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Old June 22nd, 2010, 07:09 PM   #1
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I saw this RV for sale through the Cruise America web site. It's a 23 foot class C, built on a F350 chassis. 5.4L V8. They have a few, anywhere from 80K to 130K in mileage. I like that it's an F-350 and not the common E-350 chassis. I'm concerned bout the smaller 5.4L engine though. I was hoping for a PSD or at least the 6.8L big block. Hitch is the standard 5000 lbs.

My question is will this do OK pulling my Samurai on an open 16' trailer? Total weight of the trailer loaded with gear and truck is probably 4500 lbs, give or take. It's real close to the 5000 lb rating that Cruise America slapped on the RV. I know that a F-350 DRW pickup with the 5.4L is rated to tow over 11,000lbs, properly equipped. The RV adds a few thousand pounds, but the math doesn't seem to add up.

For the sake of arguement, lets assume that the truck and trailer are in good working order. All maintenance has been performed. Truck has a trailer brake controller and the trailer has brakes on both axles.

What are you thoughts? Would you keep a safe distance if you saw me on the road?


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the 5.4 should tow it just fine, the RV shouldn't add as much weight as you'd think. It's not really how powerfull the motor is for towing, it's more the gears and transmission. A 5.4L would have plenty of power to to that stuff, but you won't be winning any speed races with that rig lol
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