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Topic: new 5th wheels under 5000 lbs

Posted By: zippoman1950 on 08/25/09 08:54am

I'm currently in a truck camper and am tired of carrying my "house" with me everywhere on vacation...does anyone make a 5th wheel other than Scamp than weighs less than 5k? Even if I move up in capacity with a different rig I tend to go on the causcious side for even with a 3/4ton diesel I want to keep the weight and length down...under 5k lbs & less than 25ft.

Posted By: Chris on 08/25/09 09:01am

Why? You have the truck to pull a nice mid size 5th wheel. Maybe you should be looking at bumper pulls. Any really small five wheel will most likely not match up to the height of a 3/4th diesel truck, as they are made for want to be trucks.


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Posted By: time2roll on 08/25/09 09:43am

26' to 28' and 7500 pounds you will have a lot more options and you are still being cautious on size and weight.

Example: Springdale Model 242FWRLSSR

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Posted By: TXBlue on 08/25/09 11:53am

I agree with Chris. Maybe you should look into travel trailers. I have several co-workers that have 1/2 ton pickups and pull 26 foot TTs easily.
Good luck with your decision.
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Posted By: loveshack1 on 08/25/09 12:09pm

I'll sell you mine, just as soon as I cut the top 6 feet off! that should bring it down to 5,000#

Be realistic - get a mid length fiver, 25' - 30'. You'll be amazed at the roominess, storage and towing ease.


Posted By: Greentreena on 08/25/09 05:37pm

You will be far happier looking at 25' travel trailers in the 7500 lbs range. You could look at a hybrid style TT as well. I'm not sure what the rating is for them. Most 5th wheels in the 5000 lbs range will be about the size of your truck camper.

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Posted By: doughere on 08/25/09 05:54pm

I have a Trail Cruiser that is 4980 lbs dry(fully loaded its close to 7000#); model TC524DS. Unfortunately I believe they're out of business. Look for a used light weight 5er, they were more plentiful a while back.


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Posted By: Ark235B on 08/26/09 10:47am

They don't make them anymore. This is as close as I found:

But what you are looking for is a Shadow Cruiser. This one weighed 5200 loaded up for a trip.


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Posted By: GottaGoCamping on 08/26/09 01:30pm

A good friend of mine has a 2008 27 foot Keystone Passport Ultralite and has been very satisfied with it to date. It weighes in at 4500 lbs. dry weight and has a single slide. Keystone offers a variety of floor plans with lengths from 24 to 32 feet, with the 32 foot unit coming in around 5200 lbs.

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