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Old 08-06-2015, 03:48 PM   #1
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Im curious on how well a 3/4 ton pulls a 38 Fl? Thanks for any input, N. Ski
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:19 PM   #2
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2 36Fl's here at the rally pulled by F-250s
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:22 PM   #3
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Im curious on how well a 3/4 ton pulls a 38 Fl? Thanks for any input, N. Ski
You can open up a can of worms with that question. This discussion comes up frequently and usually ends with a "Do your homework and be comfortable with your choice." Most on this forum will agree that the 3/4 tons from all of the major manufacturers will pull the Redwoods with no problem. Pulling is not the issue, it's the axle and GVWR that is usually exceeded. Safety becomes the real issue. Most will recommend a Dually but in some cases a 1 ton SRW will pass the requirements depending on how you load the RV. In my case, I researched all weight limits and seem to be within the limits with my 31SL but my 31SL is the smallest Redwood. I do not travel with water in my tanks and I carry the basic needed items so we do not overload. I question whether you would be within the weight limits with a 3/4 ton and the 38FL. Some would also agree that if you are just local weekend camping then you could probably get by but you have to remember that you are overweight and not plan on longer trips. Get ready for lots of input on this subject. It's great info and will help you make the right decision.
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:23 PM   #4
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Pulling is not the issue. It is payload. I had a F350 SRW that was insufficient to handle my 38GK and went to a F450 DRW. BTW, the F350 DRW would have been sufficient to handle the load...I went with the F450 for other reasons.


The F250 wouldn't be close. Ford has a pdf file for all years that show the towing specs. The F250 tires, springs, axels and brakes are not enough to carry the weight.


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I almost have my first trip under my belt, at the end it will be 3,000 miles and I feel that my 15 F 350 SRW is the minimun needed... I have A 38RL and are weekend campers with 1 biggie a year
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Old 08-06-2015, 04:58 PM   #6
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He said FL not gk, rl or mb FL's don't don't have the pin weight.
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We pull ours with a 2011 Dodge Ram 2500, and have no problems with the power to pull, but have not towed very long distances, we don't carry water in any of the tanks and only carry the bare necessities. I did add the airlift 5000 bags and keep them a 50 psi when towing. In addition I don't drive over 65 mph, highest pass was at an elevation of 7591, total distance pulled is about 1000 miles. There is another Redwood in the RV park here been towed by the same truck.
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There's 6 or 7 3/4tons pulling Rw's here at the rally so far
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The FL is a different animal guys than these nose heavy front bedrooms. It's surprisingly light on the pin - probably a little more balanced than the rest of ours.
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Im curious on how well a 3/4 ton pulls a 38 Fl? Thanks for any input, N. Ski
My guess would be a little light.
Any rv forum will produce many opinions on this.
There are lots of things to take into account. My current RV has about 3000 pounds on the pin with generator. Total just under 15k.
I do use airbags and the ride is fine. I have a F350 SRW.
I load it up with some water. All the food and junk I need. I don't worry about weight too much. I even fit job materials in if needed.
I have been towing rvs for over 20 years. I even tow a small enclosed job trailer behind at times. Although never very far.
Yes over length with tandem tow.
Probably close to max rv axel and tire limit. I'm sure a few times over my limit on total weight. But I try to keep it close. Have had drw before. They are nice. But I do just fine with my lighter truck. In the past three years I'm over 20000 miles on this rv. Never felt unsafe. I would spend the money for disc brakes though.
I guess what I'm saying is its personal preference. I'm way more concerned with the guy towing a 32 foot tt with the chev Tahoe and using up the whole road. I think if you tow within your ability is most important. When I bought this ford I did 350 just for a little more stability.
Just my couple sense.
Let the bashing begin I guess.
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