PrescillaM Posted January 17, 2016 Report Share Posted January 17, 2016 I’m another newbie to the forum and am going to purchase my first RV. I am a soon to be divorcee and have wanted to travel in an RV for quite some time. Now, that I have the means, and the time, I am going to do it. My plan is to purchase the RV and truck, here in Oregon, where I currently live. Then I would like to travel for a minimum of 6 months to one year. I may decide to do it longer term if the lifestyle suits me. After that I will more than likely settle closer to my son in TX so I can be nearer my granddaughter. I plan to keep the RV and leave the TX area during the summer months when it is too hot and humid for me to be there. I lived there for 14 years and if I can escape, I will. So, I am looking for an RV that I can live in full time for months at a time with my two small dogs. I have towed a 20ft. boat/trailer for many summers in the past. I currently drive a Ford F150 during the winters here so I am comfortable with driving a truck. I have driven a 28’ Class C and felt very comfortable doing so but have never towed a 5th wheel. This will be a whole new experience for me. Since it will be a one person show I figured that hitching up a 5th wheel would be a lot easier than hooking up a trailer on my own. So, that is why I’ve chosen to go with a 5th wheel over a travel trailer. Plus, it seems like there would certainly be less length behind the truck since the 5th wheel hooks up inside of the bed. And, it seems like a much more stable system. I have been looking at 29’ Keystone Cougar 5th wheel and know what I like and don’t like. It has a GVWR of 10,000-lbs. Figuring in the 127 gallons of fluids (maximum) for gray/black/fresh at 8.35-lbs gives me a total for that of 1060-lbs. So, I have 11,060-lbs in total weight calculated for towing requirements. Is there anything else that I need to take into account if I fill it with the maximum payload allowed? I have been looking at a Ford F250 (3/4 ton) for a tow vehicle. I’ve seen some comments where people recommend having a tow vehicle that is capable of towing the RV at 80% of its towing capacity. This would give me a tow vehicle requirement of 13,825lbs. Is this correct? If this is the case then it looks like an F250 Super Cab with a 6.7L diesel V8 would be sufficient with a towing capacity of 16,300-lbs. Would I be able to go with the 6.2L gas V8 with a towing capacity of 12,700 or is that cutting the towing capacity too close? Is it necessary to go with the diesel engine? Thank you ahead of time. PM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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