advice needed truck size for fifth wheel

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by peleger, Feb 3, 2002.

  1. peleger

    peleger New Member

    my wife and i just purchase a used 1993 265 jayco in
    december,always had trailers but kept on season lots
    this is going to be a new experience for us ,i need all
    the info i can get to purchase the best first we
    do not plan long haul but i know we will in a few year.

  2. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    advice needed truck size for fifth wheel

    Hello Paul,
    It would help to know the Jaco's loaded weight. I would buy at least a 3/4 ton with towing pagage. I like the 460 ford and 454 Chevrolet engines but, the 351 or 350 will probably tow the Jaco with the proper axle ratio. If you are thinking diesel the ford p/s, dodge cummings or 6.5 chev turbo should do the job. Most prefer the ps ford. If you are looking at new, I would look at the new chev duramax. Lots of good reviews but, it has not been out there long enough to prove itself. I personally like the duallys for towing even the smaller trailers because of the handling and stoping. I tow a 28 ft cougar, that the factory recommends you can tow with a 1/2 ton, w/slide with a 6.5 chev dually. Towed it with a 1/2 ton and never felt confortable. Over buy on towing, you will probably be getting a larger trailer in a couple yrs anyway. Good luck

    Chelse L. Nash

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