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Old 10-19-2015, 10:59 PM   #1
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F-250 tow vehicle

Over a year ago I requested input on tow vehicles and received lots of advice from Dually owners. The few single axle owners responded off line because they didn't want to buck the tide. I went with the F-250 and after the first 10,000 miles I am completely satisified and glad I didn't spend the extra money for the dually. I have also observed that 80% or more of fifth wheels on the road are being towed by 3/4 or 1 ton trucks.
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:16 PM   #2
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You've only got one post to your name and it's this one........ so it's a little hard to believe.

Nobody should feel bullied on this forum however if you don't want other opinions....don't ask for them. Many of todays high quality trucks will pull a 5th wheel larger than what they were designed for. Some of that is due to competition in the truck manufactures (i wish there was more of this in the RV industry). But to pull a trailer within the safety standards of the truck manufactures........that's a different story. With that said, a person also has to consider how much they're going to be pulling their trailer. I have a friend that pulls a very large trailer twice a year and each time 30 miles. Yes he has a 3/4 ton and he's only got 60 miles a year to worry about.

Travel at your own risk and have a ball..... but most 5th wheels don't have a pin weight of 4k
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Old 10-19-2015, 11:55 PM   #3
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If your Happy with the F250 then enjoy the ride. Wish you safe travels
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:00 AM   #4
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I have pulled my 38RL just about 4,000 miles since new with my 2015 1 ton SRW.. Honestly , I would never go any lower , with any fifth wheel.. The price difference between the 250 and the 350's are so small..
Do I need a dually , no... Should I get one , no.. Would it be a better tow experience , I really don't know as the experience is a good one now. The amount of towing I do now in my eyes ( weekend warrior ) does not warrant one... With that said , if and when I go out a lot more than now, it's time for a dually ..
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Old 10-20-2015, 12:24 AM   #5
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I agree on the single axle. If your weights are to the point you are overloading your rear rims and tires I would then question it . Does a dually handle the trailer better in crosswinds etc definately. If not going on long trips and short time use and are not overloaded no problem. If you get into an accident your fault or the other parties of you were overloaded on your truck you can kiss your insurance good bye. I ll guarantee you that no one that is pulling a trailer wants to have to drive that wide beast around when not hauling. To each their own and safe travels
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:50 AM   #6
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The only comment I will make is this - when I got my 36RL I had a 2012 F350 short bed crew cab. 11, 500 gcwr. Loved that truck.
Then I got the RW weighed and found out I was almost 1000 lbs over what my rear tires were rated for .......

No way I wanted to risk a drive tire blowout Someone in Nebraska got a really nice 8 month old truck. Have the Dually and will never go back. We do tow a lot, more than 18k miles in 3 years and not fulltime yet.

Up to you, but I wouldn't think a 38RL has less pin weight than my 36 and mine is almost 4K on the pin when loaded.
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Old 10-20-2015, 01:50 AM   #7
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I agree with Dave - no one should feel bullied. But geez, you all do get pretty worked up in your truck conversations. Might actually be easier to talk politics than to discuss trucks.

As for the 80% observation, how many of those 5th wheels were these heavy RW? I'll bet not many.
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:04 AM   #8
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OK, need to add this disclaimer: This post is not directed at anyone specific, just the info I see on all the RV Forums, be it Redwood, RV Net, Montana Owners, I RV2.
I don't think it's so much passion about our Trucks, it's more about the safety of everyone on the road. Just because you Father's Uncle Fred has pulled a 22K trailer with his half ton for years, doesn't make it right or safe.
Remember the numbers listed in the RW Brochures is empty with next to no options, so once you load these babies up, They are Heavy and even the smallest RW if loaded with a majority of the Goodies really needs a 350/3500 Series SRW minimum (was verified by a member at the Rally, so he now has a 3500 SRW), all the rest are pretty much in Dually and larger territory. Any of the new breed of Diesels will pull just about anything, but there is much more to towing than just pulling something, unless you just doing Truck Pulls.
OK, I'll get off my soap box.
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:22 AM   #9
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I'm definitely sold on the Dually. And we've driven our RW with both. Never would I have fallen asleep while Vaughan was pulling with an SRW. Now, I'll doze off which is a testament to the feeling of safety I have now. I'm also willing (deep breath) to learn how to drive while towing with the Dually.
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Old 10-20-2015, 02:29 AM   #10
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Next step will be towing a Jeep or VW behind the RW ........
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