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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:42 pm 
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We are thinking about buying a 2018 Roamer 337rls. What Chevy truck do I need to purchase?

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3500 Duramax, IMHO.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:58 am 
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Although a 2500 would pull that trailer just fine, I say go with a 3500. You may want to upgrade someday and you don't want to be in the need more truck situation. Go with the Duramax for sure!!

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3x on the 3500 DRW Duramax. Previous TT was a 28' that weighed 7800 lb. Tried towing w/ a 1500 and it pulled & stopped OK, but we just didn't feel safe. Bought a 3500 CCLB DRW w/ a 6L gas engine. What a difference. When DW says she feels much safer, it's 'good'. The truck pulls fine, but I think a diesel would do better pulling the hills.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 10:56 am 
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We had a 337RLS 5er and towed it with a Ram 2500 diesel with no problems.
However as others have said you may want to consider going with a 1 ton.


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Reports say that 40% of the RVer's out are towing at maximum weight or are over weight. I would go with the 3500 Duramax and never look back. Wait, you might have to look behind you just to see if you are really pulling something : )

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I have a 337 and a 2006 GMC 2500 HD with the Duramax. Pulling and stopping are zero issues. The pin weight on the 337 is heavy compared to some, so for that reason you might want a 3500. Not sure if a dually is necessary. My truck has slightly larger tires 265/75R16 as opposed to stock 245/75R16 and my tires have 3400lbs capacity each as opposed to 3000lb for stock.

Safety wise I am good, under limits of tires, but according to mfr axle loads, I can be slightly over, depending on how I load it. The Trailer Life 2018 vehicle towing guide lists the 3500 4x4 SRW CCSB and 6.6 Duramax tow rating at 13,000/17200. Trailer weight is same as a 2500 but 5th wheel/goose neck is about 3,000 more than the 2500. For you the difference is what the cargo capacity max would be, and that isn't published there. The 3500 DRW 4x4 Duramax is rated to 23,300, and I KNOW the cargo rating is sufficient, it's just a matter of your preference. Be advised, I don't think GM sells the 3500 SRW in short bed versions. That isn't all that bad since you do not need a sliding hitch then either.

When we came home from a late trip to the Eastern Sierra mountains, we hit some real strong cross winds for about 10 miles, and I could feel it. A DRW would have calmed that right down.

For the record, I have airbags but really do not use them, and will be upgrading to 3500 rear leaf's this coming year. I hate airbags.

Short version, a 3500 SRW minimum, DRW to be secure.

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With a GVWR of 12,720. A SRW 3500 Duramax will be fine.
Dually is always better but a SRW is adequate.
My comments assume you are buying a 2011 or newer truck. Prior to 2011 the towing capabilities were less.

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Be advised, I don't think GM sells the 3500 SRW in short bed versions.


The 3500 SRW can be had in a short (6.5 ft) bed version.

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Oh, I see it now. Duh!

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Thank you for all the good posts. I am a newbie at towing fifth wheelers. The most I have towed is a 16ft pop up and a 22 ft boat trailer.

We purchased the trailer this past Tuesday. I most likely will be purchasing a 3500 SRW Duramax with a B&W OEM Companion Hitch.

Do you have any opinions on the hitch?

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I have the Patriot and love it. You will love the Companion.

You must be getting a long bed since you did not mention a slider.

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I have the B&W Companion and I absolutely love it.

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Yes, I am getting a long bed

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What's the difference between short bed and long besides 18" longer cargo area. Does the trailer pull better? Is it safer?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 12:44 pm 
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earlelaineb wrote:
What's the difference between short bed and long


Short bed trucks without slider need an extended pin-box or a Sidewinder when pulling a fiver to prevent damage to the rear windshield area in event of a jack-knife turn.

In recent years many manufacturers have made design changes to help with this issue.


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