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Old 10-26-2020, 05:44 AM   #1
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What is the best Mid Profile 5th wheel?

Is it the Cougar or Rockwood/Flagstaff, or Grand Design, or Jayco or Open Range or Winnebago or are all these the same build quality?

Both the Cougar and Jayco are advertised for high/low temps and full time living.

I am looking for a 5th wheel around 8,000 to 10,000lb GVWR

I have a 2017 F-250 gas truck with a payload of 3,497 lbs.

I would like to know what you guys think.
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Old 10-26-2020, 07:27 AM   #2
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Not going to be a lot of help.
Partial to Grand Design (today).
Went to Elk Heart 2 years back. As they all use (generally) 1 or 2 choices of sub assemblies (fridge, stove, frames) not a lot of variance. Find something you like and make sure your dealer has a good reputation. Then cross your fingers it does not go in for repair for 6 months.

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Old 10-26-2020, 07:57 AM   #3
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Right now I like the Winnebago with a BAL frame and huck bolt method of construction. 27RLTS is the model I like.

Grand Design I do like the new modern interiors. Also they are probably a little better than the rest.

Cougar sure sounds good with 0 degree to 110 degree testing. And full time warranty for whatever that is worth.

Rockwood/Flagstaff are solid when I press on stuff looking for flex.
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:01 AM   #4
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Dont get fooled by that 3500 pound payload you mentioned. Guaranteed that is a brochure number and no where close to true. Typical 250/2500 class trucks will have closer to 2000 pounds of payload and that includes all passangers and cargo. So beforr you get cought up in the load/ weights debate load your truck up like your going camping and drive across a set of scales. Be sure to get both front, rear and gross weifhts.
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:38 AM   #5
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Here are my weights. I figure I can put a max of 2,000lbs on the rear axle. That means a dry pin weight of no more than 1,300lbs. Most mid profile smaller 5th wheels are in this range.

I have a rear axle rating of about 6,340 lbs.

Fyi - I am figuring I can look at any half ton towable 5th wheel.

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Dont get fooled by that 3500 pound payload you mentioned. Guaranteed that is a brochure number and no where close to true. Typical 250/2500 class trucks will have closer to 2000 pounds of payload and that includes all passangers and cargo. So beforr you get cought up in the load/ weights debate load your truck up like your going camping and drive across a set of scales. Be sure to get both front, rear and gross weifhts.

Itís a gas truck, so that payload number is probably close.
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Here are my weights. I figure I can put a max of 2,000lbs on the rear axle. That means a dry pin weight of no more than 1,300lbs. Most mid profile smaller 5th wheels are in this range.

I have a rear axle rating of about 6,340 lbs.

Fyi - I am figuring I can look at any half ton towable 5th wheel.

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You have over 3400lbs of rear axle capacity left. Any mid profile should be within your capacity.
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Old 10-26-2020, 12:35 PM   #8
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More info to verify what I am saying.

Fyi - just got a call from my local Ford dealer. They want my used truck but I am luke cool to trading it at this point.

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One other possibility is the Northwood Fox Mountain fiver. It is mid-profile, in your weight range, and better made than most.
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Humm, I thought all Northwood 5th wheels would be too heavy. Thanks I will check them out.
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We looked at KZ Durangos a couple years ago. Almost got one but went the Outdoors RV route instead.
What we like was the suspension, auto level and overall feel. Some of it was a little weak but overall it felt good.
We were looking at the Durango 1500 line. 2 year bumper to bumper warranty. PVC roof and other nice features.
After having the issues we've had with our ORV I wish I'd gone the KZ route.
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marysdad - I looked at the Northeood Fox Mountain on-line. I got the same feeling as when I looked at Artic Fox. The interiors are kinda dark.

Thanks for the recommendation.
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I don't think there's much difference in any of the manufacturers listed. I may tip the scales slightly toward Grand Design. To me the dealer plays a larger role in the decision making process than the manufacturer. I have a Jayco Eagle HT on order for several reasons but the biggest is my local dealer. His price was fair and I've always had great results with their service department (this is the 3rd purchase from them in 18 years). I priced a Grand Design, Rockwood and Cougar. The prices were all within a couple thousand of each other but chose the Jayco pretty much based on the relationship built with my small local dealer. Good luck!
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Is it the Cougar or Rockwood/Flagstaff, or Grand Design, or Jayco or Open Range or Winnebago or are all these the same build quality?

Both the Cougar and Jayco are advertised for high/low temps and full time living.

I am looking for a 5th wheel around 8,000 to 10,000lb GVWR

I have a 2017 F-250 gas truck with a payload of 3,497 lbs.

I would like to know what you guys think.
FWIW, I had the same question/paramaters as you, and landed on GD.

(Hope to purchase in next 12 months)
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