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Old 10-06-2014, 05:17 PM   #1
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Fifth Wheel & Golf Cart

Firstly- this is totally pie in the sky and extraordinarily unlikely to ever happen.

That out of the way- I'm trying to think through the process of having a fifth wheel and a taking a golf cart along. At the same time, taking off all reasonable solutions:
  1. I want to keep my camper, it's not a toy hauler
  2. I can't/won't double tow
  3. I'm not enthusiastic about ideas that extend my total overall length; that means no to the follow:
    1. Idaho Tote type trailer at the back
    2. Heavy duty platform off the back
    3. Don't want to do a heavy duty platform up front
    4. Excludes setup like the Automated Safety Hitch
  4. I want to keep my truck (though, for argument's sake- let's say I'm either OK on GVWR/payload and/or willing to exceed it)
  5. I want to keep my truck bed (i.e. no flatbed conversion)

At this point, it seems like the only possible solution that I haven't disqualified is a heavy duty rack over top of my crew cab truck.

I figure it would need supports down to the front wheel wells and some kind of tie in to the rear of the truck. On top of that, it would need some extraordinarily long ramps that break down into sections and lay flat in the truck bed during travel. I think I would prefer a winch (like f1000Turbo did for the crazy boat + travel trailer setup he did for his boss) vs. driving up. One, it would save me deathly harm and two, the ramps could be shorter provided enough clearance.

The cart would have to be fairly well battoned down for the wind beating it would take.

This is the closest picture that I found, but its framework would still be an issue. It's the general idea, though:

I'm kicking myself for not taking pictures years ago of a heavy duty rack outside of an RV show. There was nothing up there, but it was the idea that I keep coming back to seeing.

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Old 10-06-2014, 05:19 PM   #2
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The other idea that I kicked around is one of the small-version golf carts that fold up/break down to a smaller size. The problem is (ahem) (cough) my girth and their weight limits. By the time you load up me, wife, kid 1, kid 2, and the random crap we take- we exceed most.

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Old 10-06-2014, 05:36 PM   #3
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Following this thread because I too would like a golf cart without moving into a toy hauler or double towing. However don't believe it's going to be possible.
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Old 10-06-2014, 05:41 PM   #4
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Easiest solution while keeping a fifth wheel camper is to triple tow or move into a TH if your willing to go back to a TT, voila...plenty of room in the bed of your truck for the golf cart!

Otherwise, it just gets too complicated and all the good solutions are available now with not much over engineering to figure out, IMO!
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Old 10-06-2014, 05:50 PM   #5
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Old 10-06-2014, 05:52 PM   #6
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Talking I think your gonna need a bigger truck.....

Gas or electric cart?

Electric @ 850 lbs

Gas is between 500 and 800 depending on brand and model.

In any case that is a big load to have hanging over the cab.

Would you feel comfortable 7 feet or more off the ground with no chute?

Sway is going to be a major issue and fuel mileage is a thing in the past.

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Old 10-06-2014, 06:17 PM   #7
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I know double towing is not legal in your state or any near by you so being next door in VA the Toyhauler route is how we went. Have seen some shorter carts on back bumper of 5th wheels & Idaho totes but not seen one over the cab yet.

Many campgrounds only allow the electric carts We bought our cart at $50 a day rental it did not take long to pay for it.

I know they don't pull fifth wheels but Uhaul service trucks are designed to haul their rental trailers over the cab on built in ramps on F series 350 or 450s so it can be done.

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Old 10-06-2014, 06:19 PM   #8
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Don't think it would be too hard to accomplish if you went from the very front of the bed to the front bumper. I have built several pipe racks for trucks that extended from the rear of the bed to the front bumper and tied them to the front frame horns. I would not load over the tailgate tho'. A power winch would be simple to mount and you could even mount it to the cart and pull itself up with you in it.
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:22 PM   #9
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You and I have been having the same pipe dreams. I too had been imagining some sort of over the cab rack like the ones you see on trucks hauling cars. I'm curious about the ideas we will see.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:23 PM   #10
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Have someone that will be camping with you follow you pulling the cart on a trailer.

It's what we do when I want my jeep, golf cart and boat at the campground. I can only tow one of these at a time.

Well that's on those rough roads in Louisiana.

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