If you have your RV primed and ready for a trip but are trying to figure out the best truck with which to tow it, there are several things to consider. You want to make sure that the vehicle's towing capacity is sufficient to pull the size of RV that you have, and the truck's interior is large enough to accommodate the people you will be traveling with. Comfort, reliability, gas mileage, torque output and price are other factors to consider when choosing the best RV towing trucks.
Chevy Silverado 3500HD
Autotropolis.com names the Chevy Silverado 3500HD as the best truck for RV towing. The sturdy pickup has a towing capacity of 15,900 pounds, and it is specially designed for towing with a seven-wire harness to hook up to your RV, trailer brake control and automatic locking rear differential. The king cab model comfortable seats five, with plenty of room for bags and supplies. You can choose a diesel or gas version of the truck, but either model offers between 320 and 360 horsepower and 660 pound-foot of torque at 1,600 RPM. The cost of the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD starts at around $30,000, as of April 2010.
Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD
Dodge Ram 3500
The automotive research company Edmunds Inc. calls the Dodge Ram 3500 one of the top 10 vehicles for towing, and it was named Motor Trend's 2010 Truck of the Year. It has a towing capacity of up to 17,600 pounds, and if you pull your RV often, you might want to upgrade to its trailer tow package that includes integrated trailer brake controller and a class-four hitch receiver. The Dodge Ram 3500 comes with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, and you can choose five- or six-speed automatic or manual transmission. As of April 2010, the Dodge Ram 3500 retails between approximately $32,000 and $47,000, depending on the options you choose.
Dodge Ram 3500
A somewhat more affordable option for drivers looking for a truck to pull their RV is the Ford F-150. Autotropolis.com calls it one of the best trucks for towing for 2010, and it has 11,300 pounds towing capacity. Standard on the F-150 is trailer sway control, and you can also choose a model with a trailer brake controller. The truck comes with a 4.6L two-valve V8 engine, and, depending on the model you choose, has between 250 and 310 horsepower. The Ford F-150 comes in a regular or crew cab, and the crew cab can seat up to six people comfortably. The cost of the truck starts at $21,000 as of April 2010.