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Old 12-21-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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Windjammer 2618W ...

Traded out 10 year old 5th wheel in the summer for a new Windjammer 2618W. The wife was tired of all the steps in the 5er. I've been pulling it with a 1994 F250 crewcab with the 6.0L Diesel. I know, I know the 6.0L is a dog but I'm not here to talk about that.

I'd like to get rid of the 3/4 ton and drop down to a half-ton. Specing out the F150 Super Crew with the towing package and the heavy duty payload package the numbers say it's all okay.

I weighed my camper last month with it being partially loaded. The only thing the camper didn't have in it was food and clothes. All holding tanks were empty. It came out to 5.880 lbs.

Anyone else pulling the 2618W with a 1/2 ton? If so I'd like to hear of any problems.

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Old 12-21-2014, 06:40 PM   #2
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this is one we've been considering, to move out of our HTT, for more retirement type of travel.
we'll get the theater sofa, instead of the sofa bed or just get recliners and only put the sofa bed in if we have guests.

are you sure of that weight? every yellow factory weight sticker i've seen, on various 2618W's, is over 6000lbs.
even the bogus "dry" weight is over 5900lbs.

i would pull it with our 1/2 ton Avalanche. it would be near its max but should be doable.
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Dan: Thanks for the reply. I was surprised at the weight also but I'm pretty I had everything properly positioned on the scales. I'm going to weigh again when we're loaded for a trip sometime this Spring.

We had took out the sleeper sofa and put it in the house replacing it with two recliners.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:39 PM   #4
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Windjammer 2618W ...

I do not own this model but the factory weight shows 5985 and a tongue weight of 585 pounds. Usually the empty weight ends up being more than what the factory shows. But, if you take their weight and estimate higher and then add "stuff" you could end up pulling say no more than 7000 pounds (strictly an estimate). That is within the range of most half ton pickups.

I will tell you that our 8314BSS factory weight is around 6950 and a tongue weight of around 950 pounds. I pulled it up on the scales and it weighed 7650 loaded but no water at all in any tanks. Both propane tanks full. My tongue weight was way over factory listed at close to 1200 pounds which surprised me.

I pull with a 2007 Toyota Tundra with 5.7 engine that has a max tow of 10,400. I would never want to consistently pull a trailer close to that weight so I feel like I am right where I need to be. Keep a close eye on tongue weight though. My trailer is tongue heavy and about 250 pounds below listed payload for my Tundra. Mine is now set up right and pulls great. We did a two week trip up into the mountains of Colorado and with considerable wind in the panhandle of Texas and it handled great. Gas mileage sucked in the wind but was very pleased with handling.

You should be plenty good if you are careful in selecting your pickup.

Oh by the way, do not scrimp on weight distribution hitch.

Maybe someone pulling your model will chime in on what they are pulling with.

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Old 12-22-2014, 12:34 AM   #5
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And by the way,

The opinions above are mine and are just that, opinions.

Rest assured that there will be others that have different opinions about weight and what they pull with. There are folks on this forum pulling Fivers with half ton pickups. I have seen some of them in camp grounds this past year.

You just have to establish your own comfort level.

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Old 12-22-2014, 02:04 AM   #6
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Pulling 2618W with F150 Ecoboost - Maxtow

I have a 2618W and my TV is a S-CREW F-150 Ecoboost with Maxtow, 3.73 rear-end and tow mirrors. I have a 4-point Equalizer WDH. This particular package does a great job and the 2,618W is well within the capacity of the new F-150's. My 2618W is a bit heavier (6,340) in part because it is 50 amp with 2 ACs. I used to have a 6,700 lb TT and a different F-150 with 5.0l engine and 3.73 rear-end. The Ecoboost pulls with no 'lugging' down when going up hills, steep bridges, etc. (like my previous F-150 did). I doubt that I will ever pull through any serious mountains, etc., but I think the truck could do more than I will ever ask of it.
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I have heard nothing but good about Ford eco boost. Heard they pull real good.

I watched a video comparison of Ford Eco boost and Tundra pulling a 7000 pound trailer up in Colorado on the highway going up to the Ike tunnel. Tundra pulled good but Eco boost took the prize. Like the guy said, when In the mountains turbo chargers always trump horse power. Turbos make it breath real good......


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Dan: Thanks for the reply. I was surprised at the weight also but I'm pretty I had everything properly positioned on the scales. I'm going to weigh again when we're loaded for a trip sometime this Spring.

We had took out the sleeper sofa and put it in the house replacing it with two recliners.
what does your yellow sticker say the weight was when it left the factory?

what recliners did you put in? and any issues with them on the slideout, going in and out?
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what does your yellow sticker say the weight was when it left the factory?

what recliners did you put in? and any issues with them on the slideout, going in and out?
Dan:

The wife and I just went down to a furniture store and bought a couple of recliners when we first got our 5th wheel in 2004. We put the crappy swivel chairs that came with the 5ver in the garage. When it came time to trade we removed our recliners and put the original chairs back in. The recliners we purchased were the narrowest the store offered. No wide arm rests like one would normally see on a living room recliner

We bought the 2618W off the lot, removed the sleeper sofa and put it in the extra room in our house. We then put our recliners back in. No issues with the slide. The dinette converts to a bed which is where our son sleeps when he joins us on a trip or my brother when we take a fishing trip.

If I remember correctly the sticker in the TT says the dry weight is right around 5800 lbs. which is one reason I'm surprised of the weight of the TT when I actually put it on the scales.
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I have a 2618W and my TV is a S-CREW F-150 Ecoboost with Maxtow, 3.73 rear-end and tow mirrors. I have a 4-point Equalizer WDH. This particular package does a great job and the 2,618W is well within the capacity of the new F-150's. My 2618W is a bit heavier (6,340) in part because it is 50 amp with 2 ACs. I used to have a 6,700 lb TT and a different F-150 with 5.0l engine and 3.73 rear-end. The Ecoboost pulls with no 'lugging' down when going up hills, steep bridges, etc. (like my previous F-150 did). I doubt that I will ever pull through any serious mountains, etc., but I think the truck could do more than I will ever ask of it.
2ags81: Thanks for the information. Your TV is exactly the one I've been specing out as I try to decide on a new truck. Did you get the 36 gallon extended range gas tank?
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