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Old 11-01-2018, 04:59 AM   #11
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We pull our 2015 305RL with a 2006 dually. I would not pull it with a single rear wheel. We are front heavy though with generator, washer combo, 4 golf cart batteries, and under bed and closet storage full. We are basically loaded like full timers. We have pin weight of 3660. My truck's GVW is 13k and we are over 12.5k when loaded for a trip. It handles like a dream with the extra sidewalls on the rear side. The dually has been my daily driver since winter 2014/2015.
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:44 PM   #12
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Take this with a grain of salt but in my opinion that is way to much for a single rear wheel 1 ton truck to be pulling.".Second is it's another 2,000 pounds of weight to pull... not really a big deal with a 3500 Ram Diesel but I have single rear wheels which means 3950 pounds of payload 18,000 pounds of towing, " I know the numbers the truck manufacture says it ok but in the real world you will have a death grip on the wheel tow that much weight on you truck............ Just my opinion ....
To add to this, I just got my DD to buy a 2004 Ram 3500 DRW for towing her 30' four horse, with Living quarters GN trailer. The empty pin was about 2,600# loading with horses and gear it would easily gain 1,000#.
I am currently looking to upgrade our TV to something newer than our 2001 Ram 2500 with 312K miles. We tow at 20,500# GCVW which the truck handles well, but I have driven her DRW and it is nicer.

The hips you will get use to, I have ridden with DD and followed her, she does just fine, she knows how wide she is, meaning on a narrow bridge she can stay in her own lane, nicely centered.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:36 AM   #13
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DRW is the way to go for that size and weight

I pull a 40ft Montana 343Rl and I wouldnt think of anything less than DRW for that truck , The extra traction , stability , and Larger brakes, all add up to a more controlled pull vehicle. Stay safe and you fellow RV's will appreciate it.
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Old 11-08-2018, 03:37 PM   #14
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You need a DRW pickup.

Have you fulltimed before? Montanas are nice, but not really suitable for fulltime use.
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Old 11-08-2018, 04:55 PM   #15
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We have a 2019 Keystone Cougar 30 rls 5th wheel (34 feet) and tow it with a 2012 Ram 3500 4 Dr, 4x4 6.5 box. Truck is rated to tow over 16000 # and our rig is about 11.5 to 12k loaded. Truck toes and stops great. I use tow mode and on hills also engage the factory engine brake (jake brake).

I’m averaging 9.5 to 10 mpg. My 2015 Thor Hurricane gas class A averaged 6 to 7 mpg.

But with only a 34 gallon diesel tank I am starting to look at a 50 gallon replacement diesel tank underneath the bed.
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Old 11-09-2018, 03:17 AM   #16
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ID, "Montana's are nice, but not really suitable for fulltime use" I'm curious what aspect of a Montana makes it less than suitable for full-timing. We see a ton of Montana's on the road.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:14 AM   #17
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^^A "real" Montana would be good I think. A Montana HC, not so good in my opinion. I've never had them side by side and gone back and forth comparing build quality and features. I would hope a Montana has better cabinets and wood work than our HC. The HC floor has been discussed here. The Montana has supposedly better slide mechanism...hydraulic vs. cable. I think Keystone has done some upgrades on the HC line but they, and the dealers, seem to purposely blur the differences between Montana and HC.
I've mentioned this before but if I was looking for something to live in 24/7 I would look at DRV, Montana, Alpine, or Landmark in that order. If budget was driving my choice I believe I would go used in those brands.
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Old 11-09-2018, 07:38 AM   #18
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Look at the classifieds on this forum for some nice, clean used fulltime 5ers, some with trucks available also.
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:35 AM   #19
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It's raining outside so...I looked at the Houston mega dealer...HWHRV.com has two Montana 3121RL models 2018 for $59,995. You might haggle them down a little more. That's not a bad deal for a new Montana.
https://www.hwhrv.com/instant-search...ntana%203121rl
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Old 11-12-2018, 03:03 PM   #20
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We also have a 2018 model, 305RL. TV is a Ram 3500 short bed but is a Dually, pull, stop, and handling wind side to side etc. it is a dream to pull. If I went bigger 5er I would go bigger TV. Now my other concern is are you going to be in moderate climates? We bought yours in 2017 so have had it 1 1/2 years or so. We have 2 ACs, and if it is Hot you will need a third stuck out the window, like if it is 90+. Cold the same applies we dry camped in the teens to 30 degrees and with the temp set at 90 the coach got pretty cool I am speaking high 50s to low 60s. If you are on shore power and can run the electric heater it does much better. Other than those two factors we like ours just fine. Nice interior and layout. Hope this helps.
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