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Old 05-22-2016, 08:51 PM   #1
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SRW pulling experience!

Finally taking the 38RL this upcoming weekend and would like to hear from 38 & 39 model owners who pull their redwood with SRW. I have a 2016 Silverado 3500 HD High Country long box. I have had DRW vehicles in the past and get tired of the close parking even backing in parking spaces. I have read in other forums that the SRW is no problem with 40Fter's in the long box 1 ton models up to 20K towing. I'm looking for experience with the SRW towing the 38&39 models and not about I should have bought a DRW truck. Also what hitch are you using in your truck and what made you buy the hitch you have!

Thanks and happy towing!

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Finally taking the 38RL this upcoming weekend and would like to hear from 38 & 39 model owners who pull their redwood with SRW. I have a 2016 Silverado 3500 HD High Country long box. I have had DRW vehicles in the past and get tired of the close parking even backing in parking spaces. I have read in other forums that the SRW is no problem with 40Fter's in the long box 1 ton models up to 20K towing. I'm looking for experience with the SRW towing the 38&39 models and not about I should have bought a DRW truck. Also what hitch are you using in your truck and what made you buy the hitch you have!

Thanks and happy towing!

Darryl
Darryl,

Good post. I have debated close to a year and have towed everything from gooseneck, to flatbeds, boats big and small ,and v nose cross country.
I like to look at it like this. Worst case, traveling down a steep hill in a corner you loose a rear tire. What do you do? Sometimes it's better to have too much than just enough.
Lots of people do it. But that doesn't mean it's a good thing. If I hurt someone's family trying to "Just get by" I would never live it down.
A dually handles so much safer in so many situations.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:26 PM   #3
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Finally taking the 38RL this upcoming weekend and would like to hear from 38 & 39 model owners who pull their redwood with SRW. I have a 2016 Silverado 3500 HD High Country long box. I have had DRW vehicles in the past and get tired of the close parking even backing in parking spaces. I have read in other forums that the SRW is no problem with 40Fter's in the long box 1 ton models up to 20K towing. I'm looking for experience with the SRW towing the 38&39 models and not about I should have bought a DRW truck. Also what hitch are you using in your truck and what made you buy the hitch you have!

Thanks and happy towing!

Darryl
There are a lot of variables that determine if your truck will pull a 20K fiver. Since you don't want to hear about all that, I will tell you that just about any newer diesel will pull a house off its foundation if you could get a chain around it. Is it safe and under what the maximum the truck is rated for? Only you can determine that by having your truck and fifth wheel weighed. I can tell you that I have the lightest fifth wheel Redwood makes (31SL) and I pull with a 2011 Ford F350 Longbed SRW and I am under the maximums allowed for that truck, but not by a great amount. My total fifth wheel weight is 14,400 lbs and my pin weight is 2,450 lbs. 500 more lbs on the pin weight and I would max out my rear tire ratings on the truck. If you watch where you put your weight and travel lightly it is possible that your truck is fine but again, you will have to weigh everything to know for sure.
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Boy Oh Boy this is a beaten horse!! do some searching for other posts. Never ever tow with a SRW!!!! Check the tire ratings!!!


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Darryl,

Good post. I have debated close to a year and have towed everything from gooseneck, to flatbeds, boats big and small ,and v nose cross country.
I like to look at it like this. Worst case, traveling down a steep hill in a corner you loose a rear tire. What do you do? Sometimes it's better to have too much than just enough.
Lots of people do it. But that doesn't mean it's a good thing. If I hurt someone's family trying to "Just get by" I would never live it down.
A dually handles so much safer in so many situations.
Happy travels!!
I like your scenario, what do you do if you lose a rear tire. Let me take it a step further, even with a Dually, what do you do if you lose a front tire? Maybe trucks should come with 4 front tires also.................just thinking out loud.
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Well,,,,

I have always been the odd man out, my 2015 F350 SRW does a great job with my 16 38rl.. We are weekend warriors , so we have more empty cabinets then 1/2 full ones. The empty trailer weighs in at 14,200#,ready to camp we are 15,320.. . We are at capacity as it is , if we start going farther and longer we will get a DRW. We also upgraded the trailer brakes to Titan Guys disc brake kit...
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Well,,,,

I have always been the odd man out, my 2015 F350 SRW does a great job with my 16 38rl.. We are weekend warriors , so we have more empty cabinets then 1/2 full ones. The empty trailer weighs in at 14,200#,ready to camp we are 15,320.. . We are at capacity as it is , if we start going farther and longer we will get a DRW. We also upgraded the trailer brakes to Titan Guys disc brake kit...
Proof that it can be done but you need to know your weights.
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Amen, enough said!
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Might also depend on exactly how you RW is equiped. Our '16 39MB left the factory at 15.5K empty. Haven't got a chance to take it across the scales, but since we travel long term, I estimate were're pushing 17.5 to 18K.
Just go back and read some of the early post on the Forum and see the number of owners that traded their SRW for a Dually after their first tow of any distance.
You have to make the final decision, but remember just because your neighbor pulls that triple axle 45' Toy Hauler loaded with two or three ATVs with a total weight of 21K with his 250/2500 Series TV, doesn't make it right or safe.
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Might also depend on exactly how you RW is equiped. Our '16 39MB left the factory at 15.5K empty. Haven't got a chance to take it across the scales, but since we travel long term, I estimate were're pushing 17.5 to 18K.
Just go back and read some of the early post on the Forum and see the number of owners that traded their SRW for a Dually after their first tow of any distance.
You have to make the final decision, but remember just because your neighbor pulls that triple axle 45' Toy Hauler loaded with two or three ATVs with a total weight of 21K with his 250/2500 Series TV, doesn't make it right or safe.
I would have to agree with how it's equiped, your '16 MB leaving the factory was almost 2300 lbs more then our '14 FL.
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