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ng2951

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Posted: 07/07/11 12:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Howdy,

I am curious about who out there is towing their 5th wheels with gas engines as opposed to diesels. While I am sure diesel might make more sense, I am soliciting comments from people who are using gas powered TVs. No diesel stuff please!.

1. What's your TV?
2. How big/heavy is your 5'ver?
3. Did your TV come with the tow package installed?
4. General comments?

Yes, I have read the sticky associated with this forum. I am just not sure if everyone posts whether they are towing with a diesel or not.

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1) 2005 F-250 4WD short bed, extended cab V10 gasser.
2) 10,300 fully loaded
3) Yes, including integrated trailer brake controller.
4) This set up works very well for me. I certainly know the trailer is back there, (don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise) but the truck pulls very well. Does slow down going up long, steep inclines but I would imagine that most TV's, apart the biggest F-450's and above do. Gas mileage sucks...I average 8-8.5 mpg. I also don't like that I only have a 29 gallon tank which results in frequent stops to fill up. If someone wanted to give me a diesel, I'd probably take it, but overall couldn't be happier with this arragement. I also have a 16K Pullright superglide hitch, which I would never be without. If I ever do move up to a long bed truck, I probably will keep the hitch.

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Posted: 07/07/11 01:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't have a 5th wheel, I have a 30 ft TT. My 2011 2500HD 4X4 6.0 is rated for 14000 5th.


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1) 2006 Chevy 2500HD, extended cab, with 6.0L gasser, 4-speed automatic tranny
2) 10,300 fully loaded
3) Tow package included, although not with integrated brake controller.
4) Comments: Works OK for me pulling anywhere east of the Rockies, although I never pull faster than 65mph on the interstate, and usually a mile or two slower than that. Gas mileage is 8 to 8.5 mpg. Small gas tank also means I stop every 150 miles or so for a fill-up, which sometimes is a PIA. Would definitely want more horsepower and a 6-speed tranny when we pull through the Rockies at altitude, but am reasonably pleased with the price/performance ratio with this truck.


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Posted: 07/07/11 01:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1. What's your TV?
2001 F350 SC Dually V10 longbed 2WD 5spd manual 3.73 rear

2. How big/heavy is your 5'ver?
32' 8200 dry 10k GVW

3. Did your TV come with the tow package installed?
yes, but no factory brake controller offered back then. Added Pullrite 16K and super rails. Added Bilstien shocks. Removed airbags (to install Pullrite) and added TorkLift StableLoads.

4. General comments?
Official tow limit for this truck is low (around 10k) because of the 3.73 rear. I think they have to test and rate them in the highest gear. I can rarely shift into 5th with the fiver. Sometimes need 3rd for a hill, usually just hang in 4th. Range between 2k and 3k rpm. Get around 8mpg. Truck was originally bought for a truck camper and has a payload capacity of 4400. If buying a new truck for this fiver I would definitely get an automatic, higher rearend, and strongly consider a diesel but not yet sure I would get a diesel.

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Posted: 07/07/11 01:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Getting great comments so far. At least now I don't have to go to the horse trailer forums for good info.

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Posted: 07/07/11 01:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2005 Silverado 2500HD, ext cab, shortbed, 8.1, Allison, 4.10.
31-ft 5vr, loaded for travel, 9200-9300 lbs, single slideout
Tow package included

Love the combo - fun to tow, no stress anymore.
Towing 9.2 mpg, speed 58-60 (large majority of the time on interstates)
Gas tank 26 gals - a little too small, but we stop and stretch every 2 hrs or so. On 12000-mi trip, low gas light came on 3 times. No extra gas carried onboard or needed.





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Posted: 07/07/11 01:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quote:

...On 12000-mi trip, low gas light came on 3 times...
Probably one too many zeros. If not, you must be getting 92 MPG instead of 9.2!

Thanks for taking the time. It is a big help...

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Posted: 07/07/11 02:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have towed with 5 different V10 Super Duty Ford Trucks SRW all equipped with 4:30 gear. Avg. MPG towing a 12,000 3 slide Montana 7.8 to 8.8 MPG. The truck towed the 5th wheel good. The last one being a 2010 F350. I traded it for a 2011 F350 DRW 6.7 liter Diesel and you do not want to hear the positive comments about how this truck tows.

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1. Inlaws have a 1500HD w/6.0L gas
2. Tow a 27.5' Arctic Fox 5er (think just over 8k lbs dry)
3. yes
4. Runs great, but likes premium grade gas, or the mileage really starts to suck.


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