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Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby goband on Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:52 am

We currently have a Jayco 27BH with an '04 F150 for a TV. We have been considering moving up to a larger truck/trailer combination. It seems impossible to get a straight answer out of either the truck sales guy or the 5th wheel sales guy what a good combination might be. For example the 2010 F250 brochure says the max. 5th wheel weight is 12,500 lbs. We were looking at an Everest 344J listed as 12,135 lbs. with a carrying capacity of 2,300 lbs. Seems to me that we may need something larger than the F250. What am I missing?
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Re: Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby cwit on Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:59 am

I'm not a member of the WP but if I was in the market for a new 5er and truck I would find the camper I want and then find the truck to fit it. I did it just backwards. Had the truck than bought the camper. I didn't get a bad match but if I could of done it the other way I may of bought a differant camper.
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Re: Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby pwall on Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:19 am

I agree....from what I've read on forums/rv mags, find the trailer you want first, then the truck to fit it. (although I did it backwards too....but I have an good excuse :mrgreen: )
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Re: Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby Big Rig Guy on Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:32 pm

Thats size trailer with that gross weight should be towed with a one ton dually, although I see lots and lots of guys doing em with a heavy 250.
If it were me, I would opt for the dually.
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Re: Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby Ontariofarmer on Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:53 pm

With that trailer, I would look at getting a dually. I'm sure it could be done with a 3/4 ton, it would really depend on how much and where you want to pull it. These are just my thoughts.

The only thing that kept me from buying a dually was the darn fenders wouldn't fit in the garage :D
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Re: Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby aja72 on Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:08 am

Yes i think dully is good for carrying 2300 lbs.
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Re: Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:03 am

Yep, Dually. There are lots of people pulling trailers that size with 3/4 ton singles, but that doesn't make it right - probably over GVWR, axle ratings, etc. Airbags and heavier springs might make it *look* right, but doesn't make it *really* right.

My truck is currently an overkill for our fiver, but I suspect within the next 24 months we're going to be moving up to something in the 40' range, with an extra 8000-10000 pounds over where we currently are, and I'll have the truck capable of it.

A lot of people shy away from the dually's because of the size and width, but one must put safety and a correct tow vehicle ahead of personal convenience and desires.
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Re: Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby pwall on Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:13 am

Couldn't agree more.
On a truck site that I frequent, very common question is 'how can I tow more than the truck should'. geez.....
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Re: Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby Limey on Thu Dec 03, 2009 7:17 pm

I agree with the previous posters - I wouldn't dream of towing that trailer with my 2500 diesel. :shock:
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Re: Truck/Trailer combinations

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:25 pm

Better safe than sorry, sounds like the dually is the way to go. 8-)
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