After a year of looking and thinking, my wife and I have decided to purchase a 5th Wheel RV. The first purchase will be a 1 Ton P/U to replace the 1/2 ton I currently own. The 5th wheels that we have looked at on line are around the 14,000 pound range(give or take) and I am interested in finding out weather I need to get a dually or would a SRW be sufficient. I have decided that the truck will have to be a diesel. Any and all help is appreciated.
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I also would tend to the DRW. With SRW I could feel the trailer pushing the rear-end around as I turned the corner.
But one gotcha, plan on hitting one of the fiber-covers for the DRW, it will happen (it hasn't YET, but I expect it to)
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A 14k 5er will have a pinweight of around 3000-3500 lbs. higher if it has a built in generator, lower without. Empty weight is meaningless unless you are not going to put ANYTHING in it - go by ~20-25% of GVWR for pin weight. Take the payload of the truck you are looking at, subtract 3500 lbs, is there enough left for passengers and carry on luggage? Diesels tend to weight the most empty, and have the lowest payload (all other things being the same - 4x4, crew cab, long bed, etc).
Look at the unladen rear axle weight vs the rear axle weight rating, is there 3500 lbs available there (99.x% of the pinweight will be on the rear axle of the TV). If you are comfortable with the weights, go for the srw, if the weights are to high, start looking at duallys.