I am a camper dealer down here in Statesboro GA. Lets see some pictures of everyone towing their campers.
mainec;1505754 That is crazy can you give some details on what you did. That is awesome looking!![/QUOTE said: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.
The frame goes all the way back and and the two frames are welded together. What this does in effect is to have a double frame. Let me tell you, that took all the floor flex out of it even with the corner jacks up.Does the frame of the gooseneck go all the way to the back of the travel trailer?? More or less just set the "body" of the travel trailer on the flatbed gooseneck? Did you use the axles and wheels off the travel trailer or the gooseneck?