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Old 03-10-2015, 07:48 PM   #1
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Towing recommendations

Hi, its been a long time. I will soon be in the market for a new truck. I want to plan ahead to make sure I buy something that will handle a potential new travel trailer or 5th wheel. Towing weight dry would be 8500-11,000lb depending on the trailer. So what are your thoughts? 5.7, 6.4, Cummins? 2500, 3500? Is there a certain axle ratio I need to look for?

There is so much info about how to decipher the tow ratings and it often seems to conflict. This is the best place I know for dependable info.

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Old 03-10-2015, 08:11 PM   #2
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The new 6.4 hemi in a 2500 has a 10,000 lb tow rating I believe
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The new 6.4 hemi in a 2500 has a 10,000 lb tow rating I believe
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OR just get a full-tilt Longhorn Dooley Cummins and be sure .





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Old 03-11-2015, 09:47 AM   #4
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CTD. That way, no regrets when you find the trailer that fits your needs.
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CTD. That way, no regrets when you find the trailer that fits your needs.
^^^This!!! Absolutely this!!!
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Old 03-11-2015, 01:14 PM   #6
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Idk....I've had north of 20,000 behind my old jalopy with a gooseneck trailer
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Agreed - Cummins and a 3500. My in-laws had a Gen 1 3500 and a 32' (?) travel trailer. They towed that thing all over. Florida and back a time or two and a long-term journey to Alaska from New York.
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Diesel 5th wheel go dually much more stable won't even know it's back there.
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Thanks for the replies. I am trying to find the right balance between having enough truck to tow what I need and having too much truck for a daily driver. I think I would have a hard time wrapping my head around having a 3500 dually for driving around town with the need to tow a camper a few times over the summer. If that's what it takes, that's the kind of info I need. Maybe I would then have to reconsider the size of the camper.
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Bottom line up front:

Don't believe the towing capacity information a truck dealership salesperson gives ya, and don't believe a RV salesperson when they say "Your truck can tow this easy!" Do diligent research on both vehicles.

Backwards planning:
1) Look for a person/forum you can trust to start your research and get advice.
2) What type of TT will fit my families needs (near term/long term)?
3) How often will I be hauling the TT throughout the year?
4) What is the maximum weight you will be towing with all your gear and fluids loaded on the TT (to include max tongue weight)?
5) What are the max weights this truck is rated for?
Gross Combined Vehicle Weight (GCVW)
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)
Curb weight
Trailer Tongue weight.

I am by no means an expert, but there a people on this forum that have been there and done that and are more than willing to give their advice/opinions.
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