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Mike134 wrote:

Myself I'd get a gas 350 single. Don't have to fight the hips of a dually around town. Save about 750 lbs with the 7.3 motor. Diesel makes sense if you'll put 300,000 miles on the motor otherwise the upfront costs/maintence costs are just to much.

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My 19 Ram 3500 SRW diesel has 4552# for payload. It would easily handle the weight of that 5th wheel. BUT!, I'd still want a DRW because at almost 42' long and over 15,000 lbs loaded IMO it would be a load for an SRW truck. Factor in a cross country trip with more than the usual amount of stuff and the truck will be loaded to the gills. A DRW would just make life really comfortable while on the road.
As far as gas vs diesel goes. Don't even give a gas truck a peek. Buying a diesel truck for that 5er isn't about needing to get 300,000 miles on it to justify it. It's about having to not hear the gas motor scream all day. If you want a comparison then go test drive a big 38' class A gas and see how you like it.

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350 dually w/diesel.
1) more stable when towing
2) better resale value
3) more torque which is what you want when towing heavy trailers
4) the computer controlled electronic exhaust braking (aka Jake Brake) is great when towing, especially in the mountains
5) greater payload capacity
6) you can refuel at the 18 wheeler pumps


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Another vote for dually. You are looking at 3500-4000lb just for the pin weight. Add in the family and other gear in the truck and payload is the driving factor.

I would also lean toward diesel at that size. At that size, you are going to be really winding up the engine in mountains and going slow. Assuming it's in good condition, it should survive it but you will really notice at that size.

FYI - we switched from diesel to gas and normally lean toward gas but we have pulled 7500-10000lb units. We had an 12,000lb 5er for a short while and every overpass in Nebraska and it was downshifting. At that size, I would be going diesel.

Also, are you looking at a new truck or a used truck? The older you go, the more getting the dually will be important as the ratings have really jumped in recent years.


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MFL wrote:

The answer is so obvious, it may be a troll post??
we'll know if he comes back.

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4x4ord wrote:

If you’re looking at new, a srw gas would do. I’d want a diesel srw for that size trailer. If you opt for a 250 you might have to add air bags.


Would that trailer with a 250 with or without air bags pass inspection in Abberta?


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stickdog wrote:

4x4ord wrote:

If you’re looking at new, a srw gas would do. I’d want a diesel srw for that size trailer. If you opt for a 250 you might have to add air bags.


Would that trailer with a 250 with or without air bags pass inspection in Abberta?


He'd be fine with an F250 if he didn't put fuel, people, or anything else in the truck...driver included.

He'll yes.....350/3500 dually all the way.

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DRW truck for the payload. But I would not dismiss the new Ford Godzilla gas power-plant. It depends on how fast and how many miles you put on a truck. I've owned mostly diesels but the maintenance and operation cost for them is increasing more and more. I like stopping at the truck stop RV pumps so I can get diesel and gas at the same time. Murphy/Walmart also usually has enough room to get long rigs up to the gas and diesel pumps too. I need diesel in the truck and gasoline in the toy hauler.

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Coach-man wrote:

With that weighty out will need a one ton vehicle. If you insist on a Ford, a 450 would be a better option. Check out a RAM 3500, when a truck gets picked as “car of the year”, they are trying to tell you something!,


RAM car of the year,your not serious are you? Drive through any RV park and count, Ford will out number any other brand. My 1st SD was a 1999 and I still drive them. I try to stay in SRW weights as I do not want the dully and extra tires. At 16K he will need a dully and the F450 would be a good choice for better turning that the F350's

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MFL wrote:

The answer is so obvious, it may be a troll post??

Okay...the obvious answer is the 350, and with 3 girls on a long trip, you will need a 350 with 6 wheels.

No question, the diesel is also an obvious choice!

Jerry


Sorry but I laughed out loud when I read the OP’s post.


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