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Old 08-05-2018, 07:50 AM   #1
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For those of you towing a Pinnacle or North Point or anyone else towing a monster!

So I have ordered and am waiting for my 2019 Jayco Pinnacle. While I wait my attention is turning to a tow rig. I will not be traveling for a while (full time in one spot) But I am trying to figure out the way to go when I find the right deal. I am and have been a Ford guy my whole life. So this is not a Ford Chevy, Dodge question. But Dodge and Chevy owners are invited to give your opinion. My 5th wheel is in the 16500 weight range. What I am looking at is actual towing by members and what they use.


So here are my thoughts:
When I finally retire the plan is to travel the USA. Drive a bit, find a place and stay for a month or two and explore. I want both a truck that is safe and stable BUT it also needs to be one that when I find a town to land in I need to be able to unhook and explore the town. I started thinking F350 SRW. But then The F350 DRW would be a better tow vehicle for this size trailer. I used a friends F450 for a couple of months and loved it but what a large monster! I did get use to driving that around. Now I work at a large car dealership chain and thru work found a 2016 F450 platinum at a GREAT price. Thinking of pulling the trigger on that.

So the question is this. Those of you that travel and unhook. What are you using and how is it around town? What did you chose? Any regrets on your tow vehicle choice and why or why not?
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For those of you towing a Pinnacle or North Point or anyone else towing a monster!

I have an F350 dually that I drive every day. Other than parking it at some places, I have no issues driving it anywhere. Yes it’s big. Yes the turning radius is huge but you get used to it. Really not much different than a SRW long bed.

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I have a platinum F350 and it’s been the absolute best/nicest vehicle I’ve ever owned
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I up graded my tow vehicle to a 2015 F350 dually a few months ago. It's my daily driver. So far, the only place I can't take it is thru the drive thru at my bank.
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I have driven the F450 and it is huge. The wife will not touch anything with dually on it. I now have the F250 with Timbrens and added leaf's. No problem but I'm very close to 65 now and only travel on Tues-Thurs with calm skies. The F350 SRW will be my next choice. It has the "Over the leaf" overload spring feature. Same engine throughout the Super Duty line so power is no object.


Additionally, with Fords wrap around warranty I traveled 450 miles to get the right vehicle at the right price, no problems and it was ready at the time of pick up.
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Being a heavy 5th IMHO you’re pretty solid in dually country. You’re looking at 4000# on the pin and I know that would exceed my rear axle’s GAWR. My 350 is a ‘13 and I think the weight ratings have increased since mine rolled off the line but can’t say by how much.
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:38 AM   #6
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In the F450 DRW there is a factory front axle option that allows much better turning radius.
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Old 08-05-2018, 08:45 AM   #7
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If you want a great towing experience, get the dually. You get use to it really fast. Like Tom mine is my daily driver. once you get one, you'll never look back!!
Parking really isn't anymore of an issue than any car or truck. There will always be some spots you can't get into.
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In the F450 DRW there is a factory front axle option that allows much better turning radius.

How do you know if it came with that option? First I have heard of it.
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3X on the F450 I have had one for 4 years, you can turn circles inside of the F350. Pull the trigger on the F450 and don't look back………….
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