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Old 05-20-2013, 01:27 PM   #121
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I hit teh scales on last week on the way to camping...
New TV, first trip, first time on scales for details

Bottom line - We' almost certainly over GVWR on the sliverado with ONLY PASSENGERS and tongue weight on a 6300lb TT.

Truck GVWR is 7000. Real weight of truck with only 2 kids bikes in the back is 5620 (no driver). Leaving 1380.

Tongue wt should be 10-15% of TT wt...785 lbs on our 6300lb TT.

That leaves 595 lbs for people, pets, cargo....I"m 240, kids are 9 and 12 and add to 125 and the dog is 55lbs. Add in DW and we're over 600lbs...and over the GVWR of the truck.

So I'd say NO - NO 1500/150 truck can take ANY 5th wheel TT.

payload factor is most certainly the down fall of any 1/2 ton and a 5th wheel as well as some 30+ foot tt's !
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:18 PM   #122
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I have a question for you guys, what is the recommended height between the 5th wheel and bed of the truck? I have plenty of space, but I have read about people having to raise their hitch to give more room.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:37 PM   #123
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I was told by my dealer the recommended height was 6 inches. Seems to be reasonable for most situations to keep from hitting the trailer with the bed.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:42 PM   #124
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Ok thanks JeffMc...just curious....I thought it was 8 inches and up..
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The six inches I got from the dealer....sometimes you can get alot of different answers from different dealers, so don't take my answer as the gospel. Maybe somebody here will come along with a firm answer I would imagine it could be different for different vehicles or 5ers also. For instance, a six foot bed vs an eight foot bed would change your clearance distances should you go over a place that is not very level front to back.
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Old 05-20-2013, 05:51 PM   #126
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Thanx for advice

Thanks for all the replies. Lot's of good advice for someone who has not owned a 5th wheel unit. My F150 also thanks you! You all have made me see the "Lite" (in lite weight 5th wheel RV). So, going from a 35 foot Palamino, dry weight @ 9800 lbs, to a Flagstaff Classic 8528RKWS!
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Thanks for all the replies. Lot's of good advice for someone who has not owned a 5th wheel unit. My F150 also thanks you! You all have made me see the "Lite" (in lite weight 5th wheel RV). So, going from a 35 foot Palamino, dry weight @ 9800 lbs, to a Flagstaff Classic 8528RKWS!
Uh, isn't that Flagstaff a 5th wheel, also ??
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:15 PM   #128
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Looks like it...
New 2014 Forest River RV Flagstaff Classic Super Lite 8528RKWS Fifth Wheels at Big Daddy RVs London Kentucky Big Daddy RVs

with a 'hitch weight' of 1134..I assume that's pin weight and empty. On a 150 that's gonna be too much.
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Still too much fifth wheel for your half ton. Payload will probably be over 600-700 lbs above your GVWR once your ready to camp. Not a good, legal and safe fit.
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Still too much fifth wheel for your half ton. Payload will probably be over 600-700 lbs above your GVWR once your ready to camp. Not a good, legal and safe fit.
May not be good, but show us actual data where it is illegal or data showing it to be unsafe. Like the old "Dragnet" show, "just the facts".
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