Truck Recommendation for Towing a 20,000 Pound 5th Wheel Trailer

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I bought a 5th wheel trailer with a GVWR of 20,000 pounds. I am looking at all three 1 tons. I am looking to stick to a SRW as it will also be a daily driver. Is that possible? Definitely a diesel. Thanks!

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What I recommend is any of the big 3 1-ton trucks that have a long bed and a factory 5th wheel prep package. This will limit the amount of equipment you will need to buy in order to tow a 5th wheel trailer and the trucks with the factory tow packages will also have the upgraded equipment, for the most part, for greater towing capacities compared to ones without tow packages.

Right now Ford and Ram are ruling the roost. I have not been all that impressed with the Fords so I would lean towards a Ram 3500. You will want to get one with a higher gear ratio, 3.73 or 4.10 because it will have a higher towing capacity than the standard 3.42. Also 2-wheel drive models have a slightly higher capacity than 4-wheel drive models. I urge you to go to the Ram Trucks site and at the top click the Towing & Compatibility tab and play around in there to find the configuration that suits you best.

So if you went with a newer Ram 3500 long bed diesel with the factory 5th wheel prep package all you would need is the hitch. Since the gross trailer weight is 20,000 pounds I recommend a hitch rated higher for safety. You could use B&W hitch # BWRVK3600 rated for 25K, Curt hitch # C16545-16021 rated for 24K, or Curt hitch # C16049 rated for 25K.

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