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SW1117 02-24-2013 11:32 PM

We are considering the new GK model as a full timer. My concern is pulling such a long trailer. What size truck would you need to pull one that size? We plan to live in one spot for about 1 year before traveling.

TravelinAnderson 02-24-2013 11:55 PM

The GVWR of the 38GK is 16,600 pounds. That's one number you need to consider when you're ready to buy a tow vehicle. Another number to consider is the pin weight. Redwood's website lists the empty pin weight at 2,678 pounds. You'll probably add another 1000 pounds or more to that when you load it with belongings and options.
So you'll probably want a truck that can easily handle a trailer that weighs 16,600 pounds and has a pin weight of 4000 pounds.
Every truck manufacturer lists the towing and GCVWR of their trucks on their websites so I'd go there to see what would suit your needs.
Since you plan to tow it to one site and leave it for a year you could hire someone to deliver it to your campsite and take your time deciding on a tow vehicle.

BTW.... We tow ours with a 1 ton, dual rear wheel pickup and I wouldn't consider anything less for towing on of these rigs full time.

Beechguyjim 02-25-2013 12:32 AM

I second that I pulled a 15500 5er with a single rear wheel and switched over to a Dual over a year ago and I would never go back my 36RL can go up to 16500 and it pulls like a dream sometimes I have to look back to make sure it's still there

Oriana 02-25-2013 09:00 AM

Definitely a 1 ton with DRW. My preference is the F350 with the factory installed prep and Reese Elite hitch.

TexasRider 02-25-2013 10:08 AM

Is this model made with 2 or 3 axles? I have the 39HH and it has 3 axles. Makes all the difference in the world. What ever vehicle you tow with you need a 350 Dually.


Dave&Ginny 02-25-2013 10:53 AM

The great thing right now is that all of the truck manufactures are making good POWERFUL diesels right now and they're easy to drive.

In the old days the diesels still weren't powerful enough so after getting the truck which usually rode really bad and hard to drive, you then had to start rebuilding the engines and transmissions so they could handle the weight. Now the big 3 are so competitive on their trucks that they all work very well. They each have their disadvantages and advantages but again they'll all get the job done.

I just wish I could take the 3 trucks(Ford, GM and Dodge) and build one really neat truck. Use the Ford dash, mirrors and hitch. Then the GM tranny and the simplistic in line 6 Cummings out of the Dodge. I'd also build it on the Dodge mega-cab platform. Wow ....what a truck

COLJDM 02-25-2013 12:35 PM

you forgot the bar!!

SW1117 02-25-2013 01:32 PM

It only has 2 axles.

SW1117 02-25-2013 01:36 PM

I am scared of the dully. Can't a F350 without being dully handle it?

I was also told 42 ft is too long. Will be hard to pull, most parks won't be able to accommodate it and too heavy. How true or important are these items??


jlandon13399 02-25-2013 01:45 PM

Look for parks that will handle big rigs. Then your lenght should not be a problem. If you are scared of the dually then you might see if there are driving lessons for these rigs in your area.

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