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Phyllis and Leonard2014 Cedar Creek CKTS Fifthwheel / 2011 F350 King Ranch Dually
Luvglass wrote:I think both. It's logical that a short length will react more quickly to a change in height than a long length.
I think both. It's logical that a short length will react more quickly to a change in height than a long length.
We drive a Chevy Tahoe and an F-250 CC-SB, and it seems the Tahoe is more active, but the truck is rougher because of suspension and air pressure in the tires. Neither is bad or uncomfortable.It's all a matter of personal preference and a good subject for discussion.
If you're hauling people the "Crew Cab" is the best fit for comfort and ride. I went with the "Super Cab" because of budget and the higher payload rating. I have driven both trucks (all Fords) and I can't say that the ride was any better with the longer wheel base but maybe my rear end isn't sensitive enough. LOL Another thing to keep in mind is the torque loss with the longer wheelbase, the manufacturers don't always post separate specs for torque @ the rear wheels but you do have torque loss with a longer drive (shaft) train. Also the turning radius for the longbed/crew-cab trucks can be a pain in the a** in some situations. Both trucks have their good and bad points; pick the one that will work best for your situation. Happy Camping!
Mark & Nancy 2004 F-250 XLT 6.0 Diesel2001 Sunnybrook 2708 TT
"Small House, Big Yard "
"May the FOREST be with you"Alfa See-Ya 5'er and 2007 Kodiak C4500 Monroe
For another 2 cents of perspective which others may not agree with –
First get a truck with an 8’ foot bed. Using the bed length of 8 feet gives you more room and will simply ride better regardless of the size of the trailer. Naturally it will never require a slider hitch and all that could entail. It also gives you room for an aux fuel tank which some say you don’t need. I disagree completely. But that's just me. It has nothing to do with how far you can go between pit stops. It has to do with travel where fuel is either scarce or more difficult to get with the trailer attached. I see this every day for the guys traveling with us who just have the standard tanks as we travel the 50th state and Canada. I’ve seen it a lot in the lower 48 as well.
As to crew vs. extended cab, look at the turning radius of the two trucks. That is somewhat of a factor when backing the rig. Not a gigantic factor as you will learn to deal with the longer tow vehicle (crew) if you get a crew cab without too much trouble. But it is a small factor with the crew being longer than the extended cab.
The crew has more space and for some this is important as a place to stow or carry equipment. I carry all my tools in the back seat area. I want the tools with me in the truck, not in the trailer when I am off solo and might need them. Also it keeps them out of the moisture. Again, that’s just me.
Four wheel drive is just like insurance – you don’t need it till you do and then you need it real bad. So that is just a personal choice. I have it and have been glad I do.
Get a diesel regardless IMHO.
My truck is a 2006 Chevy crew – dual rear wheels – four wheel drive – 8 foot bed – diesel – 50 gallon aux Transfer Flow tank. I am very happy with the rig. So far it’s taken me from the east coast, up the Alcan to Valdez, AK without a whimper. My trailer is just shy of 39 feet long.
My 2 cents should it be of help -
Bill & Linda2014 New Horizons Majestic F37RLTSS 962012 Chevy 3500HD Duramax-Allison \ 4-Wheel Drive \ Air RideClassy Chassis RV Hauler Bed Conversion \ Aux Fuel Tank
PaulAs Bill mentioned, I like the crew cab for the extra storage.
Prefer long bed so I don't need a slider hitch
I don't know how heavy a 5th wheel you are considering but one important thing you may want to think about is getting dual rear wheels. You will need to move up to a one ton for this though. DRW will give you much more stability on the road, more rubber on the road when you apply the brakes, and more control should you have a rear tire blow.Good luck in your search, take your time, and have fun.
RVing probably not a reality any more.It was a good time while it lasted.
2010 Ford F-350 FX4 Dually , 2011 Keystone Montana 3400 RL - For Sale
2012 Chevy 3500HD DRW's (SOLD)Pressure Pro System (SOLD) Trailer Saver TS 3 (SOLD)
2010 Mobile Suites 38 RSSB 4 #5057 (Sold)
Delaine and Lindy wrote:P.S. You can have to much Trailer but never to much Truck.
P.S. You can have to much Trailer but never to much Truck.
Ya'll sure have a sweet rig, but not all of us can afford a rig that nice. Heck, if you gave if to me free of charge, I couldn't afford its care and feeding. Though not full timing yet, I may soon be in my little Aliner - if I'm lucky and the bankruptcy judge doesn't take it when they take my house. Unladen, my tow vehicle gets better mileage than your toad (It's got the same engine, but is lighter and tow tuned to get between 22-25 mpg towing my camper.) What does your frieghtliner get, 6-8 mpg with 15-20% more costly diesel fuel? I just returned from a 1,550 mile trip spending less than $200 in fuel. Too much truck is one you can't afford to drive because of: fuel costs, maintenance costs, tires, insurance, taxes, initial cost/depreciatiation, etc.No one knows the future, but some experts predict that fuel could easily rise to the $7-$9 gallon range within the next few years if things deteriorate politically (ie, cap & trade, drilling moratorium, Venesualian oil boycott, hyperinflation, etc.). If this worst-case scenario actually materializes, I'm sure many may wish they were towing a Hi-lo with a 1/2 ton.All I'm saying is that one would be wise to at least consider the possibility of escalating future fulltiming costs, a falling dollar, and uncertain investment returns when deciding on a TV. If not, we may find ourselves in a situation where we can only afford to move seasonally, at best.Chip P.S. Thank you for your military service. You're a better man than I, as I could only take the Army for 9 yrs. before mustering out. :)
2008 F-250 6.4l supercab 2wd
2006 Aliner XLE, looking for TT for FT use
2 Icebear 125cc CT70 clones - 60+ MPH and 100 MPG