I have a 2020 Sportsmen 32ft and pull it with my half ton Ram. I’m going to get a bigger truck, a diesel for sure. While I have no plans to trade campers now I can see when the kids get a few years older going for a 5th wheel. I do not want to I have to switch trucks again if the three-quarter ton will not be enough.
We go camping at least once or twice a month and I make it a point to try and talk to people out there and have heard both sides of the arguments. Just looking for more personal experience/input.
Hi 311jl, It all depends on what fifth wheel you get. We have a KZ 311TH10 fiver which I pull with a 2016 Ford F250 gasser, with max GVWR, tow package, etc. We've taken many long trips with it including weeks up and down the Rockies with no problem. But it is a lighter fiver with 7800 lb unloaded weight. Keep in mind on a particular model the truck brakes and suspension are the same diesel vs gas but the diesel has a big advantage pulling uphill. I certainly wouldn't want to pull a larger fifth wheel with my truck, even though it works wonderfully with my 311TH10. The best thing to do is choose the trailer, then do a thorough job of matching the truck to it. Resources like rvtowcheck.com and rveducation101.com can give realistic answers on matching a truck to that fifth wheel you love.
Check the door frame on your truck, it will give max towing capacity. Get a 5W below that weight and allow for equipment & passengers. The equipment & passenger loads going to be a guesstimate. Internet weight cops will say you can't exceed that sticker weight, I wouldn't worry if your a little over but that's just me. You need to decide what you would accept if your do go over. I towed years with an F250 but as the 5w got larger so did the truck.
2017 Durango Gold G353RKT 2015 F350 Lariat CC SRW 4X4FX
Figure 20% of a 5th wheel gross weight rating is what you will have for pin weight and that number needs to be less that the payload or max cargo weight number which will also be on the door post sticker. Really you want to have your 5th wheel picked out before you buy a truck, or just go for it and get a one ton dually.
2018 Durango 318RLT Ford Lariat F250 Former RVIA master tech.