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Old 08-28-2015, 03:09 PM   #1
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Hitch Weight 5er

Is the hitch weight that the Mfg. advertises accurate ? Loading the 5 er how much does it affect the hitch weight. I only have a 150 lbs to play with.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:22 PM   #2
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The hitch weight that the Mfr. shows is normally accurate but some have weighted more when they weight there units. The rule of thump is that for every pound that you place into the RV 20% of that weight becomes pin weight. In my case loaded ready for camping I am at 24%. You have very little room to play with here.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:23 PM   #3
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Generally speaking, you'll rarely see the actual hitch weight of the fifth wheel. It's an "unloaded" or "dry" hitch weight. The moment the dealer adds a battery, it goes up slightly. As you carry that first piece of clothing, or utensils, or dishes, and everything - it keeps going up somewhat.

The best thing that you can do is figure out the percentage that the advertised hitch weight is of the dry unloaded weight. Increase it by 1% to 3% and then multiply that by an estimated loaded weight for the camper.

Fortunately, I've done that already in a tool:
Estimating Tongue/Pin Weight from Dry Weights - Towing Planner

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I only have a 150 lbs to play with.
Is that before or after you've added the hitch to the truck? And your occupants? etc?
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:23 PM   #4
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Is the hitch weight that the Mfg. advertises accurate ? Loading the 5 er how much does it affect the hitch weight. I only have a 150 lbs to play with.
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There's no way that hitch weighs MFG's fantasy dry weight.
Those are numbers for a stripped down version of the trailer.

Sad to say but its actual hitch weight is probably over that 150lbs., before you even load anything in the trailer.

Not sure why you would've bought a 5th wheel so close to your truck's max capability.
If you really only have 150lbs. to play with, based on fantasy weight numbers, then you'll be over that before you even get started.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:39 PM   #5
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Sounds like you might be trying to tow 5er with half ton....??? Folks get away with it but chances are something will always be over weight.....GCWR is the number that is probably always exceeded, and in half tons rear axle weight usually....
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What is your TV, load in truck etc. Some more data would help assist!
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:39 PM   #7
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My mistake I actually have 300 lbs of play
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:44 PM   #8
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I purchased the 5er below and the Manufacture said the dry pin weight was 1950 lbs. I loaded with just the stuff I normally leave the 5er all the time and increased the weight by 1100 lbs and the real pin weight jumped to 2800 lbs. That is scale weight not a guess. Another person with the same model 5er that I had even jump even higher than mine did. I leave a good size buffer and not be caught like I was 800 lbs over weight.
Here is a link to my weights and you look manufacture weights and see the difference. These from a CAT Scale. http://www.towingplanner.com/ActualW...&w2da=3480&a=2
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Old 08-28-2015, 05:51 PM   #9
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I was just basing my figures on a fifth wheel I picked at random. I have since found a web sight that seems to answer my questions. Fifth Wheel Weight Calculator Thanks to every body for there input !
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