I'm in the last stages of trying to figure out which Fifth Wheel to buy. I came to this Forum to help decide how much leeway I have in Towing. It is either so far off, or I am so far off, that I'm about to lose my mind.
I can't find a decent calculation model to use. I can't even find all of the numbers that the listed calculations require!!! What's worse, the calculations ask for ACTUAL trailer specs and weights, and I haven't bought it yet!
Here are the facts that I know. Maybe someone can steer me right.
TV is 2015 Chevy 2500 6.6L Diesel Duramax LTZ, 20" tires.
TT to-be is Cedar Creek 36CKTS, with these listed specs:
Hitch Weight 2,407
Unloaded Vehicle Weight 12,670
Cargo Capacity 3,678
Tires are Westlake G rated 16"
My first thought was that with the truck I have, if it won't pull almost any reasonable 5th Wheel sold in America, then how are they selling them at all? Surely it will!
Yet, when I put in the numbers I know from posted Chevy spec websites, including the one in the Sticky at "Changing Gears", it tells me that at that pin weight I can only pull an 8,800 lb trailer! GEEZ LOUISE!!!
We're old and we're about to spend 2/3 of our remaining retirement money on a TT that will have to be the last one ever.........and I do NOT want to make a big mistake. A lot of my questions are from my wife and have to do with layout and construction, but if I can't pull it easily, none of that matters.
I'd really, really appreciate any info and help here.