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Old 08-15-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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Still trying to figure this out

I have a 2100 2500 Crew Cab 6.7 diesel with a 373 rear end. I am looking at an Open Range with a pin weight of 2100lbs.
Question 1. Any thoughts on the Open Range
Question #2. Can my truck handle that much pin weight?
I do appreciate any and all thoughts
I've never had any problems buying an rv before, but this will be my first 5th wheel.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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Is the 2100 lbs pin weight the manufacturer's brochure dry pin weight? Is it 20% of the 5th wheel's GVWR? Or something else?

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I have seen a few Open Range 5er's in various CG's that are being used by full timers. I have never looked inside any of them, but they are happy with them.

As far as your truck, you need to find what the GVWR and GCWR is. Then you fill the fuel tank, load it up with gear that you will put in the truck for a trip, put all you passengers (including pets) and head out to a truck stop or somewhere that you can weigh the truck. Once you have the trucks weight, you can determine how much pin weight you can handle.

When looking at a 5er, always used the GVWR of the trailer. 20% of the GVWR can be used to figure pin weight. EX: a 10,000 # GVWR trailer you will have about 2,000# pin weight. This works well enough for calculation purposes.

Take the calculated pin weight and add the truck weight. The sum cannot exceed the GVWR of the truck. Then take the GVWR of the trailer and add it to the trucks weight. The sum cannot exceed the GCWR of the truck. Third, when you weighed your truck, the report you got will show the weight on the front and rear axles. Add the pin weight to the weight on the rear axle from the report. This sum cannot exceed the GAWR of the rear axle.

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It's what the spec sheet says, sso with my luck it's probable heavier than stated.
Thanks for your in-put
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That's what I'm having trouble with. Guess I need to slow down and take it one step at a time, makes my head spin, and I used to be so good with math. It's heck to start getting old.
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So, what does the spec sheet list for the 5th wheel's GVWR?? That's the key number.

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To get get your cargo capacity, look at the Tire and Loading Information sticker on the frame on the driver's side. To get a realistic pin weight, find the GVWR of the trailer and use 20% of that figure.
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