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parcany

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Posted: 07/14/21 08:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My .02 cents. First thing is find out what the new Ford will tow and go from there. At least then you will have some Idea how big of a trailer you can get without going over the weights

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Edd505 wrote:

36ft 13,000 SRW F350 with the 6.7 diesel. The gas F350 shouldn't be a problem, your more interested in how much weight it can carry, what it can pull is useless.
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Well with a gas engine, it is less about what the truck can carry, than what it can pull.
Towing ratings are derived by pulling a flatbed trailer loaded to a determined weight. Most of the time because the gas engine is lighter and has less pulling capacity than their diesel counterpart. In addition there is the limitation of frontal area for gas engines. Most towing guides have limitations on frontal area for gas engines. I didn’t see any in the owners manual for our 2001 Ram CTD, or for the 2016.


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Lantley wrote:

IdaD 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.


You're fooling yourself if you think a dually and 40' fifth wheel doesn't involve compromises. You can't get that setup to most of the spots I camp, and the truck stinks off-road and in snow/ice. Obviously you can be comfortable with those compromises because they may not bother you, but they're certainly compromises that would be deal killers for other folks.


I see you are in Idaho. Living in Idaho would be my firt compromise!


I wish all the people moving here viewed Idaho like that.


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Posted: 07/15/21 08:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ksss wrote:

Lantley wrote:

IdaD 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.


You're fooling yourself if you think a dually and 40' fifth wheel doesn't involve compromises. You can't get that setup to most of the spots I camp, and the truck stinks off-road and in snow/ice. Obviously you can be comfortable with those compromises because they may not bother you, but they're certainly compromises that would be deal killers for other folks.


I see you are in Idaho. Living in Idaho would be my firt compromise!


I wish all the people moving here viewed Idaho like that.


That's Funny^^^^!
I have nothing against Idaho or any other state....Just not where I live.....But I would not mind visiting someday.. I imagine Idaho winter weather would scare me away real fast!


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Wife and I are also retired and bought our last RV, maybe.
We much prefer state parks over KOA campgrounds so that takes us off the beaten path often so size did matter.

We're in a 30ft trailer and find it spacious for the 2 of us and can comfortably navigate the backroads.
Also pulling with the 7.3 gas engine.

We're over 2000 miles and over 30 nights of camping in 2021 and no urge to go bigger.

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Pulling 15K RV with 7.3 and 4.30 axle. During 40% towing, better able to maintain speed than my prior 38K unit with 400 ISL diesel. But, must adjust to 3k to 4K rpm on hills and downshifts. During 60% not towing, gas is much better than diesel IMHO. Mileage depends on wind, but generally 7 towing (22.5K) and 14 to 15 not towing.


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Posted: 07/20/21 06:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just to travel ,and not full time , go smaller , less daily stress on the road.Find more available sites too.


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Just want to thank those that replied & shared their thoughts on deciding on the size of our new 5th wheel. Just 4 days ago we signed our life away on a 2021 Alliance Paradigm 310RL 5ver, 34'11" long + a GVWR of 15,000 lbs.
With so many large "atrium windows" it truly feels larger than what it actually is. The fit & finish is excellent! So DW is happy, therefore I am happy. Now we just have to wait for Ford to deliver our F-350 on order. Trying to be patient, but it is hard.

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