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Old 06-07-2016, 04:01 PM   #15
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Your issue is that the 2001 2500 doesn't have the 'payload' capacity for that 5th wheel

Wet pin on that Fox Mountain 5vr will be close to 2200# and your 2001 only has 2200# MAX payload
After subtracting your & passengers weight, stuff in cab, stuff in bed ---hitch etc (truck loaded camp ready weight subtracted from MAX payload)

The Arctic Fox TT would be a better fit based on your 2001 2500 Truck ratings as it would have roughly 1000# tongue weight
I believe this will be the deciding factor. The wt rating on my truck is the worst.
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:08 PM   #16
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I got a TT primarily because I didn't want to have to trim tree branches in the Public Lands I like to visit the most. My trailer is 10.5 feet tall. Almost every 5th wheel is considerably taller than that. I may plan to go a little deeper into the woods than you do, but I like it that way, so I bought the TT because it's lower and can travel down tighter roads a little better.

And I have not been disappointed.
This is the way I'm leaning. I cannot even imagine camping in a campground anymore
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:11 PM   #17
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. If you want to camp in the FS CG's stay under 30 ft.
Hmm, I might have to give the AF 24j another look when I look again. I prefer a smaller unit. The AF 25f is 30ft and I know that's longer than I wanted when I started looking.
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Old 06-07-2016, 05:27 PM   #18
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Granted thus far I have a very small sample size, but the two state parks we have been in thus far I have been able to get into our spot with our 40' 5er and the Crew Cab long bed dually... lenght is thus far less of a issue that I originally feared myself.
Sure, they'll have some sites that can accomodate a truck and trailer of that size. But it limits not only the campgrounds but the number of sites available to you. And they reserve fast.
My trailer is quite a bit smaller and even with that I haven't been able to go to some state parks because all the sites I would fit in have been booked leaving smaller ones available.
Being smaller just gives more options.
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My TT is 31 ft B to B. I wish it was 28 or less. Next one will be.
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My TT is 24.5' from tip to tail. It's been a very easy length to deal with.
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Talking ...and this one...

...of the 3 bears says mine is "just right" @ 28'8"
and we've been down the 5er road, twice. we finally upgraded to a tt. there, its been said.
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Hmm, I might have to give the AF 24j another look when I look again. I prefer a smaller unit. The AF 25f is 30ft and I know that's longer than I wanted when I started looking.
we were looking @ the 25w and 25y. if you boondock much, look @ the outdoors rv products. they have larger holding tanks than the foxes. rear kitchen models of most brands will also have 2 gray tanks which doubles loiter time. just something to consider.
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Old 06-08-2016, 02:45 PM   #23
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Keep in mind that a 30' tt is the same as a 35' 5w in terms of overall length truck + trailer. If you're getting into a bigger trailer may as well get a fufth wheel. I just did a 3 point turn on a country road.
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I know weights regulations are a major limitation on my truck. I was thinking that I might be able to squeak by with the fox mountain 5th wheel. I'd hate to find out after the fact that I can't legally haul what I want. But the reality is I can't see myself doing much camp ground camping. I think a smaller, shorter, more heavy duty unit is really what I need. The CFO likes the longer 25Y. I think I prefer the smaller 24J. I guess we're just gonna have to take a road trip and go look again.
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I haven't looked in detail, but from what I've seen, Lance and Arctic Fox are quality builds. I like the solid hardwood and layout in the Lance trailers. I might go for one of their truck campers in the future.
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