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    Michael&Janel
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    Question Which truck to pull?

    I am fairly certain we are set on the truck we are going to use to pull our 380TH.

    Dodge Ram 3500 MegaCab Dually with the 6'4" bed and 850ftlbs tranny.

    I am not a fan of this brand or truck but the MegaCab is the only cab that allows our children the room in the back with room to spare.

    But I am open to suggestions and recommendations of what you know and love or hate...

    What are the must haves and nice to haves in the truck to pull a large toy hauler?

    Any regrets?

    Any OhMyGosh I didn't think it mattered but now that I have it.....

    TIA

    Michael & Janel

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    I have that trailer and the SRW mega cab. The only thing I MIGHT change is to go with the 3.73. Otherwise I love my truck, and I love my trailer. It is the lowest stress towing I've experienced in 7 RV's.
    Ct..
    Chris Tretta
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    Thanks Chris! Is the 6'4" bed an issue at all?

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    One to consider for towing something that big is a medium size truck. Freightliner makes a pickup called the sportchassis. It is a pickup with a pickup bed on it.
    Marcy & Gary
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    We have the 2014 ram 3500 only difference is our is a crew cab with a 8ft bed. Pull the same trailer 380, have log 5,000+ miles with the two and it pulls like a dream...would not change anything... upgraded to a 20,000lb hitch, 16,000lb hitch made a lot of noises. Love the engine brake, tons of power, maintains speed up and down any mountains on the east coast.. Good Luck.

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    I use a slider, so no issue. I don't always use it, but I do each time I pull in and out of my drive way. I make a 170 degree uturn as I back into the driveway. Love my truck.
    Ct..
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    Not that our opinion is well informed (new to RV'ing) - but I think you just described our TV, and we're hoping to order a 380TH this weekend! (We need the mega-cab for our big dogs.)
    Kermode and Ussuri Bruin (and their owners)
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    I tow a 303RLS with a 2014 Ram 2500 diesel and there are 2 things that are a big negative with the truck ;
    1. The truck bed sits too high and causes the nose of the camper to ride 6" high.
    2. Uses way too much diesel exhaust fluid and it's not cheap. I have 7k miles on my truck and have towed 4k of that and have used 7 gal. of fluid.
    Oh yeah, my truck came with the 5th wheel tow package and by design is a bad design.
    2014 Ram 2500 W / 6.7L diesel
    2014 303 RLS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eaglehead View Post
    I tow a 303RLS with a 2014 Ram 2500 diesel and there are 2 things that are a big negative with the truck ;
    1. The truck bed sits too high and causes the nose of the camper to ride 6" high.
    2. Uses way too much diesel exhaust fluid and it's not cheap. I have 7k miles on my truck and have towed 4k of that and have used 7 gal. of fluid.
    Oh yeah, my truck came with the 5th wheel tow package and by design is a bad design.
    7 gal of DEF in 7000 miles doesn't sound too bad. That's more than my F350 uses but not by much. Mine uses more when driving around town vs highway driving. At about 4 bucks a gallon, it is pricey. It's not the first time I've heard that bed height on some of the Dodges can be a problem when towing a 5th wheel.
    Andy & Julie
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    2012 F350 SWR 4x4 CC 6.7 Diesel

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    Why don't you use the DEF pumps at truck stops, Pilot, Flying J, etc to refill the DEF tank when on the road with trailer. I use about 2.5-3 gal on a 3000 mile mixed pull/empty trip I make a few times a year. At Pilot I know that DEF is about half the price or less per gallon compared to the boxes. So it looks like your usage per 1000 miles is about average for mine also.
    Don & Judy
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