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Old 09-28-2016, 05:38 PM   #21
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[QUOTE=MDB;1329040]I'm using a 2011 F-350 with the 6.7 and it does a wonderful job. We've been all through the BlueRidge and Smokey Mountains and it never misses a beat. Started out with a F-350 SW but it always felt like it was trying to push you in curves and wanted to move you around when 18 wheelers would pass. The dually has fixed all of that.[/QUOT

I have nothing like that but my 5er is only 13,000 with a pin of 2710. I never feel pushed and never feel a semi. Run the mountains and never a problem with the 6.7
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Old 09-28-2016, 05:56 PM   #22
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Would enjoy seeing some of the weight reports from others on this thread.
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:19 PM   #23
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I know this has probably been answered a million times but a question regarding dually vs non-dually 1 ton truck. What do you guys use to tow yours? I'm trying to figure out if I need a dually for a 16,000 lbs dry weight with 3,600 lbs hitch weight.
Toneaero - My previous rig was a KZ Stoneridge TH (43' long and 16,500 pounds on the scales). I had the opportunity to tow it with my 05 F350 SRW while waiting for my 12 Ram 3500 CTD dually to arrive. Night and day difference! The F350 did the job (it was the heaviest of the SRW GVW packages) but the Ram DRW felt like it was MADE FOR THE JOB! Stability, relaxed ride, solid cornering, noticeably less sway from wind and passing semi's. IMO, you are definitely in dually territory based on pin weight alone. You'll be happier, more relaxed and safer in the long run. Did you ever hear anybody say "gee, I wish I had a smaller truck"?
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:20 PM   #24
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Toneaero - My previous rig was a KZ Stoneridge TH (43' long and 16,500 pounds on the scales). I had the opportunity to tow it with my 05 F350 SRW while waiting for my 12 Ram 3500 CTD dually to arrive. Night and day difference! The F350 did the job (it was the heaviest of the SRW GVW packages) but the Ram DRW felt like it was MADE FOR THE JOB! Stability, relaxed ride, solid cornering, noticeably less sway from wind and passing semi's. IMO, you are definitely in dually territory based on pin weight alone. You'll be happier, more relaxed and safer in the long run. Did you ever hear anybody say "gee, I wish I had a smaller truck"?
Yes. I said that after we sold the 42'7" 5er. Just 2 of us and a small dog. New 5er is only 35' which handles as well with the new swd as the heavier one did with the dually. And a short bed too. The dually was required with the bigger 5er without a doubt. So much easier to find a place to park at times. I no longer need a dually and will be certain I never do in the future. When required nothing can beat a dually but when not required is is more comfortable without.
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:43 PM   #25
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I have a 2014 Ram 3500 SRW long bed, payload of 4280. I have 3200 lbs of pin weight and have towed over 7000 Miles with no issues. Total camper weight is 14000. I get an average of 11.8 - 12.5 mpg as well.
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First. Don't ask this same question on RV.net. Those guys will do everything but cuss you out. Its ridiculous overt here when it comes to this topic. Some would even tell you to go get an MDT to be on the safe side.

That being said, this one is close. My F350 SRW has a RAWR of 7000 lbs.. Our Vengeance has a pin weight around 3250 lbs. but that changes a little when the golf cart is in the back. Depending on how much fuel is in the truck, I'm slightly over or under 7000 lbs. on the rear axle. Does it pull well? It pulls like a champ and 70 mph down I-95 headed to Myrtle Beach is no problem. I do have air bags to level things out but that's all. I don't regret the decision at all.

But you're looking at a little more. If the RAWR of the truck you're considering is 7000 lbs., remember you're probably going to be slightly overweight on the axle. My Michelins are rated at 7500 lbs. combined so to me, that's what I consider to be the biggest thing to watch.

As for total weight, I don't fret that too much. Total weight for the whole rig is almost 27,000 lbs. so I'm definitely overweight for a total GCWR. But starting, stopping, and cruising all do very well.

One last thing. Where are you located? Here in NC, DOT won't even think about checking you unless you're doing something obvious like pulling your XLR with an old F150 or something that looks like its about to break underneath the camper.
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:01 PM   #28
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I can buy two of these for the price of 1 new dualie.. Loaded I believe I am around 20,000# to 21,000#
Our old trailer was 21,000 loaded and we pulled it with an 05' 2500HD... I'll NEVER go back to that again..

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Tow Vehicle Article

Thought this was a good education on tow vehicles.
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Old 09-30-2016, 12:22 PM   #30
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Thought this was a good education on tow vehicles.
One of the best explanations or numbers safety I've seen. Sadly, most towing overloaded will either not see it or ignore what they read and just continue onward.
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