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Well weeks or months of travel at a time. We comfortably full time in a 32’ 5er. So several week trips in a 34’ 5er should not be an issue. The 800 miles one way say mostly flat land towing so the 7.3 should not be an issue for power. Likewise with gas engine payload should not be an issue even with a 40’ 16,000# GVWR.
Only consider a diesel if you want to head to either coast with a heavy 5er.


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Often times the lighter models, like the one you have now, have less CCC, and smaller tanks. While you should do well with a 36' FW, be sure it has the capacities to handle extended trips. You will appreciate added closet space, and maybe W/D area.

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“ mostly camping & exploring new areas…”

The smaller you go the more exploring you can do.


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Quadcab wrote:

. . . We have been researching & looking at 5vers anywhere from 34' to almost 40', GVWR of 13,000 - 16,000 lbs. I am leaning toward the larger units that give us more living space, and my wife is more concerned about safely towing a larger rig & is reluctant to seriously consider them. We anticipate travelling frequently, not full-time, mostly camping & exploring new areas of interest. Most trips would be less than 800 miles one way . . .
What constitutes the right size RV/camper is definitely a matter of personal preference. After owning a 33 ft. TT and 33 ft 5r for a number of years, we downsized to a very well-equipped, in-bed truck camper. After two years and 25k mi. we've concluded it was one of the best decisions we've ever made. For us, being able to stop, sightsee, fuel up, make a u-turn, and camp just about anywhere, puts a smile on our face much more often than the his/her recliners, sofa, kitchen island, ceiling fans, and a huge basement with the kitchen sink ever did. Our truck camper has an 80x60 queen-size bed, face-to-face dinette, bathroom/shower, stove/oven/micro, TV/sat, a/c, heat, and a 8cf fridge---all the basic comforts we need. Keeps us more than happy while we're on the road.

No, we're not saying the OP should purchase a truck camper. What we are saying is, with the larger rigs you have more overhead while traveling, parking, sightseeing, fueling up, maneuvering and camping. Yes, for a lot of folks these cons pale against the pros of having all the comforts of home while on the road. We get it. For us, though, the exact opposite is true. Bottom line, there's no accounting for taste--lol!

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While I realize the 7.3 is more powerful, we've had two of the V10 F250's and with a 12k 5th wheel, it was downshifting at every overpass, so even though 800miles of Michigan isn't a lot of tough mountains, if you get up around 16k, I would have preferred the diesel. Down around 13k, the 7.3 is more reasonable.

Yes, it will pull the 16k (assuming the ratings allow it) but it will be turning a lot of revs any time you get in hills.

On the positive side, gas is better in terms of payload limits of a 5th wheel since it's lighter than the diesel.

In terms of safety, once you get on the road, the length is largely irrelevant. It's when you try to put it in a tight parking spot it can work against you.

For us, it's the smallest RV that we can be comfortable in. That means a little 20ft trailer is unacceptable but we certainly don't need a 40ft monster.


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I have a mental block for trailers over about 34-35'. Which is complicating our search for a toy hauler. For primitive camping where we live we can handle longer trailers, but we do also like some state parks and in those campgrounds the longer rigs are tougher to accommodate. For two people I think I'd lean shorter, and lighter since you're pulling with a gas truck.


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I have a carry it all mindset. I'm not looking to compromise or make do. With that in mind I want a large RV with lots of space, lots of storage and lots of carrying capacity. A genset or now days A/C capable solar is a must. I want the ability to be totally self contained if necessary.
I don't want to fear or struggle with hills or mountains going up or down. I want my entire experience to be relaxing.
With all those factors in mind I have a diesel dually truck and a 40' 5th wheel.


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Lantley wrote:

I have a carry it all mindset. I'm not looking to compromise or make do. With that in mind I want a large RV with lots of space, lots of storage and lots of carrying capacity. A genset or now days A/C capable solar is a must. I want the ability to be totally self contained if necessary.
I don't want to fear or struggle with hills or mountains going up or down. I want my entire experience to be relaxing.
With all those factors in mind I have a diesel dually truck and a 40' 5th wheel.


If you don’t want to struggle on the hills you might want to consider trading that Duramax in on a 7.3.[emoticon]


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I would get the one that fits both your needs. I would go with the largest you could get. Space makes a difference when on the road for weeks on end.
Since she wants no more than 36 and you want 40 settle in the middle at 38ft.


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4x4ord wrote:

Lantley wrote:

I have a carry it all mindset. I'm not looking to compromise or make do. With that in mind I want a large RV with lots of space, lots of storage and lots of carrying capacity. A genset or now days A/C capable solar is a must. I want the ability to be totally self contained if necessary.
I don't want to fear or struggle with hills or mountains going up or down. I want my entire experience to be relaxing.
With all those factors in mind I have a diesel dually truck and a 40' 5th wheel.


If you don’t want to struggle on the hills you might want to consider trading that Duramax in on a 7.3.[emoticon]

I think the 7.3 will be a good motor....for a gasser.
My last Duramax 07' went 300K trouble free miles. Can't say that for the Ford's I owned prior.
Currently all of of the modern pick up diesel's are very capable.

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