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RE: Narrowed my search down to these two trailers.

Thanks guys, I'm in a 2012 Keystone Outback 292bh travel trailer now and before that i had a 21' Hybrid. I'm not new to rving, the wife and I are just really interested in a fifth wheel. My only problem is with my truck. It's a 2001 F350 and I'm limited on what I can tow compared to the newer F350's. Those high end units can be HEAVY! As far as depreciation, I bought my current trailer from a wholesaler in 2012 for $19,990 and the MSRP was supposedly $34,000. NADA on my trailer now is still around $24,000. If I go with the Cougar I will probably buy from the same dealer.. But first I guess I will checkout some used higher end units and at least see what the specs are. Thanks for the feedback!! Kevin
Kevin O. 01/25/15 09:08pm Fifth-Wheels
Narrowed my search down to these two trailers.

I have been looking long and hard to find a fifth wheel that will be a good match for my truck, family, and wallet. I have decided between these two trailers and would like to know which one you think is the better choice?? Which one do you think is built better with the higher quality parts?? I do know the Jayco offers a 2yr warranty over the Keystone's 1yr warranty. Thanks, Kevin Jayco Eagle 29.5 BHDS http://www.jayco.com/products/fifth-wheels/2015-eagle-ht/295bhds/ Keystone Cougar 28RBD http://www.keystonerv.com/cougar-xlite/
Kevin O. 01/25/15 06:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I sure hope I did the right thing!

I made a similar switch not too long ago, and it has worked out just fine. Had a 2007 5.9L Cummins, now have the 6.4L Hemi. No regrets.I'm curious to know which truck tows better?? I'll bet since your 5.9 was just before they started adding all the emissions******it got pretty good fuel mileage?? I just did the opposite, i sold my 2011 Ecoboost(gasser) and bought a 2001 F350 Diesel. The diesel is bone stock and believe it or not it doesn't pull as well as my Ecoboost did. It handles the weight of the trailer much better but doesn't tow up the hills as easily. I think a lot of it has to do with the transmissions. going from a 6speed to the older 4speed doesn't help.. The EcoBoost is a strong pulling motor. I've seen tests' performed with trucks pulling a ~15k trailer up a steep hill and the EcoBoost performed better than the 7.3PSD and the V10. Well lets start with the almighty HP comparison! 2001 7.3 210 HP 2011 3.5 EB 365 HP Torque 2001 7.3 425# 2011 EB 420# So the EB has a 155 HP advantage, the 7.3 has a 5# torque difference. With differences like that you should be stating that the 7.3 doesn't do hills!!!!! Welcome to the world of diesel, get a small chip installed on that diesel and it will solve your hill issue. Yea and the extra two gears are a big help also.Actually those are the #'s for a 99' Powerstroke. The 2001 has 250hp and 505lb/ft of torque.. I have no complaints with this truck. It is exactly what I was looking for. Rust free and dependable! The best part is no more truck payments and low property taxes! :) P.S.- Already have exhaust and intake installed. Gauges are next, then a DpTuner with a good tow tune.
Kevin O. 01/24/15 09:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I sure hope I did the right thing!

I made a similar switch not too long ago, and it has worked out just fine. Had a 2007 5.9L Cummins, now have the 6.4L Hemi. No regrets.I'm curious to know which truck tows better?? I'll bet since your 5.9 was just before they started adding all the emissions******it got pretty good fuel mileage?? I just did the opposite, i sold my 2011 Ecoboost(gasser) and bought a 2001 F350 Diesel. The diesel is bone stock and believe it or not it doesn't pull as well as my Ecoboost did. It handles the weight of the trailer much better but doesn't tow up the hills as easily. I think a lot of it has to do with the transmissions. going from a 6speed to the older 4speed doesn't help..
Kevin O. 01/24/15 06:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I sure hope I did the right thing!

I have talked to a few guys towing with the 6.2L and they love it! Coming from a diesel it might just take a bit getting use to towing at a higher rpm.. Best of luck with it! How about a pic....
Kevin O. 01/23/15 09:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Post your tow vehicle pics here

This is my 2001 F350 and 2012 Outback 292BH. Can't wait till spring!! http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/20141201_140322_zpse7ab7ff2.jpg Hibernating till spring.. http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/20141201_140354_zpsb8b7bc98.jpg http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/20141007_111845_zps59aca729.jpg
Kevin O. 01/18/15 06:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is 37' to much for a shortbed SRW??

This is hilarious. One guy calls it a F250 and another looked up the VIN and said it is a gasser when the original poster said diesel. I would go with the OP since he drives it.Here is a Pic of my old girl.. http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/10535773_10203470810189770_1199684555646632845_o_zpsf2cbf641.jpg
Kevin O. 01/12/15 04:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is 37' to much for a shortbed SRW??

Thanks for all the feedback guys. I think i will load the truck up and have it weighed and find out where I'm at before i do anything.
Kevin O. 01/12/15 04:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is 37' to much for a shortbed SRW??

That truck fits that trailer like Cinderella's slipper! Perfect! I just looked up that VIN, and I need to retract my statement. 1FTSW31F31EA50875 I just assumed diesel, my bad. That ~14,000 lb trailer is more trailer than that 5.4 gasser and manual trans is going to like. You won't be happy. I'm surprised that 5.4 has enough ponies to move the empty truck. You must have mixed up some of the #'s? My truck is a 7.3L diesel. And the trailer has a GVWR of 12,445lbs...
Kevin O. 01/12/15 04:44pm Fifth-Wheels
Is 37' to much for a shortbed SRW??

Hey guys I need your help... My wife and I are very interested in a 2015 Cougar 330RBK Specs for 330RBK Shipping Weight 10065 Carrying Capacity 2380 Hitch 2045 Length 37' 4" Height 12' 10" Fresh Water 60 Waste Water 38 Gray Water 76 LPG 60 Tire Size ST235/80R16E My truck is a 2001 F350 diesel crewcab 9900lb-GVWR 6830lb-RAWR 13,300lb-tow capacity(fifth wheel) 20,000lb-GCWR I also came across this form that was in with my trucks paperwork stating that I have a camper pkg with 2571lbs of payload. http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/IMG_20150111_213633210_zpsac65e743.jpg I was on a while back interested in a similar trailer and received mixed advice. This was before I found this form stating what I actually have for payload. So looking at the #'s I don't think I should have a problem?? My biggest concern now is if 37' is to much for a short bed SRW ?? If it was a bumper pull I wouldn't even attempt it. Of course the dealer says it won't be a problem but I know not to trust them. I have no experience with fifth wheels and could use your help before i possibly make a very expensive mistake.. Thanks, Kevin
Kevin O. 01/11/15 09:05pm Fifth-Wheels
Advice on a good quality hitch that will work with my setup.

The wife and I are planning on buying a fifth wheel this spring.And I know absolutely nothing about fifth wheel hitches. Before we go to the dealer and they try and sell us a hitch that they have I figured I would get some advice from you guys.. My truck is a 2001 F350 crewcab shortbed. The trailer we are interested in is a Keystone Cougar 29RBS. Specs for 29RBS Shipping Weight 7690 Carrying Capacity 2310 Hitch 1405 Length 32' 11" Height 11' 11" Fresh Water 43 Waste Water 28 Gray Water 56 LPG 60 Tire Size ST225/75R15D Any help will be very much appreciated. Thanks guys!
Kevin O. 01/09/15 07:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Would you change the oil?

I have a 2013 F150 ecoboost 4x4 CC. It now has 9900 miles on it. I always changed the oil in my 2004 F150, and other vehicles, at around 3000 miles. I know this is supposed to be a waste of money with todays oils and engines but it is a hard habit to break. Also, since I have never had a lot of major engine issues over the years I am thinking it is not all bad. So here is my question. I had the dealer change my oil etc at about 4700 miles ( I am getting better :) ). There was a trip to the Keys in there, about 1800 miles towing. Now I am at 9900 miles, truck says I have 39% left on oil before change. We are headed back to the Keys next month and will likely put on 2000 miles or so on the trip. I think I am going for peace of mind and getting the oil changed before the trip rather than after. Also, about time for tire rotation. Dealer sent me a coupon for 39.95 for oil change, rotation, and check up. I hate to waste oil and money but think I will go for it. BTW truck has performed flawlessly so far. Not trying to stir the pot just curious about any opinions? Thanks TR I have read on a couple F150 sites the due to the direct injection on the Ecoboost fuel is making it's way into the oil. I'm not gonna lie, that scared me a little. I towed a 7500-8000lb trailer from early spring to late fall for the 3 years i owned it. So i definitely made sure that oil was clean. I was changing it about every 4000mi. Like others have said it's just piece of mind. Remember that the oil also travels through the turbos to protect them. For $39.95 I think it's an easy decision.
Kevin O. 11/13/14 08:31pm Towing
RE: Wondering if this trailer would be to much for my truck?

We are thinking about getting a fifth wheel. Just not sure if my old girl is up for the task? My truck is a 2001 F350 Lariat with the 7.3L powerstroke(142,000 miles runs great!!). Also the truck came with the camper pkg. Just not sure what it is? Or what was added? The trailer is a 2015 Keystone Cougar 336BHS. Dry weight- 10,595lbs carry weight- 1,695lbs pin weight- 1,890lbs Any help would be very much appriciated! Kevin http://www.rvt.com/Keystone-Cougar-336BHS-2015-West-Hatfield-MA-ID5979064-UX129950 Kick out dry weight, does you no good whatsoever....Doesn't seem like you have a lot of cargo carrying capacity in the 5er, Take the "dry" weight of 10,595# and add "carrying weight" of 1695# and it appears the GVW of the 5er is 12,290#...This is more realistic to look at...so if you load a 1,000#, 5er could weight, 11,595 with a REAL pin weight of 2300#, if loaded to 12,000#, it could have a pin weight of 2400#....(can the non-realistic dry weight and the non-realistic dry pin weight...they're useless). The 7.3 is a great engine...I don't know anything about your trucks GVWR, GCWR or RAWR, but would "think" that your truck should be ok to tow this light of a 5er....But you need to see what your trucks GCWR and RAWR is.... Good luck:)Do you really think this trailer would have a pin weight of 2300lbs if i added 1000lbs to the trailer?? The dry pin weight is 1890lbs. This is what I'm trying to figure out before i buy. The GCWR and RAWR are not what I'm worried about exceeding. It's the trucks GVWR. Especially if the pin weight will be 2300lbs like you are suggesting. My truck is 2001 F350 4x4 crewcab 7.3L GVWR-9,900lbs GCWR- 20,000lbs RAWR- 6,830lbs
Kevin O. 11/13/14 04:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wondering if this trailer would be to much for my truck?

I would tell you to keep an eye on your transmission. If I remember correctly, those engines run forever but the transmission can be weak link. I also believe there is some way to beef up the transmission, but I don't remember. Might want to head over to a 7.3 PSD forum and inquire.Oh yes, I know all about the dreaded 4R100 transmission. There are a couple big name companies out there that build them to handle big power and major abuse. But it comes at a hefty price. Mine is still original and so far i have upgraded to a much larger cooler and synthetic fluid. When towing i keep a close eye on my temps and don't push it to hard. When the time comes i will probably spend the extra $$ and get a bulletproof unit from BTS(Brian's Truck shop). It comes with a no questions asked warranty and his reputation speaks for itself.
Kevin O. 11/11/14 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wondering if this trailer would be to much for my truck?

Thanks for the info guys! Other than the GVWR(9900lbs) I'm not sure of the trucks other ratings? It's a 2001 F350 4x4 short bed. I'm not even sure if the short bed would work with a fifth wheel? Up to this point I have only owned travel trailers. Here is a pic of the setup I have now. http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/20141007_111834_zpsdcd0b1f5.jpg
Kevin O. 11/11/14 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
Wondering if this trailer would be to much for my truck?

We are thinking about getting a fifth wheel. Just not sure if my old girl is up for the task? My truck is a 2001 F350 Lariat with the 7.3L powerstroke(142,000 miles runs great!!). Also the truck came with the camper pkg. Just not sure what it is? Or what was added? The trailer is a 2015 Keystone Cougar 336BHS. Dry weight- 10,595lbs carry weight- 1,695lbs pin weight- 1,890lbs Any help would be very much appriciated! Kevin http://www.rvt.com/Keystone-Cougar-336BHS-2015-West-Hatfield-MA-ID5979064-UX129950
Kevin O. 11/10/14 08:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Was finally able to hook up the new tow rig.

Good looking set up!! Nice rigs. Why did you HAVE to take it to get winterized? Easy to do yourself and much cheaper.My local dealer charges me $100.00. They winterize it plus wash and inspect the roof. I struggle with two fake hips and a fake knee so I'm sure as hell not getting on the roof!! :B It's well worth the $100.00 for me. $100 :H The wash job alone is worth that.....inspect and winterize are freebies Pretty good dealer.I'm close with one of the owners...:W
Kevin O. 10/09/14 06:49pm Towing
RE: Was finally able to hook up the new tow rig.

Nice. What did you have before? I had a newer F150 with the Ecoboost. The truck was costing me a small fortune. I decided to sell it and get something older. Now I can haul more and tow more than my F150 at half the price.
Kevin O. 10/09/14 11:43am Towing
RE: Was finally able to hook up the new tow rig.

Good looking set up!! Nice rigs. Why did you HAVE to take it to get winterized? Easy to do yourself and much cheaper.My local dealer charges me $100.00. They winterize it plus wash and inspect the roof. I struggle with two fake hips and a fake knee so I'm sure as hell not getting on the roof!! :B It's well worth the $100.00 for me.
Kevin O. 10/09/14 11:35am Towing
Was finally able to hook up the new tow rig.

I had to take the trailer to have it winterized and was able to hook up the new truck for the first time and see how it tows. I'm very pleased and can't wait until next season!! http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/20141007_111845_zps59aca729.jpg width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum limit of 640px maximum width.
Kevin O. 10/08/14 06:03pm Towing
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