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Old 09-13-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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We are in the process of buying a Redwood 2013 fb fifth wheel. What truck size would you recommend?
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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I would say---f350 or f450, dually, diesel. Brand of your choice.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:27 PM   #3
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Can't really help you on fifth wheel hauler, but will forward a welcome to the group from southern Nevada. When all else fails, go with Ford. why not check in at "Introduce Yourself" and tell us a bit about yourself.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:50 PM   #4
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welcome. I would recommend checking the payload configurations on dually trucks. Make sure whatever truck you buy has enough payload to cover loaded pin weight of the redwood.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:25 PM   #5
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We are in the process of buying a Redwood 2013 fb fifth wheel. What truck size would you recommend?
We have a 2013 36FL and a 2012 F350 CC SRW 4x2. With the trailer fully loaded, but all tanks empty we came in at 15,500lbs, which is 500 lbs below GVWR. The pin weight was about 3000lbs, which put us within 150 lbs of max rear axle load.

I now wish we had got the dually and would suggest at least a F350 with DRW.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #6
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Reggie - In addition to this forum and the manufacturer's forum we also have a new independent forum up and running. The URL is www.redwoodrvowners.com
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:34 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the responses and keep them coming ...some great info
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:15 AM   #8
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We have a 2012 36FL. I have a 2004 dodge dully 4x4 with a Cummins diesel and wouldn't be without a dully. We purchased the Redwood 36 FL in Florida at Lazydays. We went across the street to the truck stop that had a Cat scale to see what we weighed.
steer axle 4900 lb.
drive axle 6540 lb.
trailer axle 12140 lb.
gross weight 23580 lb.

Make is your choice, but get the truck and a good 20,00 lb hitch ( I got the Curt hitch) and love it. So many people by the smaller truck and then find out they don't have the truck to pull it. Lazydyays will not sell you a trailer if you don't have the right truck for the payload.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:31 AM   #9
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We have a 2013 Redwood 36FB, we opted for the Fors F-350 Diesel Dually and have no regrets.

These coaches are heavy and you need a truck capable of not only handling the weight but even more importantly...able to stop. A 350/3500 is minimum, you might even may want to consider a 450! Do your homework, do the math and ultimately I think you'll agree.

Good luck...you'll love your FB...we do, the big shower is wonderful, so is the washer/dryer!!!
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:22 AM   #10
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Another question...what box size?
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:48 AM   #11
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I have the 8 foot bed. All together length ft. bumper of truck to rear bumper of trailer hooked up is almost 67 feet. She is long but we haven't had any problems. We just make sure in looking for campgrounds that we get a site with plenty of space. That big pulling in can be a challenge at some places. Another note is fueling the truck. I always go to the semi island as you know you can get in there. Only problem is they wont take a regular credit card at the pump so you have to go inside and have them enter it. Indiana has a law that you can't fuel at the truck island so you have to go to the car island. This makes it a real challenge at a lot of places being that long. If you are buying a new truck you will want to ge to the truck island as you can buy DEF for your emissions there. I haven't see it at the car islands. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #12
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At one time, I know there was a 65 ft. length restriction. You might want to check on that also.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:42 PM   #13
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Yes sir, length restrictions depend on the state you drive through... some it's 65, some 60, some....

and there is no reciprocity with this like with licensing.... (which is DUMB to thwart travelers that would be spending money in your state !)
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:09 PM   #14
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How do you find out which states restirct length?
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #15
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You might find what you are looking for here.

State Towing Laws for RVs
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Old 10-18-2013, 06:52 PM   #16
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good link Lloyd....
but to the op... understand that even if it's a state site I'd be leary of trusting anything posted on the web ... those dang IT guys can never keep up with changes (I r one )

they either are short staffed or they are not given the data in time.... (why most of my sites are user maintained content so I can't be blamed - but still am anyway Teehee)
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Old 10-18-2013, 08:52 PM   #17
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Great link. Thanks
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:55 PM   #18
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When states require safety chains, what does that mean for a 5th wheel?
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:01 AM   #19
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That is for a ball type hitch as in a TT if you are using a goose neck that is a ball and it needs safety chains
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:24 PM   #20
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That 67 feet is slightly wrong by approx 8 to 10 feet, unless you have a stretched truck, using an HDT, or hauling another trailer behind. We have a Long Bed Dually Extended cab and are about 56 feet, Crew Cab would add another foot or so. We travel heavy and have a pin weight of 4K on our RL, so 1 ton Dually required at a minimum.
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