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Old 10-13-2011, 10:39 PM   #1
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Well, my name is Chris, im new to the site and about to purchase a new 2012 wildcat 323qb-32qbt! Does anyone here own one and if so, how do you like it? Any pointers good or bad would be appreciated.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:07 PM   #2
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Thumbs up hitch

Another question, i have a 05 chevy shortwide that i plan to buy the b&w companion hitch to pull the 5er. Will that work, or am i gonna have to buy a slider hitch?
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:11 PM   #3
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Sorry, don't own one and I can't answer your question about the hitch, but.....

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and good luck on your upcoming purchase.
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Old 10-13-2011, 11:31 PM   #4
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Chris,

Not a lot to go on in your post. Other than it is an 05 Chevy, what is the series of your truck? 1500 or 2500HD, etc.

Bed length is also a factor about the hitch.
Is it a standard bed? 6' 6"?
Or a Long Bed 8'?

Engine, trans, and rear gears are also needed.

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Old 10-14-2011, 12:22 AM   #5
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My truck is a 2005 chevy crewcab 2500hd duramax, allison trans, 4x4, shortbox 3.73 gears, bullydog chip, straight 4" exhaust, afe stage 2 air intake, this thing will pull anything i put behind it! Will i need to buy a slider hitch or will the b&w companion hitch work with the 5er?
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:57 AM   #6
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As you can see from my post, I have pretty much the same truck (except 2x4 with Positraction rear for extra towing capacity).

While you might think you can "pull the moon" with that 15,400 pound 5th wheel rating, my truck is maxed out with a 9200 pound 5th wheel on its back.

Remember that for safe towing you need between 15% and 25% of the Camper's weight on the pin. Too light a pin, and the camper wander will tear up your truck's front wheels as you constantly steer to keep it going straight. Too heavy and you won't be able keep control if you hit bumps. Optimum for ride and stability is 17%-20% of TRUE camper weight carried by the pin (truck payload).

My 9200 pound 2010 Flagstaff has a 1400 pound pin weight (15%) and it maxes out my truck's GVWR at 9150 pounds. I go through front tires like crazy. With rotation, I got 28,000 miles on my OEM set till they would not pass inspection.

The short box will need a slider. I use the 3300.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:08 AM   #7
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One other thing.

Nice camper though.
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As you can see, the DRY hitch weight is 1830 pounds.
That is a starting point in your homework; not an ending point. When you add your factory installed options the unloaded vehicle weight (ULW) and pin will increase. Add your personal gear (food and clothing and such) and your pin could run 2000-2100 pounds.

Hope you plan on pulling that camper by yourself since with hitch alone you will be almost at your max GVW with your truck and easily way over.
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I'd be happy to provide more information if you're interested! Send me your contact info if you'd like to discuss the 323QB in more detail...
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:33 PM   #9
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He most likely could use an actual UVW (yellow sticker) from a comparably equipped Wildcat so he can calculate a valid "traveling" pin weight.
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My gvwr is 9200, the gawr rr(rear) is 6084 lbs
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