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Old 10-12-2013, 11:20 AM   #1
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Info needed on possible purchase of used PU and 5th wheel combo

Hi new to the fourm and need some help. We have fulltimed for 14 years in a MH and are selling. We are thinking about buying a 5th wheel and a PU to continue traveling 3-5 months/year.

Have located a 2000 Alpenlite SpyGlass 29' 5th wheel with a 2003 Dodge 2500 SLT quad cab long bed PU. Has 5.9 Cummins with 48re trans. Current mileage on PU is 93000. Both units are one owner by the same person.

Anything specific I should look for or any potential problems on these units I should be looking for or should I be looking for other options?

Both units appear to have been maintained but will know more when I look at them after input from you guys.



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Old 10-12-2013, 01:21 PM   #2
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Have located a 2000 Alpenlite SpyGlass 29' 5th wheel with a 2003 Dodge 2500 SLT quad cab long bed PU. Has 5.9 Cummins with 48re trans.
Not a perfect match for RV and tow vehicle. You need either a bit more tow vehicle or a bit less trailer.

Based on my experience with my '99.5 Ford F-250 CrewCab two-wheel-drive diesel and 25' 5er with one slide, I suspect you'll be overloaded with that 5er. You'll have more than enough power and torque to drag that trailer over the mountain passes on interstate highways, but you'll exceed the GVWR of the tow vehicle.

My pickup's GVWR was 8,800 pounds, and the 5er GVWR was 7,900 pounds, and the 5er was usually loaded right up against the GVWR. But on the road my F-250 GVW was usually 400 to 700 pounds overloaded over the GVWR. That diesel engine is a heavy dude that absorbs payload capacity, and a 4x4 would be even worse.

Per NADA, the 2000 Alpinlite 29 has weight (lbs) of 9,446, or about 1,500 pounds more than my 5er. So you can expect about 250 pounds more hitch weight than I had. My payload was only Darling Wife and a small Pomeranian, along with a toolbox full of tools.

That Dodge is a wonderful tow vehicle for an 8,000-pound TT, but a 9,500 pound 5er will probably overload it. The Alpinlite 5er is nice, but it needs a 3500 truck to tow it without being overloaded.

Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 3.5L EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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I bet the truck has towed that trailer for 10 years already. I would check the truck drivetrain and if ok not worry.
By using the 3/4 ton truck the trailer has been taken care off.
I towed a 12k 5th wheel trailer for 9 years with a. 98 GM 3/4 ton and never abused my truck and sold it in better condition then new.
We use to say years past that to much truck ruins the pinbox area of most small 5th wheel.
Go for it and enjoy.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:52 PM   #4
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Thank you for taking the time to lookup that info. and replying.

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Old 10-13-2013, 04:02 PM   #5
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Thank you also for the reply. The PU seems to be well taken care of with scheduled maintenance. I will see how it plays out.

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Old 10-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #6
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One of my trucks is a '03 2500 Dodge/Cummins 305/555 HO with the NV5600 tranny (6 speed manual) 3.73 axle ratio and has over 220000 miles. Dodge gives it a 13350 lb tow rating.
Dodge also gives the '03 5.9 HO Cummins a 7500/15000 miles oil change schedule.
You will like the mpg's from the 305/555 HO engine.

I tow several size trailers with this truck from a 10k bumper pull up to a 16k GN stock trailer. The RV is a 28' RK with two slides and weighs around 11200 lb which has 2000 lbs to 2200 lb pin weight both determined by how the trailer is loaded (long trip vs short trip).

The '03 2500 Dodge/Cummins/48RE tranny is a excellent match for that size 5th wheel trailer.
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Thanks for the info. PM sent.


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