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Bumpyroad

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Posted: 06/19/20 09:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

to tow any large/decent 5er you need a monster of a truck to pull it, dualies, etc. I would hate to have to drive that truck in some city traffic, parking,etc. and would much prefer a class a towing a small toad.
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Dick_B wrote:

Make your life easier. You need a new truck and, unless you have lots of extra money, a FW is the answer. I think the advice is to buy the truck then buy the FW that works with the truck.
Now, isn't that simpler?


I think it would be better to find the 5er you want, then buy the truck to fit.
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jdc1 wrote:

I paid $200 for my Reese receiver. Hooking up becomes second nature after a couple of times. No different that a trailer. A trailer that has aluminum framing and siding will outlast a wood framed, filon sided trailer. I haven't seen a 5th wheel yet that you can't open the fridge with the slide in. I have solar and 3 batteries. I can dry camp for a few years on that. Nobody uses televisions now. Laptop computers are the rage....unless you are parked on a concrete slab in a fancy RV park, hooked to cable (not camping).

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You do not need a "monster" truck to tow a 5er. Truck tow ratings have increased dramatically in recent years. Many 5ers fall within the ratings of 250/2500 pickups. And ratings for 350/3500 SRW trucks will handle many many more 5ers. A dully is not required by weight until you get into the heaviest 5ers. Wanting a dually vs needing a dully, as many do, is another matter.

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BB_TX wrote:

You do not need a "monster" truck to tow a 5er. Truck tow ratings have increased dramatically in recent years. Many 5ers fall within the ratings of 250/2500 pickups. And ratings for 350/3500 SRW trucks will handle many many more 5ers. A dully is not required by weight until you get into the heaviest 5ers. Wanting a dually vs needing a dully, as many do, is another matter.


this is exactly why I recommend figuring out what 5er you want/need then buy the truck to fit. if you don't need a real truck and a Scrawny one will suffice, go for it. if you want a more capable vehicle, then buy it.
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Thanks for all the feedback. For what it's worth I will probably end up with an F250 or 350 (depending on the deal I find) and anything I have looked at so far can be towed by either of these. I won't be buying a FW that requires a dually. I don't need that much truck or that much RV. Weights and calculations are definitely considerations when I am putting the pair together and I don't plan on a combo where they are short.

As far as backing/etc, I would agree, just like anything else, practice will get me where I want to be.

There is something to be said for the ease of a MH in setting up camp especially in the rain, but I need a new truck and frankly don't want another MH and another engine to take care of either. Never really looked at FW's until a few weeks ago. The amount of floor space and configurations is pretty dramatic even over a higher end MH's. I work remote, so more real estate is definitely a plus. We plan on touring the US next year for several months, shorter travel days, longer stays, so part timing seems more palatable in a FW, at least in my budget.


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way2roll wrote:

Thanks for all the feedback. For what it's worth I will probably end up with an F250 or 350 (depending on the deal I find) and anything I have looked at so far can be towed by either of these. I won't be buying a FW that requires a dually. I don't need that much truck or that much RV. Weights and calculations are definitely considerations when I am putting the pair together and I don't plan on a combo where they are short.

As far as backing/etc, I would agree, just like anything else, practice will get me where I want to be.

There is something to be said for the ease of a MH in setting up camp especially in the rain, but I need a new truck and frankly don't want another MH and another engine to take care of either. Never really looked at FW's until a few weeks ago. The amount of floor space and configurations is pretty dramatic even over a higher end MH's. I work remote, so more real estate is definitely a plus. We plan on touring the US next year for several months, shorter travel days, longer stays, so part timing seems more palatable in a FW, at least in my budget.


Since your looking at BOTH 3/4 and 1 tons.The cost difference in minimal, go with the 1 ton SRW. IF your looking at the 2020's you will have a far greater capable tow vehicle then even 3 years ago.. From payload, to torque, HP, ect.. .. Still limited to tire and rear axle capacities, but you can TOW a nice a size fiver with these newer trucks...SRW's that is...

As far as backing up.. its really not that hard, its just different.. a few practices and uses and you'll be a pro..


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Don't overlook slightly used.

It is amazing how many people buy a fiver and then find that RVing is not really what they thought it would be. Two model years back is not really old and the biggest chunk of depreciation is taken out.

Don't get me wrong; most of us love our choices and are not running out to sell them almost new, but one or two percent of total RVs on the road is a pretty good number.


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I agree w/ FTG. Go w/ a 1 ton if buying new. Most will say too that a SRW truck towing a RV under 15,000 is at their max (again look at truck axle, tire capacity, payload). General rule of thumb is, the heavier the RV usually translates into better built/ride RV. But your on the right track in asking a lot of questions. Go to a large RV show and look around. Have an idea as to what brands you'd like to look at. Funny part to that is, if you ask everyone on forums, they will all tell you that their brand is the best! LOL


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ACZL wrote:

I agree w/ FTG. Go w/ a 1 ton if buying new. Most will say too that a SRW truck towing a RV under 15,000 is at their max (again look at truck axle, tire capacity, payload). General rule of thumb is, the heavier the RV usually translates into better built/ride RV. But your on the right track in asking a lot of questions. Go to a large RV show and look around. Have an idea as to what brands you'd like to look at. Funny part to that is, if you ask everyone on forums, they will all tell you that their brand is the best! LOL


Amen to that. Our plan has been to go to shows etc, but COVID has really put a damper on that. For a truck, probably looking used, 1-3 years old. I can't afford the prices of that truck new.

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