Originally Posted by birdnut
I am looking at the above fifth wheel. Hitch weight 2045. Dry weight 9598. Loaded weight 12750. What tow vehicle should I get?
Dry hitch weight and dry trailer weight are meaningless.
Assume the wet and loaded hitch weight will be 20 percent of the loaded weight, or 2,550 pounds.
So you need a tow vehicle with enough unused payload capacity to handle 2,550 pounds hitch weight, and enough GCWR to handle 12,750 pounds of gross trailer weight.
Using Ford as an example, the F-350 SRW diesel has 11,500 GVWR and 23,500 GCWR. The typical wet and loaded CrewCab 4x4 diesel will weigh at least 8,500 pounds, and probably 9,000 pounds. If it weighs 8,950 pounds, that leaves zero wiggle room. If it weighs 9,000 or more, you'll be overloaded. So with a new F-350 SRW, you must pay attention to the weight you haul in the bed and cab and trailer.
I don't like to be loaded to the max, so I would probably buy a dually for that trailer.