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Old 03-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #11
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Option 1 9072lb scaled dry 5th wheel

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Option 2 7500lb Travel trailer

Both are within my trucks abilities and both have different positives and negatives.
What truck do you have, along with the GVWR and GCWR ?? Just because it is rated to tow "x" amount of weight, does not necessarily indicate that it can handle the pin or hitch weight.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #12
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Check your state driver license requirement if you go over 10000lbs GVW.


Will do.

Anyone from NY and other eastern states know if we have limits at 10K?
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:28 AM   #13
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What truck do you have, along with the GVWR and GCWR ?? Just because it is rated to tow "x" amount of weight, does not necessarily indicate that it can handle the pin or hitch weight.
I have used the calculators and I am within the needed ratings.
The topic is purely to discuss what is more enjoyable towing experience.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:29 AM   #14
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Check your state driver license requirement if you go over 10000lbs GVW.
Don't think it applies to RV's in the States.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:35 AM   #15
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Don't think it applies to RV's in the States.
It's very state-dependent. In Maryland, if you go over a gross combined weight rating of 26,001 pounds, you're required to have a special class A non-commercial license. Which reminds me... I need to head into the MVA.

BUT- you don't have to be licensed for the state that you're driving into. Just where your license actually is issued from. If you're fine on a regular license in your home state, coming to MD doesn't mean you have to have the class A/non-commercial license.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:39 AM   #16
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I have used the calculators and I am within the needed ratings.
The topic is purely to discuss what is more enjoyable towing experience.
Then why not list your tow vehicle ??

That 5th wheel hitched to a 1/2 ton truck is gonna be way over the GVWR, and would not be a enjoyable experience, as well as being dangerous. A 3/4 ton truck maybe, and a 1 ton truck most probably would be OK.

Even the hitch weight of a that bumper pull trailer may put a 1/2 ton truck over the GVWR limit depending on passengers and cargo. If that were the case, again it would probably not be an enjoyable towing experience.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:50 AM   #17
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Don't think it applies to RV's in the States.
I only mentioned that because someone from California on one of these threads? was surprised about that requirement. Perhaps another RV forum? Certainly applies to us in most of Canada.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:54 AM   #18
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I have used the calculators and I am within the needed ratings.
The topic is purely to discuss what is more enjoyable towing experience.
A most enjoyable towing experience is when your camper, bet it fifth wheel or traveling trailer is within your truck's spec'd ratings and you've verified them yourself (via weighing and not trusting online guides or calculators). Not saying that you haven't.

I matched the truck that I have to the fifth wheel that I wanted.

When I had my Durango, I had a pop-up and had an enjoyable towing experience.

Hands-down, it's hard to argue that a TT will tow as well as a FW unless you're towing a fifth wheel beyond your truck's means. (Which, you say it isn't- so it should be a moot point.)
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Even more important than the 26k GCWR is the stipulation of a Class A non-commercial license if you tow anything over 10k. But that's MD. It sounds like the OP would need to check FL and/or NY laws on the matter.

NY DMV states that your Class D license allows you to drive a truck with 26k GVWR or less and a trailer of 10k or less. OR you can drive a truck with 26k or less and a trailer of MORE than 10K ONLY if the GCWR of both vehicles is 26K or less.

If you want to drive an RV of more than 26k combined, you need to get the R designation for your Class D license.

They do not state whether that R allows you to TOW an RV with a combo in excess of 26k, so you will want to check with your state. You may need a CDL to be legal.

In FL, it looks as though it has to be under 26k GCWR and 10k GVWR on the trailer. Otherwise you are into a CDL. I could be reading their site wrong though.

On the original discussion, I have a 35' TT and I've towed my dads 40' 5er. Both towed easily enough for me due to the truck/hitch setup, but I preferred the hitching/unhitching of the 5er to my TT.

They provide more space, they are more stable. But then they also cost more money. If money isn't an issue, then I would definitely go with the 5er.

I'm just biding my time with the TT until the DW lets me upgrade.

Good luck with whatever you decide.
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Towed both, the 5th Wheel is much more stable at speed, particularly in a crosswind, and easier to maneuver. JMHO
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