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I have a 2000 Ford F-350 crew cab dually turbo diesel and I tow a pretty heavy fifth wheel. My wife and I thought about moving up to a diesel pusher motorhome but I don't think we are ready for that financial jump yet. I have looked at MDT trucks, the new Ford F-450 and even toterhomes. I found this one and am trying to figure out what the towing specs, gross weight, fuel capacity, wheel/brake size and just general specs are for the 2006 Chevorlet C-5500 and have found nothing but sites trying to sell me one or something similar.

Anyone know where I can get the specs and pricing information for this used vehichle. Does anyone have an eight foot toterhome and how well does it pull a fiver. My fiver is thirty nine feet long and weighs about 16-17,000 pounds.

Thanks, Wes

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$67K for something with the same HP engine (Duramax) but bigger tires, better brakes, and a higher gear ratio. Add the weight of the home on it and your 39' and you'll have a slug that will stop well as you will rarely get up to speed.
Find a MDT with a 9 liter engine and 300+ HP with lots of torque.


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I was thinking the same thing when I saw that price....a used HDT or true MDT with full air(suspension, breakes and seats) for that kind of money would be a great toter also.


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Posted: 09/13/10 04:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wes,

How heavy is "..pretty heavy.."?

Do yourself a favor and spend some time browsing the Escapee's HDT forum. I'm willing to bet you will be a lot happier (and better off financially) with an HDT.

We have been towing with the Volvo since 2004 and would not even think of using anything else again.


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Wow, I think somebody is really proud of their rig. I would think that is pretty high for the year and the mileage. The towing capacity would depend on the type of trans. If the Allison 1000 it is good for GCWR of 26,000#. If the Allison 2000 I,m not really sure about the GCWR then but it will be more.I would bet that the rig weighs over 12,000# by itself. I also think the Dmax HP is downrated when they put it in the 4500/5500 CC but could be mistaken on that. I have a Ford F550 with just a F350 bed on it and it weighs right at 9,600# with nothing in the bed and just 60 gallons of fuel on board, not even my fat butt in it.

Looking at the pictures there appears to be a lot of surface rust on it also. Going to take some care to combat that right away.

I would agree with other on here to start looking for something else. I use to have a 96 Volvo semi that was singled out and I had a toter bed installed. It did not have the all the stuff this has in it but it did have a 61" sleeper and it also had a Cumins M11 400HP and 1250ft# of torque with a 10 speed trans and was rated for 80,000# GCWR. When I sold it in 2002 it went for $30,000, a long way under $68,000. It did have 478,000 miles on it but I had a dyno test done on it by Cummins and the engine was still like new. When I talked to Cummins they said that the way I was going to use the truck it would probably last for another 500,000 miles before it needed an overhaul.

I have pulled a 20,000# GVWR (Double Tree Elite Suites) trailer with my F550 and never had any problems but it was slower (way slower on hills). I know this would be heavier than your Cedar Creek as I had a 36RLTS before that. I have also pulled my 17,500 GVWR Excel that is now sold with the F550 and never had a problem but my F550 is rated for 33,000# GCWR.

This is just my thoughts as I would think you are not going to be happy with this rig.


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