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Old 07-21-2020, 10:55 PM   #1
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Hello All!

I just pulled the trigger on my first RV (super excited) a 2021 Zinger 340RE (38' bumper pull) with a GVWR of right around 11,600#. I had a 2019 Ram 1500 that just wasn't going to cut it so I'm looking for some advice on my new prime mover (which will also be my daily driver). The RV is primarily kept at our central Texas ranch, which is very sandy, but being Active Duty military, who know's where I'll be next.

I want to be able to have pull the RV, along with having my quad (about 800#) in the bed with no issues, regardless of where I go, so I'm looking for something with an 8' bed. I've been going back and forth with F250/350 and a GMC Sierra 2500/3500. I'm partially leaning towards a DRW, mainly because it's been extremely difficult finding a SRW with a 8' bed, low mileage, in my price range. What's your guys' opinion? Also, I do plan on moving into a bigger 5th wheel toy hauler in the next few years, so I figure if I do that, I wont have to worry about getting a new truck at the same time.

Thanks in advance, and I look forward to your guys' answers!
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Old 07-22-2020, 10:33 AM   #2
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Skip the 2500-250s, go big or go home!
Most of the 3/4s are lacking in payload, especially if you're hauling your quad in the truck bed, get a diesel dually 1 ton. You're already at 1200lbs with only the tongue weight + the hitch + the quad + you & whatever else is in the truck, you are long past the weights for any 3/4 ton or SRW 1 ton. Once you get use to the wide hips a dually drives just like any other truck.
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Old 07-30-2020, 03:45 PM   #3
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If your considering Ram again and want to go the dulley route consider this. The towing capacity for diesel 2500 and 3500 single or dual rear wheel is the same, 18,000 pounds. Only difference is the payload, 3500 single wheel has a bigger payload than the 2500 and the 3500 dual rear wheel has a bigger payload than the single wheel and 2500. In order to increase towing capacity from 18,000 to 30,000, you would need to get the high output diesel with the Asin transmission. You may want to consider that if you are thinking of upgrading your trailer to a toy hauler in the future. A lot are close too or north of 18,000 pounds. Iím not sure what the other brands do to get higher towing capacity.
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If your considering Ram again and want to go the dulley route consider this. The towing capacity for diesel 2500 and 3500 single or dual rear wheel is the same, 18,000 pounds. Only difference is the payload, 3500 single wheel has a bigger payload than the 2500 and the 3500 dual rear wheel has a bigger payload than the single wheel and 2500. In order to increase towing capacity from 18,000 to 30,000, you would need to get the high output diesel with the Asin transmission. You may want to consider that if you are thinking of upgrading your trailer to a toy hauler in the future. A lot are close too or north of 18,000 pounds. I’m not sure what the other brands do to get higher towing capacity.
The payload is the number you need to calculate appropriate RV. Max tow weights mean absolutely nothing if the truck doesn't have the payload the handle the gross weight.
To tow a 30000lb 5th wheel your truck would need a 6000lb + payload, don't know of any 1 ton dually with a 6k+ payload.
Truck manufacturers use a 20-25' low profile trailer loaded with concrete blocks centered over the axles to determine max tow weights, perfect scenario for the construction industry, but this in NO way compares to hauling a long tall heavy RV.
As mentioned here numerous posts, truck max tow weights & dry RV weights are totally useless for truck/RV combination calculations.
Payload posted on YOUR particular truck, not published literature/brochure, & the appropriate percentages of the GVWR of YOUR particular rv for tongue/pin weights, again not literature nor ANYTHING your dealer may have said about towing weights, are the numbers to get you where you need to be.
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Having had a Silverado HD2500 I am going with a HD3500 this time. It is only about $1200 more than a 2500. But the difference in weight capacity is well worth the price difference. But yeah, you definitely need more than a 1500. Ultimately what brand you chose is personal. That being said, both the Ram and Ford add about $5000 from the 250/2500 to the 350/3500.
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Great advice already from other members, just my two cents. Go 1 ton.
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