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Old 02-20-2014, 11:55 AM   #21
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Thought I'd introduce myself, I'm Steve and have been in the camping world for 12 years now, I started out with a 2002 Springdale TT and while it's been a good faithful friend it's time to move on.

In the morning I'm trading the Springdale in on a Sierra 346RETS fifth wheel, we did the orientation today and tomorrow they're installing my hitch. Rather not say what I'm pulling with if that's OK.

Anyhow I've looked around here a good bit over the last week and looks like it's a good crowd here, thanks for having me!

Welcome from NC SK!!! I echo that there are a great group of folks on this forum.
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Old 02-20-2014, 11:57 AM   #22
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Brilliant! Lets patent this, we'll make millions!

That's full of water, 300lb generator, clothes, food, family, etc. depending on where I go I won't need the generator or the water either. .

My question is why would yo run full of water? (I do know you should only run with your tank (water stuff) full or empty not in between) and is your generator mounted?
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:31 PM   #23
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Fifth wheels are very easy to tow.

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Old 02-20-2014, 01:45 PM   #24
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500 over gcvwr but I bet its the payload OR rawr that will be more over. ...whatever...it should be fine if YOUR fine with it ...thats what matters...

If were talking secrets I used to use my 4cyl 5speed gmc sonoma to take my 21ft fiberglass boat to the lake...lol..

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Old 02-20-2014, 01:47 PM   #25
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Brilliant! Lets patent this, we'll make millions!

Well biggest concern I have is that every time someone notices the combo they say something. If it were a 1500 whose towing max was under the dry camper weight, sure. But mine is a GCVWR of 20,000 and I should come in at 20,640 by my estimate. That's full of water, 300lb generator, clothes, food, family, etc. depending on where I go I won't need the generator or the water either. That alone is 863 pounds. Kids very likely won't be going either, another 300 pounds gone plus their stuff. They're about grown and didn't like camping much anyhow.

It'll be fine. Shoot, I used to have to watch my speed with the old camper, this one being more aerodynamic will be trouble if I don't watch it!

I'll go ahead and spill it, just don't tell anyone. I'm pulling with a 2001 Dodge 2500 powered by an HO Cummins. Towing package and all.
SKnight, first off, welcome! As you can tell from my post count, I am new here too. Our first tt was a 2002 Sprinter that we loved for 11 years! Keystone makes a great product. We too love our new RV! Definitely heavier than our last. We weighed ours with a little less than 1/2 tank of water, but otherwise ready to go minus clothes and food (maybe 100lbs). We only have a Honda 2000 gen, so not a whole lot there. Total weight was 20160 lbs. We are not full timers, so it is hard to justify buying a new truck. Our longest trip will be about 5 hours away. You should be fine with your truck. Good luck! Jerry.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:29 PM   #26
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I would be embarrassed with that truck also. get a duramax equipped truck and you can pull the moon if you so desire
interesting tidbit about me, I was working as a mechanic at a Chevrolet dealer when I bought that truck. Really got attention when I pulled into the lot with it.

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My question is why would yo run full of water? (I do know you should only run with your tank (water stuff) full or empty not in between) and is your generator mounted?
That's a worst case scenario. Every now and then I go to a truly primitive area and may not be able to find water along the way. Thus I want to ensure I can take it with me.

Generally I travel with about 1/3 tank of fresh, that way I can stop and use the bathroom, etc.

I carry the generator in the bed, I'm still exploring options on that one for now. Next weekend I might see about loading it down and go hit the scales.
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Congrats SK! Went to a 5th wheel last year and love it! Towing is better and the unit is much better. Oh and gave me a reason to upgrade the tow vehicle as well! You'll enjoy it. This forum is excellent. A lot of experience and information. What ever you need, ask. I have at all hours of the night, and got a response. Again congrats, and enjoy your new unit!
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You wouldn't be the first one to proudly own being overweight. Heck, OldCoot pulls his fifth wheel with a 1/2-ton and frankly doesn't care what we think about his weights. (Rightfully so- each has to make their own *educated* decision.)...
Don't remember ever saying that I was proud of my rig or whether it is or is not over loaded as I've never weighted it or intend to. However, I have posted that I really don't care what the weight police say. If they don't like it, that's just not my concern. I'll take my experience/education/career over their speculation anytime. All their ranting and raving about being unsafe, dangerous, etc. is just their opinion, which everyone is entitled to.
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You wouldn't be the first one to proudly own being overweight. Heck, OldCoot pulls his fifth wheel with a 1/2-ton and frankly doesn't care what we think about his weights. (Rightfully so- each has to make their own *educated* decision.)

Welcome! Have fun here- this is the best forum I've ever participated with.
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Don't remember ever saying that I was proud of my rig or whether it is or is not over loaded as I've never weighted it or intend to. However, I have posted that I really don't care what the weight police say. If they don't like it, that's just not my concern. I'll take my experience/education/career over their speculation anytime. All their ranting and raving about being unsafe, dangerous, etc. is just their opinion, which everyone is entitled to.
Ahhhh yes a good ol what can I haul discussion ..always a good read
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Congrats SK! Went to a 5th wheel last year and love it! Towing is better and the unit is much better. Oh and gave me a reason to upgrade the tow vehicle as well! You'll enjoy it. This forum is excellent. A lot of experience and information. What ever you need, ask. I have at all hours of the night, and got a response. Again congrats, and enjoy your new unit!
I would agree with the towing part..But I am curious how the units are much better?
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