Originally Posted by kerandire
Another question please I see you have a 2500 and the other guy a 1500 I brought this 5th wheel with a f150 but thought it was under powered, it's a rockwood ultra lite 8280 ws I could then only get a Dually, will a 1500 tow this or do I need at least a 2500? I live in the UK so hard to get answers from experienced owners.
I agree with the other poster that an f150 or a 1500 (both "half ton" trucks) are likely to light weight. Perhaps not in the power department but in the payload capacity. (Towing capacity for how much weight to pull along will be fine, but it's the weight on the axles that's the problem)
I briefly (1 week) had an f150 before getting our fifth wheel, and then realized that we would be over the capacity of the truck.
You need to account for the passengers, the pin weight (for fifth wheel) or hitch weight (for TT) and any extra stuff you'll carry with you.
You also can't go on brochure payload capacities, but need the number inside the drivers door frame (at least that's where they are here in US ... I'm a Brit living in US tho), since I found that brochure listed payload capacities are unrealistic for any truck you can actually buy, or would want (they list for the most basic configuration)
If your camper is the fifth wheel version of that camper then I'll imagine you'll get some looks driving along motorways, not many of them in UK. I'm also interested whether you can get right-hand drive bigger trucks (again a rarity in uk)