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Old 07-03-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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What tow vehicle do I need > Sanibel 3250

Can someone help me here please. I'm looking at a Sanibel 3250 model. I also need to purchase a truck. So will a Ford F250 diesel 4x4 short box 3:55 axle suffice for the weight etc . I see the 3250 is liisted at 12,500 lb dry weight plus carrying cap at 2,900 lb plus the hitch at 2,450. Is the F 250 enough. Do I need a F 350 ? Having a hard time figuring this out. Getting different answers from different sources. I know the total of everything combined is 23,500 GCWR. Thanks...Ron

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Old 07-03-2014, 03:56 PM   #2
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That pin weight loaded will be more like 2800 - 2900# and very close (if not over) the RAWR of the F250. If you're shopping, go for a F350 will have around 1000# more payload and axle capacity if you find one with a GVWR of 11500#.



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Old 07-03-2014, 05:20 PM   #3
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Consider a diesel dually F350.
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Old 07-04-2014, 12:39 AM   #4
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I have that very same fiver and I pull it with a dually f-350. You need a dually with the pin weight of this unit.
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Old 07-04-2014, 08:12 AM   #5
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Completed a 6 month journey across the US with our Sanibel 3500 pulling it with a Ram Truck 3500 dually. No problems at all. Hit some steep inclines, declines, and high winds in Arizona and was so glad to have that power and dually for the stability. Better to have and not need to not have and need.
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Old 07-05-2014, 06:39 AM   #6
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While a dually would certainly tow better you will be fine with a 350 single rear wheel! Some people just don't want the big hips. It's your choice

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Old 07-05-2014, 08:28 AM   #7
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Big hips equals stability. Just our preference. Too bad you can't tow with a single, then the dually in some good wind. Would help establish what you're comfortable with. I also like the fact if I blow a rear tire, there's the just in case tire. Blow a rear on a single 350 with a high pin weight, and things can happen. Everybody has their own comfort level, this is just ours after several rigs and a ton of miles.

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Have the Dealer weigh the coach before you buy anything. Get real numbers, then make a decision

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I'm for bigger is better. Rather have more than just enough. I you buy a single and find you need a double axle, well...your stuck. Have a guy pulling a 5er here this weekend that has a four door Frieghtliner FR 70 pulling a rather large 5er. Oh he went real big. Way more than needed but the cool factor is a 10. 
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FYI, we went through the same thought process almost exactly one year ago. I already had an F250 so, like you, I talked with a lot of folks seeking advice as well as trying to run my own numbers. I finally came to the conclusion that the Sanibel would be pushing the limits of the published numbers for the F250. We ended up going with the Crusader and have now put over 9k miles on it and it's been all good. We've been up and down the Rockies with absolutely no problems. We did have to give up the king size bed and a few feet in the living room but we've decided it was the right decision for us.

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