Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > 5th Wheel Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-26-2016, 05:31 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 1
New to forum - Fifth Wheel suggestions

I'm new to the forum and was looking for thoughts, as I research for a fifth wheel. I have a Ford 150 and towing weight max is 6700. I would prefer a bed, plus bunkhouse layout.
I appreciate th feedback.

Nikki1825 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-26-2016, 05:53 PM   #2
Senior Member
Skip426's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Powell River, B.C.
Posts: 15,212
Welcome to iRV2

The " What can I tow question " is the most asked .

In your case , please remember that the " Max tow rating" of the truck is based on an empty truck with a 150 lb driver , so everything in the truck ; passengers tools , hitch and other gear has to come off the 6700 lbs . So first thing you should do is take the truck and family ( you did say bunk house , so I'm assuming family ) out and with a full tank of fuel , get the truck weighed, to find out how much capacity you have left to add in the way of, hitch and pin weight of the trailer . You'll need both axles and total weights , to go forward in deciding how much more weight your truck will handle.

This post will make some good reading in the mean time .

Tow Vehicle Sizing & Weight Calculators

JMHO; For any bunk house 5th wheel you'll need a bigger truck.

99DSDP 3884, Freightliner, XC, CAT 3126B, 300 HP /ALLISON 3060
2000 Caravan toad, Remco & Blue Ox.
Skip426 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 06:53 PM   #3
Senior Member
MtnTrek's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Currently; SW Cali. Sunny & warm!
Posts: 1,134
Granted a 5'r has better towing characteristics you might be hard pressed (due to heavy pin weight) to find one that with your vacation belongings can come in less than your trucks rear axle rating.
Sticker on the drivers door frame with tire pressures and "maximum payload of passengers and equipment".
The "towing weight max is 6700" is not always achievable.
DRV Suites ES-38RSSA #9679
J & J
GM Denali, 3500HD-Max, 4x CC, 8' DRW,
MtnTrek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 07:02 PM   #4
Senior Member
TonyDi's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Posts: 11,752

Glad to have you here with us in the forum.

Happy Trails!!!
Tony & Ruth........... FMCA#F416727
Newmar Dutch Star 4320, Spartan MM Chassis, Cat C9, Jeep Grand Cherokee Hemi, Blue Ox Aventa LX, and Brake Buddy. TST 507 TPMS
TonyDi is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 07:18 PM   #5
Senior Member
nosticks's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Hiawassee, Ga.
Posts: 686
You need a bigger truck.
2017 Thor Freedom Elite 29fe

Making a smooth transition to senility
nosticks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2016, 03:12 PM   #6
Senior Member
Gigattime's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 966
Probably not what you want to hear, but the other posts are correct. You are going to have a difficult time finding a 5th wheel that you can comfortably tow with belongings, passengers, and equipment. If you want to stay with the F150, you are going to want to consider a travel trailer (probably even a lite/ultra-light model). Good luck with your search. There are definitely nice options for you still, but unless you are willing to trade sizes of trucks, you will have a tough time going the 5th wheel route IMHO.
Gigattime is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2016, 05:16 PM   #7
Senior Member
TDroma's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Sarasota, Fl
Posts: 131
Welcome to IRV2!

I am currently towing with the F150 with the same rating and one of the smallest 5th wheel you're going to find. It is 25' 6k empty, 8k GVW with 1k pin weight and would not recommend it. In addition it is only me and one other and a lite load in the 5th wheel. I went into this thinking all would be fine and it has, two very hard stops no problem. I keep truck and trailer brakes in top shape. Towing is not really a problem as I take it very easy cruise control at 60 mph and allow plenty of room. It rides well.

But (always a but) the pin weight, cargo and 5th wheel hitch weight I am certainly overloaded and looking for 3/4 ton truck as we speak. It does pretty well overall but I need and want more truck and just because it does it doesn't releave me of my responsibility to be safe! Plus I would never take this setup out of flat Fl land and want to get to the mountains!

Just a simple opinion of someone doing it and not recommending it with this truck rating.
2004 F150
2009 Puma Palomino 245RKS
TDroma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2016, 06:05 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Muscle Shoals, AL/Helen, GA
Posts: 995
tTo those looking to tow with a 1/2 ton truck:

Most 1/2 ton trucks are built to be a compromise of ride and handling, and ability to carry a heavy load is secondary. Most are sprung like an old Crown Victoria.

In order to tow a relatively heavy load, you will need to add the Tow Package and get the heaviest duty springing you can get. These options seldom stocked on dealer lots because of the pricing--approaching $2800. You can usually spot the camper spec. 1/2 tons because they'll have more than 5 lug nuts on the wheels.

I've seen Ford advertising a 1/2 ton truck capable of towing over 12,000 lbs. That truck would have all the above options and the 3.5 Ecoboost engine. And it's capabilities approach that of a 3/4 ton truck.

I've never priced a 1/2 ton vs. a 3/4 ton truck that was comparable. Depending on manufcturer sales incentive programs at the time, a 3/4 ton truck might be priced with the 1/2 ton equipped to tow heavy loads.

But given the druthers, I'd druther have a 3/4 ton vs. the heaviest 1/2 ton truck if I'm going to be towing heavy.
Bamaman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2016, 06:24 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Tucson
Posts: 702
Save yourself the hassle and get an F-250.

V3600 is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fifth Wheel Suggestions? mmarkley 5th Wheel Discussion 20 04-15-2016 06:55 PM
Generator connection on a new fifth wheel diandtom 5th Wheel Discussion 9 08-23-2010 10:46 PM
Owner's Forum for Dutchmen Grand Junction Fifth Wheel glend 5th Wheel Discussion 14 07-17-2010 07:26 AM
NEW Fifth wheel for us! Jody & Jeff New Rig Show-Off! 12 05-22-2008 07:40 AM
New fifth Wheel and Toter Go Go New Rig Show-Off! 4 03-25-2005 02:35 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:16 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.