Originally Posted by cardinalrancher
We are new to the Forest River line. We are close to ordering a Cardinal 3850RL. Not sure that I understand the weights that are shown on the brochure. The hitch weight is obtained from subtracting the GAWR from the GVWR.
Has anyone out there actually weighed their 5th wheel? Since we are new to the Cardinal line, didn't know how to interpret the weights.
We are towing with a Chevy 2500 HD and wanted to make sure we are not over our payload capacity.
The hitch weight on the specs page
is 20% of the unloaded vehicle weight (12,324 lbs).
Given that you'll likely add 1,500 - 2,000 pounds of stuff in options, propane, batteries and your stuff. I think a realistic weight is going to be something like 13,824 - 14,324. Using the same 20% calculation, that gives you a likely pin weight around 2,800-2,900 lbs. Could be lower, could be higher- depending on what you load, obviously.
The other thing that really surprised me was when I weighed, I lost a good thousand pounds of payload capacity in my truck to my family's weight, our stuff, our hitch, bed cover and the options I added to the truck. What was 4,200 pounds of capacity dropped to 3,100 pounds.
I can't tell you you'll be over payload capacity or not. I will say, off the cuff and with raised eyebrows - I'd be surprised if a 3/4 ton vehicle is going to be within all
of its ratings pulling a 40' FW.