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Old 07-13-2012, 05:13 PM   #21
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So I know my truck will pull it but I am going to be new to fifth wheels and what kind of hitch will I need? 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 hd diesel crew cab
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:28 PM   #22
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I was told by my RV dealer to buy a tow vehicle that has a 1,000 pounds more capacity than the Gross weight of the trailer you buy. It made sense to me to have excess capacity so I followed his advice. Just one opinion. The problem with this is if I ever want to trade up I will need a new tow vehicle.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:31 PM   #23
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So I know my truck will pull it but I am going to be new to fifth wheels and what kind of hitch will I need? 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 hd diesel crew cab
Much depends on whether it is a long bed or short bed and what kind of 5th wheel you buy.
If you have a long bed; any 5th wheel hitch rated to pull your camper will be fine.
With shorter beds you need to be careful as most 5th wheels are 8 foot wide or wider. The 5th wheel pin must be located within 3 inches of forward of the rear axle center for stability. That typically works out to be about 36 inches of clearance between the pin center and your back window.

Since half of 8 feet is 48 inches you will have a problem turning any great amount of degrees backing into tight spots. Some 5th wheels are "short bed friendly" with cut away sections in the aero-cap to help clear the cab; but you will still need a way to clear the cab when turning past about 70 degrees of turn.

Sidewinder has gotten great reviews here. With that hitch the pin box stays fixed front to back and does not turn in the bed. The camper pivots around a pivot point back by the camper.

I have, and LOVE, my Pullrite Superglide. It is an automatic slider that moved the king pin forward and backwards as needed to keep you clear of the cab. It has the best locking mechanism (in my opinion) since the locking area completely encloses the king pin. In an accident you will not be able to get out and move the hitch out of the way. With the Superglide the camper is moved automatically.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:47 PM   #24
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I have a short bed Tundra but my 5th wheel has the Reese revolution system, so far so good.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:35 PM   #25
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Our pickup has the short bed and we are finally deciding on the Forest River V-Cross 305VRET which I am hoping will take care of that turning radius...how about the problem with hitting the rails that I have heard people talk about?
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:47 AM   #26
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I was told by my RV dealer to buy a tow vehicle that has a 1,000 pounds more capacity than the Gross weight of the trailer you buy. It made sense to me to have excess capacity so I followed his advice. Just one opinion. The problem with this is if I ever want to trade up I will need a new tow vehicle.
My 2006 F150 5.4L had a max towing capacity of 8,900#; my Rockwood 2102W had a loaded capacity of near 7,000#: nearly 2,000# less than max towing capacity. With only a 4 spd tranny and no tow/haul the F150 was always searching for a gear even when I took it out of OD.

I really liked the F150 but it was too light to be used to haul a 7,000# TT.

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Old 07-14-2012, 06:58 PM   #27
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First, my lawyer joke:
Q: Do you know why there are more toxic waste dumps in New Jersey than there are lawyers in New York?
A: New Jersey won the toss, and had first pick.

Now my question:

Researching new tow vehicles, and the differences between the 1/2, 3/4, and one ton Ford, Dodge (RAM), and GMC products is fairly clear. Besides gross weight, once you start getting into the 3/4 and 1-tons, you start to see better axle bearings, HD brake packages, transmission coolers, heavier frame materials, etc... The anomaly, in my research thus far, is the Toyota Tundra. Owners seem to love it's power, ride, towing ability, etc. In spec, it appears to fall in between a 1/2 ton and a 3/4 ton.

What have others discovered about the "other" features, such as axle bearings, brake packages, transmission coolers, frame materials, etc? How does the Tundra stand-up against the RAM or GMC 2500 or the Ford F250?
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:38 PM   #28
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I have a 11 f350 diesel srw extended cab long box with the camper pag. I'm looking at a columbus 320rs. my guestion is the srw adaquate.
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I drove my brand new ( bought in November) Fully loaded Toyota Tundra attached to my brand new ( picked it up in January) Rockwood 8329, out to Arizona in February 2014. Yes the Tundra towed very well...and very importantly...was very comfortable. 5000 miles driven and still felt great in the seat.
However there are 2 drawbacks to the Tundra 1. A 26 gallon gas tank. 2. 8 miles to the gallon towing. Range with reserves was 160 miles.
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Old 05-17-2014, 03:59 PM   #30
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Towing Guides are the only law

Great post, well said, I have always wanted to be "in compliance" with the towing guides for safety, but in the USA, an accident caused by someone pulling in front of me could be turned around by a lawyer if I am not within the towing guides. Well done !!!!
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