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Old 10-13-2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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Which Truck for 3970? I need your help/advice ASAP!!!

We're in a motorhome now but next Monday we're taking delivery, assuming I can get a suitable truck, of our 2015 Voltage 3970. We have gone from excited to "oh no what have we done" in a hurry. I thought buying a tow vehicle would be the easiest part. Wrong! Especially since this thing weighs in at over 15K.

We have 30-35 to spend on the truck. I thought we'd get an older, maybe Dodge Ram 3500 DRW, truck with low miles. But if I'm reading the tow ratings correctly then that might not be advisable. Since Dodge doesn't list different ratings for 5th Wheel towing can I safely add any amount to their listed number? It's looking like I need to get a newer truck with higher miles to stay within our budget. Suggestions?

What are you guys using to tow your heavy homes? Do you have any recomendations? We tow downhill (both ways) to Florida each year and park her for 5-6 months, so I'm not too concerned about big hills (just yet).

Thanks for the advice in advance. I have to pull the trigger on buying one by Wednesday so I'm starting to get worried. Guess I should have asked a lot earlier.

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Old 10-13-2014, 01:57 PM   #2
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Personally once you get over 13k I prefer a Class 7... I can't help you much on tow ratings. My dually is a 1996 F350 rated to tow around 12,000. I have had close to double that in an emergency. Some of it is going to be how comfortable you are with the risk of towing over the limits. Most one ton are going to be in that range. You can look for larger, but I think you get more value out of a Class 7. YMMV.

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Old 10-13-2014, 02:18 PM   #3
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Thanks Aaron. The Class 7's look nice, but betting I couldn't keep it in our budget. I used to have a 24' Wellcraft W/A that was a heavy girl. For many years I towed it with a Durango. So I used to be more comfortable with that risk. But I always had nightmares of being in the car, launching the boat and drowning. :-)

So I guess the question I'm wrestling with the most is: Is it a better choice to get an older (2007/2008) truck with 40k miles or get a 2012/2013 with 140k miles?

Thanks for the reply. Makes sense this would get to someone else in NC first. :-)
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Thanks Aaron. The Class 7's look nice, but betting I couldn't keep it in our budget. I used to have a 24' Wellcraft W/A that was a heavy girl. For many years I towed it with a Durango. So I used to be more comfortable with that risk. But I always had nightmares of being in the car, launching the boat and drowning. :-)

So I guess the question I'm wrestling with the most is: Is it a better choice to get an older (2007/2008) truck with 40k miles or get a 2012/2013 with 140k miles?

Thanks for the reply. Makes sense this would get to someone else in NC first. :-)
High mileage doesn't bother me as long as it has been well maintained and it has good maintenance records. Lower mileage can be a concern because things that don't get used have a tendency to rot away and break with little warning, again it boils down to number of owners and quality of maintenance records.

That being said! I have a 2003 F150 that we tow with that has 238,000 miles on it. My 1996 F350 had 38,000 when I bought it in 2006 and just now rolled over to 150,000, most of those miles were put on in just over 2 years.

My company car has 255,000 on it and it is a 2008 Nissan Altima.

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Old 10-13-2014, 03:54 PM   #5
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I tow my 3905 with a 2013 dodge crew cab 3500 srw with no problem at all! The newer trucks have way higher towing capabilities.
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Old 10-14-2014, 12:20 AM   #6
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Thanks for the info. We priced everything today and a base model 3500 2014 is not that much more than a 2011 so that seems to make the most sense.
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Old 10-14-2014, 02:49 AM   #7
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I tow with a 2013 3500 CC DRW with no problems, take the time to read the tow ratings of your choice of truck. look on theTrailer Life website. I believe they have a document that shows different trucks by year and give a good idea of fifth wheel limits.
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You don't need an 18-wheeler to tow a V3970. My 2013 Chevy 3500 DRW does an excellent job towing our V3600 on flatlands and especially in the mountains on 6 and 7% grades. We're rated by the lawyers at Chevy to tow a 5th wheel up to 22,500 pounds. Make sure you get a truck with a good payload because that 3970 is going to put over 3,000 pounds on the hitch. My truck has a payload of 5,000 pounds.
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:10 AM   #9
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My 2014 ram 2500 with the hemi is rated to tow just over 15k so a 3500 dually will be plenty enough truck to do the job. That cummins is a great pulling engine.
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:26 AM   #10
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Owen,

Plenty of good info in this thread.

I was a Dodge Cummins guy starting with a 1998 2500 then a 2005 3500.

But then in late 2010 retirement was just around the corner, we were getting into the Toyhauler world, and went looking for another truck.

Found the 2011 Silverado 3500 dualie, Duramax, crew cab, Allison 6-speed and its been an incredible towing machine. The 6.6 litre Duramax is an incredible puller...and we found the Silverado had more of the "creature comforts" than the new Dodges.

So I made the change and haven't regretted it for a minute. There are lots of the Duramax Silverado 3500's around...you should be able to stay in your price range.

Whatever you get, take a bit of time to make sure the 5th wheel hitch can be installed right over the rear axle for load control and safety.

Regardless of what you get, spend the $500 on Firestone air bags to help keep the truck level when hooked up.

Good luck!!

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