Which Truck and Fifth Wheel Do you Recommend for a 35-37 Foot Trailer

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I am new at this, will probably get a 35-37 ft gulf stream or NuWay, what size truck and what kind of hitch would be the very best to get?

Expert Reply:

With a fifth wheel of that length, I would go with at least a 3/4 Ton Pickup, like a Ford F-250, Dodge Ram 2500 or GMC/Chevy 2500. Diesels will almost always have a greater towing capacity as they have such large torque outputs and they are built with heavier transmissions. I would strongly recommend, whatever truck you choose, to get an 8 foot bed. A 6-1/2 or 6 foot bed would require the use of a slider fifth wheel hitch. An 8 foot bed will require less parts and it will be simpler to operate as a fifth wheel truck. Getting a 1 ton pickup, Ford F-350 or Dodge/Chevy/GM 3500 would not hurt either.

When shopping for a truck, look at towing capacities. Check the owner manual, ask the salesman, but make sure you find out what the truck is capable of and make sure that it can handle the weight of the trailer you are planning on buying.

A lot of our customers are die-hard Reese Fifth Wheel users. They have been using Reese as long as they can remember and have not strayed. Reese has a quite a few models with different features that are desirable to different kinds of fifth wheel users. The Reese 16K Fifth Wheel, part # 30047, is a traditional fifth wheel. No bells or whistles, just a work horse. The Reese Elite series, part # RP30142, is their top of the line and will allow full use of the truck bed without fifth wheel rails.

We also carry Curt and Valley fifth wheels. Curt is newer to the fifth wheel sector, but their fifth wheel, the Curt Q20, part number C16130, has been pretty popular. It has a more modern look and is built with a stout 20,000 pound weight capacity.

There are custom install kits available for most modern trucks that will greatly reduce your install time and in many cases eliminate drilling into the truck frame. The only drilling would be 4 holes in the bed for the rails.

The limiting factor will be the truck. Fifth wheels are available from the 16,000 to the 25,000 pound capacities with several steps in between. Once you have your trailer picked out, find the gross trailer capacity when fully loaded, trailer dealer can help you with this. Then pick a truck that has enough towing capacity to pull the trailer. At this point, the fifth wheels will narrow themselves down and fall into place. I have added some links below to the parts mentioned and to some videos featuring those parts that should have some good info for you.


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