Five Best Trucks For Towing Your RV

Derrek Sigler
by Derrek Sigler
A new travel trailer or fifth wheel isn’t going to do you much good if you don’t have a tow vehicle to haul it. Here are five of the best trucks for towing your RV.

If your truck is getting tired and towing your RV starts looking more like a question mark than a statement, it may be time to trade the old one in on a new ride. There are some fantastic new trucks out there, some you know about and some you may not know about. Any way you look at it, now is a great time to buy a new truck.

Nissan Titan XD

Let’s kick this off with a truck you may not have considered before; the new Nissan Titan XD. If you’re thinking you don’t want a Nissan, you’re making a big mistake. These are some seriously nice trucks. The XD fits into that space between a half-ton and a three-quarter ton. Opt for the 5.0-liter Cummins 8-cylinder diesel engine mated to a 6-speed transmission. This gives the Titan 310 horsepower and 555 foot-pounds of torque, as well as 12,310 pounds of towing capacity. You can also get a camera system that gives you a 360-degree view around the truck, and a trailer attach mode that lets you back up to your trailer without a person having to watch. Add in a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty and the American-made and designed Titan should be on your radar!

Toyota Tundra

Toyota has been making Tundra full-size trucks for a while now and if you check the used truck prices, you’ll notice that Tundras don’t lose value much. In fact, if you go to buy a used one and find a good deal – jump on it. Why they hold value well is because they hold up to use extremely well. The 2018 Toyota Tundra has an optional 5.7-liter V8 engine that pumps out 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. With the SR5 package, that is good for 9,800 pounds of towing capacity. The Tundra is made in Texas, a fact Toyota is pretty proud of. The Tundra runs on a 6-speed transmission and the optional towing package adds trailer braking as well as an oil and transmission cooler.

Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra

Chevy (and its sister company GMC) produce some of the most popular trucks on the road. The 2018 Chevy Silverado is a great choice and with the amount of different options available, there is sure to be one that fits your needs. For engines, there are several options, but for serious use, you’ll want the 6.2-liter V8 Ecotec with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes with Chevy’s fuel management system that shuts it down to four cylinders when on flat ground and when you’re cruising. The transmission is available as an 8-speed and there are many axle combinations to pick from that boosts towing from 9,100 pounds up to a whopping 17,700 pounds.

Ford F-250 XLT Superduty

There’s a reason more RVs are built on a Superduty platform than anything else. These are trucks built to handle the big stuff. If you’re towing a big RV, you want a big truck. The Ford F-250 XLT is a major truck and there are a lot of them on the road. For engines, you could go gas, but if you’re talking Superduty, you really want the 6.7-liter Powerstroke turbo diesel. It has 440 horsepower and a stunning 925 foot-pounds of torque. That fifth-wheel you’ve been eying is no match for the Ford’s pulling power. Towing? 15,000 pounds of capacity with the diesel engine. That’s kind of like a mic drop in truck speak.

Ram 2500

The Ram 2500 truck is a beast. Again, if you’re going to tow the big stuff, you’ve got to get the big stuff truck. Ram has made a big splash lately with these trucks and with good cause – they are great trucks. For engines, you can get the Hemi, which is a great engine with 410 horsepower and a great sound, or you can go diesel. The 6.7-liter Cummins turbo inline 6-cylinder engine makes 370 horsepower, 800 foot-pounds of torque and lets the Ram tow a whopping 17,980 pounds! You can get it with an automatic, or a 6-speed manual transmission. If you’re into serious hauling, this is a great option.