Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-22-2011, 10:36 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4
Question Which truck do I need for towing?

I am new to the 5th wheel world so this has been a learning experience for me. I was wondering in your opinion which truck would be best for towing the cedar creek 36rd5s???? The unloaded vehicle weight is 12,400 and the gvwr is 15,500. The trailer is 39ft. I currently have a 1500HD which has a tow rating of 10,300 and it has 3,000 pound suspension springs 6.0 engine and 4.10 gear ratio. I was looking for a ford 350 or a chevy 3500 and I noticed that the f350 only have a tow rating of 9,000 pounds. I need some ideas on which trucks to look for that have a high tow rating. Thanks for all your help

bev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2011, 11:22 PM   #2
rthrbelsewhere's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Colorado
Posts: 454
I'm a personal fan of the Dodge Cummins 2500 or 3500 and I believe you can get either of them in a dually format if needed. My personal recommendation for anyone considering this model would be to look into the '04.5-'07, not including the '07.5's. The 325hp/610tq 5.9L engine was introduced in those years, lower hp/tq in the older models (same engine and Liter) and more hp/tq in the newer 6.7L, however the newer ones (2007.5 and above) introduced the new EGR exhaust setup and I read that many are having problems with fuel mileage and turbo chargers. Although a 6-speed automatic would have it's benefits. Here's a couple of links for references if you're curious:

Dodge Ram - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dodge Cummins Diesel Forum

Good luck on your search.


Where we've been:

2000 Rockwood Roo M-18 Hybrid
2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Auto 5.9 Diesel
Gone but not forgotten -1986 Rockwood 1003 PUP
rthrbelsewhere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2011, 11:23 PM   #3
Site Team
acadianbob's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Posts: 2,824
That can't be the correct figure for the F350. The F150 is rated higher than that.
2012 F150 FX4 Ecoboost, 2016 Surveyor 274BHS
2003 Yamaha FJR1300, Demco Premiere Slider
1969 John Deere 1020, 1940 Ford 9N, 1948 Ford 8N
Jonsered 535, Can of WD-40, Duct Tape
Red Green coffee mugs
acadianbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 06:52 AM   #4
Senior Member
jimh's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Lake Charles, La.
Posts: 1,531
the numbers seem low to me also for the 350. i have a 2002 and if i remember correctly, my tow weight (capacity) is 12000 or a little more. the truck will run abt 6500 lbs and that was subtracted from the CGVW rating to get the 12000. in 2002, the chevorlet duely had a CGVW rating which was higher than the ford by something like 2000 lbs.
jimh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 06:58 AM   #5
Senior Member
grhodes50's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern Oklahoma, USA
Posts: 2,598
I have a Ford '09 towing guide and the F-350 is rated at 9,000 if it is a crew cab, SRW, 4x2, 5.4 V-8. I would think with a 5'er that size you would need the diesel which with the same options is rated at 14,900. Go with DRW, 4x2 and the tow rating is 15,100.
The newer ones may be rated higher.
With the weights you posted you may want to look at an F-450. Ratings for a crew cab, DRW, 4x2, diesel is 17,000.
Again this is an '09 towing guide and the newer ones may be rated higher.
Hope this helps.

Gary & Trish
"PT Crew Member Since 11/2010"
2017 Prime Time Crusader 315RST TE 6.0 : 2007 Flagstaff 206ST MAC Series
2012 F-250 Lariat : FX4 : CC : SB : 6.7L Diesel : 3/55 Gears

2016 Nights Camped - 9
grhodes50 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 07:10 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
MtnGuy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Virginia Blue Ridge Foothills
Posts: 9,272
You can get up to 24,000 lb for 5th wheel towing with the 2011 F450;

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2006 Ford F150 Super Cab 4x4
2008 Surveyor 263
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 08:04 AM   #7
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Prescott, AZ
Posts: 98
I suggest you go with a 1 ton dually Diesel for that size trailer. If new a Ford 2011 F-350 4X2 Crew Cab 5er towing rate is 15,700 w/3.73 Axle. Payload is 4,901lbs and GVWR is 12,600. If a Chevy or GMC is similar for 2011 models. If new or looking at older models the Internet has towing info for any make/model. DO NOT USE DRY PIN WEIGHT, and DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING ANY SALESMAN TELLS YOU! Do your own reaserch to mate the TV with the trailer. By the way as you see by my sig, I have a 2007 6.7L Dodge and she is great. Yes early on there were problems with turbos and the new emmisions stuff, but this Dodge engine has been in service now for 4.5 years and still going strong. As with any used vehicle, just make sure you know the history and don't buy a lemon. Good Luck.
2016 Rockwood 2304KS Mini Lite
2015 Dodge Durango R/T AWD
Equalizer Anti Sway Hitch
bailer6334 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 08:08 AM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,357
You NEED a diesel and DWR to pull that load. If you are buying new I would pick the the 2011 Ford or the 2011 GM Duramax and if you are buying used I would pick the Duramax.

As others have said the F450 would be even a better option.

2011 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
2010 F250 4X4 5.4L 3.73 LS
EQUALIZER E4 1200/12000
lbrjet is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 10:00 AM   #9
Now a "Top Member"
EdJunior's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Roman Forest, TX
Posts: 1,224
I agree with above. I would not tow that big thing with anything less than a F-350/3500. But I would personally go with a F-450. That's what it was made for. Do yourself a favor and do it right the first time. Don't skimp on the motor...get the diesel. You will not regret it.
Ed and Sharon
2010 Wildcat 28RKBS
2011 Ford F-250 XLT, 6.7L PSD
Ride-Rite Airbags and Airlift wireless remote compressor...nice!

I thought I was wrong once, but I was wrong!
EdJunior is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2011, 10:26 AM   #10
Senior Member
great white's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 520

That's 1 ton + territory.

Don't bother looking at anything less if you plan to tow it anywhere on the highway.


2011 Flagstaff Classic Superlight 831RLBSS "Atrium slide"
Husky Centerline Hitch
1998 GMC Sierra SLE K2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel
great white is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:59 PM.