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Old 03-28-2010, 08:43 PM   eBay Motors  #1 (permalink)
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Pulling Fifth Wheel at Max towing capacity?

Looking to upgrade my travel trailer to a 5th Wheel. Dry weight is 11800. According to the book, max 5th weight for my truck is 14200. I done the math and the 5th loaded would be right at my max. Should I be concerned with pulling my truck at max load for an extended period of time? What mods can I add to ensure I don't pull the guts out of my truck? Wife wants the Rv bad even told me to trade my truck for a new 3500. I don't want the extra payment.

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Old 03-28-2010, 09:04 PM   eBay Motors  #2 (permalink)
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You won't pull the guts out. You may find that with the pin weight at or just over 2k lbs that Air Springs will be an added benefit, but that's about it for extras to consider, as long as your running 10-ply tires.
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:28 AM   eBay Motors  #3 (permalink)
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I regularly tow my fifth wheel in my signature. My truck is a dually. Recently I pulled a similar 5ther with a 2500 and the difference is night and day. Not near as stable. Meeting HDT rigs would make it squirrelly. It had air bags too.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:49 AM   eBay Motors  #4 (permalink)
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I pull a 35' Montana, 13K lbs loaded, with my 3/4 ton and I have never had a problem. But the Ride Rite airbags are a must. They really help level it out and keep the bouncing to a minimum. I also run my programmer on the lowest setting, like 50 hp and that helps a bit too. 10 ply (E load rated) tires are a must as well. You wont have any problems, but it will pull differently. Remember your pretty much pulling a house behind you! But I actually found that pulling a pull behind is far more squirrely than pulling my fifthwheel. Also, just some advice is to take it easy until you really feel comfortable. I have pulled my fifthwheel over 15K miles and never had a problem. Duallys would help but I dont find it necessary unless you plan on pulling your trailer across country or pulling every weekend.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:02 AM   eBay Motors  #5 (permalink)
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We pull a 40 ft 5th wheel that is 16,000lbs. The only thing we have moded on the truck to pull it is airbags and E rated tires.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:12 AM   eBay Motors  #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, follow up question. I have the stock 245/75/16's on it right now and they are about done. If I go to the 265 or 285 how much will that affect my towing capacity.

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Old 03-29-2010, 06:20 AM   eBay Motors  #7 (permalink)
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the bigger tire with a same size rim will have greater load capacity and tires will run cooler.
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Old 03-29-2010, 06:59 AM   eBay Motors  #8 (permalink)
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I am more concerned about changing gear ratios and losing HP. How much HP do I stand to lose by going from a 29 inch tire to rought 32.5 inch tire?

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Old 03-29-2010, 07:03 AM   eBay Motors  #9 (permalink)
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This is what I am towing now - jumped from an 11,000 lb total weight to this 14,500 lb beast. To say I don't notice a difference would be a lie. Definitely feel more weight back there but pulls the thing ok. Wouldn't worry about your power train (your 3/4 ton has the same engine/tranny as the big dually). Definitely get airbags or else your springs will really be hurting and make sure you have good E-rated tires. Also, compared to what others have said I don't feel any instability or sway while towing (fifth wheels are inherently stable while towing). I'm sure a dually would be better to tow with but can't expect to make 2 big upgrades at the same time unless you crap money. So make the camper upgrade and down the road when it is time to get a new truck consider if you want a dually then or are happy with how your 3/4 ton handles the weight.

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Old 03-29-2010, 07:09 AM   eBay Motors  #10 (permalink)
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I have 285/75R16s on my set up and didnt hurt it at all.
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