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Old 11-24-2005, 04:49 AM   #1
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A friend of mine has ordered a new 5th wheel that has the above weight. He will use a deisel pickup to pull it. It is 36'. It seems to me he should be using a MD Truck. What do you think? Thanks!
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A friend of mine has ordered a new 5th wheel that has the above weight. He will use a deisel pickup to pull it. It is 36'. It seems to me he should be using a MD Truck. What do you think? Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2005, 05:55 AM   #3
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That depends on a few things. The GM's are reated to pull 16,000 pounds. So if your careful with the amount of stuff you put in the RV and truck it would be boarderline ok. It sould be at least a 1 ton dooley due to the pin weight of a fiver that big. It also does not take long to put 2000 pounds of stuff in a fifthwheel. A medium duty truck would be better.
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You can not use dry weight for much of anything. He needs to look at the GVWR on the trailer and see if that is under what the truck is rated to tow. Alos, with a 5er, estimate the pin weight at 20% of the trailer GVWR and make sure this is under the trucks rated payload or cargo carrying capacity.

This are estimates and you need to check real weights. The trucks towing and payload capacity are always based on a basic model (striped) truck, and one 150# driver. You need to reduce the ratings, bu options, accessories, tool boxes, hitch, passengers, 4-wheel drive and cab configuration.

If he gets a truck properly equipped, like a F35 woth the Tow Boss option, he might be OK, other wise he may need to step up to the F450/550 or the GM 4500/5500 series.

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All I know is that it is a Dodge dooley with a deisel.
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My personel opion is he should get a MD Truck to be safe. I know they will load up the RV and the truck. A 36' 5th wheel with 100gal. fresh water and granet counter tops is gonna be heavy. The RV is a Double Tree Elite Suites.
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