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jtbmoore

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Posted: 03/24/08 08:16am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know most people here say don't do it but a 3/4 ton is not an option right now. A lot of manufactuers say they have 1/2 ton towable 5ers. I am planning on getting a 2008 tundra double cab soon and I wanted to get some feedback from people that tow a 5er with their 1/2 ton. If someone has a recommended model or manufacturer for a 25-28ft 5er that would work good with a 1/2 ton that would be great. If possible lets keep the "Get a 3/4 ton" to a minimum.

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I owned a 3/4 diesel with a 32ft fifth wheel. I got rid of the whole thing and downsized. The costs of running a big diesel truck just did not make sense to me. I now have a 1/2 ton with smaller fifth wheel. I'm happy with this. It does not tow as hard as my previous truck but it gets me where I need to. I now grin everytime I drive by th diesel fuel pump and the ridiculous prices and everytime I take my 1/2 ton in for maintenance.

I did a lot of research before I got the 1/2 ton. I loved the toyota and it was my first choice but had to back away from it as the payload capacity is really not adequate for a fifth wheel, around 1200 if I remember. I went with an F150 with over 1600lbs payload capacity. The Toyota would be OK for a Travel trailer assuming a reasonable tongue weight.


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We have what you are going to purchase....be careful with the pin weight. Our half ton does not have the same payload capabilities as F150 and HD1500 GM models as they have options to provide payload that far exceeds the Tundra and Titan

However, we came very close in purchasing a Zinger 5ver in the 25' range. It could have worked. Except we got a great deal on the TT.

Go to crossroadsrv.com also arctic fox just came out with a 5ver for you but it may be too small.

Now dought the Tundra can pull ..... but its payload is low....you will need to stay I believe 1,500 lbs on pin weight.

Good luck with your decision, if you go with a 5ver lets us know and then send picks.........


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Forest River (Flagstaff & Rockwood) have a light weight 5th wheel with a very light advertised pin weight. This is where the issue resides....pin weight. The truck has plenty of muscle but not a very high cargo capacity. One you add up to 20% of your GVWR of the trailer, the hitch itself, and your passengers, you will be over 1460 pound limit of the truck.

Now with that said, There are a lot of folks pulling fivers with this truck. I have seen two issues of Trailer Life where that match up a light fiver with the Tundra.

If you really want to know more you can PM (Private Message) me or visit http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/ and check out the towing forum. There are some real nice folks there that can give you first hand information about what this truck is capable of.

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There is NOTHING about the TERM half ton or 5th wheel that makes them incompatible. You should be able to tow anything that keeps you below the numbers for your truck. Probably the number that will be the EASIEST to exceed is the PIN weight. I"d suggest you weigh your truck with full load of passengers and cargo that you would take when you tow. Of COURSE this will include the hitch mounted in the bed. Subtract that number from your GVWR and you'll know how much PIN weight you can handle. One OTHER thing that you MUST keep in mind is that the brochure pin weights are ALWAYS for an empty trailer. It HAS to be that way because they'd have no way of knowing how or what you'll load it with. BEST method of determining PIN wieght in advance is to use the GVWR or the proposed trailer and multiply by .25 and ASSUME that will be the most the pin will ever be. It's unfortunate that Toyota doesn't allow the "maximum payload" option and the "trailer towing" option at the same time. It would add a lot of trailers to your list of possibilities if they did. Good luck / Skip


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Posted: 03/24/08 08:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Springdale Model 242FWRELGL
Springdale Model 249FWBHLGL
Watch the pin weight very close. Under 1000 pounds is best.
Even these trailers with 920 & 860 dry pin will have ~1200+ pin once loaded.

I bought the second one to work with my existing truck and I am very pleased with it. However if I was spending money on a truck I would be looking at one ton short bed srw even with the smallish trailer.

* This post was edited 03/24/08 04:29pm by smkettner *


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smkettner wrote:

Springdale Model 242FWRELGL
Springdale Model 249FWBHLGL
Watch the pin weight very close. Under 1000 pounds is best.
Even these trailers with 920 & 860 dry pin will have ~1200+ pin once loaded.


Those two look reasonable. I like the layout. Any others?

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I did the research and determined that I would not have the capacity in my truck to haul the pin weight so I went with a TT.

Also, the 1/2 ton 5ers are so small that I don't understand the advantage over a TT. Sure they are supposed to tow better, but not when the TV is maxed out on pin weight.

Finally I haul a lot of outdoor camping gear in my truck and didn't have the spare weight capacity with the 5er...


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Posted: 03/24/08 11:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jtbmoore wrote:

Those two look reasonable. I like the layout. Any others?

There is a 1/2 ton fifth wheel post about every week or two.
A search in the fifth wheel forum will provide many good and marginal suggestions.

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I have a 29.5 Prowler lynx


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