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Old 05-12-2015, 02:20 PM   #1
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Hi I have a 2500hd Chevy with 8.1 liter gas motor,Alison trans 4x4 8ft box. Considering hemisphere 286 RL .will I need a sliding hitch ? Any box to camper issues( clearance) also anyone have comments on this model. Thanks
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:23 PM   #2
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Long beds do not need a slider hitch.
What is this intended fivers GVWR? 2500 series trucks dont normally have enough sufficient weight capacity to handle more than about 10,000 GVWR fiver without becoming overloaded.
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:39 PM   #3
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I have a similar model and I pull it with a short box, no slider and no issues. I have an Anderson ultimate hitch. That may or may not set it back farther than a 5th wheel plate.

Pretty sure with that trailer I could use a standard plate and still be fine. Forest River did a nice job sculpting the front cap to let you turn sharp.
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Long beds do not need a slider hitch.
What is this intended fivers GVWR? 2500 series trucks dont normally have enough sufficient weight capacity to handle more than about 10,000 GVWR fiver without becoming overloaded.
That funny, Ram says that the 2014 and 2015 diesel with an automatic transmission equipped 2500 can tow up to a 17,000 LB trailer. They must be wrong!!!

I do not really like blanket statements they are usually incorrect.
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As donniedu said, no you don't need a slider hitch.

The Hemisphere is a nice looking fifth wheel. The only thing I don't like about the 286RL is the small holding tanks.
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That funny, Ram says that the 2014 and 2015 diesel with an automatic transmission equipped 2500 can tow up to a 17,000 LB trailer. They must be wrong!!!

I do not really like blanket statements they are usually incorrect.
It may be able to "pull" the weight just fine but the TV may not be able to handle the payload weight of the pin.
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That funny, Ram says that the 2014 and 2015 diesel with an automatic transmission equipped 2500 can tow up to a 17,000 LB trailer. They must be wrong!!!

I do not really like blanket statements they are usually incorrect.

The key word there is "TRAILER" It says nothing about a fifth wheel!
A typical TT will place approx 12% of its total weight on the hitch, where a typical fifth wheel places approx 20-25% of its total weight directly over the rear axle. So, using your example, a 17K fiver would place 3400 pounds directly on the rear axle. Meaning at minimum it would need tires capable of handling 3625 pounds each. 3600 pounds empty plus 3400 pounds plus 250 pounds of hitch equals 7250 pounds directly on the rear tires.
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That funny, Ram says that the 2014 and 2015 diesel with an automatic transmission equipped 2500 can tow up to a 17,000 LB trailer. They must be wrong!!!

I do not really like blanket statements they are usually incorrect.
well, I would bet you that is a pretty good statement but the weight stated is a little low 13k would be my limit as my 2500HD is maxed out with a 12.5K trailer and I am all ready overweight by 400lbs. Yes the newer trucks have a higher rating but his truck is a 01-05 year
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Oh good grief not another weight police thread. The model the OP is taking about has a UVW of just 8440 and pin weight of 1640. His 2500 Chevy with the 8.1 liter engine will handle that fifth wheel just fine. How about adding some constructive comments about the model he is thinking about buying.
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Manufacturers always understate the weight they can really carry. Probably legal department telling them that. I have a smaller truck and a bigger Hemisphere. While I wouldn't take it on a several-hundred mile trip; it works fine for local camping, I just take it easy and don't use overdrive. The hemisphere is really nice, I actually went from a Class A diesel pusher to this if that tells you anything. The Class A was nice but the hemisphere has a really nice layout as you probably already know. It's very kid friendly if you have kids. Lots of play area and the steps go real low so they can climb in and out.

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