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Old 02-28-2015, 09:51 PM   #11
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I tow a similar setup and tow just fine. My pin is heavier than advertised exactly how much it is depends on each trip. Water in my fresh water tank takes weight off the pin.
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:42 PM   #12
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If you change to an Andersen Ultimate Aluminum Fifth wheel hitch you can save about 100# payload and with your tolerances it might be a good idea. The Andersen is 32# plus the weight of the inbed Gooseball. If you have rails, you can use the rail version.
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If you change to an Andersen Ultimate Aluminum Fifth wheel hitch you can save about 100# payload and with your tolerances it might be a good idea. The Andersen is 32# plus the weight of the inbed Gooseball. If you have rails, you can use the rail version.
But it is not compatible with the factory furnished Reese Revolution Sidewinder pin box.
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:11 PM   #14
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In 1993 I towed a 1993 Forest River 27 ft fifth wheel (no slides) with a 1993 GMC 1500. Almost burned up the transmission. Went to a F250 very quickly.. The fact that you need air bags, etc says it is not enough IMO. Especially if you like to go to the mountains. The 1/2 ton may not have all the tow pkg to handle it - extra cooling, etc.
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:16 PM   #15
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In 1993 I towed a 1993 Forest River 27 ft fifth wheel (no slides) with a 1993 GMC 1500. Almost burned up the transmission. Went to a F250 very quickly.. The fact that you need air bags, etc says it is not enough IMO. Especially if you like to go to the mountains.
1993 was a completely different world in tow vehicles. Ford's current ecoboost V6 has more power than the diesels of the time and a current half ton HD has more payload than 25/35 series trucks of the time. As to airbags, many on the Ford forums I frequent add them to 350 and 450 DRW trucks. Has nothing to do with capability and everything to do with ride leveling and ride quality while towing.
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Old 03-01-2015, 04:54 PM   #16
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We decided to cancel purchasing the 5th wheel and am buying a 29 Foot Rockwood Ultra Lite 2604WS Travel Trailer instead, it weighs 5579 Lb's Dry Weight and has a Tongue Weight of 714 Lb's, so I figure once I add a battery for the power tongue jack and have two full propane tanks I should be around 800 Lb's Tongue Weight. I am buying a Weight Distribution Hitch with a Sway Control. Although I would have preferred the 5th Wheel, this is a great alternative and actually has more room.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:16 PM   #17
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As long as you're happy with what you choose, that's all that matters... Congratulations on the new rig and enjoy!
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:16 PM   #18
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my question is , to all who are using a 1/2 ton , maxing or exceeding the weight limits.
What about your stopping power ? I do understand that the trailer has brakes , just seems like at or over weight it could be a problem.
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Old 03-01-2015, 05:21 PM   #19
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You answered your own question. The trailer stops the trailer. Trailer brakes when adjusted too high will pull back on the tv.
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As long as you're happy with what you choose, that's all that matters... Congratulations on the new rig and enjoy!
I feel it's a better and safer choice with having a 1/2 ton truck, plus this has a bit more room than the 5th Wheel and it was about $ 5000.00 less in the end.
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