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We are new to RVing, and don't like driving our motorhome. Would like to try a 5th wheel but unsure about a truck. We really like the Toyota Tundra, specifically the crew max model but it seems to only have a 5'5" bed. Thats not long enough is it?

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the tundra is better suited for a tt than fifth wheel. I wouldn't even consider it for a fiver.


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It is not A truck suited for the demands a fifth wheel put on a truck. It's not made for it . Look at one of the big three 250 or 2500 for starters you may need a 1 ton truck depending on weight of camper.


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You will get a lot of responses from the weight police on this. I have a Tundra and it does fine and dandy with my fiver. There are more of us that is doing this also. But you will need to check into the lightweight models. Check out the this website.

http://www.tundratalk.net/forums/tundra-towing-hauling/


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I suggest picking your trailer before you pick the truck. A capable truck makes the experience much more comfortable all around. If you are unhappy driving a motorhome you will be really unhappy towing with a marginally capable truck.

The Tundra is probably fine with a light weight fiver. With a short bed all you need is a slider hitch, though it can be done without one if you are careful.


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Your in real truck territory, as suggested get a truck from the big three in the 3/4-1T range. Believe me, you will never be sorry for having too much truck.


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Dennis M M wrote:

I suggest picking your trailer before you pick the truck. A capable truck makes the experience much more comfortable all around. If you are unhappy driving a motorhome you will be really unhappy towing with a marginally capable truck.


We are new at this, so new our ears are still wet. We just bought our rig in March, after nearly 2 years of looking and waiting. We have made many errors but this is one thing e did right. The dealer kept telling us, find the camper then fit the truck to it. We did and from what I have read and heard, I am so glad we did! We got a Ram 2599 heavy duty and pull a 29 foot Rockwood Fiver.

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You need to pick out your 5er and then choose a truck that can handle the weight. Basically a 1/2 ton can handle about the same as a 3/4 ton or about a 10,000 lb trailer. (A Tundra is rated for about the same payload capacity as an F250 CC diesel but only for towing upto 8100 lbs). A 1 ton SRW can handle up to about 15000 lb 5er and beyond 15000 you're best off with a dually. (The HD 3/4 ton, 1ton SRW and dually are all priced very similar - the most expensive is actually the SRW 1 ton with 20" rims - there is little point in buying a 3/4 ton for a tow vehicle)


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If you pick out a x-lite trailer a well equiped 1/2 ton will be able to pul, go for it. If you pick out anything bigger you may as well for the price go with a 1 ton...then your choice will be SRW or dually?


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As suggested above pick out the 5er you want then go shopping for the truck. That way you will match the truck to the trailer. Gas, Diesel, 1/2ton, 2500(3/4ton) or 3500(1ton), YOU will need to do research as to which truck will best be suited for all your requirements. DO NOT go by the "DRY WEIGHT" of the 5er. Use the GVWR to determine which truck will work best. Payload will be your stumbling block. Use 20% of the GVWR for your payload number. Then test drive your top 2 or 3 picks.

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