you want to do. As for the drivers license, you need to research the laws in your state as this varies from state to state.
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Don't know were you are from but in Texas you would need a license up grade because
the GCWR is over 26,000 lbs. Good Luck
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:41 PM   #10
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Don't know were you are from but in Texas you would need a license up grade because
the GCWR is over 26,000 lbs. Good Luck
Correct , non commercial license upgrade.
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