Originally Posted by jandk
So I've done some investigating and it looks as though my 3500 2011 Dodge Ram diesel mega cab with a 3.73 axel ratio should not exceed 10,000 lbs of 5th wheel,
I don't see your truck in the Dodge trailer towing guide, but a similar quad cab has a GCWR of 21,000 pounds. Subtract the weight of your wet and loaded truck from 21,000 and you should get an actual tow rating of at least 12,000 pounds.
I'm finding it hard to find a 5th wheel in this catagory for full time living. Anyone out there with good advice on brands of trailers for this rating or does my truck actually have capabilities I'm not aware of?
Your Cummins diesel engine will pull a mountain, but having an accident while exceeding the GVWR or GCWR of your tow vehicle can mean financial ruin for you (and yours) for the rest of your life. So I'd comply with the manufacturer's weight ratings.
The normal "full timer" 5er will have a washer and dryer and be a 4-seasons RV. The best example is Artic Fox. But those puppies have GVWR over 16,000 pounds, which is too much for your tow vehicle.
So back off a notch and leave out the washer/dryer, and look at big TTs instead of 5ers. Artic Fox 30U TT has a GVWR of 10,400, and it's 4-season, so it would do the trick for you if you want to keep your current tow vehicle. Ignore the rumor that TTs don't pull as well as 5ers. That's true with a cheap hitch, but if you pay extra for a ProPride hitch then the TT will tow just as good as a 5er.
Northwood Manufacturing: Arctic Fox
Jayco makes the Jay Flight model 33RLDS that has a GVWR of 10,300 and is available with an option thermal pkg which I presume makes it 4-seasons.
But if you had your heart set on the Artic Fox 32-5M full-timer 5er, or a $100,000 Mobile Suites full-timer 5er, then you need more truck. If you're a Dodge fan, then Dodge makes it. Look at the 4500 and 5500 Dodges with diesel engine.