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Old 08-31-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
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What about a 35' 1998 King Of The Road

Looking to buy a 35ft. 1998 King of the Road 5th...
Hard to find past or present owners...
Has 2-slides with ample closets (better half wants closets.. )
Can buy for around $12,000...
Any help is appreciated...
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:32 AM   #2
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I purchased a 2000, 36' King of the Road last fall. Our first Fiver and my wife and I really like it. It seems to be made very well. They sre not light weights.
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Yes, looking at the weight & Pin weight...
Looks like I'll be looking for a 2000 to 2002 Ford 7.3L F350 truck...
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How mush does it weigh?
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:12 AM   #5
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PPL says it is 11,690 by Weight per title, not sure what that means...
Located a '95 Chevy 1 ton dual with a 454...
Has a steel flat bed, would that be OK for a toll truck??
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My wife and I have a 1997 King of the Road, 28 ft. The title says 9651 lbs. We have a '99 3/4 ton Chevy with a 5.7 small block and a 4:10 rear end. We live in southern Michigan and travel mostly up and down the Lake Michigan coastline. I think the truck would really struggle in the mountains, but its relatively flat around here. My owners manual for that year rates the big block 454 at a higher towing capacity than the diesel.
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You need to check out the rear swing of the flat bed, here is how to do it. Most flatbeds are 8' +/- wide so the center will be app 4' look at the rear axle and line up the center of one wheel with the side of the bed mark it on the bed . Measure to the center of the bed from the side, in line with your mark on the bed, now make another mark there. then measure from your second mark to one of the rear corners. that is your rear swing write that down. , now measure your trailer from the King pin to the center the drop behind the king pin. IT will need to be min of 8" longer than your truck measurement. Also they make a special 5th wheel for flat beds, pricey over other ones. I have a 38' KOTR and my 8' (length) flat bed would not clear and have enough swing . My trailer is rated at 19500# gross. Your title weight is probably the empty weight. Check the coupler on one side .KOTR made their own frames in KS. at that time .
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There should be a tag on the outside of the trailer (usually the left side) that has the GVWR and GAWR etc. You need to go by these numbers to know if you have enough TV. A 1T should be enough but could be marginal.
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Thanks for the help...
Since we stay at one campground for 1 year or more may be easier to hire a toll truck to move the 5th...
I am seeing around $2 to $3 a mile, I assume the miles would be for a round trip...
Our next possible move is Rockport, TX, around 200 miles one way...
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King of the Roads were very well built and HEAVY trailers. Look at the GVWR of the trailer (tag on left front corner of the trailer). It is probably somewhere at or over 15,000#.

A 2000 to 2002 F350 will have a GCWR of 20,000# and the maximum GVWR of 11500#.

A 2 wheel drive F350 Dually (crew cab long bed) will weight a bit over 8000# with hitch and ready to roll.

An 8000# truck with a 20,000# GCWR leave at the most, a 12,000# wet and loaded trailer.

The King of the Road is usually heavy on the pin weight and will be pretty close to 3000# when loaded. So an 8000# truck and a 3000# pin weight will be at 11000 GVW. So you will need a dually.

Better get the GVWR of the trailer and proceed from there first. The 11690# weight is probably below the dry weight of the trailer. Ask PPL to put the trailer on the scales.

The F350 DRW will pull the trailer but will most likely be over loaded. We had a nice 2002 F350 and sold it because the Cameo was well beyond the limits of the truck.

Most of the sales people at PPL do not have a clue, so you will need to do your own leg work.

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You only pay for loaded miles, not round trip. PPL might have someone they use to move trailers.

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