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Old 03-14-2019, 04:56 AM   #1
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Do I need to go big

I just purchased a Jayco 28.5RSTS fifth wheel. GVRW 10995. Plan to tow it about 12-15 times per year. Longest trip would be Houston to Las Vegas for example. Only one long trip per year. The F250 with a 6..2L looks like it would tow this weight well. Or, the real question, should I go big ($$$) and get a diesel? This is my first towable RV. Other than the fifth wheel, I have no plans to tow anything.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:23 AM   #2
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I just purchased a Jayco 28.5RSTS fifth wheel. GVRW 10995. Plan to tow it about 12-15 times per year. Longest trip would be Houston to Las Vegas for example. Only one long trip per year. The F250 with a 6..2L looks like it would tow this weight well. Or, the real question, should I go big ($$$) and get a diesel? This is my first towable RV. Other than the fifth wheel, I have no plans to tow anything.

I would look at the pin weight the GVRW is not the governing number for moving from F-250 to the F-350. As far as going to the diesel its up to you but in the event you plan on towing in beyond the flat lands then you'll not like the results of the gasser.
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Old 03-14-2019, 06:24 AM   #3
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Your F250 will work just fine.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:39 AM   #4
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Neighbor was towing his similar trailer with a Tundra, and just moved up to the F250.....

He said it made a difference, and was happy
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I love my diesels for towing
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You want the diesel for what you're planning to do. You're looking at almost twice the torque.
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For towing once a year, I would go gas. Three quarter or one-ton of course. I just bought a 6.4 Hemi Dodge it is a beast. But I only tow once or twice a year now...
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For towing once a year, I would go gas. Three quarter or one-ton of course. I just bought a 6.4 Hemi Dodge it is a beast. But I only tow once or twice a year now...
Agree 100%, but not for a trip to Vegas and back, plus the other 15 trips a year. That's lots of towing!
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Agree 100%, but not for a trip to Vegas and back, plus the other 15 trips a year. That's lots of towing!


I agree with this, And that's a statement coming from a gasser owner
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I towed a Cougar 28SGS 5th wheel the same size with a 2500 GMC with 6.0 gas and 3.73 rear axle ratio. It did OK around here on flat land. Took it east to the Smokey Mountains and it was working hard. Screaming high RPM uphill being passed by everybody including 18 wheelers. Then I would pass them all back going downhill. I just couldn't handle the engine screaming and the stress of all the constant passing and repassing. Got back home and bought a F350 diesel. Then a bigger trailer. Then a new RAM diesel. Then a cabover. Then a RAM diesel dually.
Go bigger than what you think you need the first time.
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