Originally Posted by Dutch Master
Hello Again 5thers,
Good reply thus far. My friend has a Silverdao 1500, V8, Air Lyft air bags, and BF Goodrich 8 plys. The hitch/saddle was installed by one of the top 50's RV dealers in the US - Rick's RV. Thus it was installed correctly. I know that a DRW makes a big improvement, but this would be overkill for a 27.5 footer. I would like to hear some controversy on a different pin box. The trailer and truck are "set in stone" for now.
I personally wouldn't bank on a hitch being installed correctly just because it was done at a specific RV dealership. But that's just me.
I agree that the problem isn't the hitch or pin box, its the truck. You didn't mention the year of the truck, but for a 2015 model 1500 the max payload is in the 1750-1800lb range. The dry pin weight (i.e. completely empty trailer) for that trailer is 1525lbs. That gives you a max of 275lb headroom.
You start putting gear in the trailer, maybe put water in the fresh water tanks, have 2-3 people in the truck, maybe an ice chest in the truck bed, 50-150lbs in the bed for the weight of the hitch....
And you are way over the max payload capacity for that truck. Fairly good bet that a large part of your friends towing issues are because the truck is well overloaded.
If you are looking at the exact same set-up as your friend has, then you aren't going to get a very comfortable ride. Throw that trailer on a 3/4 ton truck and you would likely see a significantly better ride. Though I doubt you'd get it as good as your MH.
Originally Posted by Elatta1954
I pulled a 34' fiver dry weight of 7200 lbs with a F-150 EcoBoost, took me over many of the high Rocky Mountain passes with no issues at all. It was great for what we had.
I have sense upgraded to a heavier fiver and heavier truck.
Power to pull a trailer generally isn't an issue with 5th wheels, provided you aren't doing something crazy like trying to pull a 15K 5th wheel with a F150. Staying within the payload limits for the vehicle is a different story.