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Old 08-13-2015, 01:40 PM   #1
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First, let me explain I am new to 5th wheel towing and to this forum. I have found it very useful. I know the question of towing vehciles is well documented on this forum. However, I am a slow learner and more confused than when started researching this question.

I am days away from purchasing a Coachmen Chaparral 360 IBL 5th wheel in the Houston area. Trailer specs are: Hitch Weight 2060; UVW 11390; GVWR 14000. I see several people pulling with a 1-ton diesel. According to the GMC specs (the max. trailering is 17500) am I going to be OK comfortablly pulling this trailer.

Any advise is appreciated. Thanks
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:46 PM   #2
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you may want to post the specifics of your Tow Vehicle as well
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:52 PM   #3
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Trailer specs are: Hitch Weight 2060; UVW 11390; GVWR 14000; Cargo capacity 2610.
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:55 PM   #4
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MChat, not your trailer... What are the specs for your TRUCK? there is a sticker on the inside of the door that should list your weights, etc.
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Opps... GVWR 10000; GAWR Front 5200 and rear 6200. GCWR 24500; and max trailering 5th wheel is 17400.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:19 PM   #6
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Payload is where the weight police on this forum are going to nail you. That said, I pulled almost the exact weight 5er with my 2011 2500, which had slightly less figures than your truck. My truck was crew cab 4x4 with 8' bed and pulled great. My only white knuckle moment came from a bad bridge approach that bounced the truck pretty hard. Was never out of control or felt like it was going out of control, it just hit harder than I liked. If you're going to full time in this, I would consider a dually in the near future, but IMO, you'll be fine.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:51 PM   #7
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You will be fine, but the weight police on here will scare the hell out of you, I would just keep the speed down to around 60 until you get accustomed to the fifth wheel. Then you can decide if you need a bigger truck


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Can't say anything about the weight, etc just that we got a 2014 Ram 3500 dually in May. It was brand new with 29 miles on it. It was just a late year one and the dealership gave us a fantastic deal on it.

And Congrats on the 360IBL. We are really, really liking ours!!
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:50 PM   #9
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Can't say anything about the weight, etc just that we got a 2014 Ram 3500 dually in May. It was brand new with 29 miles on it. It was just a late year one and the dealership gave us a fantastic deal on it.

And Congrats on the 360IBL. We are really, really liking ours!!

Sounds like a great deal on the truck, everyone is different but I am glad I choose the SRW. If I had got a dually I would have already traded for a bigger camper


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Your sadly mistaken if you believe those numbers.
First, that is "TOWING", not loading a fifth wheels pin. There is a world of difference between towing a 14000 pound trailer and dropping 2800 to 3000 pounds in the truck bed then trying to pull 14000 pounds. First thing you MUST do is load your truck like your going camping and go to the scales. To your scaled weight add 250 pounds for hitch. Subtract this from your trucks GVWR as listed on the drivers door post. That is the maximum weight you can place in the truck bed (pin weight). Since you do not own a trailer yet, take 20% of the intended trailers GVWR as your pin weight. Now you have your answer in real world terms
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