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Old 03-17-2016, 11:17 AM   #51
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I pulled a Wildcat 27RL with my F150 and it did it just fine. Sufficient power and very stable without any white knuckle issues. I ended up trading it in for an F350 which had 1500 lbs more cargo carrying capacity. I now can put my wife and dogs and some gear in the truck instead of having them ride in a separate vehicle.

I scoff when I see online ads saying that a fiver is 1/2 ton rated and then the dry weight pin weight is 1250 lbs or more. That doesn't leave much left for pax and cargo.

BTW, my fiver has contoured cap and it still could hit my F150 cab with a 6.5' bed. Having a slider is nice insurance and you can find them cheap all day long used on craigslist.
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:32 AM   #52
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4 years ago, my wife and I had a Chevy 2500 gasser and a 25 ft trailer. We traded up to 26 ft 5er. We had the unit 4 months, heading back home from campground when the unit started chucking, wife looked at me and said those magic words, WE NEED A BIGGER TRUCK. I found a decent deal on a 2008 SRW 3500, we'll never go back. We just moved up to a 2016 295 RSK. We hardly know the camper is there.
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Old 08-10-2016, 03:15 PM   #53
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4 years ago, my wife and I had a Chevy 2500 gasser and a 25 ft trailer. We traded up to 26 ft 5er. We had the unit 4 months, heading back home from campground when the unit started chucking, wife looked at me and said those magic words, WE NEED A BIGGER TRUCK. I found a decent deal on a 2008 SRW 3500, we'll never go back. We just moved up to a 2016 295 RSK. We hardly know the camper is there.

I love magic words from DW.....like bigger, better, newer, MORE POWER......I wonder what that would sound like from my DW.😕
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Old 08-10-2016, 06:55 PM   #54
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I love magic words from DW.....like bigger, better, newer, MORE POWER......I wonder what that would sound like from my DW.😕
LOL, on top of that she refuses to drive the truck, let alone with the 5er hooked up. She says that the truck is too big
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Gas tons are also an option we keep mentioning diesel and I agree diesel is very nice indeed. For me when I was out making my purchase I could not justify the purchase price of the diesel truck at this stage of RVing. If we were full time, then yes I would have purchased the diesel but we are not full timing. Purchased a Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 6.0 gas new that was a 2015 leftover, truck is loaded paid $38,500 sticker was 53K that’s a number I can live with since I also purchased the 2016 Crusader this year as well had to keep everything in line with the bottom line $$.

Do I have any regrets? Nope this truck gets the job done keeping in mind I am not killing it either. Our Crusader 296 BHS is 1300 hitch and 8990. We have towed it to (FL pancake land nice and flat)GA, TN, NC, SC, in the mountains and it works. If we had more weight and a larger 5er perhaps it would feel more sluggish. For now we are happy the Silverado 2500HD 6.0 gas will work for many years of RVing.

Side note never owned a Chevrolet before we are very impressed so far I put 11,500 miles on the truck in five months.
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:53 PM   #56
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We tow our 2014 Crusader 325RES with a 2012 Chev 2500HD gasser as well.

However, we are seasonal so only tow twice a year right now about 100 miles each way from flat land by Lake Erie to the heart of Mohican country with no issues.

That being said, we ( as in "me") are shopping for a new setup which will require a bigger, diesel pickup this time as "we" are looking at a new Silverback to do some traveling in the winter months. We have had diesels before and they are the way to go for hauling unless you want to drive a Kenworth 😊.


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