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    Is Dually a must for Solitude 5th wheel

    Hello,

    We are getting a Solitude 378 and we need to order a tow vehicle. We are considering a 2021 F350 Diesel short bed SRW. I was wondering if anyone here could share their experience towing a heavy 15k lbs 5th wheel with and without a dually. I prefer not to go dually if I have to but I have no experience towing heavy 5th wheels.

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    Is Dually a must for Solitude 5th wheel

    F150? Hope thatís a typo and you meant F-350. I would recommend you skip over the F-250 3/4 ton and go to a 350 one ton. We tow a 35í Montana (GVW 16,300, but we keep the trip loaded weight down to around 14,200) with a F-350 Lariat CC SRW SB 4x4 diesel and itís a sweet handling rig, but I will be the first to admit that a dually would be better, especially if we loaded it to over 15,000 or so.


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    That's a huge difference in choices: between an F150, and a 1-ton dually. IMO a dually will always be more stable simply because of the larger footprint. As to whether you need it or not, that's up to the individual. I consider a dually a good choice for 15,000 lbs., probably not necessary, but a good choice ne'er the less.
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    Yes, that was a typo.

    MC

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    I pull my Solitude 380FL with a F350 diesel dually long-bed and would not have it any other way (except a F450!).
    New: 2021 Solitude 380FL
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    Captcolor,

    Do you find it easy to back up and move around with the dually? We won't be stationary with this rig. We plan to spend a week to 10 days on a site and move on. Any other issues with the dually vs SRW to consider?

    Just out of curiosity what mpg can I expect with a dually?

    Thank you for the feedback.

    MC

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    Hi Bill,

    What mpg are you getting with the Ford?

    MC

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    You're going to get a lot of opinions here, but I'll sum it this way - there is no Solitude a dually cannot pull, and a dually with tow any Solitude with more quantifiable capability and qualitative peace of mind over a SRW. If the tow vehicle comes first, you can shop more offerings. Vice-versa, just know the SRW's capabilities. If you will tow very long distances across variable terrain and climatic conditions, don't discount a dually because of excuses like hard to park and 6 tires are so much more expensive than 4... if you will be a weekend warrior towing in a 2 hour radius, then minimalist is just fine!
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    Thank you Rob.

    We don't do weekend trips anymore. We will use the 5th wheel to go up and down the west coast, Alaska etc for 6 months out of the year.

    I can afford a dually but I don't want to have too much truck if I can help it and still be OK towing up and down hills.

    I like the Dodge Dually better than Ford but I read that the tranny in the Ford is better and Dodge may be coming with an Allison soon. Idk for sure...

    I appreciate your feedback.

    MC

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    No such thing as "too much truck".
    Howard and Peggy
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    His: 1999 Honda Interceptor
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