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Posted: 06/30/12 01:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PVtraveler wrote:

Help! what's the real scoop on this topic-- Just about all 1/2 tons have a pretty limited payload capacity. If the actual pin weight of a lite 5er is anywhere in the 1300 to 1500 range-- it's almost certain to exceed payload capacity when drivers/hitch and other gear are added to the tow veh? Trailer dealers are not the best resource to get a straight answer-- are there any 5ers that are truly 1/2 ton towable?

The real scooop ??
Its all about the 1/2 ton trucks tow rating/weight carrying ability. Sorry to bust some folks bubbles but not all 1/2 ton trucks have the same capacities. Nor are they all created equal.

The F150 HD 8200 GVWR 4800 RAWR E tires and wheels with up to 3k payload.

The '01(?) to '05 1500 HD GM 6.0 4.10 gears with a 8600 GVWR 6084 RAWR E tires and wheels has a 3xxx lb payload.

The 1500 Dodge Mega cab has a 8510 GVWR 6000 RAWR with E tires ands wheels and a 1800 lb payload capacity.
The above trucks have a tow rating from 8500 lbs up to over 11k lbs all depending on the trucks configuration.
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Another small 5er 1/2 ton towable is http://allencampermfg.com/outpost.html. They have a couple of 5th wheel floorplans that any STD duty 1/2 ton truck can tow.


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Posted: 06/30/12 01:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

PVtraveler wrote:

Help! what's the real scoop on this topic-- Just about all 1/2 tons have a pretty limited payload capacity. If the actual pin weight of a lite 5er is anywhere in the 1300 to 1500 range-- it's almost certain to exceed payload capacity when drivers/hitch and other gear are added to the tow veh? Trailer dealers are not the best resource to get a straight answer-- are there any 5ers that are truly 1/2 ton towable?


Yes there are light 5ers that are aimed directly to the 1/2 ton market and are "1/2 ton towable" if your 1/2 ton is properly equipped. Having said that, I've never cared for these 5ers because they tend to be small in comparison to a 1/2 ton towable conventional trailer and IMO offer less bang for the buck.


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Posted: 06/30/12 04:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fivers and goosenecks are supposed to use longbeds. So looking at the GMC website, their 1500 longbed is rated for 1800# of payload, plenty for me, my lady, and 1500# of pin weight.
Of course, if you want stupid junk like extended cab or 4WD that'll reduce the rated payload.


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Posted: 06/30/12 04:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

whisperide wrote:

Fivers and goosenecks are supposed to use longbeds. So looking at the GMC website, their 1500 longbed is rated for 1800# of payload, plenty for me, my lady, and 1500# of pin weight.
Of course, if you want stupid junk like extended cab or 4WD that'll reduce the rated payload.
Don't forget about 200 lbs for the 5th wheel hitch itself....


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