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speediq99

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Posted: 11/15/21 11:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for all the feedback. This has been quite an education. I seem to go thru it every few years when we change units so I tend to forget the details.

We are keeping the Solitude 378 unless someone can recommend a similar quality floorplan with smaller GVWR and hitch weight. Love to hear about alternatives.

Regarding the truck, I returned my beautiful King Ranch F350 today. It felt bad but it was the right thing to do.

I have come to accept that if you want a large 5th wheel, you need the dually. It will be dedicated to towing mostly and we will use something else as a daily driver. That may help keep the resale value up.

We are not fulltimers even though we will spend most of the summer away from the Arizona heat.

I have ordered the same King Ranch with a dually from the same dealer. Price is just about the same plus or minus $1000. I get a 48g tank, an 8 ft bed, no need for helper springs, room to carry a bit more w/o worry, room for a cargo box, an extra pair of tires in case of a tire issue and peace of mind.

Worse case, we keep it for a season. Best case, we love both the truck and 5th wheel as much as dually owners here seem to like theirs...

Thank you again.

MC

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Posted: 11/15/21 11:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good job!!!


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Me Again wrote:

Cummins12V98 wrote:

Stay within your SAE RAWR and GCVWR and you are golden.


GCVWR is a manufactures warranty number!

What has not been mentioned is states that license tonnage like Washington State. My 2001.5 RAM 2500 4x4 with 8800 GVWR was licensed to 12K per Washington formula of tare weight times 1.5 and then rounded up the next higher even K. My 2015 RAM with 11,700 GVWR was licensed to the same 12K, I could have asked to have either licensed to 14K for a little more per year.


Don’t think there is much difference in GCVWR and tow rating. Tow rating max is based on the lightest configured DRW and it gets less as the truck gains weight.

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Posted: 11/16/21 03:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

speediq99 wrote:

Thank you for all the feedback. This has been quite an education. I seem to go thru it every few years when we change units so I tend to forget the details.

We are keeping the Solitude 378 unless someone can recommend a similar quality floorplan with smaller GVWR and hitch weight. Love to hear about alternatives.

Regarding the truck, I returned my beautiful King Ranch F350 today. It felt bad but it was the right thing to do.

I have come to accept that if you want a large 5th wheel, you need the dually. It will be dedicated to towing mostly and we will use something else as a daily driver. That may help keep the resale value up.

We are not fulltimers even though we will spend most of the summer away from the Arizona heat.

I have ordered the same King Ranch with a dually from the same dealer. Price is just about the same plus or minus $1000. I get a 48g tank, an 8 ft bed, no need for helper springs, room to carry a bit more w/o worry, room for a cargo box, an extra pair of tires in case of a tire issue and peace of mind.

Worse case, we keep it for a season. Best case, we love both the truck and 5th wheel as much as dually owners here seem to like theirs...

Thank you again.

MC


Good choice.

With new truck and trailer, it makes far more sense to buy the right truck than to coble together something marginal.


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Posted: 11/16/21 03:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good move OP ! Walaby said it best as we were in same boat few years back as we too thought we had 'nuff truck..........nope. Went from a '15 F350 SRW to a '17 F350 DRW. Stinks in snow, but tows great !


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Congrats for soliciting advice and actually acting on the advice even though the advice was contrary to what you wanted to hear.
Many are not man enough to own up to their poor vehicle choices.
You took the advice and made a sound decision.


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ACZL wrote:

Good move OP ! Walaby said it best as we were in same boat few years back as we too thought we had 'nuff truck..........nope. Went from a '15 F350 SRW to a '17 F350 DRW. Stinks in snow, but tows great !


You should never be in snow!

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Posted: 11/16/21 08:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Cummins12V98 wrote:

ACZL wrote:

Good move OP ! Walaby said it best as we were in same boat few years back as we too thought we had 'nuff truck..........nope. Went from a '15 F350 SRW to a '17 F350 DRW. Stinks in snow, but tows great !


You should never be in snow!


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

ACZL wrote:

Good move OP ! Walaby said it best as we were in same boat few years back as we too thought we had 'nuff truck..........nope. Went from a '15 F350 SRW to a '17 F350 DRW. Stinks in snow, but tows great !


You should never be in snow!


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Posted: 11/16/21 09:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"I have ordered the same King Ranch with a dually from the same dealer. Price is just about the same plus or minus $1000. I get a 48g tank, an 8 ft bed, no need for helper springs, room to carry a bit more w/o worry, room for a cargo box, an extra pair of tires in case of a tire issue and peace of mind.

Worse case, we keep it for a season. Best case, we love both the truck and 5th wheel as much as dually owners here seem to like theirs..."

FWIW, which is about $0.02, I believe you made the right choice. I no longer RV, but for a few years, we pulled a 38' 5th wheel with an F350 crew-cab, long bed dually in KR (years ago). We had to carefully pick camping spots sometimes (i.e. older state parks don't like 60' or so of combined setup), but we really enjoyed the room of the big truck and trailer....and we always made a point of using the truck to see the local sights: it didn't take long before we were both relatively comfortable driving the truck, although it didn't replace the Prius as our commuter vehicle.


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