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Fifth-wheel campers are great for camping, for exploring the outdoors and for experiencing what different destinations have to offer. However, the best fifth-wheels are heavy. They weigh between 7,500 to 11,000 pounds in weight. This is because they feature a tough and heavy chassis designed to withstand the weight of the many things they carry. It is also because of the many things they carry.
In this article, I am going to share with you the top 10 trucks for towing fifth-wheels. These are trucks that have powerful engines and significant towing capacities to safely and effortlessly pull standard fifth-wheel campers.
10 Best Trucks for Towing 5th Wheels
The Ford F-350 Super Duty is hands down, the best truck for towing fifth-wheel campers. This is because it is a powerful full-size truck with a maximum towing capacity of 32,000 pounds (the 2019 model). This means you can literally safely and effortlessly tow any fifth-wheel camper weighing less than 32,000 pounds.
In addition to having a massive towing capacity, the Ford F-350 Super Duty has a Trailer Reverse Guidance System, which is a safety system for safe backing or parking. It also has a series of other safety systems that make it perfect for pulling heavy fifth-wheel campers.
This truck can also easily and safely pull lightweight fifth-wheels.
Lastly, it is designed to handle even difficult terrains and it is very comfortable to be in.
This truck is powerful. Although it is not as powerful as the Ford F-350, it can pull heavy campers easily. This is because it has an impressive towing capacity of 20,000 pounds (the 2020 model). Because the heaviest fifth-wheels weigh around 12,000 pounds, the maximum towing capacity of the Ford F-250 means you can use it to pull even the heaviest fifth-wheels.
What I like the most about this truck is the fact that it comes with comfort features and high-tech features. The comfort features include impressive leg spaces for tall people, great seats, powerful AC, and an optional heater.
The high-tech features include a productivity screen, a reverse sensing system, a rearview camera, a distance to empty measure, and adaptive steering. Adaptive steering is a brilliant feature because it gradually adjusts steering ratio based on speed for better control and safety. This makes this truck perfect for hauling heavy trailers.
The Ford F-150 Raptor is the third Ford truck on this list and one of the most popular half-ton trucks in the United States. The 2020 model is a very impressive truck. While the F-150 generally does not have an impressive towing capacity like the F-250 and the F-350, it can tow fifth-wheels less than 8,000 pounds in weight. This means it is only suitable for towing lightweight fifth-wheels such as Forest River fifth-wheels.
The best thing about the 2020 FORD F-150 Raptor is that it has a powerful engine and it is equipped with a brilliant suspension system and other systems to effortlessly handle difficult terrain and off-road conditions. Therefore, if you want to take a lightweight fifth-wheel camper to an off-road location, it is an option you should strongly consider.
The second best thing about this truck is the fact that it comes with safety features including a blind spot information system, a lane-keeping information system, and a safe backing system.
In short, this F-150 is a great truck for hauling fifth-wheels.
In the last several years, Ram 3500 has been voted the best truck of the year. This is because it is a powerful, comfortable, and durable truck. The truck has very good towing capabilities. For instance, the 2018 version of the truck can tow trailers weighing over 30,000 pounds. In other words, it is a beast.
The 2020 version has a comparatively smaller towing capacity of approximately 13,000 pounds for its different models. While 13,000 pounds is way less than 30,000 pounds, it is still a very impressive towing capacity and it means that the RAM 3500 2020 model can tow virtually any fifth-wheel.
The interior of the Ram 3500 has always been impressive. The truck has nice ergonomic seats and it is quite comfortable to travel in. The 2020 model has very impressive seats and very impressive tech features including a massive color screen that shows the vehicle’s performance and makes reversing and parking easy. It is also quite luxurious.
This is one of the most powerful trucks in the United States! The 2018 Silverado 2500 HD has a very impressive towing capacity of 18,000 pounds. So unlike the Ford F-150 above, this truck can safely haul heavyweight fifth-wheels.
The 2018 Silverado 2500HD is a cheapish diesel truck. It is not like extremely cheap but when compared to other trucks with impressive towing capacities, it is certainly less expensive.
Compared to previous Silverado 2500HD models, the 2018 model has better torque and power. This makes it perfect for pulling heavy campers for long distances. Therefore, if you are in Texas or South Dakota and you want to pull a big rig all the way to Key West (Florida), it is one of the best trucks to use to do this.
This truck is also equipped with systems that enable it to handle high speeds and steep roads better.
While the 2018 Silverado is impressive, the 2020 model is much more impressive. It has a maximum towing capacity of 18,500 pounds and a host of features that make it more capable of towing heavy trailers including steering assist, powerful braking, tow mode, and a stability control system. It also has a luxurious interior and plenty of high tech features.
The only reason I talked about the 2018 Silverado first is that it is cheaper than this one.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most impressive towing trucks ever made. It comes with a 6.6-liter V8 engine that is capable of hauling 20,000-pound trailers. Using the gooseneck method, it can haul trailers as heavy as 35,000 in weight. This makes it one of the most powerful towing trucks ever made.
One of the things I like the most about the Silverado 3500HD is the fact that its engine feels very strong regardless of the terrain, the speed, or the weight of the trailer or camper being towed. I also like the fact that it comes with a 15-way camera that makes towing and parking easy.
If you are a tall man or if you have tall people in your family, you will really love this truck. This is because it has spacious leg rooms for both front and rear passengers.
In terms of safety, this is one of the safest trucks out there. It has all the safety features you would expect from a heavy-duty truck including rear and front parking sensors, a collision-avoidance system, a blind-spot monitoring system, a lane-change alert system, a cross-traffic alert system, a rearview camera, a teen driver system and a hitch guidance system. It has six airbags for maximum protection, especially of front passengers.
Additional safety features include traction control, stability control, and auto-locking differential.
While everything I have mentioned so far about this truck is impressive, the most impressive thing about it is its infotainment suite. The Crew and Double cabs have six surround speakers that are controllable on a touchscreen interface. It has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth compatibility. The premium High-Country version has Bose speakers for perfect quality sound.
In summary, this is a truck that can safely and easily pull big rigs and it is perfect because it is safe and has a good infotainment suite.
According to Nissan USA, the 2020 Nissan Titan has the most standard safety features, tech, and power in its class. In other words, compared to competing trucks such as the Ford F-150, the Ram 1500, Tundra and Silverado, it is safer, more powerful, and high-tech.
The Nissan Titan is fitted with a powerful 5.6-liter V8 engine that is capable of towing fifth-wheels as heavy as 9,400 pounds. This means you can use this truck to pull lightweight and mid-size fifth-wheel campers.
Five key things stand out about this 2020 Nissan Titan. First, it has the best standard warranty. The truck is covered by a 100,000-mile full warranty. Not any other truck offers anything close to this.
Second, it is feature-rich. This truck has more standard features than most trucks on the market. You do not need to spend more money on feature-packages. Its features include safety features (backup camera, parking sensors, alertness sensors, cross-traffic alert, emergency braking, and pedestrian detection), driver assistance features, and so on.
Third, it has a large 8-inch control screen. The touchscreen has impressive graphics and it is perfect for controlling this vehicle.
Fourth, this truck has an amazing off-road capability. The Titan Pro-4X is the best one for off-road driving. So if you want to go somewhere off-grid, this truck is an option you cannot ignore.
Lastly, the Nissan Titan has excellent packages and upgrades including keyless entry, remote start, and climate control. It is absolutely brilliant.
This truck comes with a very powerful turbo-diesel 6.6L V8 engine. This engine is powerful enough to pull a 35,500-pound trailer or camper. No other truck has such an impressive towing capacity other than the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD.
In addition to this truck’s powerful engine, the reason why this truck can pull a very heavy camper or trailer is the fact that it has a big front grille that draws in air and cools the engine allowing it to perform optimally.
There are several things I like a lot about this truck. They include its performance, its steering assist system, its driver alert systems (e.g. blind zone alert and lane change alert), its advanced tailgate, its multiple camera views for backing up, and its upgrade options.
About the multiple camera views, they make it easier to maneuver this truck, especially when towing a heavy camper or trailer behind it.
The GMC Sierra 3500HD is very powerful and durable. It is a truck that you will not regret buying.
If you intend to go with your camper off-road and off-grid, you should get the GMC Sierra 3500HD X31 Off-road package. It comes with off-road performance-enhancing features such as Rancho shocks, hill descent control, off-road suspension, dual-exhaust, all-terrain tires, and skid plates.
Among the best trucks for towing fifth-wheels, the 2020 Toyota Tundra is one of the safest. This is because it comes with an impressive list of standard and extra features including a camera and a radar for collision detection, a dynamic cruise control system, a lane assist system, automatic high beams, and multiple airbags.
The 2020 Toyota Tundra has a towing capacity of approximately 10,000 pounds. This is thanks to its 5.7-liter V8 engine that provides nearly 400 horsepower. The fact that this truck has a high towing capacity makes it great for pulling fifth-wheels under 10,000 pounds.
The Toyota Tundra Off-Road and Sport models are particularly great for towing because they have been fitted with features that make them perfect for visiting/ touring off-road destinations. For example, the Tundra Off-Road model has big aluminum tires, Blistein shocks, and a skid plate.
In terms of comfort, the Toyota Tundra is among the most spacious and comfortable 2020 trucks. There is plenty of legroom for all passengers, the seats are comfy and ergonomic, and all the seats can be adjusted for comfort.
In terms of technologies, this is one of the most high-tech trucks out there. It has several technologies you will not find on other trucks including Destination Assist – a technology that gives truck owners access to live agents for free assistance.
Lastly, about this truck, it is built to perform well and last long even when put under pressure. This is the reason why it has been voted the most dependable full-size truck several times.
If you are young and you are looking for a truck that is convertible and that is also a serious off-road vehicle, you should get the Jeep Gladiator. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a very attractive truck and it is the only convertible truck on the market. Its soft top and its doors are removable for open-air cruising or driving.
The best thing about this truck is the fact that the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds. This means you can easily use it to tow a lightweight fifth-wheel camper or even an under 6,500 pounds camper.
As I mentioned a few moments ago, this is a serious off-road vehicle. It is capable of handling all types of difficult terrain. If you get the Rubicon model, you will not only be using it to tow your camper but also to enjoy exploring unbeaten off-road paths roads and 4X4 obstacle trails and courses. And you can do this confidently because it is a ruggedized truck made of high strength steel. It does not get damaged or totaled very easily.
Moreover, the low features of the Jeep Gladiator are high off the ground. For instance, the Rubicon version is 11 inches off the ground. This means you can easily drive this Jeep over streams and puddles without worrying about the water getting in.
Because the Jeep Gladiator is built to conquer rough terrain, it has a brilliant suspension system. The system makes it comfortable to drive and to sit in whether on even or uneven terrain.
Lastly, this truck is ideal for young people. This is because its infotainment suite is crazy good. It comes with a portable Bluetooth speaker that is rainproof, a rainproof electric outlet, a UConnect system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a USB port, and a five-inch touchscreen for control.
As you can see, there are some very powerful trucks that can easily tow a fifth-wheel camper. If you already own any of these trucks, you do not need to buy a new one if you want something to pull a fifth-wheel camper. If you do not own any of these trucks, you should get one. I promise you that getting a powerful truck to haul a fifth-wheel camper is a decision you will not regret.