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Adele

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  1. UPDATE: We spoke with Canada customs and they don't want us to leave our RV in Canada for more than 6 months. They told us we need to bring it back to Texas. Next year, we will get the inspection and paperwork done before we hit the border. Apparently this takes some time and there is some expense.
  2. Thanks for your feedback. It would be left at an RV Resort and not moved or used. We found some text on a gov't website that said if it is staying for a period of less than 12 months we don't need to import but we are confirming that. It is possible we can leave it until July, then run across the border and come back....
  3. Hello everyone. Thank you for your comments. We contacted Canadian border patrol and they want us to import it if we are going to leave it. This requires us to return to the border and file some paperwork - a huge hassle for us and it may be a dealbreaker. Our insurance covers in Canada. The sticking point seems to be Canadian customs.
  4. Hello. I have been coming back to Alberta (Canadian citizen) every summer. We drive our fifth wheel up from Texas (husband is American) and spend a few months here. I am tempted to just leave the 5th wheel at an RV campground in Alberta, Canada instead of driving it back and forth. The fifth wheel is registered in my husband's name in Texas. Are there any issues with customs/insurance/etc? UPDATE: Insurance was fine, Canada customs wasn't. We spoke with Canada customs and they don't want us to leave our RV in Canada for more than 6 months. They told us we need to bring it back to Texas. Next year, we will get the inspection and paperwork done before we hit the border. Apparently this takes some time and there is some expense.
  5. You're exactly right, Greg. An MDT or HDT isn't required, especially since we aren't bringing another vehicle and the GVWR is 14200. We are also more comfortable driving a duelly around town. ANYWAY - We drove our fifth wheel from Houston to Colorado. The truck performed beautifully and the exhaust brake is amazing. Thanks to everyone who provided input.
  6. Hi everyone, Well, it looks like we might be getting a one tonne, dually, long box. We are getting an inspection done tomorrow. We found a 2013 Chevrolet diesel 3500HD 2WD, DRW with a payload capacity of 5,484 pounds. Our trailer hitch weight is 2300 pounds so this should be more than enough. I know everyone says towing capacity doesn't matter, but this beast will tow 22,800 pounds. (Stats from Chevy.) It has 64,000 miles. Any other recommendations before we buy? Input appreciated. p.s. We won't get an HDT or MDT so please no comments about that! Adele
  7. Thank you for the great feedback, everyone. It seems we need to buy more truck! I am looking forward to reviewing all of your comments with my husband when he gets back home. We will use them to help us with our purchase. I really appreciate it.
  8. I found this excellent page - http://www.fifthwheelmagazine.com/choosing-a-truck-for-a-fifth-wheel.htm "From surveys done by us with our readers, the most popular truck to pull a Fifth Wheel is the Chevrolet 2500 HD with a Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 engine. As you will see below the towing capacity of this truck is able to handle most Fifth Wheels. The standard cab 2500HD has a towing capacity of 17,800 lbs and that is single rear wheels as opposed to the added cost of dual rear Wheels.... There's a lot more on the page, such as brake controllers, etc.
  9. Hi everyone. Thank you so much for the input. I guess I need to add a little more info: 1. Total weight shouldn't be more than 14,000 LOADED, and we need to be able to pull this thru mountain passes. 2. An MDT or duelly is not really an option as the plan is to detach and use the truck daily. I want to be able to easily park in a parking lot, park in a garage, take thru a car wash, and take on backcountry roads into hiking trail heads, which can be small and narrow. I don't want something too big and difficult to manoeuvre. 3. We plan to live in our fifth wheel full-time, pulling the trailer every 2 weeks to 3 months. 4. As mentioned, we plan to travel through the mountains in United States and Canada so we need something that won't suck climbing hills. 5. Money is a factor. We are looking for a used diesel truck, 2009 or later, and we don't want to spend more than $35K. $30k is more in the budget. Can anyone recommend a FORD or DODGE that will do this? I think we've figured out what Chrysler model will work. Thank you, Adele
  10. Hi everyone, We want to buy a used diesel truck in the next 2 weeks and need some advice. We purchased a 2015 38' Canyon Trail with four slideouts. Dry weight about 12,000 pounds. We plan to take it around North America and spend a good amount of time in the mountains so we need something with guts to pull it through mountain passes. We have been looking for a diesel truck, a Chrysler 2500HD or 3500 because the manufacturer shows it will pull about 16,000. (We want an extra 30% towing capacity.) We have been unable to find towing statistics for Ford and Dodge trucks so I'm wondering if someone can recommend models easily capable of pulling this rig? Thanks in advance.
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