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Posted: 03/06/18 01:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

....But thinking about it if I can figure it all out.

My wife is retiring this May and we are contemplating our first RV. Too much to process, so it will probably be fall before we take any action.

I have a spreadsheet with all the vehicle specs (GVWR, GCWR, etc.) and all the specs for a lot of 5th wheel campers and it looks like the only thing that can pull anything (without exceeding wt specs), is a 3500HD, diesel, DRW....All the SRW's seem to either fail or come too close.

Decisions, decisions. Our second choice activity for retirement is working crossword puzzles...no pressure.

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I'd start with where you do want to go and camp? Then find an RV that fits. Doesn't always need to be the max size RV and TV. Consider renting RVs too.


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My opinion would be to decide on the trailer/5th wheel first, then you can figure out the options necessary for a truck to pull it with.

Buying the truck first is like putting the cart before the horse. You may fall in love with a floor plan that isn't a 40' behemoth. You may be smitten with a 35' 5th wheel that can easily be pulled with a 3/4 ton truck.


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Keep lurking around here. You will pick up some good info. Welcome to the forum and let us know when you pull the pin and buy a rig.


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fj12ryder wrote:

My opinion would be to decide on the trailer/5th wheel first, then you can figure out the options necessary for a truck to pull it with.

Buying the truck first is like putting the cart before the horse. You may fall in love with a floor plan that isn't a 40' behemoth. You may be smitten with a 35' 5th wheel that can easily be pulled with a 3/4 ton truck.


What FJ said! Figure out the FW =first=, then see if you have the funds for the truck to pull it. [emoticon] Also, for a first-timer, I'd =seriously= consider buying a used RV similar to what you like. Do this, knowing that you're only going to keep it for the short-term, then make a list of "never-agains", "not needed", "be nice to haves" and "must haves". Even then, finding a used example of the exact model you want might be easier than you think.

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5th 1st. That way you'll know for sure what truck you need. Even DRW's have different tow ratings.

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Welcome,
Are you a teacher or bean counter by some chance? Spread sheet? Your overthinking things. Do you have a truck yet? Yes, then go weigh it, and subtract that from your trucks GVWR.
If no. Find a trailer you really think you cant live without. Look at the tag near the left from and get the GVWR from it. 20% of that is the max pin weight. Now, match a truck that can safely handle that.
Look at it another was,
1500 series, not suitable for fivers.
2500 series, suitsble for fivers up to around 11,000 GVWR.
3500SRW series suitavle for fivers up to around 13,500 GVWR
3500 duallies suitable for most of the rest.
This is based on new truck specs.
BYT. This is a first ever RV PLEASE DO YOUR SELF A FAVOR. DO NOT buy a new RV. Buy used and let someone else eat the huge depreciation.


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I don't think he's overthinking things at all. I'm impressed the OP isn't trying to do this with an F150 like so many and is thinking about every number and detail.
OP, your on the right track. Start with the RV you want and don't undersize the truck. You will not be sorry if you end up with a truck that has some extra capacity.
I do agree that you should not buy your first RV brand new. What ever you get, you will learn from it what things you really want and need. Then you'll buy something else in a year or two and take a beating on the trade in.


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If you get a dually, 3500 HD or F350, crew cab, long bed, you'll be able to tow just about anything. If you get a lesser truck, then you have to count the beans. If you want real towing power that's unbelievable, make that dually a diesel! Now you REALLY can tow anything in your dreams!


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