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Old 11-04-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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We are about to buy our first 5th wheel, we want something 4 seasons, we will be living in it about 6 months of the year. considering a Montana rear entermainment 38ft, or Open Range front living40ft,or Sanibel rear entertainment40ft. Are we going to big??? any difference in towing 36 or 40ft??
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:54 AM   #2
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Given the 6 month stay, consider looking at trailers that are rated for full time use. The downside there will be that the trailer will be heavy at that length whcih will put your tow vehicle in the minimum dually class and at 40 foot, probably a medium duth truck. Only you will know what comfort factor you need. Look at the floorplans and at least sit in one for a bit and look how things will work for you.

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No opinion on the trailers, but what do you plan to use for a tow vehicle? And where will you be when you are living in it?
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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A smaller offering is 4 season trailer is Arctic Fox and some of the Excels.

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No opinion on the trailers, but what do you plan to use for a tow vehicle? And where will you be when you are living in it?
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We are looking GMC 3/4ton diesel truck. We will be in Florida keys spring & Montana in Summer.
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Will be limited in where we can go with length? Is there a website or book log that lets you know length limits?
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:36 PM   #7
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That is going to be a lot of trailer for a 3/4 ton truck. I suspect that they are in the 15,000 pound plus range which will have a pin weight over the truck's capacity to carry it. My last trailer was at 13,200 gross which was all that a 3/4 ton truck wanted to carry.
As far as length, the trailer life directory lists the parks that are length restricted. You will find that you'll generally be ok in all but state and federal parks. With my trailer at 36 foot, I'm restricted to 4 sites in one of my favorite state parks. No problems at any of the private parks we use on the east coast.

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Old 11-06-2012, 04:31 PM   #8
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As and long time RVr and a retired truck driver, I would not even consider a 3/4 ton and a 40FT. First it would be more trailer than your truck could safely handle. Second you will find yourself not being able to go to most state parks. I camp FL oftn and unless you go to a large resort in the Keys you will be very closeto your neighbor and many of the campgrounds in the Keys are not easy to get back in. better think more like a 34ft for a 3/4 ton. A good rule to safe trailer towing is what ever your truck is rated for, subtract 20% after your trailer is loaded. Thats a safe towing weight. Remember, just because you can pull it don't mean you will be able to stop it. Best of luck.
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I have to second some of the posts. Do not even think about a 3/4 for what you are talking. And, if you want 4 seasons, you are looking at the wrong units. You need to upgrade your thinking. Look around a whole lot more, and looking starts at the frame, the construction of the walls and roof system. Do not look at a pretty interior and make a decision. And, do not bypass a good used unit if you wish to save a bunch of money. Look at units like Lifestyle (new company), Carriage, Excel, NuWa. I would not even try any 36'er without a 1 ton dually. Take your time, compare them all. Decide which brand makes what you want, then try to find it used. Good luck.

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The RVs you are looking at are NOT 4 season units, IMHO. You should be looking at brands such as DRV (Mobile & Elite Suites), Carriage, Excel, NuWa (Hitchhiker) and New Horizons if you want a true 4 season full-time RV. You're going to find that these units, because of the materials and construction methods (heavier frames and running gear, thicker walls with more insulation, real wood cabinetry, etc.) are HEAVY - any 36' and up true full-time 5th wheel is going to be beyond the capacity of a 3/4 ton truck.

As others have said, you'll get more bang for your buck looking at well-maintained used true 4 seasons units than you would with a new lesser brand/model 5th wheel.

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The above advice is great. Your travelling a long ways over some pretty lousy roads. You need to shop suspension. The units you've mentioned will work if you purchase upgraded suspension, disc brakes and air type pin box.

I did a 38' with a 3/4 ton for one season. Now have a dually. World of difference.
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