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Old 07-02-2011, 06:05 AM   #1
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Any forest river 5th wheel comparable to the cougar high country 299rks

Is there a forest river made 5th wheel comparable to a cougar high country 299rks ?? The cougar has everythying we want, its 1/2 ton towable .. not cheap in price , but you get what you pay for.
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:07 AM   #2
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That is a nice camper for sure.

However, IMHO, it is RIGHT at the top of what I consider 2500HD (3/4 ton) towable (forget half ton series). At 10,000 pounds GVW and 33 feet long you would be seriously overloaded at 20% pin weight (2000 pounds).

The 1400 pound pin weight listed is for a 7641 pound empty camper with no installed options or your personal gear. It is about the max I would put in a 1/2 ton so there would be no room left in the TV or camper for family, hitch, or camping gear or even food.
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:47 AM   #3
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If your "1/2 ton" was the new Ecoboost Ford, then I might consider this camper, but I wouldn't pull it with a Chevy or Dodge 1/2 ton.
It is similar in weight to ours, and I couldn't imagine pulling it with my new Dodge.
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Is there a forest river made 5th wheel comparable to a cougar high country 299rks ?? The cougar has everythying we want, its 1/2 ton towable .. not cheap in price , but you get what you pay for.
Very nice camper we considered it, but determined the "1/2 Ton towing" was a marketing gimmick. I could not get the numbers to work out and when i challenged the dealer and the company rep at the RV show they both backed down on the 1/2 towing when you are really loaded for camping. good luck in your searching.
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My 2010 F150 is rated on the Ford towing guide at 9,800 lbs ..Its a 4x2, 5.4, 3.55 limited slip, I would add a leaf spring (1 on each side ), which increases payload an additional 800-900 lbs. I am NOT going to tow in mountains.. The DW and I are probably loading 700 lbs of gear between the 2 of us . And i would tow this with out liquids
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You say that adding leaf springs will increase the cargo cap by 800lbs. Is that according to Ford? Just curious.
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No . A company called Northern spring where i live .. I could go with Air bags in the rear ....but costly compared to the springs..
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If your "1/2 ton" was the new Ecoboost Ford, then I might consider this camper, but I wouldn't pull it with a Chevy or Dodge 1/2 ton.
It is similar in weight to ours, and I couldn't imagine pulling it with my new Dodge.
Personally without a full floating axle I wouldn't put that weight on my axles, which you can't get in the F150. Yes, can't even get it with the F150 HD payload package. Standard on F250 and up though.
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No . A company called Northern spring where i live .. I could go with Air bags in the rear ....but costly compared to the springs..
I hate to be the one to say this (someone has to) but helper springs and airbags DO NOT increase GVWR of the truck. Most likely your rear axle would not be your problem in any case as it would be your FRAME that would be overloaded. Most rear axles are rated with more capacity than the truck can carry safely when the weight is carried by both front and rear axles. (for example the 2008 2500HD: Front axle rated at 4300; rear axle rated at 6600; but the GVWR is 9200 - frame limit). The 2011 has the same front and rear axles but they changed the frame from a "C" frame to a "box" frame and it boosted the GVWR to 10,300 pounds.

Helper springs (and air bags) "help" with bottoming out the suspension when the rear axle is at max axle load.
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All I read here is that the F150 will not pull the trailer! That is true it is to heavy. I would not go over 60% to 70% of what they, Ford, says you can pull.
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