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Old 03-12-2018, 06:01 PM   #1
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Can my truck handle either of these FWs ?

This will be our first fifth wheel.We're looking at (first choice) cedar creek 33IK GVWR 14,067, hitch weight 2,067, length 36'11".Or the 29IK GVWR 13,985,hitch weight 1,985 length 33'11". My truck is a 2017 F250 FX4 6.2 gas engine, 16,000 lbs.tow cap. 8' bed, 430 gears, camper/snowplow pkg. payload 3,195. Just me and the wife and I am leaning towards the Anderson ultimate fifth wheel hitch.what do you think? yeah or nay? Also, do you think I'll need airbags? With the camper pkg, I have an additional spring in the back and a sway bar. Thanks, all info, and opinions will be helpful.
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Your numbers should add up assuming 20% of the trailer GVWR as pinweight, but I personally would prefer a 350/3500 diesel because of the extra exhaust braking which would be a tough call given your truck is a 2017.
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:40 PM   #3
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The hitch weights you are using are the marketing ( unloaded) numbers, Your hitch weight will be approx 20% of the max gross trailer weight. Between pin weight and frontal area, I suspect you need more truck.
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:49 PM   #4
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How does anyone know if someone's going to load up to the GVWR of the trailer? What if the trailer has 4000-5000 lbs for CCC? Don't most owners that aren't full timers load about 1,000-1500 lbs in their RV's?
If it were me I'd look at the UVW on the shipping sticker and add 1500 lbs to be safe. Then figure another 500 lbs added to the sticker pin weight for the pin weight.
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How does anyone know if someone's going to load up to the GVWR of the trailer? What if the trailer has 4000-5000 lbs for CCC? Don't most owners that aren't full timers load about 1,000-1500 lbs in their RV's?
If it were me I'd look at the UVW on the shipping sticker and add 1500 lbs to be safe. Then figure another 500 lbs added to the sticker pin weight for the pin weight.
the UVW is 10,880 on the 33IKS
10,705 on the 29IKS
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This will be our first fifth wheel.We're looking at (first choice) cedar creek 33IK GVWR 14,067, hitch weight 2,067, length 36'11".Or the 29IK GVWR 13,985,hitch weight 1,985 length 33'11". My truck is a 2017 F250 FX4 6.2 gas engine, 16,000 lbs.tow cap. 8' bed, 430 gears, camper/snowplow pkg. payload 3,195. Just me and the wife and I am leaning towards the Anderson ultimate fifth wheel hitch.what do you think? yeah or nay? Also, do you think I'll need airbags? With the camper pkg, I have an additional spring in the back and a sway bar. Thanks, all info, and opinions will be helpful.


Since you already have the truck, itís a hard choice. Try what you have now on a few trips. A lot of people now are going with a F-350 gasser because of problems with def.
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Since you already have the truck, itís a hard choice. Try what you have now on a few trips. A lot of people now are going with a F-350 gasser because of problems with def.
Maybe 3. More like 2.
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Maybe 3. More like 2.


Itís hard to justify a diesel unless you camp a lot. I see a lot of people pulling the camper you have with a 3/4 ton and besides itís a Ford
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Maybe 3. More like 2.
are you saying if I had a diesel I would be fine with to numbers ???
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No, I'm sorry. I was just commenting that the comment there are "lots" of folks deleting their DEF, and saying it is really maybe 2 or 3 people. It's hyperbole either way.

I know folks pulling trailers like yours with a 3/4 ton, but they are diesels. It depends on where you pull it. Hills will be an issue for gasser.
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