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Old 10-06-2015, 07:31 PM   #1
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5th Wheel Set Up For 2500 GMC

I've been doing a lot of research on a really good setup for my TV and 5th wheel since I have had TT prior to this. We ordered a '16 silverback 29RE and assume that it will be coming in Nov. (hopefully). My dilemma is with all the research and reading reviews, I think I have come up with a combo that would be good. The TV is a '12 GMC 2500 Duramax, 4x4, short bed 6-1/2'. I know that I need a slider and like the auto features and since we take long trips on the poor highways in VA. I thought I could benefit from a cushioned pin box. So I like the idea of a Pull-Rite, w/standard rails (vs the removable because of the 1-7/8" holes and cost); capture plate; a 5th airborne pin box; and ride-right air bags for leveling TV.

I am looking for input from all of you that have some experience under your belts. I want to do it right the first time with no regrets. Thank you in advance for your input and knowledge.
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:40 PM   #2
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I'm quite fond of my bd3.
Simple manual slide, that works well.
It was amazing to see the kingpin just floating while going down the road.


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Old 10-06-2015, 07:46 PM   #3
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I think you going to spend a lot money getting setup to pull a fairly light 5er and the setup like above is great for longer 5er that are over 12,000 lbs. I have short bed and don't use slider nor have I ever needed one. What I would stay away from are slide bar type hitch and get one with jaws. I ended with B&W but there lot good one on the market. Those are my thoughts....
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Old 10-06-2015, 07:50 PM   #4
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You may be over doing it for that light of a 5er however maybe your thinking ahead to the future. I can relate to the poor roads in VA Later RJD
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:34 PM   #5
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I went with the pull rite auto slider that mounts with industry std rails. I absolutely love the hitch except for its weight. It's a beast to handle in/out of the truck. I know have a front end loader for my tractor that I pick it in/out with so no more lifting it for me. I could do it by myself but it was a bear. I have a short bed as well and my current fifth wheel claims to not need a slider hitch but I didn't want to chance it. I love not ever thinking if it's gonna hit the can or not. I also use a set of Firestone airbags which make the setup ride like a Cadillac. What a huge diff from no airbags. Hope this helps some.
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:01 PM   #6
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The 6 1/2 ft bed is basically a standard bed. Less then 6ft is a short bed mostly found on 1/2 ton trucks (5.5 ft) but it is all relative LOL. My 5th wheel is a V nose to no need for any slider at all and I can go 90+ with zero issues. A lot of the new fivers are designed to do this with the 6.5ft beds. Is yours one of them?

I like B&W products so that is my vote but since I have 3 trailers and 2 of them are goosenecks so I did the Reese Goosebox swap on mine which is one of the few that is fully covered under the frame warranty.
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:21 PM   #7
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Wrong truck! I will be willing to bet you took the "dry" weight number from the brochure to make your decision. No one has ever towed a dry trailer. The 13,950 GVWR of this fiver is going to drop 2500+ pounds of pin weight on the truck. You will not be a happy camper with this combo. My 34ckts scales 13,500 pounds and my pin weight is north of 3000 pounds. I originally towed with a 2500HD. Three years of scared was enough for me. You really need at the absolute minimum a 3500 SRW and really a dually is a much better choice
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Wow.. I take what I said back - I'm wrong with 1995 dry pin and 5er GVWR if 13,985 won't be a bad idea. That is a lot 5er and would probably benefit from the that setup. Sorry for the mistake.

As far as dry pin weights and FR goes don't trust them. My dry pin was 1950 and I added 1400 lbs cargo to 5er and the Cat Scale weight jumped to 2740.
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Wrong truck! I will be willing to bet you took the "dry" weight number from the brochure to make your decision. No one has ever towed a dry trailer. The 13,950 GVWR of this fiver is going to drop 2500+ pounds of pin weight on the truck. You will not be a happy camper with this combo. My 34ckts scales 13,500 pounds and my pin weight is north of 3000 pounds. I originally towed with a 2500HD. Three years of scared was enough for me. You really need at the absolute minimum a 3500 SRW and really a dually is a much better choice
Oh I don't know, I bet he'll only be around 22 to 2300 lb hitch.

My pin weight dry is 1800 lbs
10,000 lb dry 14,000 gvwr on trailer.
Last checked pin weight was under 2000

I'd pull it with my 3/4 ton duramax with a 2500 lb ccc


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Old 10-07-2015, 12:43 PM   #10
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That fiver lists a 1985 pin weight with a 10,700 UVW. That translates to roughly 19% pin weight. 13,950 GVWR using those numbers turns into about 2700 pound pin weight. CC is infamous for heavy pins. That is one reason they tow so nicely. So IMHO 3000 is not out of the realm of possabilities. Dropping 3K directly over the rear axle of a truck with what? 6500 RAWR??? Yea, smart move! Heck my CKTS had a brochured 1750 pin and tips the scales north of 3000
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