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Old 04-08-2015, 12:07 AM   #1
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Towing a 38RL

I have a 2011 2500HD 6.6 Diesel crew cab, 4x4 with air bags & exhaust brake. It states that it will tow a 16,700# 5th wheel in the spec. book. The maxium weight for the 38RL is 16,500. I've noticed that most of you have 1 ton DRW trucks. I don't want to trade trucks if I don't have to. I would just like your opinions if my truck could tow the 38RL safely. Thanks Jim
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:13 AM   #2
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Take a look over the past issues. This has been addressed many times and no official conclusion. Take the risk if you want. Just remember, their is a difference between spec book and real life.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:27 AM   #3
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Any of the Big Three Diesels will pull an RW, the question is can you carry the pin weight. 36RL have been pushing 4K plus pin weights, so I doubt that the 38RL will be any lighter. There are several members who traded nearly new 350/3500 SRW TVs for a Dually after towing their 36RL home.
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Old 04-08-2015, 12:34 AM   #4
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As said above, risky with that weight. I in a one ton SRW with my 36rl. We aren't full timers, so we generally travel light, just about a 1/2 tank fresh water. I pull it easily and stop well. If we were full timing, it would be close to being over my limit. If I upgrade to the 38rl, it will be a dually. Yes you can tow it, stopping iffy.
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Thanks for all the info. Guess now I get to go look at trucks. Xmas is going to come early.
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As said above, risky with that weight. I in a one ton SRW with my 36rl. We aren't full timers, so we generally travel light, just about a 1/2 tank fresh water. I pull it easily and stop well. If we were full timing, it would be close to being over my limit. If I upgrade to the 38rl, it will be a dually. Yes you can tow it, stopping iffy.
I have 36rl and we are about 17000. I have a 3500 Srw and pulls it like a dream. The only issue I had was stopping. When I replaced the electric drum brakes ( covered in grease) with the new Titan Hydraulic discs I now have to have the controller set correctly or it will put us through the winshield.
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:32 AM   #7
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Shane, that is on my list to do. It always feels like my truck is doing most of the braking.
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:51 AM   #8
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As was said earlier.....it's the weight of the pin that's the problem. Putting too much weight on the 2 rear tires can be a problem. As I've posted many times, I had a 1 year old srw F350 that I got rid of quickly after buying the Redwood. These are nice trailers but they are pin heavy. The good news is that the pin weight makes these trailers pull extremely well in most conditions.
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When we started looking at RW,s frost thing I realized was my srw 350 would at its limit. I looked around and found our F450 which pulls it with ease. Now that we used the DRW don't think I would ever go back.
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Add one more to Dave and RWJ. I also traded an almost new SRW F350 for the Dually. Will never go back.

Biggest thing with SRW as Dave said, the RL is pin heavy. Even without gen and washer dryer (which at that time we were), you will be overweight on the red axle and especially the tires. I was never comfortable pulling knowing the tires were overloaded.

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