Flipping axles will raise the 5er and IMHO, they are high enough. When I got my current TV and fiver I researched and ending up with RWD and longbed. I wouldn't
tow the fiver unless it was level. The trailer weight is designed for the number of wheels on the unit and even one inch up to high will put to much weight on the rear tires.
As I went back and read the posts again I find someone telling him it would be ok with a new 2500/250 and that is not so. I have a newer F250, 2011 and it has the same tow ratings as a 2012 and 2013. My 2011 F250, CC, longbed, diesel, RWD,
is rated at GVWR for truck 10,000 lbs and the truck fully loader is 7,500 lbs add the 3,000 lbs for pin weigh and it is over the 10,000 lbs limit. GCWR for truck and trailer is 23,500 lbs, therefore, the over 10,000 lb truck and the 16,000 lb fiver would be over the 23,500 lbs by a lot. Am I missing something?
I tow a fiver with a 9,950 lb rating but I would not even consider a fiver that was over 13,000 lbs and I am a experienced RV driver.
A ten year 2500 Chev is not rated to tow that 5er empty and it should not pull a 16,000 lb fiver. What is the problem, the answer is no, it will also be over the truck GVWR with pin weight of 3,000 lbs. What am I missing?
If it is a very small and light 5er only, like Scamp. Last February I got a V-Cross 5er 275, GVWR 9,950 lbs and they say you can pull it with a 1/2 ton pickup. Not me, pin weight of almost 2,000 lbs so you are now over weigh for the truck, without hitch, people in the truck and anything else you carry in the truck. RAWR, you will be over weight there also.
Yet there are many who will say that I don't know what I am talking about, that they do it all the time. Good luck, you can't have to much truck, you also must be able to stop. I tow mine with a 2011 F250, diesel, CC, longbed, RWD, and I didn't want to pay $39,125 for the truck but my 2003 Chev 1500 wouldn't do the job for me.
I also have the Tailgater and it is easy to use and setsup fast. But it will work with only one TV. Other then that, it is a good buy. I got mine from a Jacksonville, FL dealer for $199 no sales taxes because I am in Texas and the receiver and 50 ft of cord came with it. Good Luck
Why would you avoid the NJ Turnpike? If I were going to Florida from were you are starting, I would get on the pike as soon as I could. I don't think that you would have diesel problems on the pike?
Jayco's are good 5er's, I looked at the 28.5 fiver and almost got one. I would check the price at a few of the national RV discounters even if you use it to negotiate the price. I perfer Reese 5er hitches, but other are happy with a number of the others. Good Luck
What if your next job is near Houston? One 15,000 btu AC will not keep that 5er cool during the summer. I have a 31' V-Cross fiver and because I use it during the summer around Houston, I have one 15,000 btu in the living area and one 13,500 btu in the bedroom and together they do the job. Good Luck
I have a 2012 V-Cross 275, fiver, and am very happy with it. It is 31'
and empty 7,891 lbs with a limit of 9,950 lbs, pin weight of 1,193 lbs empty. I tow it with an 2011, F250, CC, diesel, long bed, RWD and it tows very nice. It has four windows in the front and with the other seven windows it has a airly feel. The V-Cross design makes it more aerodynamic for better fuel efficiency and it deflects bugs better then a flat front. It also looks "cool" and I find that people in RV parks walk by and tell me that it looks nice.
They are not "top end fivers" but then you would not expect them to be for the price. I paid $28,000 for mine and it has a few options
such as 50 amp and a second AC in the bedroom among others.
I have not had any problems with it but I have only had it for 8 months.
If you only have 2 or 3 inches clearence now, you are going to have problems. Is it 4 wheel drive? I have read of a number of others having clearence problems with new 4 wheel drive pickups. Is your 5er level when you tow? I have 6 inches of clearence and would not be happy with any less. They are fixes but they don't look good to me. Good Luck
I would not pay almost $30 to get into an RV show. The Houston, Texas show is $10 but the dealers pay a lot for floor space at the show. At the 2012 show in February,space for 20 RVs was $20,000 for the 4 and one half day show.
My 5er is a 2012 V-Cross 275 with a weight rating of 9,950 lbs and Forest River says that it can be pulled by a 1/2 ton pickup! I don't think so! Pin weight alone would be to much for the truck. Ford says that I can pull a 16,200 lb 5er with my 2011 F250 CC diesel longbed RWD, but if the truck is loaded to go at 7,500 lbs and the 5er at 9,950 lbs the combined weight limit will be exceeded. Please becareful about weights as there are many to consider. You may be able to tow it, but I would not as it will be to close to the limits. Good luck
This weight police will tell you no it is to heavy. I have a fiver about the same size and weight, 2012 V-cross 275, empty 7,791 with limit of 9,950, and there is no way that I would ever attempt to pull it with a 1/2 ton pickup. Pin weight will be about 2,000 so with hitch and 2 people etc, you will over truck limit and axle weight may be a problem. Combined weight may also be to much.
You will need a 50 amp for the second AC, and two laptops, 2 TV's, coffee pot, hair drier etc. My 5er, 2012 V-Cross 275, 31ft 9in, and I live in SE Texas in the Houston area and I need both AC's in spring, summer and fall. Best thing I did was to get 50 amp and two AC's 15,000 in living area and 13,500 in bedroom.
In the summer sun without shade there is no way that the 15,000 would cool it .
Just got a 2012 V-Cross 5er, February 17, 2012, and I live in SW Texas, around Houston, and I have 50 amp with a 15,000 in the living area and a 13,500 in the bedroom. You loose the vent that was in the beadroom but I need the extra AC and the 5er is only 31ft 9in. If I tried to get by with just the 15,000, in the sun without shade and temp near 100F as it always is in the late spring,summer and early fall, It would not be cool enough to sleep.
I am the weight police and that is to heavy of a 5er for a 1/2 ton pickup. Not many 1/2 ton trucks can pull any 5er safely. My 2012 V-Cross has limits like yours, empty 7,791 lbs and limit 9,950 lbs and would not even try to pull it with a 1/2 ton pickup. A 5er with a weight of 10,000 lbs will have a pin weight of about 2,000 lbs and axle weight may also be a problem. Sorry you paid attention to the saleman, he is wrong. Good luck