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Old 06-12-2015, 10:42 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by ependydad View Post
Who says you lose your truck bed?

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I don't necessarily recommend this as I was nervous about my emergency breakaway cable getting yanked by something in a turn.

But, you mentioned a topper/cap- I'm not sure how to tell you to handle that.
I interpreted it to mean that the OP wanted full use of the bed when not towing,which my set up provides.

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Old 06-12-2015, 10:42 PM   #12
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He's got 2975 ccc.. minus 1150 or so on the pin. Subtract the weight of the hitch itself, fuel, 3 passengers... moderate cargo.. that ends doable.

8500 dry on the rig.. 1400 cargo capacity.. within spec on the tow capacity... Yeah. It's doable.

The only thing is that the 5er you're looking at doesn't have much cargo capacity. I mean.. that's really thin. It would do fine lightly loaded with living essentials and personal items for a warm weather 3 to 5 day vacation, but it's not a "hauler".

You're within specs on both ends so you should do just fine. Be prepared for "mileage shock" though. :-)

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Old 06-12-2015, 10:46 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by trbomax View Post
I interpreted it to mean that the OP wanted full use of the bed when not towing,which my set up provides.

You could be right; I guessed while towing based on the comment about the topper/cap.

Different approach, but same empty bed when the hitch is out- my B&W Turnover Ball and Fifth Wheel Companion hitch. The new ones are really nice- tool-less install. (Not that mine is much work; loosening a couple of nuts and taking one bolt out.)
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Old 06-13-2015, 12:26 AM   #14
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GCWR should be around 16k.......keep that in mind

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Old 06-13-2015, 11:59 AM   #15
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I tow a Prime Time Crusader 270RET with a 2010 Ford F150 HD. I have a B&W goose neck hitch installed and use their Companion fifth wheel hitch. The Companion hitch can be removed in two pieces when not needed, leaving a flat cargo bed. The Companion hitch has a 18K rating. We have been to Alaska, California, Florida and Maine with only one issue. There is a small piston on the Companion hitch for upto 5 degrees of lateral tilt. After the Alaska trip and Top of the World highway I found the piston rod had failed. Called B&W and had a new part in three days! No charge.
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Old 06-13-2015, 12:22 PM   #16
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I think it depends how far you are planning on traveling. I went from a 32' TT double slide to a 35 FW toy hauler single slide. Towing is night and day I could only go 5-6 hours a day towing TT with out being exhausted, I have towed FW 8-11 hours with no problem don't even feel it most of the time. As far as bed space most 5th wheel hitches come out leaving just rails like my curt q20 some nicer only leave pucks. I only take my hitch out during winter and opted for a 5x10 open utility trailer with ramp when I need to haul bigger stuff. Lower and easier to load plus 10 long instead of my 6.5 truck bed.
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Old 06-13-2015, 12:25 PM   #17
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Forgot to mention if you go 5th wheel make sure you use safe hitching technique, I like several others dropped 5th on tailgate, a $ 1500 mistake. Ouch!
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Old 06-13-2015, 03:34 PM   #18
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I pull my 5vr with a 1999 F250 7.3 3.73 gear. Mine is not quite that heavy. I use my gooseneck ball. My current gooseneck adapter I purchased and installed myself. The one the dealer installed was very rigid and I was worrying myself that it may cause frame to stress and crack. I n purchased my current one off Ebay. It is manufactured by a company named RMH industries. It has a polymer cushion that made a world of difference on the first trip.we took. I have a 2012 Palomino Puma 253 FBS. New tires on trailer new shocks on truck.and tires on truck have about 10000 miles n on them. Ready to roll all summer. Hope all have safe travels.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:42 PM   #19
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Looking good - max trailer 13,000, 5r total 9,884, good margin. Total passengers and bed stuff 2,975, 5r approximately 1,143, 1,832 left over for people and stuff. Best to hit the scales to get the real figures.
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Old 06-13-2015, 09:45 PM   #20
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We just switched from a 30TT to a 42' 5er. So far I have no regrets of storage with the bed and use a curt 16k hitch on a rail system. Although it is heavy it simply removes with 4 pins. I have a long bed, so storage isn't really an issue besides where the bikes will go, looking into options on that.....

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