Originally Posted by chapmcd
I am looking to purchase my first 5th wheel and have some questions regarding my truck's payload capacity. I have a 2011 F250 CC SRW 6.7L Diesel truck. I have attached the label from the pillar for weight references. My question being, I am interested in a 2013 Coachmen Chaparral 345bhs. The factory brochure claims the pin weight is 1,900 lbs and the dry weight is 10,600 lbs. I know my truck will "pull" it, but will I be overloaded from a pin weight/payload standpoint? I've heard mixed opinions but looking for additional advice or comments. Thanks in advance!
Welcome to my world, sir!
I was here about 3 weeks ago, right where you are.
I am educated. I have a math degree (but it was back when the total numbers in the known universe were about 19, maybe 20 total!!). I still couldn't make heads or tails of what I was being told.
Then someone (not sure whom) told it to me in a generalized fashion that I could understand. The pin weight of the trailer we are looking at is 2,407 dry. So maybe it's 2600-2800 loaded. The max payload (cargo carrying capacity) of my 3/4 ton was 2,286 per the door sticker (that I almost never found!). Duh. Bingo.........Bingo Bango, that truck wasn't going to handle the weight even though it would pull the weight!
So, I traded it for a Dually. Now my payload is 5K and I can carry the pin weight, my fat self, a hitch, DW, fuel, clothes, and the other items necessary for living. (And I reduced my payments $20 a month! Go figure).
I don't know your situation. But to us, this is our last one. And I ain't gonna See the USA in my Chevrolet and have my sphincter all tight at every intersection!
Who knew these things are so expensive to own!???
Good luck man. It is crazy trying to deal with all of it.