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Old 08-27-2015, 12:42 PM   #31
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I've pulled cattle trailers using a gooseneck and really like that better than a regular 5th wheel hitch, BUT: I'm a retired structural engineer and I can tell you as absolute fact the gooseneck will put more load on the pin box beams than the regular hitch, and thus may void any warranties. I HAVE BROKEN a pin box beam on my 5th wheel so am sensitive to anything that loads up that beam. Just to know.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:56 AM   #32
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Best 5th Wheel Hitch For 6 1/2 Bed Truck

That's exactly the set up I have and the same pluses and minuses, but I solved the backing up lining up side to side pretty easily. I bought some yellow tape at the dollar store....stuck it on the gooseneck box and extended it to my tonneau cover when I was hooked up and cut it so it lines up perfectly as long as you use the rear view mirror when backing up to hook up. Not sure why, but if you turn your head to look back to line up.....it doesn't work. My wife lines me up the other way.

I have the same issue with the air bag.....the instructions say between 35-40lbs, but when I look at the label, it's usually in the yellow add zone. I cold Reese tech support and they told me not to rely on the label as it isn't that acurrate. I couldn't get it to stay at 50lbs and now it seems to stay around 40lbs and the tech said he thought 40lbs was the max, but it says 50lbs in the instruction sheet.

So I always check it before I leave and pump it up to around 45lbs. Maybe I should try on a short run to leave it at 40lbs and see if it will stay there.
Otherwise.....I love it.
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Old 08-28-2015, 08:59 AM   #33
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Just a note....Reese gooseneck box is the only one that is approved by Lippert as far as I have read.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:19 PM   #34
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My thoughts are that if you going to purchase a 250/2500 go gas because diesel cuts into you Cargo Capacity by 500 to 800 lbs which limits the your selection of RVs. If you want diesel go with 1 ton. My 2013 Chevy 2500 had Cargo Capacity of 2475 which limited my selection but my F350 1 ton diesel Single Rear Wheel had Cargo Capacity of 3744 which really increase my options for a 5er.
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Old 09-04-2015, 10:02 AM   #35
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Old 09-04-2015, 10:18 AM   #36
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My thoughts are that if you going to purchase a 250/2500 go gas because diesel cuts into you Cargo Capacity by 500 to 800 lbs which limits the your selection of RVs. If you want diesel go with 1 ton. My 2013 Chevy 2500 had Cargo Capacity of 2475 which limited my selection but my F350 1 ton diesel Single Rear Wheel had Cargo Capacity of 3744 which really increase my options for a 5er.
^???? What ????

I'm confused.... I always assumed that my 2500 diesel had more cargo capacity than an equivalent 2500 gasser?

But as far as comparing a 2500 Chevy vs a F350 Ford diesel, the comparison isn't valid as they are 2 totally different vehicles....

Again, just my $0.02

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Old 09-04-2015, 10:36 AM   #37
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^???? What ????

I'm confused.... I always assumed that my 2500 diesel had more cargo capacity than an equivalent 2500 gasser?

But as far as comparing a 2500 Chevy vs a F350 Ford diesel, the comparison isn't valid as they are 2 totally different vehicles....

Again, just my $0.02

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More towing capacity less cargo carrying capacity.

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Old 09-04-2015, 11:35 AM   #38
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More towing capacity less cargo carrying capacity.

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Turbs is exactly correct. Pin weight down on the fifth wheel hitch is "cargo" and the choice of fifth wheels will be limited by pin weight. One will almost always max out on available cargo carrying capacity of the truck before a max out on towing capacity. I have found published towing capacity to be of almost no use.
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^???? What ????

I'm confused.... I always assumed that my 2500 diesel had more cargo capacity than an equivalent 2500 gasser?

But as far as comparing a 2500 Chevy vs a F350 Ford diesel, the comparison isn't valid as they are 2 totally different vehicles....

Again, just my $0.02

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Cargo Capacity is the difference between the scale weight of a 250/2500 truck and 10,000 GVWR. If the truck weights 7000 lbs with gas engine that would be a cargo capacity of 3000 lbs. If the same truck had diesel which is about 700 lbs heavier than a gas engine the same truck cargo capacity would be 700 lbs less or about 2300 lbs. Diesel can pull more weight but does eat up the Truck Cargo Capacity since they weight more.
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I can relate to the lower payload w the diesel.
Subject truck was my 2014 ram 2500.
Ccsb. CUMMINS automatic.
I had a family of 4 adults and baby in the truck.
3/4 tank. Rolled over the scales, and had 800lbs of payload, before exceeding the 10k gvwr.

With the hemi, there's almost an extra 1k lbs of payload.

Just be careful. That's why I bought a 1T ford with a V10.
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