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Old 09-03-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Rear Kitchen vs Center Kitchen Towing

Good Morning,
I have been towing a 30' xlite 5th wheel, center kitchen with a 2005 Silverado 1500 for the past year and absolutely loved the way it tows...

Just ordered a new 32' 8280 rear kitchen...

Anyone out there with experience towing both types of campers have any info to offer or negative/positive feedback ???

thanks and blessings,

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #2
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A friend of mine had a rear kitchen and he had to pad anything glass. Alot more up and down on a rear kitchen than a center kitchen. I know you will love it though.

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #3
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Have had,Front,Mid,and Rear Kitchen type. All worked out.Pack proper and you will be OK. PS, If you ever buy a M/H don't try to use the (Outside Kitchen) while going down the Road! Youroo!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:36 PM   #4
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outside kitchen

tried it with the 5th wheel, you need big wind guards and I had to stand on the lower step and hang on to the door handle !!!!

I pretty much pad the glass stuff now, so no changes there...

thanks Youroo and h20ski for responding...

Met a guy this past weekend while camping that was not happy since getting a RK... said he had to get special air shocks, etc... really hated it...

live and learn, I guess...

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Old 09-03-2013, 04:44 PM   #5
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We're enjoying our 4th year of camping with our 8280WS...haven't broke anything yet. We just put a pillow in the cabinets over the dishes to minimize movement.

I've found that the pin weight is around 15% unloaded or loaded as weight in the kitchen offset weight in the basement...tows fine at 15% pin weight. You'd have to load concrete blocks in the basement to get 20% pin weight on this camper.


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Old 09-03-2013, 04:55 PM   #6
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Hey thanks, Dave... that makes perfect sense... I like that "Pillow in the Cabinet" trick... I don't anticipate any towing issues... was just curious what others have experienced... all positive so far...
I am amazed at the ease in towing a 5th wheel over a TT... all the difference in the world...

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Old 09-03-2013, 08:16 PM   #7
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We have a RK TT with Torsion axles. Nothing moves.
Shocks and spring linkage may eliminate the troubles some have with bouncing.
I don't know.
I would like to see Torsion axles on every TT and Fiver and if not that, at least offer them as an option.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:28 PM   #8
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We have the rear kitchen and enjoy it. We do take all things off the counters or they end up on the floor. Don't ask how I know that. No issues with the dishes either. I made some racks with bungees that keep them settled in place.

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