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Old 10-02-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
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Towing a fifth wheel with 3/4 ton?

I am thinking of upgrading to a fifth wheel. 2050 pin weight. After propane, battery, and our gear, I'm guessing it'll be around 300-400 pounds more (easily). That is at the limit for what the door tags says the cargo capacity is. Also need to add wife, 3 kids, and small dog.

The people on the diesel truck forums think it'll be fine because an F250 and F350 are identical except for the spacer block at the rear leaf springs. Anyone with some real world experience with a similar set up want to give me their insight?

I know the weight police would have my drive an f550 but my truck is paid for. I may add some air bags but I'm not looking to get another truck. If I can't do it, I'll pass on the fifth wheel. I know OC pulls one with a 1/2 ton

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Old 10-02-2014, 04:04 PM   #2
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I am thinking of upgrading to a fifth wheel. 2050 pin weight. After propane, battery, and our gear, I'm guessing it'll be around 300-400 pounds more (easily). That is at the limit for what the door tags says the cargo capacity is. Also need to add wife, 3 kids, and small dog.

The people on the diesel truck forums think it'll be fine because an F250 and F350 are identical except for the spacer block at the rear leaf springs. Anyone with some real world experience with a similar set up want to give me their insight?

I know the weight police would have my drive an f550 but my truck is paid for. I may add some air bags but I'm not looking to get another truck. If I can't do it, I'll pass on the fifth wheel. I know OC pulls one with a 1/2 ton

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Not only OC but there are several of us towing with "1/2 ton" trucks. Only you can decide if you are comfortable with your rig. I have 1500# - 1800# on the pin
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:27 PM   #3
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I am not a ford person but I am towing a 5th wheel Sabre 40+ft TBOK34 with my 06 diesel 4 wheel drive short bed with auto slide hitch . I have added airbags (good investment) and are pumped to 35psi. I have only towed in Ohio and Indiana so far with no problem. I average around 60 mph because the RV china tires I believe are rated at or below 65 mph speed rating. I run my TV tires at 80 psi, and same on my 5th wheel.
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:31 PM   #4
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I am not a ford person but I am towing a 5th wheel Sabre 40+ft TBOK34 with my 06 diesel 4 wheel drive short bed with auto slide hitch . I have added airbags (good investment) and are pumped to 35psi. I have only towed in Ohio and Indiana so far with no problem. I average around 60 mph because the RV china tires I believe are rated at or below 65 mph speed rating. I run my TV tires at 80 psi, and same on my 5th wheel.

That's the same kind of floor plan I was looking into. What kind of hitch is yours?


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PLENTY of folks here tow various size fifth wheels with 3/4 ton diesels...you'll be fine...Most recently I towed a pin weight of just under 2400lbs with an 05 Chevy diesel....absolutely no worries or wear issues
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:46 PM   #7
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PLENTY of folks here tow various size fifth wheels with 3/4 ton diesels...you'll be fine...Most recently I towed a pin weight of just under 2400lbs with an 05 Chevy diesel....absolutely no worries or wear issues

That's what I thought but after all the posts from the weight police I've read, I wanted to make sure. Thanks


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Old 10-02-2014, 05:14 PM   #8
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I was towing my Crusader 325res with a 2003 f250 7.3 and even though I was over the door sticker by about 500lbs it pulled fine actually pulled better then with our old Rockwood 8280. The DW would call me the weight Nazi because I would always worry about adding more stuff in the basement. One thing that kept popping up in the back of my mind was the "What if's". I would think about the legal ramifications if I got in an accident, I know there are bloodsucking lawyers that would figure out I was running overweight and it could make my life miserable. So I sold the F250 and bought a Used Chevy Diesel Dually. Funny thing is the new truck weighs about the same as the F250 but, door sticker has an additional 3000lbs GVWR. I have even lost the moniker of "Weight Nazi". So what it comes down to is if you feel good with it go for it.
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:20 PM   #9
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we travel light, as we already have a kitchen sink in our 5th wheel and dont need another. ours is a sabre 31 rets6, and it probably doesnt weigh much more with how we travel than the day the factory shipped it. maybe 1000 extra lbs, and my 3/4 ton duramax doest complain. i have measured how much the truck drops at the rear wheels when hooked up and its only 2 inches.
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There's a reason my TV isn't common knowledge.

I think you'll be fine. I'm over on payload by a few hundred, haven't experienced any control issues, stopping issues or other concerns.

It's your call, I'm sure the hand wringers will be along soon to threaten you with a lawsuit because you're over spec weight, but I just towed all over the southern Appalachians with my current setup and it handled, stopped, turned and pulled fine.
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