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loverving45

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Posted: 12/20/20 01:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello,
I have a 39’ fifth wheel 4 slides, , 14000 pound, and am about to buy a pick up to tow it. Everyone tells me to buy regular pickup , not a dually. They say the regular single rear wheel is enough for towing this fifth wheel and no need for dually. I’ve heard that dually is a must have for such big trailers due to the steadiness it provides. My question is for those of you who own similar size of rig, do you suggest me buying a dually or a single rear wheel? Also, which if the companies is the best for this purpose, ram, gmc or Ford? Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated and helpful. Thank you

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Posted: 12/20/20 02:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You are not giving enough information. What fifth wheel, is 14K dry wt, gross wt, or GVWR? Any of the new SRWs will handle a fully loaded 14K FW.

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Posted: 12/20/20 02:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Shouldn't double-post (same post in two sub-forums).

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loverving45 wrote:

Hello,
I have a 39’ fifth wheel 4 slides, , 14000 pound, and am about to buy a pick up to tow it. Everyone tells me to buy regular pickup , not a dually. They say the regular single rear wheel is enough for towing this fifth wheel and no need for dually. I’ve heard that dually is a must have for such big trailers due to the steadiness it provides. My question is for those of you who own similar size of rig, do you suggest me buying a dually or a single rear wheel? Also, which if the companies is the best for this purpose, ram, gmc or Ford? Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated and helpful. Thank you


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Posted: 12/20/20 03:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just not enough difference between the three manufacturers of one tons to make one the best.


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Funny how when if someone asks this question about a 1/2 ton towing something around #6000 or so all you full float guys say you need to get a 1 ton truck "since you can't have too much truck..."

But, when you have the chance to get "too much truck" for what sounds like a pretty big rig, it's totally fine to not get "too much truck...", ha, ha...

I've towed all sorts of rigs over the decades and a dually was always in there as well as the others..

So, in the end, get what you feel comfortable with for what you are towing and if it's not enough, or too much, adjust accordingly.. [emoticon]

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Posted: 12/20/20 05:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Simply put.....look at the payload capacity of said truck. A one ton, at least, is a No brainer.
My buddy who just retired put the cart before the horse and bought a 3/4 ton pickup....plenty of towing ability but when he wanted to get a decent size fifth wheel, the payload of a 3/4 ton just would not work!

Yes, I know everyone does it with a 3/4 ton, but it's not the right way to do it. That buddy ended up with a long trailer....


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Posted: 12/20/20 05:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

towing a heavy truck is all about tires, most the tires are not made to heavy loads. thus,, add more tires.


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Posted: 12/20/20 05:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well there is a lot to be said about towing with a DRW, personally with our 32’ 5er running close to 13,000# and. 2,800# pin with the 1,400# of hitch, in bed tool box and DW and I we would have been within a couple hundred pounds of GVWR.
So much of it has to do with pin weight and what you carry in your truck.
To the many that I tow 16,000# with a SB SRW don’t know what they don’t know. They are likely well over weight, and as I have stated before The best feature of a 5er is it’s worst, that is their natural stability.


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Since you have the trailer, load it up and weigh it. Then compare the pin weight to the cargo capacity of the truck. Be sure to add all cargo and people that will be in the truck with the weight of the pin.
We could run a 350/3500 SRW truck with what we load out, but it would be close. No way we could load to the full 14.4 trailer GVW. The DRW truck makes that or a larger trailer no problem.
Ram, Ford, or GM take your pick.


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