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speediq99

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Posted: 11/05/21 04:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello,

We need to order a new truck. I was wondering if you could share your experience towing a large 5th wheel (Solitude 378) and what truck you would recommend.

Leaning towards an F350 4x4 Crew Diesel but flexible.

Also, any input on 6.5 vs 8ft beds is welcome.

Thank you

MC

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Posted: 11/05/21 06:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any 350/3500 duelly diesel would work fine. Might be a bit on the heavy side for an SRW.

I have pulled my 35 footer with a 6.5' bed truck and have had no issues getting around or getting into campsites. A long wheelbase truck pulling a 40' trailer might different, though.

I use an Andersen hitch with my short box, but there are other ways to go for sure. I'm sure that by the end of this thread, you will read about all of them. Lol


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34-36k combined, been a great truck. Cummins, AISIN and Factory Rear Air Ride. West Coast handles the load in any conditions. 86k and still loving it! Engine and trans are in many Medium Duty applications.

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Any of the Big Three Diesel Duallies and never look back, take your pick.


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Posted: 11/05/21 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m partial to my 2018 F350 DRW FX4. It has 28,237 miles as of today. All but 5,300 miles have been towing our 3350 LSX Cardinal fiver. It has had the normal services but no warranty problems yet.





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Michelle.S wrote:

Any of the Big Three Diesel Duallies and never look back, take your pick.


This is true, I am partial to Ram we currently tow with a 2016 Ram Laramie 3500 DRW long bed CTD and Aisin trans.
We full time and it is our only vehicle, we both drive it and there are not many places we won’t drive it. Payload of 5,411#, towing capacity of 25,225#.


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Dry Weight14,344 lbs.GVWR16,800 lbs.Hitch Weight2,686 lbs.

The loaded pin weight will be 3360# or more.

I would not order anything less than a diesel dually for that much trailer. People that are using SRW trucks on these larger trailers are just kidding themselves.

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Posted: 11/06/21 01:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any of the diesel duallies should do the trick. Just back check the payload and assume a hitch weight of 25% the GVWR in addition to anything else you put in the truck (including passengers).

Unless you are trying to park the truck in a small garage and therefore need it shorter, don't mess about with a short bed. You can make it work but a long bed is more convenient.


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Posted: 11/06/21 05:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Leaning towards an F350 4x4 Crew Diesel but flexible.

I'm not a Ford fan but the F350 drw will handle that size 5th wheel rv trailer with ease.
op wrote:

Also, any input on 6.5 vs 8ft beds is welcome.

Thank you

MC

Either works fine. Most new gen 5th wheel trailers have the rounded/notched front corners made for 6 1/2' beds. I have owned long and short bed trucks but I prefer short bed crew cab trucks for pulling my rv trailers and even my longer GN equipment/stock trailers. Short bed trucks today have well over 140" wb vs 118"-120" wb in earlier short bed models.
You'll get differing opinions on the short bed vs long bed subject...some quite amusing. Just choose the one that works for your situation.


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Posted: 11/06/21 06:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As to bed length, a long bed will give you a better ride, and you will get use to the turning radius.

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