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Old 01-27-2020, 10:38 AM   #1
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Hello from middle Tn

New to the group. Just retired and purchased a used 2013 DRV 38 foot I plan to pull with my 2016 f250 hopefully it is up the task. I am not familiar with a trailer that long. I have some repairs to do and upgrading the flooring. the slides and level is troubling and tracked to the polarity changer on the pump. That is the only problem and should be a quick fix.
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Old 01-27-2020, 02:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to the group.
Just so you know, that 250 will have broken some numbers when it comes to being overloaded on either the gross weight, the tire loaded max, or the rear axle overloaded max. Should take that trailer to the scales and see what it weighs and what kind of pin weight your putting into that truck. I used to weigh RV's when I owned my Mobile Suites and 100% of the 250 series trucks were in some way overloaded according to the manyufacturers specs. That didn't mean they were all broke down on the side of the road, but it "could" make for a unpleasant driving experiance. "Your mileage may vary"!!
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:38 PM   #3
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know it is heavy but as for drivability it is already better than the class A
I am getting out of. pin weight will be over stated limit but can level truck with air bags within tire limits. I am hopeful it works out.
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Old 01-28-2020, 05:42 AM   #4
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Druid, you won't even be close with that 250 of yours. That truck is unsafe towing that RV, no matter what you do to it. And it being unsafe makes it unsafe for the rest of us sharing that highway. A late model 350/3500 SRW at a bare minimum, preferably a dually, but at least a one ton.
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Old 01-28-2020, 06:53 AM   #5
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not safe

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Druid, you won't even be close with that 250 of yours. That truck is unsafe towing that RV, no matter what you do to it. And it being unsafe makes it unsafe for the rest of us sharing that highway. A late model 350/3500 SRW at a bare minimum, preferably a dually, but at least a one ton.
my research shows very little difference between the 250 and 350 SWR except spring rates.
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Old 02-03-2020, 03:23 PM   #6
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SRW 250 or 350 is going to be overloaded with any 38' DRV.
Need a 350 fully. My 36' DRV pin weight is 2 tons.
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Old 02-03-2020, 04:40 PM   #7
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Congrats on retirement and DRV purchase

Hi, first off congratulations on your retirement and new, to you, DRV. I had a 2018 DRV 38ft pulled it all over the US and really had no issue. However, I purchased the two vehicle first. It was a 2018 Ram 3500 dually and never regretted having it. Regarding the DRV I took it to Indiana for the one year inspection and they corrected/fixed everything. I never had any major problems with it and I am sure you will enjoy it. Regarding the F250, I recommend you hook it up tow it around your area, highways, hills, etc. I believe you will decide very quickly you want more truck. Sure the F250 can pull it, but definitely not pull it safely. Most important, above all else, is your families safety, the safety of drivers around you, and finally your safety. It is like a drunk driver, I made it home every time, except this time. It would be hell to live the rest of your life knowing you hurt or killed someone because you maxed out your tow vehicle. Buy a new or used dually and enjoy your retirement. Just my two cents.
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Old 02-03-2020, 05:20 PM   #8
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I agree with above posts. I have a 2008 DRV Elite suite i pull with an F450. With the 250, you are not even DOT legal(if that is a concern). My unit curb wt is 16500 and max is 20K. A newer 250 might cut it. Hope you don’t have to stop quick or tires will probably blow. Good luck!
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Old 02-04-2020, 09:15 AM   #9
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Druid, Facts only, no opinions: I've been towing heavy construction trailers (bumper pull and gooseneck with pickups for 30 years) in many major cities as well as open roads (Colo. Rockies thru WY & MT to TX and ME). I've owned 3/4 and 1 ton, SRW and duelly: Chev, Ford and Dodge (gas and diesels in all). Bought new 2013 39' Mountaineer and pulled with diesel and gas Chev 2500s. Sold 2015 Duramax and kept 2016 gasser. Wife drives nearly as much as I and we've NEVER had an issues other than cheap tires blowing out.

Get the best tire. NOW my opinions: change tires over to 7:50X14 G rated=14 ply and install tire sensors for heat and pressure. If equipment is kept in good condition, it's also more about the driver than the equipment.

Congrats and enjoy retirement with whatever direction YOU decide to go.
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Old 02-04-2020, 09:50 AM   #10
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Jack, along with your recommendation, you should give the OP a specific brand and model for the 14" G-rated tire.
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Old 02-04-2020, 10:06 AM   #11
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tire size on my truck is 275/65-20 load range E. can someone recommend a load range G in this size and what brand
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Old 02-04-2020, 10:08 AM   #12
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Good morning Jim, my opinion is typically worth what you paid for it. Owned/driven Ford, Chev and Dodge and for me; I buy whatever has the equipment and color I need/want. Not much of a "brand" guy. They've all disappointed me at some time. Tires are kind of the same thing to me. Now days, Google finds prices and reviews very conveniently; and I suck at anything IT.
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:28 AM   #13
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I can appreciate that but I am having trouble finding g G load tire in a size for my wheels. best I have able to find so far is a xl tire (extra load) but still a E(10) ply tire.
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Old 02-04-2020, 12:32 PM   #14
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Old 02-04-2020, 01:53 PM   #15
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5-6 years ago it seemed there were no American made trailer tires and I had the best luck with Hankook tailer tires. I just googled and it appears Goodyear and Goodrich both make a G rated trailer tire. I would imagine all good; check reviews and get your best price. Still probably north of $200 each.
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