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Old 08-27-2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Rockwood 8289WS 5th Wheel

Hello everyone...new to the forum!

The wife and I are thinking about getting a 5th wheel for my 1/2 ton truck. We have looked at a bunch of them and really like the 8289WS. Does anyone here tow theirs with a 1/2 ton truck? I have a 2103 F150 Platinum EGOboost with the max tow package.

I see that they usually come with the Reese Revolution pin (Also called the Reese Sidewinder when it is not from the factory like on the Rockwoods...just an FYI) so I guess that means I would not need a slider for my 5 1/2' bed? Have there been any issues that are significant about the Rockwoods?

Lastly what is the ballpark of an OTD price for this 5th wheel in the Diamond package? I see them list an exaggerated MSRP and usually take about 8-$10,000 off the price right away. What is usually the wiggle room for trailers?? I know how to get a good deal on a truck but don't know how much off these trailers can be discounted.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Old 08-27-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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Your pin weight on that RV is somewhere between 1525 & 1900#. Add another 80 pounds or so for the fifth-wheel hitch. Subtract that from your payload number (GVWR-actual truck weight). How much do you have left for passengers and all the stuff you carry in the truck when you go camping?
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:40 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. We've learned a lot from reading and searching the forum of advice and answers.

We have a smaller 5th wheel than the one you are considering. We did take deliver of our 5'er with our old 1/2 ton Silverado and decided after the first trip that we needed a new tow vehicle. We had an older 1/2 ton and we would have needed to beef up the rear suspension and invest in 10+ ply tires.

We love our rig and truck; and know we wouldn't have been able to spend nearly 100 days camping and have traveled almost 10,000 miles towing since last October.

We do like our Rockwood and would purchase a Forest River product again, without hesitation.

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Old 08-27-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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See my signature below. I don't slow down on hills, I pass trucks on the highway, I get to 65 long before the end of the entry ramp and get 9-10 mpg towing. Need I say more?
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:02 PM   #5
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See my signature below. I don't slow down on hills, I pass trucks on the highway, I get to 65 long before the end of the entry ramp and get 9-10 mpg towing. Need I say more?
Your RV dry pin weight is 500 pounds less than what the OP is asking about, so I don't see how it's relevant at all.
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I pull the rock wood 8282ws with the 5.7 tundra. It has a 1100 pin weight. No problem but I do have airbags to smooth out the ride and stay level. Pin weight is major issue for half tons. We just don't have the rear suspension for that constant weight. There are other 5ers out there smaller and lighter but everything is a trade off. Good luck.
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Also, my rock wood 8282ws with diamond package, second a/c and other options was bought for $38,000.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:24 PM   #8
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Your RV dry pin weight is 500 pounds less than what the OP is asking about, so I don't see how it's relevant at all.

You're right, my pin is less but there's plenty capacity to spare.
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Before people start the anti-weight police comments, yes - some people can tow some fivers with a 1/2-ton truck. Some are over some ratings and some are within all of their ratings.

Unfortunately, simply looking at the "tow capacity" isn't nearly enough. You hit other ratings long before you hit that.

IMO, 1/2-ton trucks biggest liability is the amount of payload available. This is shown on the door pillar. It'll tell you "occupants and cargo must not exceed X lbs.". This may or may not include 150 pounds for the driver, by doesn't include any passenger(s), things you carry in the truck or anything in the truck bed (or on it in the case of caps or bed covers added aftermarket).

Your absolute best plan of attack is to take the truck to a scale loaded up like you normally would for camping and get weighed. Take the GVWR (also on the door pillar) and subtract this truck weight plus say 100 pounds for the weight of a fifth wheel hitch. The number left over is your actual payload capacity.

To find out if the fiver you want will fall in that range, multiple the number by 5 (fifth wheels usually have 20% pin weight). If the GVWR of the camper is less than this number, you should be within your ratings. I say the GVWR because the advertised dry weight (and even more realistic yellow sticker weight) is falsely low.

Good luck!
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You're right, my pin is less but there's plenty capacity to spare.
Maybe so, but each person and fifth wheel combination are different. Maybe this person and passenger(s) are bigger than you and yours or they carry more stuff in the truck bed. It's just hard to say with any certainty if someone will be within ratings or not.
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