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Old 12-13-2016, 11:46 AM   #1
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5th Wheel With a 5.5' Bed?

We're pulling our 24' Salem Lite with my 1500 Chevy Silverado double cab short bed. We want to look at 5th wheels but my pickup bed is only 5 1/2 feet long. I've heard this can be an issue with tight turns.
1) Can I tow a small 5th wheel?
2) What are the issues and limitations?
3) The cost of the hitch is not a factor if it means I can pull a 5th wheel without much hassle.

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Old 12-13-2016, 11:50 AM   #2
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You will need either a Resse revolution/sidewinder pin box and/or a slider hitch with a 5.5' bed. You will be close (but manageable) with your 5.5 box.
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:20 PM   #4
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Your bigger worry will be finding a 5th wheel with a light enough pin weight for your 1500.
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Honestly, you need a bigger truck, these smaller 5th wheels might say 1/2 ton towable, but it is real hard on the engine and transmissions
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I don't think your bed is your main problem.

Having gone from a similar sized trailer to a 5th wheel, I will strongly predict that you will be selling the 1/2 ton, with or without a new 5th wheel hitch. If there is a 5th wheel trailer small enough for that setup, and there may well be, I've not seen one.
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If there is a 5th wheel trailer small enough for that setup, and there may well be, I've not seen one.
The Escape fiberglass 5th wheels will work with 1/2 tons.
But they are TINY!
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OK, thanks. I learn something daily.

I hear "5th Wheel" and I think Big Honkin'. I will learn.
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Old 12-13-2016, 12:54 PM   #11
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Thanks Everyone,
I guess I need to read up on pin weight. My Chevy has the factory towing package stating 9,000 lbs.
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I recommend buying a pullrite slider hitch. they are the best on the market and made in america. Also be very careful to compare the GVWR to what your trucks max towing weight is.
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Make sure you're comparing towing capacities correctly, that is your towing package may be 9000#s for a travel trailer and different for a fifth wheel. Lots of numbers and math to be done before you are certain you can pull anything esp a fifth wheel
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I was told that you shouldn't put a slider in a 5.5' bed. Don't know if that's 100% true. I'd probably rather have the Reese Revolution/Sidewinder pin box.

I tend to agree with the other posters about the capability of 1/2 tons for pulling 5th wheels. Although lots of FRF members have a 1/2 ton pulling up to 32' 5ers, I wouldn't do it myself. My current 32' TT put my 2009 F-150 CC over its GVWR. I scaled it one time at 600# over the GVWR with all 5 of us onboard and ready to camp, so I opted to upgrade to a gas 3/4 ton. Now I'm well within my limits pulling the TT and it should be fine for a 5er under 10,000# if we choose to upgrade later.
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Look at the payload value on the door jam sticker. Then subtract 200# to approximately account for the slider hitch weight (sliders are heavy). Next take the payload balance and multiply it by 5, that will be the approx. maximum dry weight 5th for you. My opinion is you will be happier with a light weight travel trailer and a good WDH.
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5 th wheel w/ 1/2 ton

I had a 7000 lb 5 th wheel pulled it with 1/2 ton ford 4x4 with 5.4 and towing pkg-- no problens ( had a slider) traded up to a 30 ft superlite flagstaff (8010 3 dry wt) 3 slides, still no problems. 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton does not make much difference if you do not have the power for it. a 3/4 ton or 1 ton for that matter is no more powerful than a 1/2 ton with the same engine- diff transmissions will give you more torque. tire load is the other key. you can always add overload spring if squatting becomes an issue.
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I was told that you shouldn't put a slider in a 5.5' bed. Don't know if that's 100% true. I'd probably rather have the Reese Revolution/Sidewinder pin box.

I tend to agree with the other posters about the capability of 1/2 tons for pulling 5th wheels. Although lots of FRF members have a 1/2 ton pulling up to 32' 5ers, I wouldn't do it myself. My current 32' TT put my 2009 F-150 CC over its GVWR. I scaled it one time at 600# over the GVWR with all 5 of us onboard and ready to camp, so I opted to upgrade to a gas 3/4 ton. Now I'm well within my limits pulling the TT and it should be fine for a 5er under 10,000# if we choose to upgrade later.
The pullrite systems work very well with 5.5' beds
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Don't believe this for a minute. I have towed with my package (see signature) for over 12,000 miles without the first problem. And the beauty is when I'm not towing I have a very comfortable vehicle to drive that doesn't feel like I'm driving a truck. This is the worse site in the world to tell anyone you are towing with a 1/2 ton truck. They will always tell you that you don't have enough truck. As to your situation with the 5 1/2 foot bed I would go with the slider and chances are you will rarely need to pull the pin. Enjoy towing whatever you buy.
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