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Old 08-24-2014, 12:37 PM   #31
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Our mechanic that I have been with for over 20 years was very adamant about towing necessities. The main one was a 3500 or 350 diesel dually. The cost is more, but the safety is what is necessary. Of course, I've seen several people towing big 5vers with
2500's or 250's, but that's gambling. I have been on several camping forums and several towing forums. This decision is based on pure safety. If it is the cost, then I would go lighter on the 5ver and be safe. Ask your mechanic. They don't sell vehicles, they repair them. They also understand the towing capacities. Car salesman, and RV salesman are trying to convince you that your 250 or 2500 is enough. Don't tow on the edge. Have extra leeway. Good luck and Be Safe.
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:25 PM   #32
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Our mechanic that I have been with for over 20 years was very adamant about towing necessities. The main one was a 3500 or 350 diesel dually. The cost is more, but the safety is what is necessary. Of course, I've seen several people towing big 5vers with
2500's or 250's, but that's gambling. I have been on several camping forums and several towing forums. This decision is based on pure safety. If it is the cost, then I would go lighter on the 5ver and be safe. Ask your mechanic. They don't sell vehicles, they repair them. They also understand the towing capacities. Car salesman, and RV salesman are trying to convince you that your 250 or 2500 is enough. Don't tow on the edge. Have extra leeway. Good luck and Be Safe.
Don't think towing capacity is the issue with these trucks. It's the weight on the truck itself. If you check the Trailer Life towing guide for 2014, the difference in towing capacity between a similarly equipped F250 & F350 is a mere 500 lbs. What I'm concerned with is the pin weight on the rear axle, along with all your other riders and cargo in the truck, and the lack of "rubber on the road" of a SRW truck. Hindsight being what it is, I would have been better off purchasing an DRW F350/3500 truck. I'm still in the learning process though.
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:41 PM   #33
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We have a 01 gmc 2500 diesel and when we hitched up for the first time we found we were about 8 or 9inches off the ground we are planning on getting a new truck in a few years (we don't travel it stays in a campground at least till son is out of high school) but we will have to put airbags on our truck just to move it within the campground. There is 2500 lbs on the tongue so it is on the top end of the scale I would definitely go to a 3500 or 1 ton
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:17 PM   #34
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We are towing a 38CK with a Chevy 2500. It's rated at 17000 lbs for 5th wheel towing. It's much easier to sightsee with and park after we get where we are going. The secret is that the newer trucks tow gobs more weight than the earlier models. Ours drops maybe an inch and rides very level with the Cedar Creek. We simply bring the rear truck tires to maximum load pressure when towing. The tow ratings seem to be based on springs, transmission, horsepower/torque and brakes.
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Old 08-24-2014, 08:58 PM   #35
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I tow with a Dodge 2500 with an added leaf spring ( $500) makes the Dodge 2500 the same as 3500 SWR. With the spring, unit is 100% level and drops 1 inch when hitched. The built in exhaust brake ensures that on a 5% downgrade, I often need to ACCELERATE. Hardly ever need the brakes! The front patch tire contact is EXCELLENT. I run Michelin tires on the truck. Towed my 2015 6,000 miles so far and never even the slightest wave from wind, rain, hail.
The newer trucks ( mine is 2008) have even more improved stock suspension from the factory. Our RV does NOT HAVE a washer/dryer in master bedroom AND more important, I have the factory installed optional TrailAir hitch with air adjustable suspension. No chucking or jerking of any kind. Nothing in the RV shifts, nothing.
Every person has to do what they feel is right to make their experience safe. Do the research on YOUR VEHICLE OR CHOICE OF UPGRADE and go with your choice.
Our last fifth wheel was a 2011 Keystone, 36 ft triple slide. Towed it with this same truck 7,000 miles from east coast to Arizona and all parts in between like mountains in northern AZ, Grand Canyon, Route 66, thru ice in Amarillo, TX, dust storms with 50mph crosswinds. Never a problem. Had several hazardous prevention braking maneuvers. Not one minute of blood pressure rise or white knuckle concern.
Make DAMN SURE you buy a tire pressure monitoring system. I had a blowout on FL turnpike south of Disney at 65mph AND NEVER FELT IT! A bus pulled along side and alerted me. Cost: $3200 damage.
Have fun. Be safe!!
We only changed to Forest River because the floor plan excited us! At our age it's important to get what we want, now!! Over 70 and enjoying every moment of living!! 😜
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:34 PM   #36
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We recently purchased a 2014 36CKTS and LOVE it. The floor plan and quality after looking and reading up on 5th wheelers for a year. We tow it with a new 2015 Chevy HD2500 with Duramax and Allison transmission. It pulls it even through mountains effortlessly. We are extremely happy with both! Hope this helps.


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