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RE: Newbie question: 5th wheel with no factory prep?

Don't fool yourself. Terms like "dry" are pretty useless. Remember towing a fiver loads approx 20% of its actual weight directly over the rear axle. Lacking actual numbers look at GVWR numbers as your base line. At least then there won't be any surprises. To get a true care carrying capacity load your truck up like your going camping and hit the scales. Keep your calculated pin plus hitch weight under your trucks GVWR and you should be OK. Donn, looks like you and I were thinking the same thing and posted close enough to not see the others post:)
NC Hauler 02/26/15 01:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie question: 5th wheel with no factory prep?

Newbie question. Previously we had a TT and Equalizer hitch. With our new truck, we're debating going with a fiver vs. a TT. However, our truck did not come with the factory fifth wheel prep package. It's a 2014 Ram 2500 6.4L. I would assume I can still have a fifth wheel hitch installed, but I'm wondering if there are any negatives to not having ng that factory package. And just to fill in details, the door sticker says my available payload is just over 3k lbs, and rated for 12.5k total. It's only got the 3.73 gears. So we'd be looking at something with a dry pin weight under 1800lbs, preferably closer to 1500-1600. And an actual dry weight (with options included) under 9500lbs, preferably under 9k, with a gvwr under 12k. We've seen several good options that fit in that range. From prior TT experience we pack light, and always traveled with empty tanks. Our trips are primarily weekends within a 100 mile radius, usually less than 50. Back to the main point.. Any downside in not having the factory 5th wheel prep package? Thanks. Jason You can still get a rail system put into your truck and have conventional hitch put in. Do yourself a favor, or odd's are you'll regret it later down the road...PLEASE use the 5er' GVW. To use a "dry weight" isn't "real world", nor is "dry pin weight".....You'll be carrying "stuff" in your truck and in your 5er....Your best bet is to use the 5er's GVW and go from there...you may not fill to that GVW, BUT it's WAYYY better than using the almost useless "empty or dry weights"....If you want to be closer to "pin weight", (amount of weight you'll put in the bed of your truck, on the hitch, take 20% of the 5er's GVW and that will be real close... Also figure approx. 200# for a 5er hitch....In the long haul, you'll be glad you used GVW of the 5er than "empty" or "dry weights"....just not real world. If you don't have the prep package, really not that big of a deal....I never had prep package until the 2013 truck in my sig...before that, did installs....
NC Hauler 02/26/15 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: So light a child can remove it from the truck

Heck, I've been taking my Reese 20K hitch out of my truck since 07'....( I was younger then, 57), now at "almost 65", I alway's break it down into two pieces, pick up the base, carry it to a shed, go back, get the hitch part, carry it to same shed and cover the whole thing up.., No doubt the Andersen would be a whole lot lighter to deal with, but I'm just trying to stay in shape:B
NC Hauler 02/26/15 12:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Going full time!!

Do yourself a favor, when "calculating" how much you're going to tow...forget about "dry" or "empty" weight....no one tows a 5er "empty" or "dry" unless they're bringing it home from the dealership, Use the units GVW to figure what you're going to tow, especially if full timing. I believe you'll carry far more than you think you would....Take 20% of the units GVW and that'll give you a "ballpark" of how much pinweight you'll be putting in the bed of your truck.... I'd base what truck you're going to tow with when you figure out what 5er you plan on full timing in ......much easier task at that point.
NC Hauler 02/26/15 08:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: trailer life subscription

I am a subscriber to TL magazine. Have been for 3 years. Last time I renewed it, it was cheap. IIRC about a $1.00+ per issue. Can't really go wrong with that. Yes it has lots of ads but no worse than any other mag. Pick up a diesel truck magazine. It's ridiculously full of ads. TL has some really good articles on maintenance as well as some good reviews of trailers. JMHO but I think it's worth getting. Agree....and there are still quite a few articles in the magazine...Q&A's, some pretty good information, and yes the ad's, but been getting the mag for years and the wife and I really enjoy it. I'd say it's worth the subscription price....AND, as goducks stated, no more ad's in it than any other magazine out there today
NC Hauler 02/25/15 11:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Unloading the inside to trade it in !!

Yeah, that's why when we have post on here and people are "guesstimating" how much they'll load into their 5er.....we try to tell them to use the units GVW to figure out what to tow with and possible pin weight because it's most will load far more into a unit than they would ever think, until the unload the entire unit....It's amazing how it'll stack/add up:)
NC Hauler 02/22/15 06:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford F-350 PS DRW Towing

I don't have a front lounge FW yet but planing on the worst case scenario, 40' - 42', GVWR #16,000 and loaded tongue weight of @ 4000 lbs. We'll be full timing so I'll probably overload it. If Im reading the towing charts right an F-350 PS DRW with 3:73 gears won't do it until 2011. Not planning on doing a lot of traveling just snow birds but that could change once we get into it, want to be prepared. Am I interpreting this right? Thanks I could be wrong but can't see the unit you're speaking of, being that long with only a GVW of 16,000# and a pin weight of that much, ie 4,000#....My 5er doesn't have a front lounge, but loaded, weighs in at 16,300# and has a pin weight of 3460#.... Worse case might be 40-42' with a GVW of 18,000# or so and then at that point having a pin weight of close to 4,000#....but am speculating due to not knowing what 5er you may be looking at.We've been looking at the Jayco 38FLSA / Bighorn 3855FL. If you figure 25% of the 16,000 GVWR your at 4000lb pin. It makes everything borderline. I'm probably just splitting hairs. The pin weight, in "most" instances, will be closer to 20%..again, my 5er "loaded" to 16,300 is 3460#....No it sounds like you're doing everything right, just might be figuring a little higher with the pin weight than you have too. I agree with 45Ricochets assessment about what yr. F350 would work towing the 5er you're looking at.
NC Hauler 02/22/15 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-350 PS DRW Towing

I don't have a front lounge FW yet but planing on the worst case scenario, 40' - 42', GVWR #16,000 and loaded tongue weight of @ 4000 lbs. We'll be full timing so I'll probably overload it. If Im reading the towing charts right an F-350 PS DRW with 3:73 gears won't do it until 2011. Not planning on doing a lot of traveling just snow birds but that could change once we get into it, want to be prepared. Am I interpreting this right? Thanks I could be wrong but can't see the unit you're speaking of, being that long with only a GVW of 16,000# and a pin weight of that much, ie 4,000#....My 5er doesn't have a front lounge, but loaded, weighs in at 16,300# and has a pin weight of 3460#.... Worse case might be 40-42' with a GVW of 18,000# or so and then at that point having a pin weight of close to 4,000#....but am speculating due to not knowing what 5er you may be looking at.
NC Hauler 02/22/15 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Been off all weekend but feeling kinda "puny"...haven't done much of anything and have my long week starting tomorrow....We hit some really cold weather over the last couple of day's, but it's 50 degrees right now...sun is even out. They're calling for lows in the mid to upper 20's and highs in the low to mid 40's...after last week...I'LL TAKE IT:) hope all are ok and having a good weekend..
NC Hauler 02/22/15 11:28am Around the Campfire
RE: More Pictures of RAM Air Ride Suspension

I am guessing his truck is around 8,300#+ Nice try Ron but it will be close to 9k if IRC for the dually. My 06 is 8.5K with us in it ready to roll. ( Me 200, Her ??? 150? dog 80) Congrats on the new jewel OP. 2015 is the year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram... Funny link First time I weighed my truck on CAT scale, I was the only one in it with a full tank of DEF, a full tank of fuel, tool box in the back (total weight, approx. 100#), and the picture frame adapter with the Reese 20K hitch in the back, scaled at 9140#, (I weighed approx. 170#). This is based on a 2013 Ram3500 DRW crew cab/long bed/4X4 in Longhorn Trim. Deduct from that weight whatever you want..(truck does have the OEM spray in bed liner ..
NC Hauler 02/22/15 11:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: So light a child can remove it from the truck

Hmmm...Aluminum ball and steel king pin adapter? Or is that aluminum too? Betcha the ball wears out prematurely. If it does, can you just replace the ball? Find it hard to believe that steel ball would "wear out "prematurely"...but yeah, very easily replaced with another drop in ball...no big deal, but haven't heard of any of them wearing out and people have been using drop in ball's for longer than they've been using the Andersen hitch we're discussing, for Goosenecks as well as hold downs for the Andersen and several other traditional 5er hitches....
NC Hauler 02/22/15 09:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: So light a child can remove it from the truck

Chris, I got the B&W Companion RVK3600 hitch, it has 4 legs that fit into the puck holes and lock down just like the picture frame adapter.
NC Hauler 02/21/15 05:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: So light a child can remove it from the truck

uh...yes, I HAVE seen it..I posted first on this thread about it actually being a 5th wheel hitch...I came within a hair of purchasing one back in May of 13'...I have a friend who has one mounted in his Ram truck and he's had it for about 2 yrs in July....He tows a Carriage that has a GVW of about 19,000#....never had an issue...and in some states, NC being one, you DON'T need the safety chains....may want to use them, my buddy never has....Also have a couple of friends on the Cummins forum that use them to tow with, one, ranchertx is name he goes by tows a 22,000# 5er with his....SOOOOOOO, like the looks of them or not, they work....I had my doubts, would never have anything but a conventional 5er hitch, but knowing what I know from friends who have them and tow with them, plus the buddy that has one, I would purchase one, but I was getting a picture frame adapter and I already had my Reese 20K Signature hitch...."IF" I would HAVE HAD to tow, I very well may have went with the Andersen in May of 13'...but waited....Don't think I've read anything bad about them. If I wanted to tow my buddies 5er, all you would have to do is remove the adapter and I could tow it....IF he wanted to tow my 5er, all he would have to do is put his adapter on my pin...neither being a big deal. Why did you decide to go with a B&W a few weeks ago then instead of the Anderson? I opted out on the Andersen back in May of 13' due to the fact that I already had a Reese 5th wheel hitch, just needed the adapter, thus, it wasn''t two weeks ago, it's been quite sometime back...just too tight at the time.. AND I've wanted a 5er hitch like the B&W since they hit the market....Read a lot of good stuff about them and it's the perfect fit for my truck...though so would the Andersen with a drop in ball....guess at my age, using standard 5er hitches for as long as I have, just decided to stay with the same type. The time was right and I've got my picture frame adapter and my Reese 20K Signature hitch up for sale... LIke I said, I've not heard any negative about the Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel hitch..guess I'm just too old to change on some things:)
NC Hauler 02/21/15 04:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: So light a child can remove it from the truck

You still do not have a FLAT floor when its removed. You are right...you still have to get out and turn over the gooseneck ball with the gooseneck adaptor version of the Andersen. Then you have a flat floor.. There are two versions of the Ultimate Fifth Wheel, the gooseneck and the rail version. Similar to the B&W model...they make a Companion that mates to the turnover ball and the Patriot that attaches to industry standard rails. The big difference with the Andersen Ultimate gooseneck version is that it mates to ANY gooseneck receiver...Curt, Reese, B&W, Unagoose, Drop N' Lock, Blue Ox, and the fixed gooseneck balls... the only ones I can think of that wouldn't work is the gooseneck plates that attach to fiver rails like "The Goose" or the Pro Series gooseneck plate...the. Again..Those are rail accessories. Thanks! Jeremiah yep, once you remove the ball that the Andersen mounts to, the bed of the truck has nothing in it..clean bed...
NC Hauler 02/21/15 10:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide Topper Question

abc40kids, I think that is a pretty smart decision to start with. I know some folks talk a lot about camping under or around trees and it causes issues with stuff dropping on their RV's. We have the roof mounted Direct TV travler dish so we almost always camp in sites that have a clear sky view. Maybe that is another reason I have never seen much benefit in toppers. If we camped in COE sites, or a lot of State parks then I may feel differently about them. I too have the Direct TV HD travler satellite on top of my 5er, and am out in the open to some extent, but when the wind blows, tree leafs can also end up on top of 5er though I'm not sitting directly beneath a tree,,,I know this when I climb up on the roof to clean it and see tree leafs and other debris on the roof and slide toppers. .Also keeps the slide roof almost completely dry in rain, so when I retract my slides, the top of the slide is almost, if not completely dry....That's handy.
NC Hauler 02/21/15 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: So light a child can remove it from the truck

OK Guys I have the Andersen and have used it for over 2 years. I carry the chains and the pucks for my 2015 Ram with the factory gooseneck prep. Most of the people on this forum have never even seen the hitch other than on the net. I can tell you it is hell for stout and the welds are top notch. As to the someone could pill the pin when you are not looking thing, that could happen to any hitch. I am loathe to admit it but I have driven on two occasions for a whole day having forgotten to close the pin. Nothing happened. Try that with your Binkley head, you won't even get out of the campsite. I can see the ball in my rearview mirror so hookup is no problem. I used a BW Companion before, it is a good hitch, just too heavy for me to get out of the truck. Housted uh...yes, I HAVE seen it..I posted first on this thread about it actually being a 5th wheel hitch...I came within a hair of purchasing one back in May of 13'...I have a friend who has one mounted in his Ram truck and he's had it for about 2 yrs in July....He tows a Carriage that has a GVW of about 19,000#....never had an issue...and in some states, NC being one, you DON'T need the safety chains....may want to use them, my buddy never has....Also have a couple of friends on the Cummins forum that use them to tow with, one, ranchertx is name he goes by tows a 22,000# 5er with his....SOOOOOOO, like the looks of them or not, they work....I had my doubts, would never have anything but a conventional 5er hitch, but knowing what I know from friends who have them and tow with them, plus the buddy that has one, I would purchase one, but I was getting a picture frame adapter and I already had my Reese 20K Signature hitch...."IF" I would HAVE HAD to tow, I very well may have went with the Andersen in May of 13'...but waited....Don't think I've read anything bad about them. If I wanted to tow my buddies 5er, all you would have to do is remove the adapter and I could tow it....IF he wanted to tow my 5er, all he would have to do is put his adapter on my pin...neither being a big deal.
NC Hauler 02/21/15 10:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: So light a child can remove it from the truck

What am I missing here? A lifted goose neck isn't going to work for my pin box. It's not considered a GN, due to the ball being elevated approx. 18" or so off the deck of the truck bed and the way the Andersen is constructed, the weight is distributed across the frame of the Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel hitch....There is a video that will explain it best....watch it, and believe you'll see why it's considered a 5er hitch and not a GN
NC Hauler 02/21/15 04:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Q for "Cummins12V98"

Can't believe Ron didn't mention his BRAND NEW B&W RVK3600 hitch that he'll put into his brand new truck. It fits perfectly into the GN/5er prep package that he'll have on his new Ram....( I got a hitch just like his):) I haven't been a regular lately, what happen to your picture frame adapter and Reese hitch?? B&W is really nice but..... Must be the hassle of the picture frame adapter? HEY BUDDY! Glad to see you in here Rick... I Still have the picture frame adapter and the Reese 20K hitch, (though I'm trying to sell both)... The picture frame adapter weighs 75#, and the Reese 20k signature hitch, (which I would take apart), each piece "feeling" like each weighed :h quite a bit:)....and I manually drag all 3 pieces in and out of the bed of my truck, and I'm starting to feel "almost 65":).....BUT, I was using the bed of the truck more than I normally would here in the last 4-5 months....SOOOOO, I had actually been looking at this hitch since it hit the market and listening to Ron go on and on about them, ended up purchasing one....Did I need it? probably not, nothing wrong with the picture frame adapter, (though I really don't know how you could do anything to it to hurt it:))...and the Reese hitch is still ok...it was more like, "ok, I'm pulling the trigger on this because...well, you know me, 'nuff said:). Figuring someone around here will purchase a Ram truck and will be looking for an adapter.... Again, good to see you back in here buddy....:B
NC Hauler 02/21/15 04:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Q for "Cummins12V98"

Jim, have you towed with that new hitch yet? It seems you may have some winter going on in your area. Ron could be using his hitch, if he just had that dang truck! Jerry No, not yet...it's setting in the bed of the truck all set up, even hooked up to the 5er to check my height...but....probably be the middle of next month before I give it a try....Got about an inch or so of ice in my area....I'll take snow anytime.....and temps. have been dipping down into single digits, (this morning it was 3 degrees)...Looking forward to seeing how well it works.....Yeah, Ron getting all itching waiting for his new truck:).....I told him before he knows it, the truck will be here, the hitch will be in the truck and he'll be towing his new 5er to "destinations unknown":)..... .....time fly's whether we're having fun or not:).... Will report when I do my first tow.....Really looking forward to trying it out...seems like a really solid hitch.
NC Hauler 02/20/15 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Q for "Cummins12V98"

Can't believe Ron didn't mention his BRAND NEW B&W RVK3600 hitch that he'll put into his brand new truck. It fits perfectly into the GN/5er prep package that he'll have on his new Ram....( I got a hitch just like his):)
NC Hauler 02/20/15 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
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