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Old 09-21-2015, 10:46 AM   #1
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New BigHorn 3160

Well after much debate and searching we decided to move from the Class C to a fifth wheel truck setup.

We purchased a 2016 BigHorn 3160 EL and a used 2011 F450 6.7.

First outing next weekend.
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:56 AM   #2
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Sweet! Congrats on your new rig. I know that F450 is a beast, and the 5er ain't bad either. Nice combo.
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:09 AM   #3
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Old 09-21-2015, 12:57 PM   #4
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Good job on plenty of truck! Congrats.

Be sure to buy fuel from reputable places that go thru a lot of fuel. The injection pump in your rig is very sensitive to water!
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Nice looking choices. Good luck and enjoy.
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How much better does your new rig go down the road than the ole class 'C'?
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The new setup is much better. I have power to speed up or stop. Little sway.
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Congratulations on the new Bighorn and welcome to the Heartland family. If you haven't already found it, please join us at the Heartland Owners forum (link below)
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Old 09-22-2015, 03:42 AM   #9
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The new setup is much better. I have power to speed up or stop. Little sway.
Not sure what you mean by "little sway" with your combo it should be rock solid.
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The biggest issue we had with the class c, even after every upgrade, heavier sway bars front and back, tiger track, safe-t-plus, proper tire inflation based on weight, and sumo...

The rig still drive like crap, we were pushed around by everyone and could not keep the rig strait. So next we had a truck shop check the front alignment and see if they could fix the steering loose issue.

After 3 shops and 2 years she still just was not driving well.

So after finding out that the front bearings needed to be replaced after 4 years and 4000 miles we were done.

The truck, fifth wheel setup is much better for us.

Weight wise we are heavy. Truck is about 9500 and the trailer is about 11000 full.
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That's not to heavy for that F450.

Congrats on your new rig, looks awesome.
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How is your trailer only 11,000 lbs . Dry weight is 12,015 lbs. I could see the 11,000 being the loaded axle weight. Is that what you meant?
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How is your trailer only 11,000 lbs . Dry weight is 12,015 lbs. I could see the 11,000 being the loaded axle weight. Is that what you meant?
Truck 9,500#, that's not loaded. That's a solo number. Truck should be weighing 12,500 at least loaded.
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All good questions.

Unloaded truck about not exact:
5300 front axel
4000 rear axel

Loaded with trailer:
5300 front axel
6300 rear axel
10950 trailer axels

This is fully loaded.
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