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Old 05-30-2015, 04:50 PM   #1
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Looking for 5er, under 32', W 16" wheels

Hello all,

We are still seriously thinking 5th wheel but trying to stay with the same TV. I am hung up on getting something with lots of payload so I have a high safety factor while towing. To me that starts with 16 inch wheels and heavy rated axles.

In 2014 we towed our beginner TT from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Well over 100 nights and we want that to go up this year. The TT we have is pretty light and towing was a breeze but now we know that RVing it's what we want to do and this time we will be buying a rig for the two of us. Every time we had grandkids tagging along... they wanted to sleep in a tent.

Seems like the shorter, lighter 5th wheels have 15" wheels. Any tips would be appreciated.

TIA, Mike
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If you are not looking for a new trailer NuWa made a 29.5 LKJT (sp) not sure but it had 4 letter after the 29.5. My friend has one with 3 slides it opens up real nice for a high quality short 5th wheel. But I think it might be 33' long.

Excel also made a shorter 5th wheel.

KZ makes a very short 5th wheel I think at 26'. It only has 1 slide.
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Old 05-30-2015, 07:04 PM   #3
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Oh forgot to mention. I believe both the NuWa and Excel are on 16" wheels.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:29 PM   #4
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The Arctic Fox 27-5L is just under 30 feet and has 16" wheels.
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:32 PM   #5
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The Arctic Fox 27-5L is just under 30 feet and has 16" wheels.
I believe most mnfg. would let you special order what you wanted.
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:05 PM   #6
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Arctic Fox 29-5l would be my choice in that length.


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Old 05-31-2015, 03:42 AM   #7
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There is no 29-5L. The 29-5K is about 35' and the 29-5T is about 34'.
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Old 05-31-2015, 10:17 AM   #8
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Looking for 5er, under 32', W 16" wheels

My mistake...27-5L
I ordered the 29-5T, got my numbers crossed !


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With a 2500 truck I seriously doubt any of the above mentioned fiver brands would fit. They are all HEAVY, and woud likely place you in an overload situation.
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The GVWR IS 13,400


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Old 05-31-2015, 08:03 PM   #11
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We have a 29-5T and yes it is 33ft but the brand is solid, good for cold weather and we have been happy in ours. We've traveled from CA to NC and back with side trips since last Oct. Northwood has taken care of the warranty problems efficiently and quickly. Nothing is perfect.


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I looked at the Outdoor Manufacturing RV's. Owned by the same folks that build Arctic Fox.
ORV: Glacier Peak F26CIS

This one has 16 inch tires and it's probably light enough for a 2500. But I could get flamed for the 2500 comment so I apologize in advance to the weight conscious.
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:02 PM   #13
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Thanks to those who've replied.

I guess after looking over the actual payload limits on my truck (total of 10,000 pounds) and seeing what's available for "lightweight" 5ers. I have come to the conclusion that I am fooling myself to think I will get a satisfactory 5th wheel to pull behind my current TV. I love this truck and it is paid for. So for this year, at least, we will stay with what we have. In hindsight, I should have gone with at least a 3500, single axle. Cost would have been almost the same..... oh well.
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I have the same truck and was looking at Open Range 319rl and Grand Design 303. Both had it all but they would not do 16" wheels. Found the Wildcat 295RSX and its perfect. Standard is 16" Maxxis E rated tires on 6000# axles. Standard is 2 A/C (hot here in Texas). Full pantry, island kitchen, std 9 cuft refrig (not 6 or 8), radius shower, Hugh front storage bin, free folding bike rack, 3 slides including cross windows in master bed. MSRP $60k, brand new ordered from dealer $36,900. Dry weight 10k, pin weight 1700#. 32ft long, 12'6in high.
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