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Old 06-19-2024, 03:57 PM   #1
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2024 pinnacle 38fbrk need one ton to pull?

Hello! We have a new pinnacle 38fbrk we have sitting at a seasonal site for now, but we would like to travel with it in a year or two. Keep getting mixed responses when we look into getting a one ton. Some people are telling us a 3/4 ton will work, but i am not sure…. like the price of the smaller truck but i am leaning towards a one ton diesel, no duallys ( need to drive it to work everyday still). Anyone that has a similar model have experience pulling, appreciate any input!
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With the pin weight of that trailer you need a 1 ton, and really a dually is preferred. You will be pushing the payload capacity on a SRW 1 ton with that size trailer.

Cost wise, it's incremental to go from a 3/4 to a 1 ton and from a SRW to a DRW. You are probably talking about 5k from a 3/4 to a 1 ton dually.
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Old 06-19-2024, 07:40 PM   #3
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You’ll be over weight on a 3/4 ton unless it is a regular cab long bed, and probably a short bed SRW 1 ton. Long bed SRW should be OK, or a dually. A lot depends on the options you have on the truck.
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1 ton at min.... Dually better.
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I pull a 36FBTS with a one ton SRW long bed. You weigh just a little more than I do. 3/4 ton does not have the payload. Like you, it is my daily driver,and did not want a dually. We looked at one at the Tampa show, and compared number with ours. Your pin weight is actually better than ours due to the rear kitchen. The long bed also gives better payload and allowed us to have the 50 gallon fuel tank.
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Jetlag, is your long bed 12400 GVWR? I know the shorty’s are 11500. That extra 900 lbs is significant.
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I pulled a shorter lighter wide body FW with a 3/4 ton and it worked ok. Until the winds picked up. Moved to a DRW and life was way better. I wouldn’t pull a larger full profile trailer with a 3/4 ton if you have the means to do otherwise. I’d guess. Guess being the key word, that a 1 ton SRW would work as far as the math is concerned. A DRW would be best for comfort from a stability perspective.

Somewhat dependent on where you live/camp. For me being in Texas and preferring to go west, wind was a large factor in my decision making.
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Jetlag, is your long bed 12400 GVWR? I know the shorty’s are 11500. That extra 900 lbs is significant.
Yes it is, one of the reasons I opted for the long bed. Just as important to me, the long bed allowed me to have the 50 gallon fuel tank and don't have to sweat what type/brand of hitch as you will be nowhere near the rear cab when towing. It has been almost three years since we bought the truck/camper. When pulling here in the I-95 corridor, mostly flat, I can usually see 10.3-10.5 MPG.
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I would want a dual with that fifth wheel. A 3/4 is inadequate for the task and probably a one ton single in a short bed. A long bed single, configured correctly, might work but I would want to know the gross weight, axle weight and hitch weight of the trailer loaded for a trip before making any decision.

The truck in our signature has 12,400 GVWR with 4144 pounds of capacity per the yellow sticker. Our 32RLTS has 3120 pounds of hitch weight and grosses at 14,700 loaded for a trip. We haven't towed yet with the new truck but our previous 2020 F350 in the same configuration towed it very well. This one should be no different. We'll know next week.
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Hello! We have a new pinnacle 38fbrk we have sitting at a seasonal site for now, but we would like to travel with it in a year or two. Keep getting mixed responses when we look into getting a one ton. Some people are telling us a 3/4 ton will work, but i am not sure…. like the price of the smaller truck but i am leaning towards a one ton diesel, no duallys ( need to drive it to work everyday still). Anyone that has a similar model have experience pulling, appreciate any input!
Your looking at a minimum 4000# payload just from the rv loaded, then add 200# hitch, minimum 2 passengers, now your up to 4500#. I haven't seen any 1 ton SRW with that much payload. Dually would be a minimum in my books
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Given a 20% hitch weight, it should be closer to 3500 lbs. Add in the rest of the stuff and you’re at 4000-4200 which is not out of SRW range if configured correctly. My SB has 3500 lbs of free cargo but it has a lot of weight hogs as options (panoramic roof for one). Truck needs to be an LB, a very stripped SB, or a DRW.
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Dually all the way. Could vs. should, why find out after the fact? Peace of mind and ample capacity are huge. You will be on or over the margins with a SRW.
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Given a 20% hitch weight, it should be closer to 3500 lbs. Add in the rest of the stuff and you’re at 4000-4200 which is not out of SRW range if configured correctly. My SB has 3500 lbs of free cargo but it has a lot of weight hogs as options (panoramic roof for one). Truck needs to be an LB, a very stripped SB, or a DRW.
I always use 20%of the GVWR of the rv to calculate the loaded pin weight
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Dually all the way. Could vs. should, why find out after the fact? Peace of mind and ample capacity are huge. You will be on or over the margins with a SRW.
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I always use 20%of the GVWR of the rv to calculate the loaded pin weight
20% of 18000 is 3600, not “at a minimum of 4000# payload”. We all have our opinions about truck sizes required and I believe in many cases they are personal preferences; no problem with that, but that trailer should not generate over 4000# pin weight unless he has a significant overweight issue.
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1 ton DRW long bed diesel.
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1 ton DRW long bed diesel.
Just to clarify for the OP, a diesel is not required for this (but may be preferred by some). That trailer will easily be pulled by the F350 7.3 gasser. I would probably recommend the 4.30 rear end but a diesel is not required. Properly equipped, the 7.3 can pull over 21k without the payload hit from the diesel engine, not to mention the far cheaper maintenance and repairs.
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We bought the 38FBRK earlier this month and went with a 2016 RAM 3500 DRW HO diesel. Drives and tows great!
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An excellent choice no matter what the diesel naysayers state. From reading various posts, diesels with DRW and long bed are a great combo.
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Just to clarify for the OP, a diesel is not required for this (but may be preferred by some). That trailer will easily be pulled by the F350 7.3 gasser. I would probably recommend the 4.30 rear end but a diesel is not required. Properly equipped, the 7.3 can pull over 21k without the payload hit from the diesel engine, not to mention the far cheaper maintenance and repairs.
Then you can fight finding gas stations you can easily get in and out of while towing. I prefer using the truck lanes. Been there done that with a gas engine.

Just got back from Colorado, including the million dollar highway and back east up I70. I wouldn't do that with a gas engine and no exhaust brake. That is just my opinion.
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