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BoatDude 01-28-2014 07:22 PM

Tow Truck Rating
 
We have a 2013 CC 36 CKTS. I need a tow vehicle to pull it south (1000 miles) once or twice a year. I looked at a 2013 F350 Lariat today with a 6.7 power stroke diesel, SWD and a 3.55 rear gear. It is prep with the 5th wheel package. I would think this would do the job very well. I would rather not have to get a DRW.

Any suggestions from those that have the same 5er?

AnchorsAweigh 01-28-2014 08:23 PM

What is listed on the driver's door jamb weights sticker.

ironj 01-28-2014 08:29 PM

Whats your trailer weigh? ..I mean the dry tongue on those is 2k plus right?...yes..the truck will pull it no problem...will u be UNDER specs (if u care)...maybe?

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dblr 01-29-2014 06:15 AM

We pull our 2010 36RE with a F350 DRW I feel better with the dual wheels under a unit this size, but that's just my opinion. Good luck on your choice.

Herk7769 01-29-2014 07:18 AM

Ballpark (how I do it anyway) is to take the optimum load distribution for a 5th wheel of 20% (20% pin and 80% camper wheels) and multiply it by the MAXIMUM gross camper weight.

You will need a truck that has this payload remaining after your hitch is installed and your family is aboard at a minimum.

With careful loading you can shift some (depending on 5th wheel floor plan) weight to behind the camper's wheels to lighten the pin, but never less than 15% of total camper weight and never more on the camper's rear axle than the axle ratings on the camper.

Duckogram 01-29-2014 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by BoatDude (Post 533319)
We have a 2013 CC 36 CKTS. I need a tow vehicle to pull it south (1000 miles) once or twice a year. I looked at a 2013 F350 Lariat today with a 6.7 power stroke diesel, SWD and a 3.55 rear gear. It is prep with the 5th wheel package. I would think this would do the job very well. I would rather not have to get a DRW.

Any suggestions from those that have the same 5er?

We towed our 2012 36CKTS all over the country with
an F350 but it was a DRW SuperCab and it had the 3.73:1
rear axle. Will the SRW work? Sure it will however,
your cargo carrying capacity will be lower than a Dually
so you will need to watch your load in your TV and the Creek.
Washer Dryer, Crew Cab, tool box, genset, Amelda Marcos shoe collection
and a basement brimming with toys all factor in. The biggest item that most folks overlook is the load capacity of the rear tires on the SRW TV. If the TV has 17" wheels you will be way over max because they are E rated load tires. You will need G rated to safely tow so you will need 16 or 17.5 and larger wheels to get G or higher rated rubber. Hope this helps you make a safe choice.

We also towed with an F250 SRW CC SB for one long trip. It did ok but no range, no fuel economy and little stability convinced us that we needed a long bed Dually.

fonzie 01-29-2014 09:45 AM

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Here is 2013 towing guide for Ford in case you don't have it.

acadianbob 01-29-2014 10:31 AM

The main thing to watch is your vehicle payload capacity versus the loaded pin weight of your 5er. Compare those and leave yourself some margin.

jevanb 01-29-2014 11:08 AM

if it is only going south once or twice a year, have someone else take it down for you...

AnchorsAweigh 01-29-2014 01:05 PM

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Originally Posted by AnchorsAweigh (Post 533349)
What is listed on the driver's door jamb weights sticker.

If the GVWR is 11500 and you do not load the unit or your truck with too much stuff you should be 100% legal for all weight categories.

I have a Columbus with almost identical weights and 350 CC SRW 6.5' bed. This setup will accelerate fine on entry ramps, pass vehicles when you want, tows beautifully and you can expect to get a little better than 10 mpg.

Hope this helps.


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