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Old 06-12-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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3/4 or 1 ton

Hey guys.
I've been trying to read more than I post as I feel that is a good general rule to live by on any forum, but. . . . I am going to be in a redwood full time soon and will not be doing much moving around. I will however, head from the east coast to Texas in about 2 years. I am currently in an Audi and it obviously doesn't have a hitch, so I'm looking to trade it in on a truck. F350 or 250 is what I am looking for, just don't know which would suit me better. I do not expect to move around much, but when I do, I figure it to be a pretty long haul. What do y'all think?
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:17 PM   #2
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Minimum 1 ton single rear wheel!!! If you don't overload the RW til you park it the SRW should get you to & from alright.
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:22 PM   #3
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Minimum 1 ton single rear wheel!!! If you don't overload the RW til you park it the SRW should get you to & from alright.
X2! A 3/4 ton will probably not be able to handle the pin weight. Not for certain about the 3/4 ton Dodge, you would have to check the weight ratings but for what you will spend for the truck, I would not go less than the 1 ton.
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:25 PM   #4
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Agree on a minimum of 350/3500 series. Then depending on which model RW you pick and being Full time could end up requiring a Dually. Some models are much more Pin Heavy then others. Our 36RL was quite pin heavy, so when packed for long term travel we were pushing 4K on the pin with a 17K gross.
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:36 PM   #5
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There has been so many posts in the last few years on this subject about perfectly good SRW trucks traded in on a DRW, and I'm one of them. Can a SRW tow a Redwood..........yes, it can. But as the previous post indicated, you have to pay attention to total weight of the coach and how much payload it puts on the rear axle and tires of the truck. There was just not enough safety margin for my liking, so I traded in a 2013 F350 SRW for a 2015 F350 DRW and am extremely happy at how much more stable our rig is going down the highway now.
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:40 PM   #6
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There are MANY posts on the forum about this question. For us, a one ton dually is the way to go.

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Old 06-13-2016, 11:21 AM   #7
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I pulled our previous SOB 5th Wheel (41 Feet @ 15,700 lbs.) with a 3/4 Ton Truck for a little while.
Did it pull it ok, Yes !
Did it stop ok, Yes !
On my first trip to Texas, once I got to Western Louisiana and Texas it was "White Knuckles" time.
It was time to hang on as the wind out West blew me all over the road.
I came back to Tallahassee FL and traded for my current GMC 3500HD DRW and made my next trip to California pulling the same SOB 5th Wheel, no problems with stability coast to coast.
Now that I have replaced the SOB 5th Wheel with my current Redwood (42 Feet @ 16,700 lbs.) I am sure glad I have the DRW Truck pulling it.
The GMC 3500HD DRW / Redwood combination is very stable towing in all types of road and weather conditions.
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We went from a 3/4 ton Dodge shortbed cab in a half to a 3500 DRW 4 door and won go back. Pulls like a dream.
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I did a 3 hour trip yesterday with gusting, direct side winds of 25-35 mph almost the whole trip. I saw the trailer move about 3" one time. No sway, no white knuckle moments, no drama whatsoever. I don't think it would have been the same with the SRW F350 that I had before.

Love the Dually and have no intention of switching. Well, maybe a Sportchassi ..........
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:10 PM   #10
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Thanks y'all. I am about 2 months out to returning to the states and the hunt for a truck is getting serious. All the info is much appreciated.
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