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RE: Reese Goosebox

The Reese goosebox is approved for use on my RV and I'm fully aware that it will require safety chains as does the Anderson hitch system as it's also just a ball hitch, I also know that I can't double tow with the goosebox because it's a ball hitch. I'm grateful for the replies and comments from owners of the hitch and still might use one if the ball hitch placement is different on the 2013/14 ram from the B&W turnover in my 2011 Ram, I would go with a 2015 Ram. The Andersen Ultimate 5er hitch, if used in NC doesn't require the safety chains, nor does it require them in VA and WV, at least last June when I checked on the regulations because I came within a hair of purchasing a Reese elite drop in ball and the Andersen Ultimate 5er hitch and did the research in the area's I might be towing in. I know some states may requite them, but NC didn't because of where the ball connection is on the Andersen hitch, ie suspended in the air about 2.5' off the deck of the truck, supported by a tripod type steel frame.
NC Hauler 04/24/14 02:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: determining pin weight

RC is correct at 2360 and the hitch off loading the front axle by 180 lbs. My front weight doesn't change much when hitched up but front passengers weight is almost totally front axle weight. 9680 would be your hitched up total weight on your D/A 2500. Not sure of your GVWR but your most likely a bit over that rating. I also use GVWR but like Jim said many run with RAWR which generally is the rear tire rating x2. That era of 2500 is a little over 6k lbs. Believe his GVW on the Chevy 2500 is 9200#.......
NC Hauler 04/24/14 01:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for bass fishing locales

...Glad no one is headed to New River or the Greenbriar river in WV, (a best kept secret for smallies)...and the trout fishing is phenomenal.....:B
NC Hauler 04/24/14 01:18pm Beginning RVing
RE: Jensen TV's

Canned the cheap stereo system and the cheap TV years ago. Now have a Vizio 38" in livingroom and a 22" Samsung with DVD player in bedroom....All new speakers and receiver, and the******most manufacturers put in these units to help save money has been given away. Sad the way some of even the higher end units crimp on TV's and sound systems, truly pathetic..
NC Hauler 04/24/14 01:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: determining pin weight

Okay sports fan, OP here. Got 'er done this morning. Truck only: steer axle 4400 drive axle 2920 total weight 7320 truck and fiver: steer axle 4220 drive axle 5460 trailer axle 9720 total weight 19400 Note: people weight--driver 275 lbs. (no derog comments please) gray and black tanks empty, fresh water--approx 15 gallons fuel tanks 1/2 full (13 gal. diesel) Other info---according to my truck manual, GCWR is 22,000 lb, so my 19400 is well within limits. Max trailer weight according to manual is 14,200 lbs and at 12,080, that gives me over 2k more carrying capacity and since the trailer has almost everything I normally carry except groceries and clothes. The most passenger weight I might have is an additional 460 lbs. Now, what is my pin weight? 5460-2920= 2,540 lbs.???? And if that is close, am I within limits? Your true pin weight is 2360. You have a truck on the scales that weighs 7320 (4400+2920) Now imagine the truck is still on the scales and you lower the trailer pin on to the truck. Now the truck weighs 9680 (4220+5460) You had to add 2360 to get the truck to weigh the 9680. Believe what you want but your actual pin weight is 2360. Your pin percentage is pin/trailer. 2360/12080=.195 or 19.5%. A little low for a 5th wheel to handle well and not chuck. Your hitch must be a couple inches behind the centerline of the rear axle or there was no driver in the truck during the second weighing. This is why it is important to know actual pin weight. Another way to look at this. Truck and trailer weighs 19400 and the truck weighs 7320. That means the trailer weighs 12080. The trailer axle weight was 9720. Pin =total trailer-trailer axle. 12080-9720=2360. But to be accurate there can be no loading changes between weighing's. The same people, fuel or anything else has to be in the truck both times. How do you come up with 2360???? Rear axle weight, empty was 2920#, With the 5th wheel hitched to this truck, his rear axle weight went to 5460....5460-2920 still equals 2540 pin weight...What type of math get's you 2360? 180# LESS than what is showing. Just curious as to if some type of new math is being used to determine pin weight now. Heck, I had a DOT weight officer at the scales with me while I was weighing to make sure I pulled on the scales correctly and he was doing the math for me, though I didn't need it, and My pin weight was truck drive axle weighed without 5er, then with 5er loaded onto the hitch...difference was pin weight weight....it's not new fuzzy math...still the same math as always... My truck had steer axle of 5460, drive axle of 7200#...meaning my truck weighed, (with pin weight), 12,660#...which is 1,340# under my trucks GVWR of 14,000#....The trailer axle weighed 12,580#....total weight of truck and 5er were 25,240#...subtract 12,580# from that and it leaves you 12,660# of 5er, plus the 3340# of pin weight, gives my 5er a weight of 15,920#..numbers didn't change....still had 3340# of pin weight....no fairy dust, just basic math and a tad of common sense. Also having owned several 5er's with GVW's of 12,000# and 14,500# and pin weights lighter than what you alluded to of 19.%, will NOT necessarily equate to "chucking" or the 5er "not handling well"....that's too much of a blanket statement to hold true.....
NC Hauler 04/24/14 01:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Reese Goosebox

Goosebox is still a GN configuration...IF the manufacturer of the 5er states it's fine to use one, then have at it....I have a buddy with one and I find it easy to hook up to my 5er hitch than to his Goosebox, but it just may be what you get use to...You also need safety chains with the Goosebox. In most states you don't need safety chains for the Andersen Ultimate 5er hitch. Again, instead of listening to all that's being said here, (including my post), I'd call the manufacturer of the 5er and see what THEY have to say about using the Reese goosebox with their 5er....I trust Lippert as far as I could throw my 5er....from them, I'd want it in writing. They're not much when building the frames for these 5er's, but will tell you to do something that they may not back in case something happens. A phone call to the 5er manufacturer is such a silly simple thing to do than to try to glean from all these different answers one will get.....but common sense seems to be a rare commodity today....
NC Hauler 04/24/14 12:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: determining pin weight

Okay sports fan, OP here. Got 'er done this morning. Truck only: steer axle 4400 drive axle 2920 total weight 7320 truck and fiver: steer axle 4220 drive axle 5460 trailer axle 9720 total weight 19400 Note: people weight--driver 275 lbs. (no derog comments please) gray and black tanks empty, fresh water--approx 15 gallons fuel tanks 1/2 full (13 gal. diesel) Other info---according to my truck manual, GCWR is 22,000 lb, so my 19400 is well within limits. Max trailer weight according to manual is 14,200 lbs and at 12,080, that gives me over 2k more carrying capacity and since the trailer has almost everything I normally carry except groceries and clothes. The most passenger weight I might have is an additional 460 lbs. Now, what is my pin weight? 5460-2920= 2,540 lbs.???? And if that is close, am I within limits? Yep, your pin weight is 2540#....Don't know what your trucks GVWR is, but I would want to know what your RAWR is...Your drive axle (rear axle) had a weight of 5460#....what's your trucks RAWR? If you're under that, than your ok in almost everyone's eye's on this forum. Me? I like to try to stay under my trucks GVWR, but again, you get called names for recommending that, made fun of and just all kinds of sweet things being said by some that you thought, at one time, were friends. SOOOOOOO, if you're under the trucks RAWR @ 5460#, then in almost everyone's eye's...you're good to go...GVWR is a number that doesn't really mean anything any more except to a few of us. Your total truck weight was 9680#, , if you have the 07' Chevy 2500, it has a GVWR of 9200#, which puts you about 480# over your trucks GVWR, BUT, odds are you're under your trucks RAWR....and that's about all most in here go by....
NC Hauler 04/24/14 11:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: determining pin weight

:h??? Subtracting the drive axle weighs does not give true pin/tongue weight:h. I have no clue about tongue weight, been YEARS since I had any concern about that. BUT, I DO know that if I weighed my truck and the drive axle had a weight of 3860, then I hooked to my 5er, pulled onto the same scales and drive axle weight is now 7200#, then I'm REALLY close in knowing that my pin weight is 3340#... In my example below, I know 20 pounds is nothing to obsess over (and can be dismissed via the +/- increments of the scale itself), but nonetheless- I'm more curious about the principle behind this. The first time I weighed, I got: - Truck+Camper hitched: - - Steer axle: 5,220 lbs. - - Drive axle: 6,260 lbs. - Truck only: - - Steer axle: 5,240 lbs. - - Drive axle: 3,960 lbs. What is my pin weight? (5220 + 6260) - (5240 + 3960) = 2,280 lbs. Or is my pin weight? 6260 - 3960 = 2,300 lbs. Again, in this scenario - the 20 pounds isn't enough to matter. But, my question remains: do you account for the 20 pounds that may be lost on the front axle? 6260 - 3960 = 2,300 lbs. The weight of the drive axle with 5er hitched up less the weight of the drive axle minus the 5er being hitched up... Good question, but I don't account for the 20# that might be lost on the front axle...I may be wrong in doing that, but will go with what is setting over my rear axle as far as pin weight...though your question does make some sense. My steer axle went from 5280, without 5er hitched to 5460#...180# more, I know it's there because simple math states it is., but I don't consider it part of my pin weight, though I may be wrong in this assumption of mine....good question:)
NC Hauler 04/23/14 07:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: determining pin weight

How did anything about Travel Trailers get into this discussion?? Fifth wheels do not have a bumper load. The same physics applies to a travel trailer without weight distribution as a 5th wheel. In simple terms regardless of the type of trailer assuming no weight distribution pin/tongue weight is total truck weight (both truck axles)with trailer attached less total truck weight without trailer. Subtracting the drive axle weights does not give true pin/tongue weight. "Fifth wheels do not have a bumper load" A fifth wheel with pin behind the drive axle has the same effect on the weights as a bumper load. :h??? Subtracting the drive axle weighs does not give true pin/tongue weight:h. I have no clue about tongue weight, been YEARS since I had any concern about that. BUT, I DO know that if I weighed my truck and the drive axle had a weight of 3860, then I hooked to my 5er, pulled onto the same scales and drive axle weight is now 7200#, then I'm REALLY close in knowing that my pin weight is 3340#...Thes rest of what you're trying to say, I have no clue. , ie, "a Fifth wheel with pin BEHIND the drive axle has the same effect on weights as a bumper load:h...nope, don't think so....it's still a long way from where I would hook a bumper pull...unless someone REALLY messed up putting the 5er hitch in...your reasoning is flawed....... oh, I will agree...5th wheels don't have a "bumper load"...:S..MIght want to stick with your travel trailers on this topic.....
NC Hauler 04/23/14 05:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: determining pin weight

I pulled my truck on the scales with a full tank of DEF, full tank of fuel, ready to go camping with wife and two dogs. Steer axle was 5280# (Front axle). Drive axle (rear axle) weight was 3860#. Weighed again with 5er hooked to the truck...at that time the Drive axle (rear axle) weight was 7200#.....Take 7200#, subtract the 3860# and you get the pin weight of the 5er @ 3340#. Pretty simple. The combined weight was 25,240#. Trailer axle was 12,580, so add the pin weight of 3340 and you get the total weight of the 5er, which was 15,920#, GVW of the 5er is 16,950#. ( so I'm under 5er's GVW by a little over 1,000#. Just some simple math...weigh the truck, ready to go camping, then weigh it again with 5er hooked to it...subtract the weights as I did above and you'll get your actual pin weight.
NC Hauler 04/23/14 02:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel Towing with 4X4 Ram

What is the measurement from the ground to the top of your gate? My 06 is 58" but she squats a good 4" when hitched up. IIRC NChauler has a 2013 dually 4x4 and his is 58.5", but it only squats about 2". Then I read he put new springs on the RV which most likely raised the 5er a bit. Your numbers don't sound real good as is though. You might try the new higher rated spring first, next I'd be looking at adding a sub frame. Good Luck True statements Rick, but having towed this 5er more recently, I believe my truck is squatting about 3" also...I took my 5er up to WVa last Wednesday and I measured distance of top of tire to wheel well and the truck squatted 3", not 2"...my bad on that one. The new spring packs raised my unit "right at" 1"...I now have "just over 6" of clearance between the 5er and the bed rails...I've taken some downhill sharp corners as well as backed 5er up my driveway, (bout like Ricks), level off with 5er first and still have a good 1.5" left to play with...Can't see where I could tow this 5er now and get into trouble with it, (my Reese hitch also pivots fore and aft as well as side to side). When I put my picture frame adapter in, I had to lower my hitch down one notch to make up for extra added height of the picture frame adapter. My 5er is setting "more level" with this truck than it did the 07.5 Chevy dually and the 2010 and 2012 Ram Dually's...
NC Hauler 04/23/14 12:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should my 5th wheel have shock absorbers?

Yes, they should but I have yet to see a manufacturer install them. For the OP.....do your car/s and trucks have shocks..:@ On lighter trailers - and TTs - the "bean counters" save a few bucks and don't install them. Common on mid-level to high end 5ths from the factory. Not difficult to add. Well worth the effort and small cost..:C And trlr owners with factory "OEM" shocks, should consider periodic replacement....like shocks on your car or truck. (I'm overdue!) ~ Agree...The OEM shocks on my 5er were almost 8 yrs. old. one was bad, two were "weak". The Monroe Severe duty shock fit up perfectly and is FAR MORE robust than the OEM shocks. Big difference with the "before" and "after".....
NC Hauler 04/23/14 11:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel or Goose Neck

Personally I never use cheap FRAM filters, they destroyed a lot of Cummins engines blocking the piston cooling nozzles. GN adapters? One has to sleep in the bed they made! Chris Tru dat:B
NC Hauler 04/23/14 08:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Just got finished weed whacking and doing some shrubbery trimming..Getting ready to mow the yard...sunny and 54 right now, supposed to get near 70 today and more of the same tomorrow, cept a little warmer. y'all take care and have a good day.
NC Hauler 04/23/14 08:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Fifth Wheel or Goose Neck

WOW, didn't mean to frustrate anyone. But I did get all the input, Thanks all for that. I will be contacting the manufacture upon choosing the unit I want, then will adapt accordingly. Thanks again for all the comments, learned a lot. Good Luck & Be Safe ! ! ! Great idea, that would be the best way to do it. That way you've covered all pertinent bases. How about letting us know what they say if you don't mind. May help others who have the same question with similar 5er:) thanks, Jim
NC Hauler 04/23/14 07:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should my 5th wheel have shock absorbers?

Mine came with shocks but were put on such a bad angle they bent the shafts. I recently replaced my leaf springs and put on a equa flex equalizer and completely eliminated my shocks and have had no ill effects from roing so. I am going to keep them off. It rides great without them. I did the same. Just upgraded suspension on sig 5er. Went from 3500# spring packs to 4000# spring pack. Have the moride equal flex system. My RV came with shocks. I replaced with Monroe severe shocks. All this really stabilized the unit while towing and seems more stable when set up for camping. I like the shocks. GVWR of my 5er is 16950#.
NC Hauler 04/23/14 06:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel or Goose Neck

So, to find an answer with merit...IF I wanted to know if the manufacturer of my 5er recommends to tow or not tow the 5er they developed and manufactured...I'd make a simple phone call and end all this "guessing" and wondering how many bolts hold the wing on anything...All I would want to make sure about would be that I'm using the recommended type hitch to tow a 5er with that I may have paid some real money for..and if new and under warranty...I wouldn't want to "go out of my way" to void some of the warranty...common sense is all it takes and the price of a phone call...nothing more, nothing less... NC, give it a rest. We get it. You personally have chosen to never use a gooseneck adapter. Fine. I can live with that. Can you live with the knowledge that there are folks who do? No anti-GNer(?) has been able to refute the fact that the Reese GooseBox is the "•World’s first OE approved gooseneck adapter, Endorsed by Lippert Components, Inc. for their frame systems" that "Fits Lippert #1621 and #1716 wing sets". The reply from KZ to my inquiry to regarding their Goldrush line was use of the Goosebox would not void warranty. Yes, you should get that in writing, but this is really no different than using a Fram filter instead of OEM. Wow, sorry to have offended you. You know nothing about me and it appears your reading comprehension is lacking. I stated, "call the manufacturer", get it straight from the horses mouth. Nothing more, nothing less. If they don't have an issue with it, use a GN. Never said I wouldn't use one, just told how one could find out for sure. Go after someone else or please ignore my post. I gave value added information; ie, call the manufacturer of the 5er, how did that rub you the wrong way? That was MY recommendation...
NC Hauler 04/23/14 06:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Worked the last couple of day's, but Kathy and I took the 5er up to our camp in WV last Wednesday and it's setting there now...Beautiful week, never rained and temps were fine. Guess we'll drive back and forth now and leave the 5er up on the river until October or so..Will spend Thanksgiving at Sevierville TN this year. Hope all of you are well and hope you're having a great day...Appears weather will be nice over the next couple of day's, so mowing and weed whacking will be the order tomorrow after I get the truck serviced.
NC Hauler 04/22/14 07:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Fifth Wheel or Goose Neck

Why don't you give us your answer to your last question, so that those of us that know the correct answer can see if you are just blowing smoke. yup has nothing to do with hitches... I asked because there are so many experts here in RV.Net world... thought maybe someone would post? just to be clear I'm asking about the wing spar bolting, not including the keel plate or the skin... how about... how many bolts hold the engines on the wings? Not trying to blow smoke... just looking for answers... so far nobody has given concrete evidence to the contrary!? So, to find an answer with merit...IF I wanted to know if the manufacturer of my 5er recommends to tow or not tow the 5er they developed and manufactured...I'd make a simple phone call and end all this "guessing" and wondering how many bolts hold the wing on anything...All I would want to make sure about would be that I'm using the recommended type hitch to tow a 5er with that I may have paid some real money for..and if new and under warranty...I wouldn't want to "go out of my way" to void some of the warranty...common sense is all it takes and the price of a phone call...nothing more, nothing less...
NC Hauler 04/22/14 06:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel or Goose Neck

Then what about Andersens 5th she'll hitch ? The Andersen Ultimate 5th. wheel hitch is not considered to be a GN hitch. The hitch is held in place in the bed with a drop in ball. The pin of the 5er set's into an adapter atop the Andersen hitch, which is elevated above the deck of the truck bed and is supported by a triangular steel frame. I came within a hair of pulling the trigger on one of these while waiting for the elusive Mopar picture frame adapter, but stuck it out because I really like my Reese 20K Signaure hitch that pivots left to right and also fore and aft. I know several that are using these hitches towing some farily heavy 5er's and haven't had any issues that I'm aware of.
NC Hauler 04/20/14 06:03am Fifth-Wheels
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