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Old 10-16-2015, 03:01 AM   #1
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looking to buy 5th wheel asap

I have a 2006 gmc crew cab long bed diesel. I have never towed anything before ;(. It will be my wife me and my two young daughters camping in it, maybe 4 times a year. The top of my budget is 16k, but i would like to be more around 12k. I would appreciate any advice you could give me as I try to learn as much as possible before I buy. Im a sucker for a good deal so if you know of one please share. I live in the los angeles area and will mostly be traveling in warm weather locations. Thank you.
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:15 AM   #2
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There are a ton of good used 5th wheels for sale out there, just check them out very closely before you buy. The most important thing to check for is leaks and water damage.
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Ive been looking at rvtrader and ebay. There is so many different models. What brands should i stay away from? What brands are better? Thanks for your reply fordguy.
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Old 10-16-2015, 11:01 PM   #4
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So many brands come and go. I'd be sure to make sure what ever you choose is still in business..
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Old 10-16-2015, 11:08 PM   #5
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The first thing to do is establish the size of 5er that your truck can safely tow.
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I have a 2006 gmc crew cab long bed diesel. I have never towed anything before ;(. It will be my wife me and my two young daughters camping in it, maybe 4 times a year. The top of my budget is 16k, but i would like to be more around 12k. I would appreciate any advice you could give me as I try to learn as much as possible before I buy. Im a sucker for a good deal so if you know of one please share. I live in the los angeles area and will mostly be traveling in warm weather locations. Thank you.
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You obviously havent looked around. You arent going to find much if any 5th wheels for 12 - 16K.
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Old 10-17-2015, 11:30 AM   #7
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Theres seems to be plenty in this range wandering1. Why would you say that? Maybe you have not looked around, hmm...
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:56 PM   #8
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The first thing to do is establish the size of 5er that your truck can safely tow.
Where wouldn I find that info?
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Where wouldn I find that info?
I'd start with the owners manual for the truck. After that the manufacturer probably has it online.
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I'd start with the owners manual for the truck. After that the manufacturer probably has it online.
For 5th wheels it looks like 14800lbs
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For 5th wheels it looks like 14800lbs
Is that the towing capacity? IMO a misleading number. It is basically for a bare bones truck with a jockey or 6 yo driving.

Take the GVWR, GAWR and GCWR to determine the numbers.

Load the truck as you would for travel camping. Full fuel, bikes, cooler, grill, wood, etc plus the DW and kids. Weigh it.

Subtract the loaded weight of the rear axle from the GAWR (rear) and reduce the number by 150 lbs for the 5 wheel hitch. The remaining number would be the maximum pin weight you should carry.

Take the maximum pin weight and divide by .20. That will give you an approximate GVWR of the 5er you should consider.

Do the same thing for GVWR and take the lessor of the two numbers for trailer GVWR.
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Okay. Thanks for the info.
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Look inside the drivers door for the 'door sticker'. Your truck probably has a 10,000lb GVWR. If that is the case it is not very much.
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Look inside the drivers door for the 'door sticker'. Your truck probably has a 10,000lb GVWR. If that is the case it is not very much.
Its says 9200lb
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