Tow vehicle for 2004 283 RKS
I really want to buy the above 5er (max weight rating 9700 lbs.) Would travel extensively from southern Ontario - to southern US and west Canada/US. Was planning on buying a gas 2011-2012 HD 2500 or F250 4x4to pull it. Now I'm having reservations - seems like I'm at the limits or slightly over (payload) for a HD 2500 SRW - unless I get the 4.10 rear end ( which seem to be hard to find). F250 seems to have higher ratings but power wise is almost identical to the HD in terms of HP and torque. From what I have read this set-up would probably be marginal in term of mountains/grades. Alternative is to go to a diesel - no question about pulling power, - payload only issue - but then cost comes into it and I need the truck for local driving as well, which creates other problems.
Guy who has the trailer, has a mint 60k mile 2008 2500 HD 2wd set up for towing it, that he wants to sell too . Tempted to get that - price is right but it's 2wd and I'm not sure that it would have the torque either - he towed it to Florida every year since new and says it tows it with no problems.
Anybody with experience towing this trailer or similar size have any comments/advice.