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RV people, Towing, and GVWR, They are killing me
I am on a couple of different RV forums. I enjoy our TH and using it as much as possible. But when it comes to a Tow Vehicle and the GVWR these RV'ers kill me.
First off, the discussions about buying a TV. You have three choices, Dodge, Ford, and GM. They will all do the job perfectly fine. But to tell me that you want to drive X brand because it is more powerful then the Other brand. What a Crock of CHIT. I mean really, they all basically make 800ftlbs at the crank. How many of these yahoo's test drive a new truck with 15klb behind them. How do they know that .5 of sec faster is going to be that important while getting onto the highway?
There are a handful of other petty ideas on what makes a better TV then the next.
Just be honest with yourself. Buy what you just plain ole like. Buy a GM if you think it is prettier and the better built pickup. I dont care. But dont tell me you need 15ftlbs more of torque so that is why to bought whatever brand.
Then there is the GVWR and GCWR ratings topics. It is hard to sit there a swallow the chit that is said. Some guys actually spout out stuff like "You shouldn't tow to the Max GCWR that is set by the Manufacturer, you should always stay 1,000lbs below that or you need a bigger TV"
Dont even mention towing over the manufacturers limits. Goodness you might as well drive drunk as that is how some of these fellows think. These truck can handle more then what is set by the manufacturer. But there are items you should never exceed, like the weight rating on a tire. But guys on these forums will get flamed if the TV is rated to tow 18,000lbs and the trailer/load they are towing is 18,500lbs.
I come from a small farm community. It was common to have a GCWR of 30k with a 1 Ton. A 40ft float loaded with hay is pretty heavy and pretty common. We use to haul grain with a old chevy dually. The 24ft gooseneck loaded with rice, corn, or milo could exceed 30klb GCWR without a problem.
But RV'ers are in a different world of their own I suppose. Never towed a day in their life until they bought that first RV. Then they become professionals with more experience then most hot shoters.
12' F-350 FX4 Lariat STOCK, Completely Stock, and Staying Stock.
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