Originally Posted by jrouch
GVWR is 9,950lbs & a dry hitch weight of 1,545lbs
Originally Posted by troutslayer
Your question is difficult to answer. If you plan to travel on flat terrain and full time and stay in one location for months at a time, you could probably get by with a 1/2 ton. However, if you plan on traveling in mountainous terrain, a 3/4 ton will serve you better and not wear out the power plant as quickly. Now, what if your 1 to 2 years of full timing turns into 10 or 12 years? In that case a 3/4 or 1 ton diesel would be best cuz you will probably go to a bigger rv at some point. How's that for confusion?
With a DRY pin weight of 1545lbs, plus the 5ver hitch, plus the additional pin weight once the 5ver is loaded, the ONLY 150/1500 that may possibly be just adequate is the F150 with the max tow AND HD PAYLOAD package. Even the GM Twins with the Max Tow have maybe 1900lbs payload. He would be just about maxed, if not over even before all of the family is in the cab and any additional items are in the bed.
This 5ver is minimum 2500 territory depending on what the available payload is for that particular truck.
Originally Posted by jrouch
Wow, thanks for all the advice!
For some more information on our plans...(keep in mind it's still a plan & can be adjusted as needed)
5th wheel - with front bunks maybe 1-2 years old
Truck - leaning towards 3/4 ton 6.7 diesel Ford probably unless I find an overwhelming response to get a Chevy or Dodge.
Camping - we're looking at the Thousand Trails membership thing where we stay in the parks for maximum 3 weeks at a time and then move on to our next Thousand Trails park. (So we'll basically be moving every 3 weeks)
During the trip of 12-24 months we want to visit as many National Parks as possible and check out the US. The wife & I have been all over the world but never looked around the US that much! So since we homeschool our 6 year old daughter. We think it's a good time to check out our options.
Thanks again to everyone.
With the traveling you plan on doing, I completely understand and agree the diesel is probably the best way to go. Gas motor would work, but the diesel will laugh at only towing almost 10k lbs!!!
As mentioned, the issue with even a 2500/250 diesel can be the payload when towing a 5ver. Depending on which 5ver hitch you go with, you are probably looking at around 2k lbs pin weight (give or take) with the hitch (chances are a little more). Look in the drivers door jamb of each truck you look at for a yellow sticker, will state "All passengers and cargo not to exceed XXXXlbs". Chances are most of the 250/2500 diesels will be at most 2500lbs. For comparison, our '13 CHEVY (subliminal!!!) 2500HD has about 2750lbs of payload with the 6.0 gas motor (9500lb gvwr for gas motored GM 2500HD trucks). A friend had an '11 or '12 with the diesel and only had about 2200lbs payload with about the same options, and the GM diesels have a 10k lb gvwr.
Considering you are planning on full timing, look for the 350/3500 (GM) SRW diesel for the extra payload as mentioned.
Good luck finding the right truck (GM) and 5ver!!!
ps: Hopefully the subliminal msg's have helped!!! Lol
pps: Honestly, any of the Big 3 diesel trucks will more than do the job. Go test drive all 3 and see which one is the right fit for you and your family!!!