DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

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DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby powerstroke1 » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:31 pm

I AM NEW HERE SO PLEASE BE GENTLE I currently own a 2004 cedar creek 36rlts and am seriously thinking of upgrading to a new 2013 cardinal 3450 rl or the 3800fl. My question is do I have enough truck. My tow vehicle is a 2011 ford F-350 SRW KR 6.7l diesel. I also have Air ride air bags in the back if needed. Any input would be appreciated. thanks
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby Travelers » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:38 pm

Stepping up to a DRW would be great if its in the budget. Otherwise you got enough truck. :thumbrt:
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby Olbird » Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:14 pm

The new rigs GVWR will only be about 1,000 lbs more then your existing 2004 36 footer.
Your truck will have no problem towing the new unit.
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby powerstroke1 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:12 am

Thanks for the feedback, I do realize that a DRW would be great but after dropping $65K on a new fiver I don't think I can talk the boss into another $60 for a new truck. I had a feeling that this truck would be enough as far as power but was not sure about the weight. I used to pull the same trailer with a 2002 ford F-250 SD with a 7.3L diesel and the power on this new truck is a huge boost. After the positive feedback I received from on this forum looks like I will be purchasing a new cardinal real soon. I will continue to read this forum as a temporary member for all of the great information available, and look forward to becoming a full time member and the proud owner of a new cardinal 5er real soon. Thanks
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby Travelers » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:41 am

Best of luck with the new purchase.
Remember, without pics it's just a dream. :))
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby sew2bhappy » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:29 am

Since you're in Texas, you might want to check out our Southern Rally here http://www.cardinalrvclub.org/redbird/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=7457

And if you're interested we would welcome you as an SOB (that's Some Other Brand :ymdevil: ) if you don't have your new rig by then. You can get to know some of the GREAT members and have LOTS of fun!!! :d
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby bfast54 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 1:52 pm

Powerstroke 1 .....Welcome................. :ymhug: :ymhug: ..Look forward to hearing about your new rig, and ......................You do indeed have enough truck............... :thumbrt:

Please feel free to let us know more about your rig when you get it......Oh, and as mentioned ...PICTURES...... :d :d

Hope someday in your travels, you can attend a Mid-West Rally............This spring I am having one in the Quad cities area....(East Moline, Il..Iowa area)..........June 6-9, 2013......if on the road , Please come on out. Info on the Rally page.
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby powerstroke1 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:06 pm

Thanks for all the Southern hospitality and invites. I am unfortunatlly full time employed at this time working shift work @ a refinery for about 4 more years and we only get to go rving 3-4 times a year, mostly in the New Braunfels Canyon lake area of the texas hill country. The wifes sister lives up there and it is good for them to be able to visit. There is a 3450 rl locally but the boss has her mind set on the 3800fl which would have to be ordered. So we could be a week or two from our new cardinal or a couple of months. Once again thanks for the great feedback and hospitality. I will make regular visits to this site to keep up with the rallys and hopefully the work schedule will allow me to attend as a { SOB] some other brand or as a member with the new 5er.
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby bfast54 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:23 pm

Hey....................These days ....being Fully employed ..............is a great thing...... ;) ........... Save up your money, for all those future travels.........................see you down the road............... :thumbrt:
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby Olbird » Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:51 pm

Kit Brother RV on the border of Texas and Louisiana has a 38fl.
http://www.kitebros.com/4847.html

Berryland RV in Louisiana has a few of them in stock.


http://www.berrylandcampers.com/5th-whe ... 99005.html
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Re: DO I NEED A BIGGER TRUCK

Postby watkinsk » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:18 pm

I have a 2012 F350 SRW Short bed, 6.7 diesel. I have no problems pulling my 37ft Cardinal model 3150. Last summer I pulled Wolf Creek pass using the jake brake going down and shifting into Manual 3 and 4 pulling up the steep west side. The truck did fine and I had no feeling of sway or push from the 5th wheel. The DRW would be nice but not worth the additional investment given you have an almost new 2011.
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