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Old 04-16-2015, 05:58 PM   #1
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Yikes! Can I tow a 5th-wheel with a 4X4?

Looking at purchasing a 2014/2015 Rockwood Ultra Lite 8289WS 5th-wheel and a 2015 Ford F-250 XLT 4X4 w/off-road package. The truck bed sides are 58" off the ground, which seems like it may be the same height as the bottom of the trailer when it is sitting level (forgot to measure trailer height at the camper dealer, never occurred to me there'd be an issue!).

Do you tow with a 4X4? Not looking to have to modify a brand new truck and or trailer to make them work together!

Thank you in advance for your help!
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Old 04-16-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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Yes I do but my truck does not have the off-road package neither did my 01 Chevy 2500HD 4X4.


My truck bed rail to under side of the 5er has between 5 and 6" of clearance. If you do not see if you can adjust the hitch up and the pinbox down to provide the 5 to 6 inches of clearance.


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Old 04-16-2015, 08:03 PM   #3
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Off road packages (Z71 etc.) are generally not great for towing. Too tall and too squishy. That's the technical term, I believe.
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Old 04-16-2015, 08:52 PM   #4
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Gas or diesel? The diesel 3/4 ton crew cab have almost no usable payload. Are the axles above or below the springs on the trailer? Don't believe the spec sheet for the pin weight... It could be a lot more loaded up ready to camp. Nice looking trailer.
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Old 04-16-2015, 09:29 PM   #5
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I use both but your RV dealer should be able to help with any issues regarding hitch height and level towing.
The 8289 WS looks like a beautiful floorplan with the center island and three slides. Nice
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Old 04-17-2015, 12:11 AM   #6
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If you have around 4" difference before hooking up you would be ok. Reason is you will setup the hitch with at least 6" of bed clearance. Then when you load the 5er on the truck will sag 2" which will make it level. Anything less than 4" and that's how far out of level you'll be.


You have plenty of truck for that 5er. It's a light weight unit with a low GVW and low pin weight. Only thing I'd be real nervous about is the CCC. It's stated on the FR site as being only 921LBs. That's figuring a dry un-optioned trailer. It could be quite a bit lower. You really need to check the sticker on the 5er to see what the CCC is after being shipped. Some manufactures don't update their web site literature so maybe it's more than 921lbs to start.


58" at the rear of the bed is the norm nowadays. But you really need to measure at the rear axle. Not sure how much rake you have, but my Ram is 58" at the end of the bed, but 3/4" less at the axle. Every little but helps nowadays.
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Old 04-17-2015, 07:46 AM   #7
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Never seen one of those towed with a 3/4 ton truck. Always towed with 1\2 tons which ate mostly lower.
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Never seen one of those towed with a 3/4 ton truck. Always towed with 1\2 tons which ate mostly lower.
You right in that they're meant more for the smaller trucks. Last RV show we were at we looked at lots of 5th wheels. Just walking by the fronts you can really get an idea without even looking at the cap, just the over hang as to which ones were full profile or mid profile. Mids all are lower to the ground on the overhang.

Out 5er is a mid profile but it's built on a much tougher frame. The front is just right for our 12 Ram 2500 which is apr 57" at the axle on bed height.
I've got 4315lbs of CCC. Not bad for a 28' 5th wheel.
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After many, many, hours of research we decided to order a new truck to fit our needs instead of trying to make one off the dealers lot work. So many of the trucks available have the off road &/or snow plow prep package (and other options that we just wouldn't choose) that are unnecessarily raising the bed for our use ... Turns out for an additional $155 we can get exactly the truck we want over the one we almost bought... Our new 5th-wheel will just have to wait a little longer, but hopefully we'll have a much better match between the two with the truck bed at 54" and the 5th-wheel at 59".
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:47 AM   #10
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Excellent choice.
Congrats and many years of safe travels.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:53 AM   #11
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I pulled a 5th for years with a Ford F-350 4x4 off road package with no issues but it really depends on the 5th wheel. All of mine were high enough to allow me to pull level. What ever you do don't pull with the frond high or you will surely have rear axle issues.
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I have an '05 with 4WD FX4 and have 5-6" of clearance, but I'd guess your '15 rides at a different height. Only way to really determine, even before you buy a hitch, is to back up under the FW and measure.
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You know I just remembered that I had a1999 Ford F-350 and it was too high for my 5th wheel as it has the front end up about 3-4 inched to high. I mentioned it to the Ford dealer and he told me that Ford authorized them to change out the lift blocks in the rear suspension to lower it from 6" to 2" which corrected the problem. The beat part was that they did it under warranty so you might want to check into that if your truck is too high.
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Our neighbor pulls a 32' 5-er with a 4x4 F350 diesel crew-cab truck. The 5er sits pretty level when hitched up. I don't know if he did any mods, but I can ask.
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