Originally Posted by florabama
Thinking hard about buying what appears to be a perfect 5th wheel for my family. But after running all the numbers it looks like I am 146 lbs over CCC.
TV CCC: 3805 (from door sticker on truck)
Pets and misc: 120
So in summary: 3805-734=3071 left for pin weight
The trailer (Nitro 36TI5) is rated UVW 13731 and Pin Weight 3217
Wow! The pin weight seems high for this unit but can't argue the numbers.
What to do? Will loading cargo aft of the trailer axels reduce the Pin weight and help makeup the 146 lbs?
I went at this eyes wide open and purchased a 2016 RAM 3500 SRW Diesel never ever thinking I would be down to 146 pounds of consideration.
Would appreciate some feedback.
I spent a few years in heavy equipment structural design for tractors (like 40Y). Do not even worry about 146 LBS over the numbers you have posted. Look at the percentage of weight that you are over.
I do have a couple of questions for you. One, is the truck a 2016 RAM Diesel? Two, is the truck a long bed Crew Cab or Mega Cab? Three, what transmission do you have the AISIN or the 68RFE and or the MTG56 manual?
All of three of these trucks have different GCWR and allow a different max trailer towing weight, so to properly answer your questions please state your truck model and components of the truck.
I get my data from the RAM Body Builders Web site that list the weights that really matter for towing a trailer. Here is the web link for this site.