Originally Posted by Nitecat
My son in law has a Chevy Silverado 2500 Crew Cab 4x4 Diesel truck and seems to think we'll have no problem pulling this. I worry about it though, since we'll be bringing it from Ohio back to Kansas on the first trip. Most people seem to have 3500's. I ordered the RV with the 7000 lb axles based on info. I read on this forum. I don't know if that will help us or not. I will be happy when we have it safely back to Kansas and set up on our summer spot.
As for trucks... it may be enough and it may not be enough. You have to do some math to figure it out. Usually the biggest problem comes in the avenue of "how much can the truck carry". There is generally a sticker on the doorjamb that tells you what the "GVWR" is (aka - the "Gross Vehicle Weight Rating") or the maximum that the truck should carry. Out of this number comes:
- the weight of the truck
- the driver and all passengers
- child seats
- the stuff you take along (snacks, drinks, clothes, maps, books, activities, electronic devices, etc.)
- the fifth wheel hitch itself
- anything else in the bed of the truck (tables, generators, propane, chairs, etc.)
the weight of the pin pushing down on the truck
For a fifth wheel, usually 15% (rare) to 20% (more common) to 25% of the fifth wheel's weight is pushing down on the pin. It looks like this camper has a maximum weight of 14,180 lbs. So, doing the math - that looks to be something like 2,127 - 3,545 pounds.
The biggest question is if there is enough left-over carrying capacity in the truck for the last item above.
The best way to find out ahead of time is to pack up the truck like you all were going to go camping with the normal load that you carry in the truck itself and go find a scale somewhere that you can get weighed on (quarry, dump, truck stop/CAT scale, etc.). That will tell you your "wet weight" of the truck. You subtract this from the "gross weight" (GVWR) and that tells you how much pin weight you can carry and stay within your trucks limits.