What Is The Best Truck To Use To Tow A 5th Wheel ?
I am looking for recommendation for tow vehicle for 31 foot Travel Supreme trailer. Official plate inside trailer indicates 11,500 lbs empty, about 12,200 lbs with water and propane, and GVWR of 14,500 lbs. Family member recommends one ton diesel pickup with dual rear wheels. As not sure just how much RVing we'll be doing, wonder if single rear wheels would work OK so that truck would be narrower and lighter for non-towing use.Now protect all of your Vehicles and your family while on the road: Join Good Sam Emergency Road Service Today and save!
ANSWER Greetings Ron thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.
OK I have done some research for you and here are some trucks that meet your 5th wheel towing requirements. They are all current year models and some have duals and some do not. They are listed in no particular order.
F-350 Super Duty - No duals
Super Duty 450 - has duals
Silverado HD - no duals
Sierra 2500 HD - no duals
Sierra 3500 HD - has duals
RAM 3500 - has duals
Don't forget that you not only need a truck, but you will also need a 5th wheel hitch installed on the truck like the Curt Manufacturing 16115 16K 5Th Wheel Unit.
The most important things to remember when purchasing a truck to tow a 5th Wheel is that towing capacity of the truck must exceed the GVWR of your 5th Wheel for safety reasons. You also need sufficient power to pull the trailer up hills etc. The trucks above should do the trick. Now it is just a matter of you deciding which one you like the best.
I am not going to enter into the debate on whether having dual rear wheels on your tow vehicle is better or not. If our visitors have an opinion on this subject they can express it by adding a comment by clicking on the add a comment link near the bottom of this page.
Congratulations on getting your 5th Wheel and Happy RVing.
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