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Old 11-08-2015, 02:23 PM   #1
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Another question or two

Assuming that we actually go for a 5'er, we're looking at some fairly heavy ones (see my other thread). As I understand it, the pin weight of a 5'er is generally 20-25% of the coach's weight, so if I have a 24,000 pound GVWR, I can expect that up to 6000 pounds will be placed on the rear axle. In addition to the pin weight, there is another weight there - the hitch.

Question one: how much does a 5'er hitch of suitable capacity weigh? Just from one hitches I've seen on pickups around here, my guess is that they are maybe 200 pounds or so. Is that close?

Second question: What brand should I get? I know that the Airstream folks go round and round about ProPride vs Hensley and look down their noses at Equal-I-Zer. Did I just start a similar fight here? Sorry.

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Old 11-08-2015, 06:27 PM   #2
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When you go to the big DRV fifth wheels, you either use the B&W hitch, or you go air ride. My Hensley Trailersaver air ride is around 400lbs. There are others that are heavier. Our Carrilite weighs 19k as we roll, our pin is 4800lbs+-

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Old 11-10-2015, 07:31 AM   #3
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Truck and RV 32,500#. Within front/rear axle and combined ratings. Factory rear air ride keeps truck level. TrailAire airbag kingpin with B&W RVK3600 hitch makes for a great ride.

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