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Old 02-04-2013, 09:53 PM   #31
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I would like to know what other 385BH owners tow it with?
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:25 AM   #32
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My husband tows ours with his Dodge 3500. Sorry not a truck person, so can't tell you more than that!

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Old 02-06-2013, 09:57 AM   #33
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Thanks very much Janet. I know you said that you are not a truck person but is it a dually or single tire in the back.
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Sam aka Gypsy Family is towing his with a 2004 F350 6.0 Diesel. Don't know if he has duall or single rear wheel. I have a Dually and it tows a 320RS no problem. Your 385BH may be pushing a 3/4 ton truck capability by the way via CGVW rating.
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Sam aka Gypsy Family is towing his with a 2004 F350 6.0 Diesel. Don't know if he has duall or single rear wheel. I have a Dually and it tows a 320RS no problem. Your 385BH may be pushing a 3/4 ton truck capability by the way via CGVW rating.
Thank you very much. I am not sure either, oh well such is life. I have decided on a 2013 F350 Lariat 6.7 Diesel SRW. I will put an air lift in it if I have to and having Ford install the 5th wheel set up. We have a site from April to October paid for but we will pull it out 2 or 3 times for a couple of weeks. We are not going to travel long distance for now as the kids seem to max out at a couple of hours of traveling. So after considering that I have decided on the SRW. Once again thanks very much.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:28 PM   #36
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Thanks very much Janet. I know you said that you are not a truck person but is it a dually or single tire in the back.
Single tire.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:18 PM   #37
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The difference usually between a 3/4 ton and one ton truck is normally the size of the ring and pinion, axle diameter, and usually the addition of another leaf spring. Also the gear ratio is normally lower to maximize torque for towing. That results in less MPG though when not towing. The dually gives more stability and spreads the weight out over another set of tires and gives the added security in case of a blow out. Power wise, my F250 would yank your trailer from coast to coast no problem.
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The difference usually between a 3/4 ton and one ton truck is normally the size of the ring and pinion, axle diameter, and usually the addition of another leaf spring. Also the gear ratio is normally lower to maximize torque for towing. That results in less MPG though when not towing. The dually gives more stability and spreads the weight out over another set of tires and gives the added security in case of a blow out. Power wise, my F250 would yank your trailer from coast to coast no problem.
Honestly, the differences aren't even that extreme. Most 3/4 tons are 1 leaf spring away from a 1 ton. If it's a diesel, most use 3.73 gearing, regardless of 2500/3500. Axles stay the same, brakes, etc. Only difference if you go dually, and even then, not much change. Axle ratio changes if you add "max tow" packages.

You can add things to 3/4 ton trucks to make them 1 ton capable, but the law still looks at the door sticker. If your overweight, you're still overweight.
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May want to do a little more research. The OP was referring to Fords in particular and they are available in the 3/4 ton trucks now with 3.55 gearing as standard with the 3.73 as an option. While the 1 tons usually come standard with 4.10 gears with 3.73 as an option as well. I know the F450 had larger splined axles recently and believed the F350 did as well as a beefier ring and pinion. And as you stated just as I pointed out, an extra leaf spring. I agree with you, not alot of major differences.
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Thank you all for the great advice and input. I have scheduled a meeting with our Ministry of Transportation here in Ontario and they are willing to go over the specs with me in making the right choice for towing and safety. He was very impressed that someone was actually taking time to do this before buying the wrong vehicle. I did not tell him that I was one of the guys that was going to buy the wrong vehicle.
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