Originally Posted by KSCRUDE
We us only Holland brand fifth wheels on all the semi trucks. They will take anything you can get on them. Very heavy duty.
Holland is indeed the only hitch to use on a semi in a "commercial" application and 80,000 lb loads. This is not what we are talking about here.
Holland is a hard attached head and will tear apart most RVs. Fifth RVs typically do not have the same quality overhang framing as the commercial tractor trailers. Teton might last longer, since they were built better, but in general you do not want to pull any fifth with a commercial truck (like MDT or HDT) without an air hitch. When MDTs "became a rage" 10-15 years ago, many RV manufacturers would immediately cancel the fifth's warranty if you showed up at the factory to pick one up with a MDT and a HARD HITCH. And MDT was "only" class 6 truck, HDT is a class 8 truck.
It's very easy to tell what is what and what is conjecture and BS, for about $20 bucks:
1. Drive your truck to a truck stop and onto the CAT weighing scales. Pay them $10 bucks and get the ticket showing weight of the front axle and the rear axle and the total weight of the truck (sum of the two)
2. Hitch up your Teton and do the same. This time for your $10 bucks you will get 4 numbers, front axle, rear axle, the weight an Teton axles (probably 3 on that rig) and overall weight (sum of the three locations).
3. Subtract the total weight of just the truck from the total weight of the pair, that's the weight of the Teton.
4. Subtract the weight of the rear axle of just the truck from the weight of the rear truck axle with Teton attached, the difference is the pin weight of the Teton.
Now you really know the "quality of that information" as received from the previous owner, the salesman, assorted "experts", previous Teton owners, etc., etc.