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Old 03-12-2015, 05:36 PM   #1
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towing a rushmore 5th wheel

Am considering purchase of a 40ft Rushmore with GVRW of 15,500. Can someone provide guidance on truck to tow it. Hoping to be able to get a 3/4ton diesel and not 1 ton but want to be sure. Dually???
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:13 PM   #2
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Towing something that large will take a lot of truck. You need to study and understand all the weights involved...Pin weight, axle weight, GVW of tow vehicle and more. If you really understand all these minimum requirements you will more than likely answer your own question. I doubt you will find a 3/4 ton to haul it.
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:53 PM   #3
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Those specs would fit an F350 single wheel

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We have friends that tow one with an F250 SRW and have had no problems. BUT it is his first rv and didn't know how much he was over the truck's GVWR. And he is over on the rear GAWR, he is around 7000 lbs vs GAWR of 6000 lbs. His truck does have optional tires and rims that are standard on the F350, and fully capable of handling 7000 lbs if inflated to the sidewall pressure of 80 PSI. Unfortunately he inflated the tires according to the door sticker of 65 PSI and towed many miles that way. Once he understood the problem, he purchased new tires and inflated them to 80 PSI prior to towing again.

Anyway, the Redwood really needs a 1 ton SRW as a minimum. And while an F250 can be optionally equipped the same as an F350, legally it will still be overloaded on both GVWR and GAWR.
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If your planning to cross the country I would go F350 dually. The SRW will pull it fine but the extra stability of the DRW will pay off on the longer windy days.

I've pulled over 18,000lbs with my SRW F350 daily driver and it did a remarkable job. I knew it was back there but honestly it didn't extend my on the road hours by making me more tired. It cruised along at 65 without any complaint, well my wallet did complain with it returning about 9mpg.
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I have a rushmore and pull it with a 2500hd 2013. I have added larger tire not much but it carries another 800 lbs per tire and also added airbags. Have pulled this thing to Talladega and back twice from Ontario with no problem.
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I got rid of a perfectly good 3500 SRW for a DRW because the pin weight of my redwood was to heavy for single tire and rims. The sticker weights on most trailers are usually lower than what the actual weights turn out to be. The dually handles these big trailers much better in windy conditions.
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I got rid of a perfectly good 3500 SRW for a DRW because the pin weight of my redwood was to heavy for single tire and rims. The sticker weights on most trailers are usually lower than what the actual weights turn out to be. The dually handles these big trailers much better in windy conditions.
Would only use a DRW for that much trailer.

I think I would exceed the GVWR towing it with my 3500HD.

Here is mine:

Steer Axle - 4900 lbs
Drive Axle - 6060 lbs
Truck GVWR 11,600 lbs

Trailer Axle - 9220 lbs - - rating 10,400 lbs
Trailer GVWR 12,380 lbs

Gross Weight - 20,180 lbs
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I would go F350 dually....as others have said that is alot of trailer at 40-foot and you would want to have more truck then less truck. The F250 will be WAY overloaded. I have a F350 SRW that I tow the "small" Rushmore Springfield with and it is a good fit, but I would not want anything bigger without a dually. When it does come time to upgrade in a few years, I will go with the DRW model. I also plan to put airbags on this spring to help with the ride.
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Towing a Rushmore 5th wheel

We are towing our 2015 Rushmore Lincoln with a 2008 Dodge 3500 DRW with the 6.7 Turbo Diesel.
I just recently added the airbags and I believe it was a needed option. When we hooked up, the old Dodge would groan a little. She pulled the Lincoln just fine however the cars definitely thought we were on high beam.

Short jaunts might be fine for a single wheel however over the road with a 39'+ 5th wheel on the back demands a DRW for the long haul.
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