Is this too much fifth wheel for my truck?
Hello everyone and thanks in advance for any info you can give me. My truck is a 2005 2500 hd Duramax 4x4 with a leveling kit and 285s on stock rims. I am seriously considering this fifth wheel but don't want to buy something that is too big to tow. Here are the specs of the 5er.
Specifications for Model TQ 325
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 14,000 lbs
Dry Weight 11,470 lbs
Hitch Weight 2,485 lbs
Width 8' 5"
Height 12' 8"
Length 38' 7"
Sleeping Capacity 7+ People
Axles (2) 7,000 lbs
Tires ST235/80R16 E
Fresh Tank 106 gal
Gray Tank 75 gal
Black Tank 41 gal
I pulled one that big the other day for a friend and it pulled great. Not sure how it would do in mountains but it pulled better than my 30 ft travel trailer. I'd buy it and get bags for your truck and pull the snot out of that thing.
That thing will push you around on your SRW. Your gonna be at or over your axle rating. Can it pull it, sure. But can it control it in a cross wind or around mountain curves, probably not. I'd stick with something in the lower 30' range and no more than 12K gross.
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I think you will be completely fine! My dad pulls a 9k 5er with a 1500 silverado and has pulled it across country and tons of other trips with no issues at all. The little difference in these and jumping up to a 2500 diesel you will be good to go!
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I tow a 35 ft Toy hauler 5th wheel with my 03 that weights 12k and have no issues. Very stable, in fact more so that my old 28 ft TT. The toyhauler is also 13 ft tall. I added firestone airbags to the rear of the truck. That even made it more stable. Pulled some long hills and mountains with it too and had plenty of power to do the job, impressed with these trucks. Make sure you run load range E tires on the truck and at proper pressure for the load. My pin weight is less than yours by a couple hundred pounds. Where is the fresh water tank on the unit? Mine is over the axles so it has minimal effect on the on weight but if yours is towards the front or behind the axles you can manipulate the pin weight with water in the tank. Check what the max pin weight is for a 2005 2500 hd. I forgot but you really don't want to be over that number or at least not by too much.
I have pulled some big trailers and never felt "pushed" around. It mostly depends on your comfort level also. Just bag it and your truck will be fine. Just need to see where you will be fine at. heres a big one, I had a full load of fuel in the truck also, and no air bags.
If the actual hitch weight (Pin weight) is 2485 lbs, get a dually to pull this trailer. Much better to have too much truck rather than too little. Will your truck pull this? Sure it will, a Toyota Tundra pulled the space shuttle and it weighed a LOT more!
I am always over my GVWR every time I go out in my fifth wheel, and mine doesn't weigh nearly as much as the one in your question. I have upgraded my springs, tires, and shocks and it seems to handle the load, but my pin weight is only 2100 lbs. At 2485 lbs pin weight, you need a dually for sure.
Make sure you check the load ratings on your tires! You said you have 285's and I don't think they're e rated in that size. That will make a huge difference!
They make LT285 E tires. I think youll be fine pulling that trailer. Just make sure you have load range E tires.
what is the gvwr of your truck?, how much does your truck weigh? take it to the CAT scales loaded, with fifth wheel hitch, wife, children, full tank of fuel, etc
then look at the door tag on your truck, look at the rear axle weight rating, add the hitch weight of the trailer to your actual scaled rear axle weight. the majority of 3/4ton trucks "run out" of useable axle weight before they exceed gcwr.
my guess is you will exceed your trucks rear axle weight, but you will not know how much your truck can tow until you weigh your truck.
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