That is crazy can you give some details on what you did. That is awesome looking!![/QUOTE]
Well let me start by stating why. I wanted a toy hauler, but all the standard 5th wheel units I looked at were really tall roof, as much as 13'2" needed for clearance. Also the ones I like where near or over 80k. Where I like to camp that height is a bit much. I looked at a trailer that was factory built with an open front deck and loved the idea.
So last fall I went down and got a 2011 yearend close out unit that I liked. Then this winter I made the full gooseneck trailer, cut the axles and stuff from under the camper frame and welded the otherwise untouched camper frame to the new gooseneck trailer.
I added dual fuel tanks in the gooseneck area. One is 75 gallon diesel, the other is 40 gallon gas for the bikes. This is what a cascade effect is though. Buy the camper I like, modify that the way I llke, then that makes a great excuse to get a new truck.
The mods caused a small problem with my 2500HD. The rated pin load was only 3500 lbs and that trailer empty has a pin load of 2930 lbs. Add the fuel up there and the motorcycles would put it a bit over. I wanted to keep the standard 60/40 ratio for the wheel spacing on the trailer but I also needed to have the wheels line up with the holes in the camper. So with that in mind I have about 70/30 ratio for this trailer. I figure this dually should handle this trailer though. The empty weight of the trailer (with batteries not pictured) is 11700 lbs. I estimate 3-3500 lbs for wet load so I'm sure I'll be fine now.
Oh by the way, I have about 31k into that trailer. That includes the purchase price of the camper and all that I did for building the gooseneck.
2012 GMC DenaliHD 3500 LML CC LWB DRW with no mods that tows a very modified 2011 Timber Ridge travel trailer.