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Old 02-21-2010, 05:15 PM   #1
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MY wife Susan kids Eddie 11 Yana 10 Jessie 8 & i have been looking at getting a 5th wheel for about 2 months now..we are looking for a used 1 ..I have an F250 with a 7.3L to pull it with...i found this site from link on Facebook & have been reading post for about 2 weeks now so it was time to sing up..i can see that there are a lot of nice folks on this site..now for the hard part still trying to figure out whether to go with fiber glass or aluminum..any help wold be great..& thanks for the warm welcome
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Howdy back at you from Cypress, Texas. How big of a 5er are you looking for? With the 7.3L you have a limited GVWR of 8800# on your truck and will need to watch the pin weight of the 5er. The 7.3L will pull a lot more trailer than what you can haul pin weight wise.
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Hi Ken
We are looking at 30ft..the truck is an F250 diesel super duty..it has a Reese 16k Fifth wheel hitch.. will this help? and or is 30 ft to much.
and like u stated GVWR is 8800
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GENERALLY the F250 will do Ok pulling up to about a 30' without exceeding the GVWR. But, you need to weigh the truck loaded for travel and see the weight.

GVWR - loaded truck = max pin weight.

As an estimate, the pin weight on a 5er will be about 20% of the trailer GVWR when loaded. The dry or brochure pin weight is pretty much a useless number.

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