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Old 07-27-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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Looking to Upgrade our 5th Wheel

We're new at this and are doing pretty well but it was instantly obvious that this was the life for us and at this stage of our life. We have 295t Arctic Fox and think we need more room. The third slide and 3 0r 4 more feet in length would be perfect. I'm leaning towards a Hitchhiker but I would sure appreciate everyone's suggestions. The new Palomino Columbus while in a different class seems like a really well built rig. We're definitely thinking a true 4 season rig! We're towing with 2011 Dodge 3500 Crew long box w/single rear wheels, probably should have bought a dually. Oh well, Thanks in advance and we look forward to meeting some of you along the way!
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:53 PM   #2
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We're new at this and are doing pretty well but it was instantly obvious that this was the life for us and at this stage of our life. We have 295t Arctic Fox and think we need more room. The third slide and 3 0r 4 more feet in length would be perfect. I'm leaning towards a Hitchhiker but I would sure appreciate everyone's suggestions. The new Palomino Columbus while in a different class seems like a really well built rig. We're definitely thinking a true 4 season rig! We're towing with 2011 Dodge 3500 Crew long box w/single rear wheels, probably should have bought a dually. Oh well, Thanks in advance and we look forward to meeting some of you along the way!
Best of luck with your purchase. We just upgraded as well, as we wanted more room (have 2 kids). If you like the columbus, take a look at the Sandpiper and Sierra 365SAQ by Forest River. Both are the same, just different decor options. Ours is a 2013, and has a GVWR of 14k lbs. We tow it with a 2012 Ford F350 SB SRW FX4 w/ GVWR of 11,500. You would have to look at your specs for your truck to see if you are able to tow that weight, but we love it, as its 42' with two slides in the bunkhouse, king master bed slide, two bathrooms and a living room slide. Just a thought for ya. As its coming to the end of season, Pick one you like, and dont worry about the price, it will be deeply discounted. If you want to know anymore info, just shoot me a message, anything to help!
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check the specs on your truck and see what your GVWR and GAWR are listed as. Weigh the truck as loaded for a trip and you can determine the room you have for pin weight. GCWR should not be a problem for you.

I would pick the HH over the Palomino due to the longer history of the manufacturer.

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You can also look around for companies that do flat bed conversions. They usually have new pickup boxes in the dually style available. Add spacers or swap the axle and you have increased your gvwr.
The only issue is your door sticker still says SRW.
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Add spacers or swap the axle and you have increased your gvwr.
Only the manufacturer or a DOT approved upfitter can change the truck's GVWR.

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If we could swing the Hitchhiker, that's the way I would prefer to go. Thanks for post
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I also wonder if adding air suspension may not be a good alternative. We really didn't want the dually but it does seem to be the right thing to do. I asked the dealer about making the conversion to the existing rig, he said it would be cheaper to trade that one off. Maybe it would!
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Right now the dealers are offering big deals on the left over 2012's.

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