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Old 01-17-2013, 07:50 PM   #11
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IMO, even with a 2500 you need to make sure that the cargo capacity is well above any pin weight that you may be considering.
Many trucks do not include the driver when stating payload rating.
Add you, passengers, dogs or ?, tools, firewood, the hitch, etc. together and then add the pin weight of a potential fiver.
You could hit 2500 or 3000 lbs pretty quickly.
My Dad is driving his third 1 ton dually towing his second fiver. Neither fiver weigh(s)(ed) more than 10,000 lbs.
Overkill? Maybe. He has never had to think about getting airbags, an engine programmer, exhaust mods, etc.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:00 PM   #12
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In my case going from a 1/2 ton gas powered Ram quad cab to a 3/4 ton gas powered quad cab Ram doubled my payload.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:06 AM   #13
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after doing some more reading and getting the 5'er we want instead of settling for a smaller one. I decided to buy a used 350 just for towing the 5'er
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:21 AM   #14
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Great choice!

The expense of upgrading the TV may have been more than you were originally budgeting. However you will get more enjoyment and know you are safe.

We did the same thing and ended up with the exact 5er we wanted. In the long run I figure we will break even on the added cost. We won't be wanting to upgrade the trailer in 1 or 2 years because we didn't settle for less than what we ultimately wanted.

Happy camping and good luck with the new 5er!
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:37 AM   #15
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@DnD, expense wasn't really an issue due to I had a new truck budgeted, it came down to I couldn't find a Chevy near me with the specs I was looking for to tow the new one and I really don't want to drive a 350 as a Daily Driver. So I found a used one already hooked up to tow a 5'er so I'll just use that to tow and keep my 1500 as my DD.

Plus I figured get the 5'er we want now due to we plan on keeping this one for some time and maybe in a few years I'll get a new truck to tow it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:17 PM   #16
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Very nice! Even better when you get what you want and in budget! Sounds like you have a real good plan.

We ended up doubling or original upfront budget but will even out on the long term budget.

Looks like we both are getting what we want when we want it. It doesn't get any better than that!
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:51 PM   #17
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bagged, we did exactly the same thing.
We bought a used F250 diesel for 1/4 the price of a new one, and use it just for towing. And I have a Dodge 1500 that rides like a car and gets great fuel mileage for my everyday driver. And both trucks together cost less than a new diesel, and we have the best of both worlds.
May I ask what fifth wheel you are looking at?
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:24 PM   #18
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what helps me is that our '11 camper is paid for so what we get for the trade will literally drop the price of the new 5er so we'll have no load carry over to the new one.

@bakken: we are looking at the Open Range 399bhs
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This is what I want to learn about. Why a person changes to such a big trailer.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:16 PM   #20
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I'm upgrading for more room, a few slideouts, etc. I have 3 kids and we camp alot and just want something bigger.
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