I am going to rv full time. have not bought my home yet, and am trying to get info about what manufactures are best. I also would like a small 5th wheel (one that can be pulled by an f150 stock from dealer). Do they make 25 footers? I like the queen sized bed as I am very tall, but am concerned that most of the weights I see are to much for my truck to pull safely. I am single and dont actually need much living area as I will be working 10 hour days and exploring the areas that I am assigned.
Any info is always helpful and taken into consideration. Also, I am interested in used models as that fits my $$. How old can I go and still get good quality? IE no common to that model issues.
½ tons aren’t generally considered good TV’s for a FW, their “weak point” is payload and FW’s have a very heavy pin weight compared to a TT. I considered a FW when I got my F150, but for various reasons, including pin weight I went to a TT. But if you can publish the specs on your TV there are many people on the forum who can come up with some options that might work.
Good luck. We've tried to find a good little 5er. Not many to be had. And even fewer in the used market that haven't been tore up.
Most quality products are no more. Cost too much to make, compared to the amount of buyers that bought them. IMO On other side of coin you get the latest, newest stuff when you have to replace them every so often. And you said your "going full time" might get real small quick.
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Part of the truck's ability to carry the weight also depends on exactly which F150 we're talking about.
There is an F150HD version, with much higher GVWR, RGAWR and payload capacity than the standard F150. Also, newer model year F150's tend to have greater payload capacity than older ones. Also, crew cab and 4wd model F150's have much less payload capacity than regular cab 2wd models of the same year.
In general, however, an F150 is a very poor choice for carrying the heavy hitch weight of a fifth wheel trailer. F150's and all other half-ton pickups are much better suited to pulling a travel trailer, which has much less hitch weight, for it's overall trailer weight and size.
If you want to pull a fifth wheel, you're much better off with a 1-ton pickup.
If you want to keep whatever F150 you have now, especially if you don't want to modify the heck out of it to get it carry the weight, you're much better off putting fifth wheels out of your mind and start looking at travel trailers instead.
writeray2, I get three important factors from your post. One, you're going to full time; two, you've decided a 5th wheel would be your choice as a home and thirdly, there's a F-150 in the equation. As previously mentioned, the 150/1500 truck doesn't have the payload capacity for all but the smallest 5ers, like a "Scamp" or possibly the Keystone Ultralite Bullet.
In my travels, I've met many people of various means full timing in everything from pop-ups to diesel pushers. I've even met homeless folks in county campgrounds, living in tents with their support provided by local churches. To stand up to the rigors of full time living, beefy construction would be a consideration. That translates into weight. With that, you'll need to rethink moving up to a 3/4-1 ton truck even if it's a used model. As a suggestion, you might look at NuWa's website for used units. HitchHikers are popular with full timers and a 6-8 year old reconditioned coach might fit you well both in livability and budget. Good luck.
Jayco offers a FW in the HT line that is a 23.5. I would take a look at the advertised weights to see what the TV can handle. We have an Eagle SuperLite 26.5 RLS that has a weight, from the factory, of 7,272 pounds with full LP tanks and accessories. The total weight is shown as 9,950 to there is about 2,600 pounds of cargo capability. For a single guy, that should be enough. I don't have the weights for the 23.5, but it is a small FW. By the way, we have used our 26.5 for 16 days so far and thoroughly enjoy it.
Yes, you can tow safely with a 1/2t PU, but the FW does need to be on the small side. If on the small side, the BR is going to be tight and will probably have a short queen. The bed and the bathroom are the two major complaints I have about our 30' FW, and the reason we're looking to buy a bigger FW and a 1t PU.
2002 Keystone Cougar 286, 8,400lbs loaded, pulled with a 2004 F150 Supercrew, 5.4, 3.73 gears. Retired and enjoying life
We have a little one we towed with a 1st gen Tundra. But, it was at the max for that truck (payload on the truck was 1860lb). GVWR on the trailer is 8400lb. When traveling it is usually around 7000lb with a pin wt of about 1100lb.
BUT, Skyline had specific warnings that it is not to be used full time. The biggest impediment to full time is the insulation. At anything below freezing it will run the heater a lot. Same kind of thing with summer heat.
I have lived in ours for over a month at a time so it can be done.
PS the queen bed is the short version, ie, even at 5'10" my feel will hang over the end.
An alternative, if you don't have to move it much, is to get a bigger one and then pay to have someone move it when you change locations.
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