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Was a HDT Wrench for over two decades, worked around any and every imaginable machine over those years, changed career path to Power station spending another over two decades in a Nuclear Power Plant. Now retired, got the itch to travel where wife is coming closer to retirement, so I did some horse trading into a Project Truck.

Is HUGE just over 28' long, 2005 Kenworth W900L, has more than enough HP Caterpillar engine, Gearing and Brakes, eight bag air ride tandem. Weights 19800 by itself where intend to purchase a ~30' toy hauler fifth wheel as is only Wife and I to use, have no children.

I have overhauled engine, updated head and other attachments, repaired most all that had been left go to rot and repainted where I am now fitting full rear fenders I received also in trade essentially for free.

Fully understand parks can be tight to non maneuverable so am I going to regret this beast?

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ddm502001 wrote:

Was a HDT Wrench for over two decades, worked around any and every imaginable machine over those years, changed career path to Power station spending another over two decades in a Nuclear Power Plant. Now retired, got the itch to travel where wife is coming closer to retirement, so I did some horse trading into a Project Truck.

Is HUGE just over 28' long, 2005 Kenworth W900L, has more than enough HP Caterpillar engine, Gearing and Brakes, eight bag air ride tandem. Weights 19800 by itself where intend to purchase a ~30' toy hauler fifth wheel as is only Wife and I to use, have no children.

I have overhauled engine, updated head and other attachments, repaired most all that had been left go to rot and repainted where I am now fitting full rear fenders I received also in trade essentially for free.


Fully understand parks can be tight to non maneuverable so am I going to regret this beast?


Probably so. If it's all fixed up now, it's probably very marketable. If it were me I'd probably sell it and buy something better suited to my purpose. Happy travels!


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I agree with Rick - it is probably overkill for a 30-foot 5er. But you should be able to trade for a very nice F350/3500. The upside is the 1-ton is a lot more parking lot friendly for site seeing.

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Agree with Rick & Nick. Most likely you eliminated state parks, and a lot of private parks as well. The Ford / Chevy / Dodge 1 tons, pulling the 30, will get you in just about everywhere.

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I'll have to agree with everyone above. I've always coveted a Freightliner SportChassis (quite a bit smaller than your truck), but even it would be overkill for our 15K fiver. The F350 dually does the job just fine. You also don't say what state you live in and getting the truck to where you can register it as an RV (if your state allows it) is extra trouble.

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We tried a class 8 tractor pulling GN trailers up to 22000 gvwr getting into work sites and loading yard off pavement situations..... made for LDT size trucks. Similar situation to where rv trailers go.
The HDT was too much overkill for that type of work our LDT's did with ease.

Will a HDT work for you ??

Depends on how and where you want to camp or travel. You have the HDT so try 'er out first. It may work for the places you want to go.


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Toy hauler? Many of these never go to an organized park. Rather they park in an open range area on BLM or similar land and pull out the toys and run the trails.

Not sure it would be much worse than a 45' class A pulling a second vehicle or trailer. I see plenty of these on the road.


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I also agree with most above. That is far more truck than you need for a 30' trailer. The truck will outweigh the trailer by several thousand pounds. We have been in state and COE parks where that would rule out many of the sites. And the longer sites are typically the most in demand and 1st to be claimed.

Generally not a problem in commercial RV parks. If you plan on boondocking in less developed areas, then the size is less of a concern.

I know you said only you and your wife, but with a TH in only 30' length the garage doesn't leave a lot of living space. Could get pretty small on extended stays. Look over all the floorplans carefully before writing the check.

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ever think of mounting a rv on your truck.

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