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Old 03-28-2013, 06:38 PM   #11
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Check the CGVW on the trucks as they will all be different and make sure the truck you choose can handle it..!
GCVW is not the important factor for 5ers. Cargo Carrying Capacity will be the limiting factor.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:49 PM   #12
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I am still not use to this regular beds are now long, the short beds are now standard, and these new shorter than short beds.

My old 91 dually was a monster, but towed great. If I was to go the FW route again, I would get the 8' bed. I like to keep the most crucial part, the hitch, as simple as possible.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:56 PM   #13
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GCVW is not the important factor for 5ers. Cargo Carrying Capacity will be the limiting factor.

Well cargo capacity from a 2500 sb will be far different to a 3500 lb dually 4x4 and everything in between.

You want the long story, get the weight of the 5er you think your going to buy...wet weight or loaded what ever you want to call it.

weight of the truck including fuel, occupants and anything else you might add, tool box, winch, hd bumper, etc.

add the 2 weights together and see if your truck is rated to haul/carry/tow that specific weight.

Plan for adding extra's to either your truck or the 5'er so your not maxing out the weight.

Then factor in # of days your going to be camping/pulling your 5'er and if the truck is also going to be a daily driver. What can you afford / like etc.

In the long run your the only one who knows you and what your going to be happy with.
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:57 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone. I like the 3-Happy-Campers extended cab-long bed. that is a nice picture. I think the four-legged traveling companion will be okay on the back seat if he can't get shotgun from my wife.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:01 PM   #15
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Sorry a short bed truck is just a big car......... Never owned one never will ....LOL the bigger the better..... When I go on a car lot & a salesman shows me a short bed... I tell him.......... I asked to see the trucks................(Actually I really do that)


Seriously.......... either is fine for towing ..... you may need a slider hitch though with a short bed for tight turns.................. Alot depends on what you need the truck for other than towing.........


I have done Lots of Research on P/U truck bed Length & Capacity! Since they Both haul only (AIR) 99.7 % of the time. Buy what (YOU) like! Youroo!
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:37 AM   #16
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If we are going with the bigger is better mentality, get yourself a singled HDT. Twice the Torque of a 1-ton dually. At least twice the stopping power. Turning radius is about 6' smaller. Same width as a dually. And it's only about 1' longer (when shortened).

This is all if you're ok with a 13' tall truck to drive around town. (Note you can get models only 10' tall)

You can grab a 5-600k used model for 30k. Not bad when they are rated to 1,000,000 miles before a major overhaul of the engine.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:49 AM   #17
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I have 2500 crew cab, long bed, 4x4 and use it as a daily driver and can put my 42' 5er in any spot big enough for it, including the current spot I have in Ft Myers Beach. If 4x4 isn't an issue, the 2 wheel drives turn a little tighter.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:10 AM   #18
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Thanks everyone. I like the 3-Happy-Campers extended cab-long bed. that is a nice picture. I think the four-legged traveling companion will be okay on the back seat if he can't get shotgun from my wife.
If your only passenger is your pup, the extended cab long box is the way to go. That gives you the best of both worlds, some extra cab space, but the long box for extra room to haul stuff and the elimination of the need for a slider hitch.
And it is easier to see the hitch when hooking up the fifth wheel. With a crew cab, I doubt you could even see the hitch in the box.
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #19
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If your only passenger is your pup, the extended cab long box is the way to go. That gives you the best of both worlds, some extra cab space, but the long box for extra room to haul stuff and the elimination of the need for a slider hitch.
And it is easier to see the hitch when hooking up the fifth wheel. With a crew cab, I doubt you could even see the hitch in the box.
The extended cab actually has four functional doors.
Just the front two need to be opened for the rear two can open.
The rear doors open a full 180 degrees which is a nice touch!

We have already had four full size adults in the truck & everyone had plenty of room & was comfortable for the 2 hr drive.
I do have to keep a step stool in the back for when my folks go camping with us. Mom canít make the climb into the cab even with the nerf bars added.

Itís always better to have more truck than realize you need more.
I set out to buy a 3500 dually but couldnít find any in the tri state area.

One more picture just because I like looking at my truck!
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[SIZE=3][FONT=Calibri]The extended cab actually has four functional doors
This is true until you're in a parking lot and trying to load 4 people or gear into the back of the cab... it's a royal pain in the you know what
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