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Old 10-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #41
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Why not a one ton F350/3500 SWD?
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:06 PM   #42
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to the Forum Tigerbug.

I have a 2010 F250 with the 3.55 axle and the 6.4 diesel. You will have no problems with mountain grades and yes, I speak from experience. I'm sure the the GM with the 3.73 will handle it as well. The key here is DIESEL.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:51 PM   #43
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Wow, just joined, just posted and two fast replies, thank you both. Ford Idaho-F350?? guess I would have to pull down the specs again to see how much more I get than the F250 in terms of towing weight etc. I'll take a look but didn't want to go there if I did not have to do so.
Oakman-I have been reviewing the forum for several weeks and joined today so I could post in the hopes you might see it. I live in the Cincinnati area and was at Jeff Couch's RV nation today and sat in a Silverback 29RE for about an hour. Really like this unit and will now have to get my wife out to take a look as well.
Curious what mountain driving have you done with your TV/5th wheel? Did you stay with the supplied pin box or trade to an Air Trail? or MorRyde, what hitch do you have and is it a slider?
I really like to hear from actual users rather than just rely on sales people or my internet searches.
Would love to hear back. Tigerbug
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:53 PM   #44
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Why not a one ton F350/3500 SWD?
Surprised you didn't suggest a FL-60 again.

I'm detecting some serious "Creek Envy"...

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Old 10-19-2013, 07:08 PM   #45
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Surprised you didn't suggest a FL-60 again.

I'm detecting some serious "Creek Envy"...

LOL

Not one little bit, I have seen more over loaded rigs broken, wrecked or on their way to one.

The diff is this OP has a limited budget, the other thread ask what would "I" do, I posted just that.



Besides that a FL-60 just might cost less than a PU.
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Now on to real information. The 3/4 ton long bed will handle the 29RE just fine. It simply will not have the extended cargo carrying capacity of a one ton nor will it have the stability of a dually. If you are going with a 2011-2013, the Ford 6.7 will ride quieter and give you better fuel economy. Older than 2011 I would go with GM. Dodge is a player only with the Asin trans. which, as far as I know, is only available on the 1 ton. I towed all over the country with a 2010 F250 CC Shorty 6.4L at much higher loads than you will attain. It delivered dismal fuel economy but I had the stock 3.31 rear end. As for load vs economy, 3.73 will yield excellent results with the diesel. So as Oakman said, the Diesel is the important piece.
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:50 PM   #47
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Wow, just joined, just posted and two fast replies, thank you both. Ford Idaho-F350?? guess I would have to pull down the specs again to see how much more I get than the F250 in terms of towing weight etc. I'll take a look but didn't want to go there if I did not have to do so.
Oakman-I have been reviewing the forum for several weeks and joined today so I could post in the hopes you might see it. I live in the Cincinnati area and was at Jeff Couch's RV nation today and sat in a Silverback 29RE for about an hour. Really like this unit and will now have to get my wife out to take a look as well.
Curious what mountain driving have you done with your TV/5th wheel? Did you stay with the supplied pin box or trade to an Air Trail? or MorRyde, what hitch do you have and is it a slider?
I really like to hear from actual users rather than just rely on sales people or my internet searches.
Would love to hear back. Tigerbug
Weíve been through the Appalachian Mountains on our way to D.C. earlier this year. There were a number of long mountain grades on I-68. Going uphill the tranny would downshift one gear and up weíd go, no problem maintaining 60MPH. On the downhill leg the tow/haul feature worked well and again no problems controlling our descent.

Out west we went across the Continental Divide and Togwotee Pass elevation 9600+ feet without any issues. Believe me, a Ford or Chevy diesel will have no problem hauling a Silverback 29RE. BTW, I have the 29RL which was heavier than the RE of the same year.

Oh yes, Iíve also been across MO Hwy 65 from Springfield MO to Branson. Anyone who has traveled that road can tell you how steep some of those hills are. Again, no problem going up or down. The real key is DIESEL ENGINE.

I have the standard pinbox on the Silverback and my slider hitch is a Reese 16K kwik-slide. I have the slider hitch because my previous trailer was an older Wildcat 28RK and I used that slider almost everytime I backed into a spot. With the Silverback I havenít used the slider once. Keep in mind that the newer 2014 Silverback had a redesign of the front cap so I canít tell you whether or not you should get a slider hitch.

A word of advice, regardless of what truck you buy, use the tow/haul feature when towing.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:32 PM   #48
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If you are buying a new truck, go for a 350/3500 SRW. Same size truck, same power train, bigger payload, not much more money. They will tow the same but you will run into pin weight problems sooner with a 250/2500.

Frankly, I don't see the point in buying a 250/2500 if you are buying it to tow a fifth wheel and there is a 350/3500 SRW option available.
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Thanks to everyone for the very helpful and detailed responses. I feel alot better about a 250/2500 capability as relates to this trailer. Anyway this has helped me focus our time and research moving forward. I will look into the 350 further, SRW, for a final comparison.

One more question, any thoughts on what can and cannot be negotiated to be included in the sale of a trailer in this price range. Jeff Couch site say free 12volt battery, free propane, free dealer prep,free North American Service Network. Seems to me the battery and free propane are pretty cheap "throw ins" but the other two should be free regardless. Am I missing anything.

Thanks, Tigerbug
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Thanks to everyone for the very helpful and detailed responses. I feel alot better about a 250/2500 capability as relates to this trailer. Anyway this has helped me focus our time and research moving forward. I will look into the 350 further, SRW, for a final comparison.

One more question, any thoughts on what can and cannot be negotiated to be included in the sale of a trailer in this price range. Jeff Couch site say free 12volt battery, free propane, free dealer prep,free North American Service Network. Seems to me the battery and free propane are pretty cheap "throw ins" but the other two should be free regardless. Am I missing anything.

Thanks, Tigerbug
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