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Old 03-31-2016, 03:21 AM   #11
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As stated above, the Sabres are way to heavy for your truck so rule them out. I do not know weights on the other two. I know there are some rockwoods being towed by half ton guys. We need to know the specs (curb weight, payload, gvwr, gcwr, grawr on your truck). Look inside your drivers door for the tire loading sticker. That will give you a more accurate payload. You will then need to subtract the weight of any passengers, pets and gear from that number. Don't forget to subtract about 150 lbs for the weight of the fiver hitch that will need to be installed. What is left will be what you have available for fiver pin weight. Ideal pin weight will be 30-25% of loaded fiver weight. what floor plans you are considering? As others have said you will be limited by your payload and your rear axle weight ratings.

here is a towing calculator created by a forum member that will help you to figure out what you can tow.
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Old 03-31-2016, 11:49 AM   #12
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I used the towing calculator and I am 50lbs under the limit with a Rockwood 2440ws
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:12 PM   #13
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I used the towing calculator and I am 50lbs under the limit with a Rockwood 2440ws
That's TOO CLOSE for comfort. Think about emergency situations, such as that idiot who pulls out in front of you and you have to slam on the brakes, WILL YOU BA ABLE TO STOP SAFETLY?
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:51 PM   #14
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While looking at 5th wheels, we were impressed with Rockwood's. Great price with many additional features not normally included on other 5th wheels unless you pay more. My understanding is they have designed their 5th wheels for 1/2 tons. The only reason we did not choose to buy a Rockwood is we wanted a slide out in the bedroom, which they do not have. Quality seems to be good.
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:08 PM   #15
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That's TOO CLOSE for comfort. Think about emergency situations, such as that idiot who pulls out in front of you and you have to slam on the brakes, WILL YOU BA ABLE TO STOP SAFETLY?
1. There is a significant safety margin built into those ratings. No need to arbitrarily reduce the rating.

2. The trailer has brakes.
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1. There is a significant safety margin built into those ratings. No need to arbitrarily reduce the rating.

2. The trailer has brakes.
I have to agree. While it will be close to the max where do you draw the line. If a truck is rated to GVWR of 11,500 to you only go to 10,500, 11,000 or 11,250? You can safely go to the max number as that is the line set forth by the manufacture. Just don't go over that.

I read on one of the boards a transcript from a chat with a Ford engineer about a year ago. He had stated that they (and I am sure ALL the auto manufactures) build in all the safety margins. When a truck is rated to 11,500 they consider the forces that it will have in a panic stop while running at that GVWR going down a 7% grade. Those forces which can be much higher the truck must handle. So they do not rate the truck at the MAX it can handle going down the road on a calm day. They rate them for worst case scenario. That is why the trucks seem so over built. While the can carry much more then rated they can only safely control what the GVWR. No reason to go under it but certainly should not go over.
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Old 03-31-2016, 04:11 PM   #17
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While looking at 5th wheels, we were impressed with Rockwood's. Great price with many additional features not normally included on other 5th wheels unless you pay more. My understanding is they have designed their 5th wheels for 1/2 tons. The only reason we did not choose to buy a Rockwood is we wanted a slide out in the bedroom, which they do not have. Quality seems to be good.
The Rockwood 8299BS & 8292BS 5th wheels and the sister Flagstaffs 8529IKBS & 8529RLBS 5th wheels have bedroom bed slides. Other models have slides in the bedroom too but typically they are wardrobe slides.
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My apologies. I stand corrected. When we were looking at different dealers (window shopping) they only seemed to have Rockwoods that DID have bedroom slide outs, but were only for the wardrobe slides. We wanted the bed to be in part of the slide. Sorry!
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We passed an older Toyota Tundra pulling a Rockwood 8244 fiver between Los Angeles and San Diego 2 months ago and the driver literally looked like he was riding a horse. That Rockwood was really chucking that truck. A newer Tundra would probably have done better because they are larger but that was only a 27 foot trailer.

He proved he can pull a fifth wheel but it was totally unsafe. Do yourself a favor and buy a camper that is well within the payload and towing limits of your tow vehicle. It makes for relaxing instead of stressed out road trips.

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