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Hello everyone, I am new here and planning to buy a 5th wheel toy hauler in the near future. It will be my primary residence for the next 5-10 years, looking at 30-36 length. Asking for any advice / tips on what to look for prior to purchase to avoid buyers remorse.Thing I already know I want: 50 AMP service, dual Slide outs, Dual A/C, Separate garage area w/patio door separating space, queen size bed w/nightstands, full size fridge, entertainment center area, tub/ shower area- NOT a corner unit, pass through storage underneath, outdoor cooking/ entertainment area. Planning on a 3/4ton truck to pull trailer with motorcycle inside. Helpful advice / suggestions are welcome. Thank you

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Posted: 06/14/18 05:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't think a 3/4 ton truck has any advantage over a 1 ton single rear wheel .... both are the same price but the 3/4 ton is not designed With rear springs to carry any more weight than a 1/2 ton. After choosing the 5ver you'll know if you need a 1 ton srw or 1 ton dually. How much of your money can we spend?


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buy a good used one,there out there,just look. plan this out , and you,ll find a very nice rv.

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I would start at the ground and work upward to the pretty stuff you mentioned. Tires, brakes, axles, springs, frame design, floor materials, and then the soundness of the box itself. The RV manufactures know that they can cut corners by installing the cheapest parts because many just look at the bling.





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I have more questions than answers.
Is it just you alone?
Do you already have the 3/4 ton truck?
Will you be on the road a lot, or staying at one place for several months before going somewhere else?

I've never had a toyhauler, but had 2 truck campers, a motorhome and two 5th wheels. I've never noticed a toyhauler as short as 30ft. My perception is they start at about 36 ft. I would look at used ones. New RV's have incredible depreciation. You should be able to find a very nice used "upper end" one for the same price as a junky new one. All Rv's are junk. Some just worse than others. Forget the 3/4 ton truck. You will likely need a 1 ton dually.
Last advice...don't believe the salesman.

Look around the internet to get an idea on prices:
pplmotorhomes.com
rvt.com


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Good comments from all above. I’ll reinforce a couple items. Plan on a 1T SRW instead of a 3/4T. Don’t buy the truck until you know which 5er you’ll get, you may need a dually. Sounds like your list is bigger than you’ll find in that short of a toyhauler. You’ll also get a much better quality unit buying a few years old for the same price as you’d get buying a cheaper one new.
Good luck with your search.


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Unless you really must have the garage, skip the toy hauler idea. There are really nice used fivers on the market, but all your asking about are going to be BIG and HEAVY. Meaning you likely will wind up with a dually. Pick your trailer first then find a truck suitable to tow and yes, carry the pin weight.


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Decide on the TV after you purchase or select the 5er. Cart first, then horse. I’ll wager a one ton will be more appropriate.


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Chris, I'll toss my hat in the ring and also recommend a 1T SRW =AT MINIMUM=. Toy haulers tend to be a lot more nose-heavy than "standard" FWs due to the fact that the people who buy them like to actually put stuff in the garage, which counter balances the pin. I've never seen numbers, or even looked at THs since I have no interest in them, but I'd be willing to bet that the pin weight of the average TH is probably 25%, at minimum, when empty. With FWs it's not how much you can tow, it's how much you can =carry=, i.e. payload, that's the true deciding factor in which truck you should have. I know I made a mistake in buying my '02 D'max even with an 11,360 GVW FW. That unit gave my truck all it could handle, plus about 500 lbs over, even though it only had a 16% empty pin weight. If you're stuck on a 3/4t, then look at bumper pulls instead.

In general, with any FW, decide on the FW =first=, then get a truck to match it.

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Planning on a 3/4ton truck to pull trailer with motorcycle inside.


Start with a one ton truck, a dually diesel would not be overkill in your situation.

* This post was edited 06/14/18 08:38am by jmtandem *


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