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Old 05-13-2016, 11:58 AM   #1
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Light weight fifth wheel

I'm having a hard time finding a fifth wheel trailer that small enough for my F250. What I would really like is a real nice one that has a small garage just big enough for my Harley. Any suggestions?
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Look at 'travel trailer toy haulers'
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:48 PM   #3
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With your F250 you shouldn't have any issue pulling a 26 footer toy hauler safely. This would be enough room for your bike. Know the weight limits on your truck and never exceed them. I see too many trucks overloaded, pulling is not the issue but stopping is!
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You will do better looking a Toy Hauler travel trailers than A 5ER WITH YOUR 3/4 TON TRUCK.

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After researching this topic for my 2014 F-250, Depending on what year/gear ratio you have in your F-250 your Max trailer weight can be as high as 15,500lbs. The limiting factor is the SRW axle/tires on pin weight.

http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/g...typu_sep11.pdf

GVWR of an F-250 (10000lbs) - Curb weight of your truck (6000-7000lbs) - You, gas, family = pin weight.

(that's the legal equation as rated by ford)

The reality is a 2014 Ford F-250 SRW is 1 leaf spring (or airbags) and a swaybar away from the GVWR of an F-350 SRW. The rating goes up slightly more with 18/20inch wheels as the tires are a limiting factor. The axle is exactly the same between SRW trucks. Ambulance chasers will use it against you if it ever comes down to personal injury due to an accident, but that's our broken legal system.

The real difference is the Dual Rear wheel 350/450 trucks. That's where your pin weight goes up for the really heavy 5vers.

My recommendation is the KZ Sportster 355TH Trailer weight Dry is under 10k lbs, Pin weight is 2190, has 3 axles. Once you add your harley in the back it will lower the pin weight. Just looked at one today, it's a nice 5ver.
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With my F250 crew cab diesel, I'm towing a 11k lb. dry weight fifth wheel trailer with 2K lbs. kingpin weight. That's about as heavy as I'd want to go, as bed weight carrying is the problem with 3/4 ton trucks.

I agree that you'd be better suited with a travel trailer toy hauler as tt's can get away with 10% of gross weight on the trailer ball. Fifth wheels typically have 25% of gross trailer weight on the kingpin.

I would suggest you go with a first rate hitch and stabilizer system, however.
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