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Old 11-09-2015, 02:01 PM   #21
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Measure your height once hitched up. With front AC, hitched I am at 13'6" (I'm 40' long too). You need to be very aware of your height. I was once told for turns, wait until your truck wheels enter the intersection to start your turn. That has worked well for me. When backing it will be a totally different experience. It takes longer for an initial response and then cuts quickly. You typically will need to pull forward to straighten out. Your truck should be just fine with that fiver. My fiver is 13500 Gvwr but actually weighs in loaded at 12,300 with a 2700 lb pin weight. Yours will likely weigh near that loaded. That diesel won't miss a beat.
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Old 11-09-2015, 02:24 PM   #22
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Who carries 2,300 pounds of stuff?
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Old 11-09-2015, 02:45 PM   #23
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you might be surprised once you tow across a set of scales.
No I wouldn't. Ready for a trip, clothes, food, tank full of water, all the usual junk in the basement I'm just over 1,200 pounds over dry weight. 750 pounds without water. From what I've seen around here most folks come in somewhere around 750 for those that pack light to 1,500 for those that don't.
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Old 11-09-2015, 02:52 PM   #24
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All great advice, but no one warned you about losing MPG slightly, you're pulling a bigger billboard now.
Enjoy your new toy!
Ugh, I'm sounding like a protagonist.

Just my experience, but I went from a 6500lb dry, 28' TT to a 11,500lb dry, 38' 5er that's three feet taller with the same truck. I picked up over 1 MPG on the same roads. It's got to be the aero nose and the smoother sides (I had the accordion style aluminum siding on my TT.) that made the difference.
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Old 11-09-2015, 03:55 PM   #25
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Just really understand how your hitch works. There are some differences between types. A rocker hitch really helps in a gusty wind. Make a check list.
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Old 11-09-2015, 04:59 PM   #26
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we bought our first 5'ver this spring and like you have bumper pulled for YEARS. we LOVE it. the difference in towing for us has been the turning ... forward or backward. it takes longer to response to turn, so start farther away, if going backwards especially, and wider if going forward. Ours tracks about a 10 ft difference in making turns going forward. (It will cut 10 ft closer to anything going forward so make wider turns going forward. Backing up it takes about 10 foot MORE length for responding to turning when you start turning other than that, it is so much quicker and easier hook up and go than our bumper pulls. our 5th wheel is the same length from back bumper to king pin, as our last bumper pull was from back bumper to ball hitch, so we were surprised in the difference in turning. we were always lead to believe that the turning radius would be shorter because of the length over the truck bed
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Old 11-09-2015, 05:41 PM   #27
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Welcome from Western Ma and congrats on the new 5er . We had a 33' TT and upgraded to a 33' 5er no differance in mpg . When you hook up to the trailer be sure to do a pull away test to make sure you connected correctly .
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Old 11-09-2015, 06:43 PM   #28
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No I wouldn't. Ready for a trip, clothes, food, tank full of water, all the usual junk in the basement I'm just over 1,200 pounds over dry weight. 750 pounds without water. From what I've seen around here most folks come in somewhere around 750 for those that pack light to 1,500 for those that don't.
We don't ..... We are at about 4000 lbs of cargo over the yellow sticker but there are many reasons for that.......... ..... Never weighed it empty too late now but we have 4000 - 4800 lbs of capacity sooooo we use it......... Dry weight 9800 Gross 14500...... scaled last time at 13800.......


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Ditto on the tracking of the 5th wheel, different than a TT. A TT tracks a bit closer to the vehicle than a 5ver so just make a little wider turn and watch those curbs they are tough on tires and wheels. One suggestion I would make and that would be to get yourself a couple of handy talkies for backing up. It will make for a lot less arguments as backing a 5th, at least for me is much harder than a TT. Once you make a correction and you lose sight of what the trailer is doing in your mirrors you are gonna need someone talking to you. It may help you and those with you to keep from getting stressed out.
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:19 PM   #30
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Towing will be easier, but your likely going to be overloaded once you fill the trailer with stuff. Good luck loading and going across the scales

Don't recall seeing a question from op about weight??????


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