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Old 10-19-2013, 10:46 PM   #51
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One way or the other that's for sure
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:47 PM   #52
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I have a gmc 2500 diesel. I have been in the mountains and have towed over 12000 miles with the truck and we love the truck, love our silverback, and don't even know it back there.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:20 AM   #53
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Looked at Ford trucks yesterday the salesman was very well informed and was a straight shooter. No high pressure and did not even ask our name and contact info which is odd since so many hardly want to have a conversation with you unless you give them that info up front. I still have a guy I talked to months ago that cannot take no for an answer and keeps calling.
If I made a purchase today it would probably be the F350 diesel, 3.73 rear end, SRW. I think this is surely enough truck for the Silverback. Not sure if we would go 4x4 or not. It would be nice when you truly need it but how often you would use is the question. It think it becomes a cost vs. benefit discussion at that point in up front $, added weight, and fuel mileage.
Now we are questioning whether we would ever want to go to a bigger trailer 5+ years down the road, not yet retired. If we think that is "likely" then we might consider going DRW and be done with it since a well cared for diesel has a nice long lifespan.
Regardless we are getting closer to getting this all figured out. Goal would be to have both by early spring to start the season.
Already getting antsy wanting to be outdoors in our own rig and no more hotels when seeing the great outdoors.
Stay tuned.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:53 AM   #54
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If you are thinking about a bigger 5w than the Silverback 29re check out the Silverback 33rl it is not that much difference in price.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:23 AM   #55
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Yes 33rl is very nice but more than we need at least today, especially since this will be our first 5th wheel.

The choice of whether to go DRW vs SRW is what we might do out into the future a bit.

My guess is we will most likely pull the trigger on a SRW and will now need to decide whether 2 or 4 wheel is needed.

Thanks for the input. I bet you are enjoying your coach alot as it is very nice. I thought the quality of the unit was very good. Last night I compared to a sanibel on paper from the brochures and they share many of the same things, although the sanibel is definately built with more insulation for colder weather.

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Old 10-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #56
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considering a 33RL

how does the 2500/F250 do pulling the Silverback 33RL?
and do you have any problems with the cathedral ceiling leaks I've seen reported by others?
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #57
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The truck pulls it great. I am thinking of putting on some air bags. When I am hooked up the truck and trailer are pretty level so I would only need them for a little support.
I already had my truck and wanted a 5w that I could handle without having to buy a new truck.
No leaks so far and no problem with the cathedral ceilings.
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:57 PM   #58
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how does the 2500/F250 do pulling the Silverback 33RL?
and do you have any problems with the cathedral ceiling leaks I've seen reported by others?
Gary
I have an F250 and have no problems, the CC on my 33RL are very good, people are complaining about not having toppers, but I was told that's why the "cathedral ceiling" they are self cleaning.
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I've been looking to upgrade our 5th and the 33rl is a strong contender as well as the Columbus 32rl and Durango 355rl. Our TV is my main concern. I know I will be over the GVWR and Payload but GAWR will probably be just within limits and the Diesel will pull it with ease. I know others tow with a 250/2500 with no problems and most will be over at least one of their weight ratings but in the RV world that just seems to be a fact of life. Will probably talk to our Ins Co to see how that might affect my coverage in case of an Oops.
If I had to do it over again I would definitely go with a 1T and probably a Ford as the tow ratings seem to be more generous that the Dodge. The cost of upgrading to a 1T plus a new 5th is a bit prohibitive so I may just bag, delete and tune my current 2500. If I'm going to be illegal on my wts might says well go all the way, ha, ha.
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Two things, the first is I wouldn't tell my insurance company that I will be overweight. Insurance companies are always looking for excuses for not paying out and you plan to give them a big one.

Second, who says it's illegal to exceed the recommended payload capacity of your truck? You're not a commercial carrier are you?

If it were illegal there would be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Snowbirds getting pulled over by the police as they leave Florida, Arizona, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, etc. as they head back north on our Interstate highways.
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