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Old 01-17-2015, 11:08 AM   #11
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I was told to subs tract 1000 lbs from the trailer. Is that the pin weight? I also have read that you take 20% of the trailer weight which would be about 1600 lbs. I am not totally confused, but close. This camper may be too borderline for my truck.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:11 AM   #12
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I was told to subs tract 1000 lbs from the trailer. Is that the pin weight? I also have read that you take 20% of the trailer weight which would be about 1600 lbs. I am not totally confused, but close. This camper may be too borderline for my truck.

You can usually best guess pin weights by using the dry weights and extrapolating from there. You find the percentage that is the dry pin wright (dry weight divided by dry hitch weight) increase it by 2% or 3% for fifth wheels and then multiply that against what your expected camper weight will be.

Here's a tool that helps you calculate it:
http://www.towingplanner.com/Estimat...nWeightFromDry
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:52 PM   #13
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I have a 2011 8528BHSS and quite satisfied. It is my first 5r and full timing, but we love every day of it. I have about 50k miles in 4+ years in it, pulling it with a 2008 5.7 Tundra TRD (4 wheel disk brakes) @ 9-10mpg. Minor issues like horizontal cabinets that did not come with securing latches and opening during transit. And, not finding it until the slider comes out with the door (new hinge & screws fixed it). My floor also got spongy but I just floated a hardwood floor over the high traffic area (easy thing). To have a house that you live in and the ability to take it and see anything in North or South America is dreamy. My first excitable experience (as a nubie) was stopping for gas coming out of a CG near OK in the morning. I noticed my antenna hanging off the side of the RV. OMG! I don't know how, but I must of broke it. Now the DW and I have an agreement that I will take care of the outside and she's got the inside and with this being and outside thingy well, needless to say the RV was new, I didn't have a ladder, and the gas pump was getting all dented up with me banging my head against it. A now new "RV friend" walked over and said "I see the wife forgot to align the antenna when she lowered it". All I could muster up was "Yea you just gotta love them". I guess some stories are best told around the campfire, but we still look forward to what tomorrow will bring. O yea, The best thing I bought for the 5r was JB strong arms "hands down".
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Old 01-22-2015, 11:24 AM   #14
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We have had 3 Flagstaff 5th wheels and loved each and every one of them..No major issues and would buy another one in a heartbeat. We currently have an 8528RSWS 31 ft. and really love the floorplan....They are a great camper for the money and size.
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Old 01-22-2015, 04:42 PM   #15
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We are looking at a 2015 Flagstaff,28 IKWS Fifth Wheel and would be towing it with a 2011 Silverado LT, crew cab, short bed, with HD Trailer package, towing 9,500 lbs. the dealer is offering a Reese tow system...my question is will this work with my short bed and will I have any problems? I am currently towing a 23 ft Surveyor Sport.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Ensure the dealer is offering the Reese Revolution and installs the wedge behind the king pin on the trailer correctly. The first part of this video demonstrates the Evolution hitch.



You will really like the floor plan of the 5th wheel. Love ours and have had zero problems. Have had it for 12 months.
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Old 01-22-2015, 05:19 PM   #16
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I have a 2012 Rockwood 8281SS for two years now. No issues. I am using the Reese Revolution with a 5.5 foot bed and it works great. The camper has been great and pulling is a dream.


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