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Old 08-05-2015, 09:13 PM   #1
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Looking to purchase a 2003 Dolphin 5380

Anyone have first time experience with this coach. Looks like a big coach for a W 22 Chassis. I did access the brochures/specs and I can not find a listing for a 2003 Dolphin 5380. I am mainly interested in handling problems ,NCC and always weakspots in the unit. The unit is about 3 hours away..

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Are you sure it's on the W22 chassis and not the W24? If it's on the W22 you won't have much Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC)
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no sir, I am not sure
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If possible, there are two stickers in the cabinet above the drivers seat. These stickers will provide the chassis info and all weight capacities. Maybe the seller could send you a picture of them. Until you know for sure which chassis the MH has any handling questions will be guessing.
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good idea, thanks
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I would say you have a W22 chassis, the W24 was introduced in the 2005 model year. Your 5380 is probably a rare bird. The 5380 floor plan is identical to our 2005, 5375, on a W24 chassis. Knowing how heavy our coach is, my thinking is the 5380 probably has around 1,500# of CCC.


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Thank you, looks like I am going to have to go to the scale before purchase . We really like the floorplan but I would have a big smile if the coach was on a W 24. My theory the 5380 is a prototype 5376 in late 2003. I can not find it listed in any of the brochures.
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Does the coach have 2 or 3 slides? If it has 2 slides, a W-22 chassis will be OK. If it has 3 slides, and is on a W-22 chassis, I might be a little concerned about the chassis capacity.
I have a 2005 8360 Sea Breeze LX. It is 36-37 feet with 2 slides, and the dry weight of the coach is very close to the capacity of the W-22 chassis. My coach weights 22300 lbs. with a full tank of gas, no cargo, and nothing in the holding tanks.

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A lesson I learned on a 5 th wheel go to the scales. Went to the scale unit completely empty, tanks empty propane tanks pulled out, spare tire removed ( this was in a state where the license tag was priced according to the weight ) the trailer weighed 19K with a GVW OF 20K......we were fixing to live full time in trailer and we did for 6 years at 1.5 K over the weight capacity . happy, no, careful yes....lesson...even when a manufacturer actually weighs a unit go to a scale before loading or buying....absolutely....know where you are before you go

Have you had any weight related problems on your Sea Breeze ?
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According to the National info for 2004 the W24 was available on the Dolphin LX 6375. This has a CCC of 1932#. If you bought the standard Dolphin 5375 it came with the W22 and has a CCC of 572#

Since there isn't any info available on the internet about the MH in question, it would be best to view the spec sheet in the MH and then verify via the Vin# and scale weights.
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http://en.vindecoder.pl/

If you can get the VIN# this website may help you.
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Thanks everyone...I appreciate it
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According to the National info for 2004 the W24 was available on the Dolphin LX 6375. This has a CCC of 1932#. If you bought the standard Dolphin 5375 it came with the W22 and has a CCC of 572#

Since there isn't any info available on the internet about the MH in question, it would be best to view the spec sheet in the MH and then verify via the Vin# and scale weights.
Mine is on a W-24 Chassis and it is an 2004 6375 LX Dolphin, Just thought I would add my 2 cents to the topic. And just for the record, mine is up for sale as well.
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I have a 2005 Dolphin 6355 LX and its on a W24. It handles and drives well.
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