need help choosing a tow truck

Discussion in 'Towables' started by johnsho, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. johnsho

    johnsho New Member

    I need help choosing a truck to tow my new 5th-wheel. I am a first time owner of an RV and soon to be first time owner of a truck. My wife and I plan to travel the country in our 31 ft Colorado - 3 slide rv. It is listed as a GVWR of 12,192, Hitch-Wgt = 1844,
    Unloaded-Wgt = 9592. Any opinions on make, model, engine, rear … would be greatly appreciated.
    We are about to look at a Ram 3500SLT quad-cab 4x4; 6 cyl 5.9 cummings turbo diesel, 4-spd auto w/overdrive, short-bed with a pullrite, ride-rite air bags, and bilstein shocks all around. What do you think.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

    Re: need help choosing a tow truck

    great, sounds like someone had it set up for towing
     
  3. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

    Re: need help choosing a tow truck

    Welcome,
    Sounds good to me also my son has a bit lighter RV and a little bit smaller RAM and it does the job. The only thing I might add is air bags are a good choice and I would add a PAC brake for the down hill.

    LEN
     
  4. CharlieS

    CharlieS New Member

    Re: need help choosing a tow truck

    Sounds like the truck is plenty big enough and you can't beat that Cummings Diesel.
     
  5. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: need help choosing a tow truck

    Sounds good to me except for the short bed. Long trailers and short trucks are a bad combination. With a long bed you don't need the Pull-Rite hitch and you can save TONS of cash.
     
  6. johnsho

    johnsho New Member

    RE: need help choosing a tow truck

    Thanks to all for helping me in the decision process. I am buying that Ram3500, and I am very happy with the choice.
     
  7. connectswires

    connectswires New Member

    RE: need help choosing a tow truck

    Good choice, I pull a 27 ft with one slide with my shortbed 2500 ram diesel with slider hitch. I rarely use the slider because the pin is longer on the fifth wheel. Granted my trailer is lighter than yours, but i can run 90 miles hr if i wanted to. The air bags make a big diff. Welcome to the ram family.
     
  8. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    Re: need help choosing a tow truck

    Hope you dont ever want to tow ANYTHING 90 MPH. :eek: :laugh: Think we might have another DL on here :laugh: Or mabe it is DL and dont want us to know he downsized the trailer so the Dodge could tow it :eek: ;)
     

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