Go Back   Montana Owners Club - Keystone Montana 5th Wheel Forum > MONTANA OWNERS CLUB COMMUNITY > New Member Introductions
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-27-2018, 09:41 PM   #1
dedtoper@msn.com
New Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: East Brunswick
Posts: 3
M.O.C. #22305
Hi

Hi Iím new here and would like to introduce myself. My husband and I are about to purchase a 5th wheel Montana 37í RL I would love to hear from others any reviews on this camper before we take the big step. We currently have a 29í max lite. We have 2 Saint Bernards that will be traveling with us.
We are looking for a truck to tow it and have been looking at a Ford 250 HD crew cab for the pups.
We are being told and it looks like from what we see that it would be fine to pull the 16k total weight.
What do you all think?
Any info on the 5th wheel and truck would be most helpful as itís not too late to change our minds.
Thank you😊
dedtoper@msn.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2018, 11:42 PM   #2
sambam
Montana Master
 
sambam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Bridgewater
Posts: 1,190
M.O.C. #13166
Welcome to the MOC! It would help if we knew what the model year and number of your Montana is. That way it can be determined whether your F250 will be a suitable truck to pull it. The model year of the truck will help, too, since ratings are constantly changing. Is it a diesel? These are pertinent questions to help you arrive at a good decision. There are opinions on both sides of the argument about pulling a large fifth wheel with a 3/4 ton truck, but until you provide more information, it will be difficult to offer solid advice. My gut feeling is, if the GVW on your Montana is 16k, the F250 may be a little challenged, but, let the fun begin, I say. You picked a terrific forum for learning about your new 5er. There is a lot of knowledge here that has helped me numerous times. Again, welcome.
__________________

2010 Montana 3455SA, Mor/Ryde pin, wet bolts, TST 507, Progressive HW50C, GY G614
2019 Silverado D/A 3500HD LTZ DRW CC
B&W Companion
sambam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 03:38 AM   #3
jeffba
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bastrop
Posts: 2,578
M.O.C. #20753
You also have not mentioned what year of truck you are looking at.
Assuming you have a diesel and it is a newer model , you will have about 2600-2700 lbs of carrying capacity. If you go to a 1 ton SRW Ford you will get an additional spring and additional 600lbs of carrying capacity. It is not too hard to add 600 to 1000 lbs of additional weight to your advertised pin weight when you add passengers hitch and gear in the 5er.

Some folks will tell you you can pull it just fine.
Some will tell you you will be illegal if you do.

For me I was not comfortable being overweight so I went with a dually.

now it is time for some
__________________
2019 20th Anniversary Edition 3701LK
B&W 20K for Ford OEM Puck
2018 Ford F-350 Lariat CCLB PSD DRW
Poke super lignum unum et diem
jeffba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 05:38 AM   #4
Dam Worker
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: West Richland
Posts: 1,179
M.O.C. #17164
Welcome to the forum and congrats on your soon to be upgrade on truck and Fifthwheel. My unit has a GVW of 16K lbs. I have an old 2000one ton SRW diesel and a 2018 DRW one ton diesel. Both tow the unit, the older truck sometimes feels like it is be pushed around a bit on certain corners especially in the mountains. The new truck never seems to be getting pushed. My dealer gave me a 2016 SRW one ton diesel for a loaner for a couple of trips and it pulled the unit very nicely. It was not as stable as my new truck and when I stopped at scales and weighed everything it was over the GVW but not over any specific axle rating. Good luck on your decision and happy roads to you.

Tom Marty
__________________
Dam Worker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 06:55 AM   #5
mtlakejim
Montana Master
 
mtlakejim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bee Branch
Posts: 2,584
M.O.C. #20693
Welcome to the forum. There are several threads with rather heated debates about what truck is proper for towing. One currently active is titled towing a high country 331

There are several questions only you can answer regarding how you will be using the truck (is it primarily for towing or your only vehicle). Anyone in the least concerned about your safety will recommend you get a truck rated for the LOADED weight of your camper at a minimum. There are several personal factors that would weigh in on your decision beyond that. One is are you likely to trade to an even larger camper (I estimate at least 75% of owners do) as you have indicated you have already moved up once.

The wife and I started with a slide in camper in a 1/2 ton. We now have a 42’ we tow with a 1 ton dually
__________________
James & Irene Wilson
Bee Branch, AR.
2017 Ram 1 ton diesel duallyCrew Cab/Long Bed
2018 Montana High Country 381TH Garage Full of Toys
mtlakejim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 08:13 AM   #6
Kyle and Lisa
Montana Fan
 
Join Date: May 2018
Location: livingston,tx
Posts: 432
M.O.C. #21685
Welcome to the forum.
Kyle and Lisa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 09:31 AM   #7
DQDick
Montana Master
 
DQDick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Wilsey
Posts: 17,565
M.O.C. #11455
Welcome to the forum! You have hit on one of the big debates on this forum. Check the stickers on the door of the truck and figure 25% of the weight of the camper will be on the pin in your bed, then add both of you, those big dogs and a full tank of fuel. If thats all good, you're good. Once you have whatever you decide on you can join us for these discussions
DQDick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 09:32 AM   #8
dedtoper@msn.com
New Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: East Brunswick
Posts: 3
M.O.C. #22305
Model info

Hi all the model Montana we are looking at is 3561RL
weight 12915 Cc 2605 hitch 2605 length 38í5Ē
My husband would like to get a Ford hd 250
Any info on any of this is helpful
Thanks so much
dedtoper@msn.com is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 09:39 AM   #9
waynemoore
Montana Master
 
waynemoore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Lake Havasu City AZ.
Posts: 1,811
M.O.C. #10552
Welcome to the forum. As said before we need lots more information re the 5er and the truck. Otherwise what you hear is just speculation.
__________________
Wayne and Ann Moore
2015 Ford F-350 King Ranch
Firestone air bags, bed saver.
Add 40 GAL tank in bed.
waynemoore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 02:21 PM   #10
Lenny K
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Vancouver Island
Posts: 886
M.O.C. #14417
Welcome to the montana forum. Buy a diesel 1 ton truck. I know there are lots of people on this forum towing with a 3/4 ton but you can never have to much truck.
__________________
Lenny and Ros
2012 Montana 3400RL,680 Watts Solar,4xT-105 Trojans,GP-ISW2000-12 Inverter,Trimetric 2020, EMSHW50C
2009 Chevy Silverado 3500 LTZ Duramax 4x4 CC Dually, Banks Speed Brake

Lenny K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 04:10 PM   #11
1retired06
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Lake Gaston
Posts: 8,169
M.O.C. #12156
Welcome to the MOC!
__________________
Mike and Lorraine
2002 3655 FL, 2005 3650RK
2010 3665RE, 2015 3910FB
F350 crew cab dually 6.7
1retired06 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2018, 09:59 PM   #12
BuilderBob
Montana Master
 
BuilderBob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Tacoma
Posts: 1,557
M.O.C. #20475
Welcome to the MOC family from Washington St! Time to get the popcorn out.
__________________
Bob & Carol Washington St
2017 HC HM352RL 2018 Dodge 3500 laramie CC LB 4x4
Curt Q25 with puck system, Factory air bags
Happy Trails
BuilderBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Montana RV, Keystone RV Company or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×