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Old 01-28-2013, 09:03 PM   #1
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Which truck best for pulling 5th wheel?

We are considering trading our TT for a 5Th wheel, but would need to buy a new truck. If we want to pull a 10k - 13k lb 5th wheel, what truck would you recommend?

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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I think a well loaded 3/4 ton would suffice (i.e. diesel pusher, 4.10 axle ratio, factory tow package). You can't go wrong with any of the big three brands, although many others here would prefer one over another. I currently just made that decision for our 16k GVWR Pinnacle, and we went with a dually Ram 3500. Our max towing capacity is 20,900. We wanted to be safer than sorry-er. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:47 PM   #3
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When it comes to towing FW's, I like to start with the 1-ton SRW's......., nothing like having a little payload capacity to work with, but that's just me. Not to say a properly equipped 3/4 ton won't do the job.

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In-line with what Rustic Eagle has said, take a close look at the pin weights you are considering, as well as the total weight of the 5er.
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Diesel for sure...3/4 or 1 ton, SRW or dually, all depends on weight you are towing and going to tow in future.
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We had a 3/4 ton which always worked great until we bought more trailer than we had truck for
We now have a 1 Ton DRW and are much happier when towing
If we were still in the 10k to 12k 5th Wheel weight range, we would still have our 3/4 Ton
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You have a few things to consider.
1.) How often will you be towing a camper vs without? The thought on this is do you want a DRW or SRW? Will you use this as a daily driver as well? Do you go in places or use the drive ups? Parking with a dually can be a pain most times.
2.) Diesel or Gas? I am 100% diesel guy and have had both and will never tow with a gasser again, my personal experience. Power is required when going up steep hills while towing. Diesel fuel is about $.70/gal higher in price and the engine is about $8k more than a gasser, but in this arena extra power when needed is worth it. If you are going to keep it for many years the diesel will hold it's value longer than a gasser.
3.) Try and see if you can find a truck that is like a year or 2 old and save yourself thousands of $$$$'s. You'll still get a warranty and the used car rates are not so bad lately either.
4.) Which braand of the 3 too buy? Well that again is what do you like? I was always a Dodge guy UNTIL I drove the 2011 F-350 SB, CC then I was a born again Ford man right after I bought it. I now have a 2012 F-350 CC, LB, 6.7 Diesel Auto. LOVE this thing. I traded the '11 because of the SB to get the LB I bought the '12. It has the in bed hitch mounting system so when you take the hitch out of the truck there is nothing still in the way of using the bed of the truck.
If you have any more questions just ask, many here will help you.
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We have been fulltimers since July 1, 1999- Started with a 3/4 ton Ford Supercab w 460 gas pulling 35' fiver without any slides- Traded Supercab for crewcab dually for more passenger capability- Traded up to 35' fiver with 1 slide- Our 460 worked too hard pulling new fiver so we traded for our first diesel, a 7.3 Powerstroke- She was a workhorse- Traded fiver for 37' 3 slide fiver- Powerstroke continued to do the job but was slowing down after almost 300k- Traded for GMC 3500 crewcab dually with Duramax/Allison which proved to be very adequate- Traded 37' fiver for 36' fiver with 4 slides- Get the picture? Odds are you will eventually end up with enough truck to serve your needs so why not start with all the truck you can afford? JMHO- DD
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You have a few things to consider.


4.) Which braand of the 3 too buy? Well that again is what do you like? I was always a Dodge guy UNTIL I drove the 2011 F-350 SB, CC then I was a born again Ford man right after I bought it. I now have a 2012 F-350 CC, LB, 6.7 Diesel Auto. LOVE this thing. I traded the '11 because of the SB to get the LB I bought the '12. It has the in bed hitch mounting system so when you take the hitch out of the truck there is nothing still in the way of using the bed of the truck.
Hey Mike...My Ram is my first and so far only diesel/pickup. I have heard that the Cummins motor is hard to beat. What was it about the 2011 Ford that made you switch sides? My Dad has a 2006 F-350 Dually. I do admit his truck rides better than mine, but not performance wise.
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Hey Mike...My Ram is my first and so far only diesel/pickup. I have heard that the Cummins motor is hard to beat. What was it about the 2011 Ford that made you switch sides? My Dad has a 2006 F-350 Dually. I do admit his truck rides better than mine, but not performance wise.
After having 3 Dodges 1998, 2003 & 2005 with all over 250K miles they served me well. I had a major engine failure on the '98 and the '05 of things that should have never happened and waiting for a new engine is not what I bought a new truck to be doing. The mechanics of the Ford such as ride quality, the power of the PSD vs the Cummins is very noticeable when towing and I plow snow and the Ford FAR exceeds the ability of the Dodge. The trans in the Dodge was always loose feeling and front end parts always needing replaced every year was crazy. I guess the biggest thing was the Dodge dealer knew me, thought I would automatically buy a Dodge and tried to Ram it up me with his pricing. LOL. The Ford feels bigger and more sturdy to me as well while plowing, towing my boat and my 5er. As of now, I will stay a Ford guy just for all the little things that "I" feel are better between the 2. Oh, and Ford has the In bed 5th wheel hitch prep package. That means when I take the 5er hitch out of the bed there are no rails left behind. That alone is worth it to me. These are just MY reasons not looking for a debate.
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