First thing: What Size of, and type of RV are you looking for or at?
Then find what will it handle ie: wieght, pulling and STOPPING?
Rule of thumb guide: up to 24 foot, a 1500 series should handle it well! 25 foot, and up a 2500 should be OK, 32+ foot, a 3500 is ok, after that a 4500/5500 is your last chance.
An HD really dosen't make that much difference.
Hope this helps?
What Type of TV do you have? Remember! You will have to stop what you are pulling!
How high will you go?
Hwy 50 has some good grades on it! The west to east route has a long windy steep down hill. Unless it has been changed. I took a sole low
2500 long bed to get to Portola.
You will have to deal with the smog Reguirements where you registar the vehicle. The Fed.'s pass a law a few years back that all states will have to comply with Cal.'s requirements. Cal. law are limited to California. Each state sets ther own limites. You may want to check with your state first.
My (TV) is my everyday vehical, is a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500hd, w/a V-10, 270,+ miles. New almost 14 mpg, now it's 11.5 mpg. Not bad for 16 year old. Trans and Diff L/S, serviced once a year 26 Apr. date accquired. I change coolant every other year (June). It hates stop and go traffic. With a 31 ft., 5th.whl. @13,000lbs. Is 9 to 10.5 mpg. Coast to Coast E/W (3) times Border to Border to many to count. I retire in Sept. May get a new engine or a new truck? Unsure!