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Old 10-24-2010, 10:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I didnt know if this is the right place to post this but here goes. My family has recently purchased a 40 foot, 5th wheel everest. Im looking for a truck that can safely tow it. The GVWR is 14,080. Could a 3/4 ton truck handle it safely?
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:21 PM   #2
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I would be looking for a dual rear wheel 1 ton personally for something that big. Preferably diesel.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:11 AM   #3
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look for a truck with the longest wheelbase you can afford. A dually couldnt hurt either. Id be looking for at least a ext cab long bed, but if it were me the least id be looking at was a crew cab long bed. 2wd would be better for the open road, less dead weight to lug around if you dont need it. The longer the wheelbase the more stability and control you will have over the trailer. A dually is only gonna add to the ability of the rear of the truck to control the lateral stability of the load.
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Yea, lateral stability is my biggest concern. I've towed trailers up to 20 foot, but they were all open trailers. I've never tow an enclosed trailer before. I keep hearing that it's alot different, towing an enclosed trailer because of the wind factor that it has on it. I just want to be as safe as possible.
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I tow a 33 towhauler with slides with my 2003 ford f250 single wheel truck with a 4" lift and 35" tire and it tows great. Not sure what it ways with the rig and all the gear but its pretty heavy. I did put air bags on the back to help the truck not sag, But i wouldnt of had to. I also but the banks big hoss kit on it to but that was just for fun.

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We tow ours with a 2008 Dodge 2500 4 door, short bed 4x4. It has no problem towing the trailer anywhere and has plenty of power. My dad doesn't want a Ford Super Duty until something as reliable as the 7.3 comes back. A fifth wheel hitch will very easily clear the bed, however if you want to put alot of material in the bed, the long bed would be best.
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I really want a 2500 dodge, because ive become a big fan of the cummings diesel. But, I wasnt sure how a single rear wheel truck would handle that big of a load. Ive got a buddy that pulls a 33 or 35 footer with a 2500 silverado, but he even recommeded I get a dual rear wheel truck. Thats why I was asking for your guys input.
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We tow ours with a 2008 Dodge 2500 4 door, short bed 4x4. It has no problem towing the trailer anywhere and has plenty of power. My dad doesn't want a Ford Super Duty until something as reliable as the 7.3 comes back. A fifth wheel hitch will very easily clear the bed, however if you want to put alot of material in the bed, the long bed would be best.
Sadly, due to emissions, all hope of an engine as good as the 7.3 has gone down the drain...

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I really want a 2500 dodge, because ive become a big fan of the cummings diesel. But, I wasnt sure how a single rear wheel truck would handle that big of a load. Ive got a buddy that pulls a 33 or 35 footer with a 2500 silverado, but he even recommeded I get a dual rear wheel truck. Thats why I was asking for your guys input.
Just for reference, it is not a "Cummings", it is a "Cummins", no "G".

You oughta just get a Dodge 3500, Cummins, Crew Cab (Or whatever dodge calls their crew cab) dually diesel, and call it good. You really can't beat that combo. You could also add an exhaust brake or an engine brake to the truck once you get it, however, Chevy's tow/haul mode does well at slowing the truck down also.
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I really want a 2500 dodge, because ive become a big fan of the cummings diesel. But, I wasnt sure how a single rear wheel truck would handle that big of a load. Ive got a buddy that pulls a 33 or 35 footer with a 2500 silverado, but he even recommeded I get a dual rear wheel truck. Thats why I was asking for your guys input.
A 2500 Dodge 4x4 can handle a 40ft Montana fifth wheel very easily. The width of a dually was the deviding factor for us. I personally like the 2009 model F350 SRW as well as the Dodge 3500 SRW.
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Just for reference, it is not a "Cummings", it is a "Cummins", no "G".
Ha, I didnt even noticed I did that. Thanks for the spell check.

I did some research on the differences between the Ram 2500 and 3500. Not much other than the 3500 comes with a bigger axle, bigger brakes, and an extra leaf spring in the pack. Which doesnt sound like much but its an like extra 2200-3000 GVWR. Im leaning more towards the 3500 because, its more stable with dual wheels, and it has more GVWR which would give more peace of mind.
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