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Old 05-27-2016, 07:11 AM   #1
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Pin weight

Finally got the truck and 5er to the cat scales yesterday. Using the calculator from Towing Planner.com, I've ended up with a pin weight of 880#, 12.2%.
#'s as follows: Truck & camper hooked up:
Steer axle - 4860
Drive axle - 4180
trailer axles - 6320

Truck only:
Steer Axle - 4720
Drive axle - 3440

GCW - 15360
Truck wt hitched - 9040, unhitched - 8160
Camper wt - 7200
Pin wt - 880
Pin wt % - 12.2
Individual axle wts - 3160
individual tire wts - 1580

Are these #s acceptable, or am in in trouble with he 12.2% pin wt? The camper tows pretty good. TV is F350 CC Dually Diesel.
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You are kidding...Right?
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:24 AM   #3
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You have too much truck. You need a bigger trailer.
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:59 PM   #4
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right truck, wrong trailer?

Nope, I'm not kidding! The truck I used for hauling hay for livestock. Sold the livestock, truck still in good shape, no reason to part with it. Decided we wanted to do a little traveling, Found this old 5th wheel and remodeled/repaired. Alpenlite 25. Just what I wanted, only 2 of us, no basement, so low profile, no slides, so less leaks to contend with. PO had added a well built cargo carrier on the back, so I installed a Honda EV6010 that I had traded for, and a small gas grille and a plastic storage locker for chocks, etc. guess it got a little rear heavy. I'm serious asking if I'm going to have headaches because of the light pin weight. Looking for answers.
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If your trailer is setting level when hooked up you should be fine. Just a lot of truck for a light load. Most have the opposite problem with too much pin weight. Good luck in your travels.
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a 12% pin would concern me. You have a lot of truck for your weights and that will compensate a lot. If it ever starts wagging in rear you will need more pin.
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a 12% pin would concern me. You have a lot of truck for your weights and that will compensate a lot. If it ever starts wagging in rear you will need more pin.

Typical 'WET' pin weight on 5th wheel is 20%

When you weighed was truck and 5vr 'camp ready'........loaded up just as if you were headed out for camping trip?

Reason you have not noticed any towing issues is it's light weight.
BUT 12% pin weight is way too light....

Does 5vr set level when hitched up?

I have a 'visual' that with your year Dually, the year of 5th wheel plus added weight/items on rear it is sitting 'NOSE HIGH'
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Do you drive with at least the fresh water tank full and where is it located? You might use water to add a little pin weight. Won't be any issue with your truck. If it were mine I'd be thinking about ways to shift some weight and get the pin weight closer to 20%. But, if it sets level while hitched and tows well, special concern on the downhill side, then enjoy as is.
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pin wt

I think this camper has always been nose light when loaded, because the potable water tank is way aft of the axles. When I weighed and got the numbers as stated, it was partially loaded (not much) and I had the water tank 1/2 full. I'm going to load everything I can ahead of the axles. Other than that, I really don't know what else to do. I just installed 2 new large deep cycle batteries the day before I weighed it. They are ahead of the axles. Keep the water tank 1/4 full to allow potty use on the road, unless intending to boondock, then fill the day before. I'm really impressed with how straight it tows, haven't seen any tail wag at all, but it does tow heavy for no heavier than it is. I've only towed about 200 miles, short trips. I appreciate all the good advice, and looking forward to more.
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pin wt

I should add that the camper sets very level when attached to the truck. I just put all new ST tires on it, speed rated at 55. That's fast enough for an old man.
I try not to run the interstates.
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