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TXBobcat
04-12-2008, 08:44 PM
This is mainly for those that are pulling a Bighorn. Anyone else may post but I am mainly interested in the Bighorn because of it's size.

I was wondering what TV was mainly being used to pull a Bighorn.
Here is what I am using:
2006 Ford F250 6.0 PSD, 4WD, LB, SRW, B&W Hitch.
TV is stock. No chip, no bags, 45 gal Combo Aux Tank/Tool Box

Bighorn 3400RE:
Stock. No change in Pin Box.

Future Plans:
I plan to change out the brakes to Disk and Mor/Ryde Independent Suspension System. We are Fulltime and I think this will be a good addition to the Bighorn.

I would like to add the Big Foot leveling system but will have to be something to add down the road.

I am looking for ideas and information. Please no flaming or negative post. Just tell us what your have and what you are interested in doing in the future

Thank you
BC

bsummit
04-12-2008, 08:47 PM
I pull a BH 3670RL with a Dodge 2500. I get better fuel milage with the BH than I did with my other 32ft 5er. You should not have a problem with the 3400.

Bill

TXBobcat
04-12-2008, 08:59 PM
Thanks Bill
I was not so much concerned about pulling my Bighorn. I can tell it is back there especially when I run into some wind. Have not pulled in any mountain climb or decents yet.

I am just curious as to what every one that is pulling a Bighorn is using, what they have done to the TV or 5er, and what they may do in the future..

Thanks for the reply..

j4key1
04-12-2008, 10:09 PM
Have 2008 Bh 3400rl, Towing With 2003 Gmc, One Ton, Dually, 6.6l Duramax Diesel, Stock, 4x4, Allison Trans, Reg Bed.. Want New Air Bags Or Hd Shocks , Maybe Chip But Not Enough Info Yet. Very Happy With My Gmc.

jbeletti
04-12-2008, 10:14 PM
Hi Bob,

You can take your flame suit off. I trust that you'll find no flames here on the Heartland Owners Forum. Around here, trust and respect are valued and I trust that you'll be treated well and I hope you'll get some great input as well. And if there is a flare up, water will be applied :) Thanks Bob.

kakampers
04-12-2008, 10:30 PM
We pull with a Chevy C4500, Kodiak Topkick. We are towing a 3600RL.

We had a dodge 1-ton dually diesel, prior to buying the Bighorn, but occasionally felt we were being "pushed" somewhat when braking with Holiday Rambler behind it. We decided to upgrade the truck due to it's size and it's really wide stance...it gives a really stable towing platform, and we don't know the Bighorn is behind us!

Delaine and Lindy
04-12-2008, 10:59 PM
Hi Bob, just a comment about two, the Mor/Ryde disk brakes, I had them installed on another 5er we had and it was the best Mod we have ever made to any of our 5th wheels. I had the Mor/Ryde RE suspension but I should have changed to the Mor/Ryde independent suspension. The 5th wheel we were towing weight more than the BH weights. I didn't have any problem towing with our 2005 Chevy 3500 1 ton up or down the mountains thru out Colorado had some long down hill runs and didn't have disk brakes at the time. The Disk brakes we had would stop the Truck and Trailer without using the OEM brakes. If we in the future do go with Disk brakes I will also change the suspension to the Mor/Ryde independent suspension... Good Luck with your choices... GBY....

Oldlthrneck
04-12-2008, 11:55 PM
My signature says it all about my TV. I have never had any issues towing. We came down IH 70 into Denver, which at times is an 8% grade. Between the Allison downshifting and the occasional light touch on the brakes, it came down at a reasonable speed and never felt pushed by the Bighorn, nor was I apprehensive or stressed coming down out of the mountains.
Fred

jayc
04-13-2008, 06:59 AM
Bob,
I'm pulling my BH 3055RL with a 2002 GMC 2500. I added an Edge chip soon after buying the truck and love it! I still get 20 MPG bobtailing and between 10-12 pulling the trailer.

I would also like to have the Bigfoot leveling system, but Lippert will void the frame warranty if we do.....

Niles
04-13-2008, 09:03 AM
We pull our 3670 with a 3500 Dodge, 6.7L Cummins with the standard jake brake it does a great job no mods and I don't see any in the future. Sometimes they do it right and I feel Dodge has. You can see by our signature that we do tend to take it all. The BH we have put a swing arm in for the tv in the bedroom with a added shelf below it for our vcr dvd player also added a water softener to the system and put some brackets in the lower storage to organize our stuff below, got tried of throwing everything in and then the thing you want is on bottom. We also added a shelf in the cabinet next to the half time oven, wife wanted to be able to stack more stuff, like we need it.:o

jnbhobe
04-13-2008, 09:07 AM
I have three TV's 97 F-250 460/4:10 gears works good 03&07 F-350 CC SB 6.0 torque-shift towed SOB 5er well, now we have BH3370 only towed with 07 but works great, Tow haul is great on the downhill.

TXBobcat
04-13-2008, 09:29 AM
Thanks to all who have posted. This is type of information I am looking for.

We had a 30ft 5er when we started fulltiming. Found out that it was to small for us to live in and was not built good enough to take the fulltime use. DW and I talked about buying another 5er but did not want to go to a larger TV. We had been looking at the Titanium and Bighorn. We felt the Titanium was a good trailer but getting to a dealer would be a lot harder. The Bighorn weights were within the limits of my F250. I felt that the 3580RL, 3600RE, 3600RL and 3670RL at 16k was a little over the edge for a F250.

I wanted to draw from those that have a rig similar to what I have and each of you are adding to my knowledge about my rig. Jayc is an example, I had not heard that Lippert would void any warranty if I added the Bigfoot leveling system.

I plan to look into this and will have to make a decision in the future.

I also have read that many have the Firestone Air Bags, some use the Timbren AEON Springs and many have the TrailAir pin box. All this is great information.

Thanks to everyone.

jnbhobe
04-13-2008, 10:37 AM
Bobcat, I forgot to say that both of my F-350's have the helper springs redone,The 03 has an extra 1500# leaf on each side and the 07 has Triangle Springs 4 leaf progressive helper.They both do a good job of keeping the truck level.The old 5er had 3300# on the pin

Pulltab
04-13-2008, 04:44 PM
We're towing a 2925RK with a 07 3500 ram 6.7

HappyKayakers
04-13-2008, 05:17 PM
We're pulling an '06 3600RL with an '06 Dodge 3500 CTD, 6 spd manual, SRW, LB, QC. We added an exhaust brake last year and really like the feel of it coming down long grades. We also have the Trailair pin box. Don't have any previous towing experience to compare to but it all feels smooth to us.

seamo
04-13-2008, 05:22 PM
We pull our "Freedom " Landmark with a Volvo 660. There is never a conversation about too much weight. See you at the Rally in Branson. I can hardly wait.
Christina

jimtoo
04-13-2008, 06:59 PM
You asked... this is my new one...I can tow anything they can put in it.
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a164/jimtoo/camperwithtrailer.jpg

jwb187
04-13-2008, 07:05 PM
I'm pulling my 3055rl with a 2005 GMC Crewcab shortbed duramax/allison. I also have air ride air bags and a 60gal auxillary fuel tank, and a prodigy brake controller. Just the generic Reese 16000 5'ver hitch. So far I have had no problems and have pulled in the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks. Getting ready to head to the Rockies this summer. JWB

Larryheadhunter
04-13-2008, 07:56 PM
Bob I am a rookie, but I have the same model as you. Read below what I have. I would look into a pin cushion with or without air bags, but you really need air bags for the truck. I would also consider a pullrite auto slider just for safety sake. We have the factory Trail Air suspension, and its ok. Mission Tires are holding up, but who knows? Good luck and welcome to the family of Heartland.

Oldlthrneck
04-13-2008, 08:52 PM
Larry:
Am I missing something? You mentioned the Pullrite Autoslider "for safety sake". I can see where this hitch would be much more convenient than other sliding hitches, but what would there be about this hitch that would make it safer than others on the market?
Thanks
Fred

jimtoo
04-13-2008, 10:36 PM
I'm thinking Larry did not read what he is pulling with... TXBobcat has an 06 FORD :eek: F250, Crew Cab:p, Single Rear Wheel:), Long Bed:D, 4 Wheel Drive:cool: and does not need a slider.

If he was pulling with a short bed,,, then a slider would be safer, if for no other reason than peace of mind.

"Bob & Pat Curry
06 F250 CC SRW LB 4WD
08 Bighorn 3400RE #9948"

Larryheadhunter
04-13-2008, 11:21 PM
Hi Fred,
Allow me to explain. The pullrite 18K auto slider can move 14" forward or backward or even during turns. Someone once asked me how often I use it and I could only tell him that it works automatically thru fulcrum technology and helps ensure that you get that extra stretch when needed. I bought it since I have a short bed, and I know Heartland products don't require it but when unhitching I notice it's been utilized to make turns, U turns and backins much easier. Go on the pullrite.com website and see their video and read about the benefits. I can only say that I feel safer utilizing it. Jim is correct that if u have a long bed, it probably wouldn't be worth the extra cost. Sorry if I confused you.

creeper
04-14-2008, 12:12 AM
2008 F350,4x4, SB, CC, Linex, B&W, 31 gallon aux tank.
3400RL

GVWR -11,400 lbs

Loaded with full fuel, camper , wife , 1/3 water, full propane, empty waste tanks, etc.. GVW as per the scale 11,200 lbs.

Oldlthrneck
04-14-2008, 12:17 AM
Larry:
The workings of the hitch and how it is used didn't confuse me. I have looked at the hitch before and am fully aware of how it works. The part that struck me was the part about safety and the implication that it somehow is a safer hitch. Now that you have clarified that you "feel" safer using it, then that makes sense. I thought you were implying that it was somehow safer than other hitches, which I don't believe is true. It is definitely more convenient and has a greater ease of operation, but I don't believe that it is any safer than any other hitch that a person may choose.
Thanks for clarifying.
Fred

vangoes
04-14-2008, 08:35 AM
Larry,
Does the Pullrite auto-slider mount on the standard bed rails or does it have special ones?

caokgafamily
04-14-2008, 10:26 AM
05, 250,4x4, cc ,srw, Firestone Airbags pulling a 07 3400 RL, next year I plan on buying a new TV, atleast a 1 ton drw. The truck pulls great plenty of power. I think it would be more stable with a drw truck.

Goldenwingers
04-14-2008, 10:54 AM
TXBobcat, I am towing a Landmark with a 3500 Silverado Duel rear wheels. I am posting only because I think the gross weight of both the Landmark and the Bighorn have the sane gross weight of 16,000 lbs. I did have Hydraulic disk brakes added to mine and love them, I have far better brakes than with the standard electric brakes. Having said this I recently pulled it from Alabama to Elkhart Indiana to have some warranty issues taken care of and soon after leaving Alabama My trailer brakes failed. Upon checking the system I found there was no brake fluid in the reservoir,so I added fluid but still had no brakes. we were not in mountainous terrain so I continued our trip keeping plenty of stopping distance between us and other traffic. What a transmission that Allison is, if given the distance it will bring you to a near stop without the use of heavy braking. Upon arrival at Recreational Specialty they checked and found that the tire had rubbed the brake line and wore a hole in it so the unit could not build pressure. They moved the bracket holding the brake line and this should not be a problem in the future. As for the tow vehicle I love my dully even though it is large and sometimes cumbersome in parking lots that are made for smaller vehicles. You have to make the decision on the TV. Just check all the figures from the factory and if it is rated for the load you will be towing and you are comfortable with the weights and the TV then go with it.

Don

RubiconAg
04-14-2008, 12:12 PM
08' Big Country 2950RK (14.5k); 01' Ford F-350 SRW w/7.3L, 4-1/2" exhaust - Turbo back, Exhaust brake, and a cold air intake. We pull 70% of the time above 5000' elev. in the Sierra's and just about every trip is the long downhill and hard pull back up from Sacramento to Truckee (100 miles and an elevation gain/loss of 7000'). I would not pull through the mountains with anything less. On the downhill to Sac we run the exhaust brake the entire time and very seldom do I use the pedal to slow down while maintaining 60-65 mph. On the uphill it would be nice to have a little "umphf" to engine but with the setup above, I am pushing 1200* on the EGT's and at times have to let up and go down to 3rd gear to keep from burning the turbo. We have actually looked at upgrading to a new rig but just can't justify the expense yet.

rick7t7
04-14-2008, 03:11 PM
I pull my 09 BH 3670RL with an 06Ford F350, PSD, 4:30 rear end,and TowHual mode for the tranny. TowHaul is great and really slows the vehicle when braking. No aftermarket stuff yet, other than running AMSOIL in the engine, as I always have in my diesels. I'm going to add Air Bags to the suspension, not because I need the lift for the load-the load is no issue for this truck. The truck has a shudder in the drivetrain at certain speeds, and it appears that Air Bags can cure this by realligning the drivetrain angle. Plus others have said the bags seem to smoothe the ride.

talley
04-15-2008, 01:52 AM
Bob, TV is 2006 Ford F250 CC SW towing 2006 Bighorn 3655 with most options. Ford is stock... only a couple of days ago installed Firestone Ride-Rite aid bags. Have not even hooked the BH up yet. First tow will be to the rally in Woodlands. In the past year have towed to Big Ben, Memphis, Branson, Florida (into the Keys), but no mountain towing yet. We are planning a trip to Washington State and Vancouver this Summer and have purchased an exhaust brake.... but not yet installed.

Fighting pin weight weight issue and probably would have been better off if had purchased a 1-ton, but as a first-timer was trying to match coach and TV from an inexperienced position. But, it will all work out. The BH has towed great on the trips we have taken, no complaints there.

Will be adding 5th wheel tailgate next week. Only other addition at this point has been a Pioneer in-dash combination navigation system/radio/DVD player. Really helps on getting there without hassle...

TXBobcat
04-15-2008, 08:31 AM
Talley
We are leaving for Woodlands this morning.. Look forward to meeting you there..

jjbowl
04-15-2008, 03:51 PM
We are pulling our 08 3400RL with a 2008 F250, 2WD, CC short box, V-10 Gasser (love not paying diesel prices) 16K Husky hitch with Blue Ox Bedsaver. We have pulled from Nebraska to Vermont to Texas and back in the last year with no problems. A V-10 with a 2WD is almost impossible to find unless you special order but it pulls like a monster. Everywhere we go people want to look at our Bighorn, it is a fantastic 5'er.

Jimmyt5
04-15-2008, 04:27 PM
Pulling my 08 BH 3055RL with a 3500 6.7 Dodge with a 6 Speed Auto (Allison knock off) Built in exhaust break and the Big Horn Edition Package, Hensley RV break control.

Jim

driver311
04-15-2008, 06:42 PM
nothing like an allison!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

driver311NoneNone

rjr6150
04-15-2008, 07:44 PM
We tow our with the vehicle in our signature and enjoy both

baddbrad
04-16-2008, 06:39 AM
Hopefully we will be towing our new Bighorn(3400re) home this weekend. Supposed to have picked it up yesterday but we had a snow delay-Yikes!!. Will be towing this with an 2007 siverado classic 1-ton dually crewcab longbox 4x4 with the duramax/allison combo. safe travels-bb

billd
04-16-2008, 11:01 AM
We pull with a 2005 F350 SRW 6.0L Diesel. Use a Tow-Buddy hitch. Works fine.
http://www.socaps.com/photopost/showphoto.php/photo/4705/ppuser/74/sl/b

leftyf
04-16-2008, 04:16 PM
That leaves some interesting possibilities...a Suburban may not be out of the realm of possibilities? What's the going rate for the towbuddy?

billd
04-16-2008, 11:20 PM
The MSRP is $6,495, but they are closed right now. The economy has not been kind to them.

Bill

N9MB
04-17-2008, 04:04 AM
Pull our 3600RE with the truck in my signature an all stock 2008 F350 crew cab long bed dually with the 6.4 diesel, Torqueshift transmission and 4.30 gears. The truck and trailer seem pretty well matched and the Equaflex suspension on the Bighorn complements the trucks Airsafe hitch to a tee.

moose1
04-17-2008, 07:37 PM
My signature say it all, no problem yet, completely stock, no add on.

rbfdclark
04-03-2012, 01:59 AM
Were on our 3rd F350 CC DRW Powerstroke... 1st was a 2000 7.3L, 2nd was a 2005 6.0L, our new truck is a 2012 6.7L PSD. The first two trucks were good vehicles, 145,000 miles on the 1st, 86,000 on the 2nd, and just 6000 on the newest. The 2012 I have to say is AWESOME... the new version diesels are quite and powerful... I've only towed one time with it so far, but now with the purchase of our new 3685RL, were looking for many, many trips!!!

Westwind
04-03-2012, 09:53 PM
Sig says it! I also have made no changes to truck, have towed a total of about 1900 miles so far and no complaints, truck and trailer are doing terrific, would love a larger fuel tank but getting out every 190 miles or so is good for me.

ncrebel8
04-04-2012, 12:46 AM
Its in my signature also, but here it is.
Bighorn 3410RE
2005 Chevrolet 2500HD Duramax

Rmcgrath53
04-04-2012, 07:37 AM
Bob i have what is in my sig. ?If it was my money and your rig I think I would spend a couple thousand on the egr andwhat ever else would fix your 6.0 ? then I would get exhaust brake and add a leaf all around. then go with the morerryde disc brakes.If you are not chiped I would add that along with a larger exhaust. There you go I just spent close to 10 grand alot less than the 60k for a new one

caissiel
04-04-2012, 09:09 AM
I tow with the TV in the signiture. The BC is similar.
The 6.0L has been great. The MAX ENERGY realy gives it life, comparable to the 6.7L. With the stick I just love it in the hills.
A proper light coolant flush with Dawn Dish Soap and ELC coolant refill will take it to a great performer stage. EGR delete will become optional. My secret is out, but it has been successful for my friend's 6.0L.

codycarver
04-04-2012, 09:20 AM
Wow!!! talk about brought back to life.... four years old and still going

Here's ours

FloridaRVers
04-04-2012, 05:53 PM
Hi there Westwind, just wondering. Do you know the rear axle rating for your Sierra, also what is your pin weight on the 3070? My reason is I've ordered a 3185 and on the brochures these 2 rv are real close in weights. I have a F250 sd diesel 2008 that I plan on using' It does great on my current one which is a 37 ft Cedar Creek.

TXBobcat
04-04-2012, 07:23 PM
Same as what I though Dave. This tells you that some are going back to our old threads and commenting.

This is the reason I suggested that threads older than say 2 years should be locked and if someone wants to post about it they can start a new thread.

Thanks to those that responded. I have made many changes to my Bighorn and to my 06 F250. I have 147k miles on the F250 and it has an engine warranty to 200k. Will probably do the EGR Block in the near future, depending on the finances. It is intresting that some are still intrested in my Thread..

BC

TXBobcat
04-04-2012, 07:28 PM
FloridaRVers
If you are happy with your F250 pulling the Cedar Creek you should be about the same. My 3400RE is 38ft long and I pull it with my 06 F250, however I did put disk breaks on the BH and Independent suspension which helps a lot.

BC

codycarver
04-04-2012, 09:24 PM
Same as what I though Dave. This tells you that some are going back to our old threads and commenting.

This is the reason I suggested that threads older than say 2 years should be locked and if someone wants to post about it they can start a new thread.

Thanks to those that responded. I have made many changes to my Bighorn and to my 06 F250. I have 147k miles on the F250 and it has an engine warranty to 200k. Will probably do the EGR Block in the near future, depending on the finances. It is intresting that some are still intrested in my Thread..

BC

I think you need to look at this from a different angle Bob. Maybe consider your threads as timeless classics:D

Corkey
04-04-2012, 10:58 PM
I have a 2012 3670RL that I pull with a 2003 GMC 2500HD SWB 6.7 Diesel and have no issues. I do watch my weight since I am right at my pin box weight.

FloridaRVers
04-05-2012, 05:22 PM
Glad to hear that you are having no issues. I have on order the 3185RE and plan on using my F250 SD diesel. I'm a little concerned about pin weight but won't know until it's delivered. I am currently pulling a 37ft cedar creek without any probs. FloridaRVers Wayne & Pat

FloridaRVers
04-05-2012, 05:28 PM
Thanks. that makes me feel a little better. The F250 SD diesel is a workhorse and I really like it, but thinking about the F350 now. Wayne

caissiel
04-05-2012, 07:08 PM
The heartland will be much easier to pull.
Keep us informed as one of my friend has a similar cedar creek unit and my BC seam to pull easier due to the front design.

PSF513
04-05-2012, 07:34 PM
If I had just been born rich (instead of beautiful [lost out on both accounts]), I could afford one of thos dually's. Since that did not happen, I pull my BH with a 2008 F250 w/ 6.4 L turbo diesel. Pulls like a champ. No issues, even going through the mountains.

jnbhobe
04-05-2012, 07:41 PM
I just looked and since this thread started I've changed trucks to the one in my signature. It was deffinently a change for the good, pulls REALLY good.

jtw
04-19-2012, 10:18 AM
We have a 2012 Chev 2500HD gas engine to tow our 3685. It does great just a little slow on mountain passes.

JimGriffin
05-15-2012, 09:04 AM
We have a 2005 f350 dually w/moonroof, cc, xm radio, 4" exhaust w/ K&N

rick_debbie_gallant
05-15-2012, 04:29 PM
started out pulling with a 2009, Dodge Ram 2500 with the 6.7. Pulled great, lots op power and zero problems. However I feel more secure towing with our currant 2008, Dodge Ram 3500 dually. just seems more stable when the cross winds hit.

Phatkd
01-03-2013, 07:47 PM
My signature block says it all I think? Haven't actually towed the rig yet,..It is still at the dealership having some extras installed.

JanAndBill
01-03-2013, 08:15 PM
2006 F350 Lariat dually 4x4, 6.0 with EGR delete, 4" straight pipe, SCT controller. 2013 Bighorn 3260EL. Pulls great, last trip out and in had heavy wind, and solid as a rock.

gottogogary
01-04-2013, 03:58 PM
I have a bh 3685 after loading the 5th wheel pulled it to the cat scales it weighed 14200 lbs. My tv is a f250 srw 2wd long bed diesel truck . I took the truck to the ford dealer they recommend a set of super springs which added 1000lbs to payload of the truck . The truck was rated at 15500 lb for 5th wheel towing .I have only towed the 5th wheel 2 times but so far the TV does a good job towing and stopping .

kowAlski631
01-04-2013, 07:55 PM
2012 Silverado 2500 HD crew cab short bed. Pulls our 2013 Bighorn 3670RL with no problem.

TedS
01-04-2013, 09:01 PM
Used to pull with '04 Chevy 2500 Duramax 4x4 but exceeded cargo limit by 1200lbs due to hitch load. The Bighorn has a higher pin load than my previous 5er. Traded to '11 Ford F350 to get the cargo load under the truck capacity.

StevieWonder
01-04-2013, 09:12 PM
2005 GMC 2500HD Duramax 4x4 with Firestone airbags and a Bully Dog 50HP software upgrade.

I would prefer a 1 ton dually but I have had them before and they are a PIA when it comes to finding a parking spot at the mall or the airport and forget the drive thru lines at the bank or a lot of fast food chains.

traveler44
01-05-2013, 08:21 AM
I haven't had time to read all of the comments so I might be beating a dead horse but here goes. We tow the 09 BH 3370RL with a 2000 F350 PSD SRW. I haven't heard of anybody having a problem towing with a diesel that is running right but the weakest link on ours is the single rear wheels. If you have the SRWs you have to have tires that will handle the weight of the rear of the truck plus the pin weight of the bighorn. I would love to have more braking on the fifth wheel because I did smoke the tires pretty good on the way down here at a red light camera intersection. They are always set up with too high of a speed limit for how quick these lights change. If you don't have the wet bolts on yours you should see about getting them at Mor-Ryde. They install Timpken wheel bearings at a reasonable price too. They didn't ask me if I wanted the new bearings until we were ready to leave or I might have allotted enough time to have them too. Tom

StevieWonder
01-05-2013, 09:42 AM
I've owned lot of coaches and lots of trailers from small to huge (see the signature picture), and I've always said it's "not the go, but the whoa" that makes these more exciting than they need to be.

Pet peeve: inconsiderate/unknowledgable car drivers that cut in ahead of you and shorten your braking zone.

StevieWonder
01-05-2013, 10:41 AM
I would love to have more braking on the fifth wheel because I did smoke the tires pretty good on the way down here at a red light camera intersection. They are always set up with too high of a speed limit for how quick these lights change.

The big rigs I've owned (like the one pictured in my signature) had anti-lock brakes on the trailers. That is a lot more effective braking than a tire lock-up and it won't flat spot your tires. That might be a nice option for Heartland on their bigger, heavier (and more expensive) trailers. Does any other manufacturer offer that option on 5th wheels?

I'd consider taking the hit on the red-light ticket if it meant flat-spotting $1000 worth of tires. FWIW, in Texas they are civil penalties and do not count on your driving record or impact your insurance rates. Your state may vary.

sengli
02-03-2013, 11:06 AM
2011 Chevy 3500HD DRW. duramax of course Its maybe over kill, but I dont want any issue's on the road. The exhaust braking is wonderful.

23055

tds3010
02-07-2013, 01:14 AM
Hey Phatkd, we live on Vancouver Island and also have a 2013 3010RE! Pulling it with a 2009 GMC 2500 HD Duramax/Allison. Just wondering if your 3010 came with the rear hitch or did you have it installed after? Would like to add one to ours but wasn't sure how to go about it. Be great if I could just order one up and then bolt it on.

RichPal
02-07-2013, 06:34 PM
2009 Dodge 2500 Turbo Diesel, SWB, Super Chip, Ride Rite 5000 lb air bags. Volant Air Box with ram air scoop. Pulls just fine at 12 mpg.

back2nature
02-07-2013, 08:23 PM
My signature says it all.

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Phatkd
02-07-2013, 09:59 PM
Hey Phatkd, we live on Vancouver Island and also have a 2013 3010RE! Pulling it with a 2009 GMC 2500 HD Duramax/Allison. Just wondering if your 3010 came with the rear hitch or did you have it installed after? Would like to add one to ours but wasn't sure how to go about it. Be great if I could just order one up and then bolt it on.

Tds3010,..We had to have it fabricated. I am not sure what they used to construct it,..but it looks very solid. I had originally Wanted to double tow the RZR behind the 5er, but After reading about it, I think I will just use it for a bike rack and let the wife tow the other toys with her vehicle.

ianbloom
04-07-2013, 07:12 PM
pulling a3670 with a ford 2500 6.7 with air bags to mexico 2 times, no problem so far, watch the weight, would love a spare fuel tank,

Grampafish
04-09-2013, 07:26 PM
As a brand new member of this forum, I appreciate all the information provided. We ordered a 3370RK the end of February and don't expect delivery until early to mid May. We will tow it with a stock F350 turbo diesel that has the integrated brake system. It has been great for our little 26 ft travel trailer but I was worried about the size and weight of the new rig. After reading posts from 4+ years ago and recent ones in this thread, I'm feeling much more comfortable. I do plan on putting in a chip set after the original warranty expires next year. I assume there other threads/forums on that subject. Looking forward to a couple of short shake-down trips before a 3,000 mile trip in June and July.

hankster
04-20-2013, 08:56 PM
Grampafish,
It sounds like your F350 is a late model, I am pulling a BH3570 with a F350, 6,0 diesel. Tows great no problems.
I do have a 5" exhaust the rest is stock.
Enjoy the new camper !

Hankster

dewassinc
08-06-2013, 09:19 AM
Have you had any problems with turning or parking due to the short bed? Do you have srw - any issues?

I'm considering a 2013 Ram 3500 diesel short bed with srw.

RollingStones
08-06-2013, 10:43 AM
BHWe are new only 3 trips pulling our 3610 BH. Our Dodge Ram 2500 (diesel) short bed with a Husky 26000# hitch has been problem free turning and backing.

Big Al and Donna
08-07-2013, 01:11 PM
Hey Bob. I pull my 3370RL with a Dodge 3500. Before the 3500, I had a dodge 2500 and it pulled it over the big horn mountains with no problem at all. I had a Ford V10 prior to that and it pulled it over the Oregon Blues with no problem. Your 2500 should be fine with the 3400.

TandT
08-07-2013, 02:01 PM
I have pulled my BH 3670 with a '06 Ram 3500 longbed, 5.9 Cummins, srw over 25k miles.
I did add airbags and an exhaust brake.

Trace

RobP
09-16-2013, 05:52 PM
Ok Guys and Gals, my wife and i are looking to go fulltime possibly in Feb (newbies by the way). We really like the Bighorn 3875 FB, my concern is the tow rig. 2011 Ford F350 4x4 Lariat CC shortbed. It's rated at 15800 but the bighorn is 16000 gross with a pin weight of 3010. My max payload (according to the sticker on the door) is 3500. Are we pushing it too close?? What should we do??

jimtoo
09-16-2013, 06:50 PM
Hi RobP,

Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum and hopefully to the family. We have a great bunch of folks here with lots of information and all willing to share their knowledge when needed.

I'm sure you will get some more opinions soon. You will be pushing it. Hang in there and join us and have fun..

Enjoy the forum.

Jim M

MTPockets
09-16-2013, 07:41 PM
Ok Guys and Gals, my wife and i are looking to go fulltime possibly in Feb (newbies by the way). We really like the Bighorn 3875 FB, my concern is the tow rig. 2011 Ford F350 4x4 Lariat CC shortbed. It's rated at 15800 but the bighorn is 16000 gross with a pin weight of 3010. My max payload (according to the sticker on the door) is 3500. Are we pushing it too close?? What should we do??
Well, you have the same truck I used to have. You have to add weight of people, hitch, and Amy other gear to that pin weight, and yes you will be over. My pin weight fully loaded ready to travel is 3400 lbs. I have another 1500 lbs in the truck that includes 2 people, tools, hitch, etc. A lot of people tow over the door post limit and don't seem to mind. I minded, so I got a dual rear wheel. Feel much better.