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Old 05-21-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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2002 Cardinal 29LE - Help, Please

I have spent some time searching for this information. If this has already been asked and answered, please forgive me, but I was unable to find this.

We are looking at a 2002 Cardinal 29LE. There is no sticker in the trailer with the normal specification information. If someone has a similar unit, could you please help me? This unit is fully insulated and has the "Arctic Package" with the insulated basement and holding tanks. Although the current owner told us that he purchased it new and has pulled it with the same truck for the past 10 years (similar to ours) we are concerned that this 5ver's pin weight is too heavy.

We have a 2003 GMC 2500HD / Duramax / Allison Trans with a 3.73 gear ratio. It is 4WD with an extended cab (NOT crew cab). Several years ago, we weighed the truck with the hitch installed, full tank of fuel and DH and I, the front axle was 4180 and the rear axle was 2960.

We have been pulling a 25 foot Layton Scout that has a 5700 dry weight - so moving up to something this heavy has us concerned. Also - our current hitch is a 16K Husky with manual slider - would this hitch be okay for the Cardinal.

We KNEW that we had plenty of truck so all this wasn't really a concern. Without the manufacturer's specifications, we are kind of at a loss as to whether this 5ver is within our capabilities.

Thank you in advance for any help.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:47 PM   #2
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I can help with the hitch part of your question. You will be fine with the Husky hitch. Towing the Cardinal. I use the same hitch with my Cardinal 30TS.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:49 AM   #3
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chiefly1 - thank you for your response. I finally called the Hitch House (where we purchased the hitch) and talked with them. Like you, they assured me we would be fine.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:18 AM   #4
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Here what I found on the web:

2002 Forest River Cardinal for sale by RV Direct America, Used Car, Truck and SUV dealer in the Titusville, FL area
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:31 PM   #5
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2002 Cardinal by Forest River Travel Trailer/5th Wheel Prices, Values & Specs - NADAguides shows the weight of the 2002 29' limited as 9110 lbs.
We have a 33TS-LX with a GVWR of 14, 300 and a scale weight of 13,200, NADA shows 10,500 so I think 12,000 would be closer to reality. The 2005 brochure for the 29WB shows the following:
GVWR 12,470
Hitch weight 2,070
Let me know if you wan a copy of the 2005 spec sheet.
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2002 Cardinal by Forest River Travel Trailer/5th Wheel Prices, Values & Specs - NADAguides shows the weight of the 2002 29' limited as 9110 lbs.
We have a 33TS-LX with a GVWR of 14, 300 and a scale weight of 13,200, NADA shows 10,500 so I think 12,000 would be closer to reality. The 2005 brochure for the 29WB shows the following:
GVWR 12,470
Hitch weight 2,070
Let me know if you wan a copy of the 2005 spec sheet.
If u haven't found a spe sheet, I have a 2002 sheet that I can have by tomorrow.
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Old 06-30-2013, 04:17 PM   #7
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:06 PM   #8
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WE have a 05 Cardinal 29LE. Sticker shows GVWR of 12230. Towing with a 03 Ram 2500 5.9. Its heavier than our 26FS Flagstaff Ultra, but tows great.
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