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Old 08-19-2018, 02:42 PM   #1
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My wife and I are looking at getting into traveling the country as we near retirement. Initially, we will be taking short trips closer to home in the Midwest for practice and then take longer trips (4 to 6 weeks) across the US.


We've been looking at TT's for a several weeks now and yesterday saw the Eagle HT 27.5RLTS which fits most of our wants.


With the 5th wheel trailer decision done, now it's time to turn my attention to the truck that will be pulling the trailer.


I'm looking at either a Ram 2500 or F250 with a diesel option. It appears as though the diesel option significantly reduces the payload capacity of the truck (2,440 pounds in the case of the 2500 and I have yet to find an answer for the F250). When combined with a hitch weight of 1,560 pounds and an estimated hitch weight of 250 pounds and passenger weight of 350 pounds, there is precious little left over for cargo.


This leaves me with two choices:
1. Upgrade to Ram 3500 or F350 - diesel
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2. Go with a gas powered rig


Was wondering if the fine folks on this forum might weigh in with some real world experiences and recommendations for either option.
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Old 08-19-2018, 02:53 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on, finding the right trailer, paying attention to tow vehicle PAYLOAD, up coming retirement, and becoming a RVers!

If you search the forum, you'll find lots of info/opinions on gas vs diesel. IMO, neither answer is wrong, but there are pros and cons to each. In the end, it will depend upon your preferences and uses. Enjoy the journey!
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Old 08-19-2018, 03:16 PM   #3
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Planemaker, See my sig for our rig. I am happy with the gasser however, have not pulled in any significant mountains. I suspect the gasser will struggle somewhat but would do the job. In retrospect, I kinda wish I had opted for a diesel and if I were going diesel, it would be a 3500 because of the payload issue. My gasser payload is 2723lbs. BTW, I think you might be over estimating the weight of the FW hitch.
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An eagle UT is a near perfect match for a diesel 2500.
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Welcome!

My suggestion is to go with the 3500 diesel right off the bat. That way you’re covered if you decide to go with a bigger rig - don’t ask me how I know ��
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Old 08-19-2018, 03:49 PM   #6
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I ordered my truck, 6.2 gasser, 8 ft bed, 430 gears, Sunroof power mirrors, my payload is 3652 I pull a HT RSTS 28.5 never a problem with power , BTW I opted for 2 WD I don'nt go off roading
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Old 08-19-2018, 04:28 PM   #7
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I ordered my truck, 6.2 gasser, 8 ft bed, 430 gears, Sunroof power mirrors, my payload is 3652 I pull a HT RSTS 28.5 never a problem with power , BTW I opted for 2 WD I don'nt go off roading

Opting for a 2 WD certainly reduces price significantly for a 3500.
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My suggestion is to go with the 3500 diesel right off the bat. That way youíre covered if you decide to go with a bigger rig - donít ask me how I know ��

I like how you think, I've been looking at used 3500 with 2WD and they seem to be reasonably price.


I don't intend to go off road and this will be used exclusively to pull the trailer. Hence no need for 4wd.
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We have a 2017 Chevy 2500 diesel and a 2017 Eagle 291 rsts. It tows like it not even behind me, up major NW passes and with the Allison transmission and exhaust brakes I hardly ever touch the brakes going down the steepest grades. A perfect match in my opinion. It would have only been a few thousand more for a 3500 and I kinda wish it upgraded, but only because I might get a bigger 5th.
Your 27.5 is a few thousand pounds lighter than mine, you wonít regret the purchase of a Chevy 2500. All the big three truck makers make great trucks now, lol even RAM is way better than it was in the past.

When checking hitch weight, did you actually check the weights on a loaded rig? With full water behind the axels you may find its set up just fine. Mine is...
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Old 08-19-2018, 05:11 PM   #10
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We have the 2018 28.5 Eagle HT pulling it with a 2017 F250 4X4 gasser 6.5’ bed. (See signature). 3000 lb payload. We are very happy with our set up. Our pin weight is 1960 lbs as weighed loaded for camping. Hitch weighs 147 pounds. The F250 diesel 4X4 has a payload of around 2100 lbs. we looked at them before deciding in the gasser. It may be difficult to find a 4x2 around the area and then again, maybe not. I have used the 4WD drive once pulling the camper up a gravel incline from our camping spot at a Yogi Bear campground. We are very close to you so feel free to PM me is you like.
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