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RE: Pin box bike rack

Anyone know where I can buy a pin box bike rack? I've been told that you can have them on the front of your truck and that is what I'm going to look into. I've heard stories about bikes working their way off the back of trailers because of the rough ride back there. I think if the front idea doesn't work I'll be looking into something on the pin box. JDJ
jdjimenez 02/17/14 05:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

As an early poster said, the truck is the limiting factor. There is a limit that it can pull, & stop. Then there is the desire for a trailer that has all of the big trailer features in a package small enough for the small truck. It is not going to happen. Either trailer expectations have to be reduced or the truck has to be increased. Physics. Agreed! Just because it can pull and stop it does not mean it can "Handle" it. I realize this and if we do not find a lighter weight trailer that we like we're just going to buy an F-350 dually and get the bigger trailer. At this time we're looking into the lighter 5th wheels to see if they will fit our needs.
jdjimenez 02/14/14 07:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

We just took a look at a new fifth wheel that our neighbor bought that is 1/2 ton towable with a 90% turn radius ( 5.5 ft bed truck). It is part of a new Open Range line called Light. It was surprising nice. Actually had some of the features we really like in our 36 foot Carriage Cameo, such as kitchen island for counter space and storage, dual recliners facing entertainment center and nice bath layout . They range from 25 ft to 32 ft in length. The only downside for you it does not appear to offer a washer/dryer option. As some of the others have stated we have had a washer/dryer combo in a previous fifth wheel and you could not give me one for free. Really felt it was a total waste of money and a pain; however, it appears that you have your heart set on this and it may really limit your options. Thank you, this Open Range Light just might be a winner as it does offer W/D prep in the bathroom on at least 2 models. Open Range Light is what we went with. Towable with our current truck, but still roomy enough for extended travel. We watched a video at the RV show about it, and it seems well made and customer service oriented. Has an all-season or 4-season package too. Washer/dryer prep in our 318. We like the trailer that you have and have a couple of questions if you don't mind. 1.) The W/D combo in the bathroom is not vented. How long does it take to dry a load of laundry without a vented dryer? 2.) The setup for the TV in the bedroom looks like it would be at a difficult angle for both people to watch while lying in bed.
jdjimenez 02/12/14 06:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

We are headed over to Arizona in a couple of weeks and have been able to locate some of the models mentioned to look at while we are there. We really have limited ability to see many 5th wheels in the Los Angeles area so this will give us some ideas about what 5th wheel we want to live in and then we'll decide on the truck situation. While we are there my brother who owns a trucking company is going to have his mechanic check out my 2001 F-250 and see what can be done, if anything, to make our current truck a solution. We'll also look at the new F-350's so if we decide to pull something heavier we'll be able to line out a new truck. JDJ
jdjimenez 02/12/14 07:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bed cover while towing 5er

I have a roll-up tonneau bed cover that I use whenever I'm not towing. When towing the 5er I keep the cover rolled up. Has anyone come up with a way to cover the area in front of the hitch while towing? The wind coming down from the nose of the 5er lifts things out of the bed unless they are pretty heavy. I liked the looks of the Retrax and went to a company to see it in the showroom when I saw this unit: http://www.truckcoversusa.com/ It will be between the Retrax and the Truckcover USA for me.
jdjimenez 02/03/14 10:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

We just purchased an open range, Mesa Ridge 345. Has washer /dryer option Paul One issue with the Open Range Light it that the w/d in the bathroom is not vented and will lead to long dry times.
jdjimenez 01/27/14 12:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitch weight may have finally become clear!!!

How about on the edge of the Drivers door. Sometimes one sticker on the door pillar and the other on the edge of the drivers door. Nothing, I've had several people insist that I'm just missing the sticker with that info but when I show them my door they're surprised that information is not there. The tire and load capacity sticker was not required in 2001. I'm thinking around 2006/07. No wonder I can't find it, lol.:)
jdjimenez 01/24/14 07:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitch weight may have finally become clear!!!

This is from your post back in Oct. GVWR - 8800 lbs. Front GAWR - 4250 lbs. Rear GAWR - 6084 lbs. The registration says the unladen weight is - 6006 lbs. That 8800# is the MAX your truck is rated to weigh (you, fuel, passengers, stuff in cab, stuff in bed) The axle ratings are what each axle is rated for but you can NOT add them together. That combined number does not exist as the truck is rated as a whole not the sum of the parts. That is the 8800# number (the whole). Your payload is the 'whole' minus 'actual' weight of truck (with it loaded ready to camp...you, fuel, passengers, stuff etc.) You have an unladen weight of 6006# so that is a starting point for 'guesstimates' until you actually weigh. 6006# plus 1000# (you,fuel, passengers, stuff and hitch) equals 7006# GVWR 8800# minus 7006# equals 1794# (call it 1800#) 1800# payload equals a 5th wheel trailer with a GVWR of 9000# (1800#---20% pin weight) Your 2001 F250 only has a cargo (payload) max rating of 2319# (4X2 Reg. Cab), max rating of 1660# (4X2 Super Cab) and only 1206# (4X2 Crew Cab) So you see....your truck may have a MAX tow rating of 13,400# but you are running out of rated cargo/payload with a 9000# 5vr. Sorry but you just don't have a truck that in reality can tow much of a 5vr. regardless of published mfg. numbers. As for your tires.......just look on the sidewall of your rear tires for the Max Load Rating AT MAX PSI. With a rear axle rating of 6084# they are probably rated at 3200# each (MAX Load AT MAX PSI) Old Biscuit, After all this time I realize that this is indeed the correct calculation. I've had this explained to me so many different ways that my head was spinning and so many people were just wrong. An Open Range Light was suggest here in another post and we will be looking at them at the Pomona show and a decision will be made then. At least I know the decision will be correct. Thank you for your help, you were right.
jdjimenez 01/24/14 07:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitch weight may have finally become clear!!!

How about on the edge of the Drivers door. Sometimes one sticker on the door pillar and the other on the edge of the drivers door. Nothing, I've had several people insist that I'm just missing the sticker with that info but when I show them my door they're surprised that information is not there.
jdjimenez 01/23/14 06:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitch weight may have finally become clear!!!

In a word, NO. As in "NO, the manager doesn't have a clue what he's talking about." 1534 is the amount by which you would exceed the legal/safe total vehicle weight, if you loaded 4250 on the front axle and 6084 on the rear axle. The front axle rating plus the rear axle rating will always exceed the maximum vehicle weight (GVW). That's so the end user will have some amount of flexibility in terms of where (front or rear) the payload is located. One person might want to hang a snowplow off the front; another an RV off the back. Using your truck as an example: GVW = 8800, UVW = 6000, Payload = GVW-UVW = 2800. As a guess*, let's say the UVW splits 3200 Front, 2800 Rear. You could put 1000 on the front and 1800 on the rear; 0 Front and 2800 Rear; or any combination in between. What you can't do (legally) is put more than 2800 payload in the pickup, counting passengers, cargo, hitch, and FW pin weight. * The only way to know these weights exactly is via a trip to the nearest truck stop that has CAT scales. Cost = $10. I understand that is the case, but until I remove everything from the back that is not possible. The odd thing is I may very well be over the limit right now. You can open the images below in another tab to see my rig. https://plus.google.com/photos/112156341388395541696/albums/5813099952087506209/5972273200937447570?banner=pwa&authkey=CODztsX43b6TBA&pid=5972273200937447570&oid=112156341388395541696 https://plus.google.com/photos/112156341388395541696/albums/5813099952087506209/5972273374625977426?banner=pwa&authkey=CODztsX43b6TBA&pid=5972273374625977426&oid=112156341388395541696
jdjimenez 01/23/14 06:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitch weight may have finally become clear!!!

Dont you have a tire sticker in the door that gives you payload without having to listen to lip service from the dealer? No, the only numbers on the door plague are the ones I posted.
jdjimenez 01/23/14 06:42pm Fifth-Wheels
Hitch weight may have finally become clear!!!

I went to Giant RV today to look at some 5th wheels and to try and get a clear idea of what my correct hitch weight capacity may be. The manager goes to my truck door and says this is easy: Add Rear GAWR of 6084 To Front GAWR of 4250 for a total of 10,334 then Subtract GVWR of 8800 for a hitch weight capacity of 1,534. Say what, I just lost about 300 lbs.? Here's what I've been able to figure out: The 8800 lb GVWR is a package because the truck came with a Trailer Towing Package. Unladen G/CGW is 6006 on the registartion so I have 2,794 lbs. to work with. I know that 6006 doesn't include fuel, passengers, etc. but still I think things are going to work. I can't pack the truck and weight it now because I have a shoeing pack and pullout anchored in the bed currently so that's not possible. I think looking for a trailer with a hitch weight of 1800-1900 max is going to be doable and I'll be doing everything possible to beef up the back end.
jdjimenez 01/23/14 05:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

Wife and I recently purchased a Shasta Phoenix 5er... We were shocked at what it gave us that our prior Cougar did not... Down the road when I retire I believe that this might be the one that can support our goals and still remain towable with our present 2500 series TV. We think this will support our fulltimer requirements nicely. It is a Shasta Phoenix 32RE Happy Trails. Thank you, added Shasta to the list.
jdjimenez 01/23/14 07:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

Even with our RV being large and having W/D space we use it for storage. Like someone else said we do several loads at a time at the parks facilities. Worked well for us after 2 years full timing. We know someone that does a load every day. If that is your style then a W/D in your rig is a good idea. I like the idea of being able to do a small load daily. Three towels every other day, sheets once a week, and maybe a couple shirts with a pair of pants on other days will keep us going. Also the tought of what other people throw in the public machines makes me think twice.
jdjimenez 01/23/14 07:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

We just took a look at a new fifth wheel that our neighbor bought that is 1/2 ton towable with a 90% turn radius ( 5.5 ft bed truck). It is part of a new Open Range line called Light. It was surprising nice. Actually had some of the features we really like in our 36 foot Carriage Cameo, such as kitchen island for counter space and storage, dual recliners facing entertainment center and nice bath layout . They range from 25 ft to 32 ft in length. The only downside for you it does not appear to offer a washer/dryer option. As some of the others have stated we have had a washer/dryer combo in a previous fifth wheel and you could not give me one for free. Really felt it was a total waste of money and a pain; however, it appears that you have your heart set on this and it may really limit your options. Thank you, this Open Range Light just might be a winner as it does offer W/D prep in the bathroom on at least 2 models.
jdjimenez 01/23/14 07:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

Do you have any experience w/ the washer/dryer combos? You may want to talk to some people who have had these before you make them a criteria of your search. These are not the washer and dryer that you may be used to in your home. They are more suited for a few items and/or tee shirts/socks. You wouldn't want to wash a load of towels or jeans. Just my $.02 The combo would help us do the daily towels and weekly sheets at least and could be started when we leave the trailer and be done when we return. They seem to be much improved now and I think it would be helpful but will be the first thing to go in order to make things work.
jdjimenez 01/22/14 10:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

We have a Sabre 34RLQS which has a washer/dryer hookup in the bedroom closet. I really cant comment on the hitch issue because I have a long bed. We have stayed in it for weeks at a time and were very comfortable, we will be staying in it for six months in Colorado starting in May. The dry weight is just under 10,000 lbs and my 1997 F250 handles in extremely well.... Thank you, I didn't know about the Sabre. It may be real close to pushing my limits but it's an option.
jdjimenez 01/22/14 10:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

Flagstaff - by Forest River- has the Revolution pin box which swivels 22" back from the king pin- so you can turn 90 degrees with a short bed ford using a standard hitch system. Works great with my 4 door short bed f350. It's also around 9,000- 10,000 lbs so it's lighter in weight. Our model has an island kitchen and is very roomy! Larry I can't find where the Flagstaff indicates that a W/D prep is available.
jdjimenez 01/22/14 10:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

Comfortable as a full time rig and 250/2500 compatible is going to nearly impossible. Add in one small enough and add a washer room is next to impossible to find. Your biggest drawback is your truck. Honestly you might be better off with a TT or a MH and tow a small car. It's going to have to be a 5th wheel for me even if it means no washer. I'd like to start out using my truck to be sure this is something we both want to do. If it doesn't work out we'll simply use the setup and go away for 2-3 months at a time and I'm sure it will work fine for that.
jdjimenez 01/22/14 10:07pm Fifth-Wheels
Looking for a 5th wheel brand that meets these needs:

It seems the closer I get the further away I end up! Looking for a Brand not Model that will fit my needs. Realizing that we moving more into the entry level category now I'd like a brand that's reliable with decent customer service. Both lightweight and with low hitch weight so it can be pulled with my 2001 F-250 diesel pickup. My truck is a shortbed and I will not be able to use slider hitch at this time so something the has a favorable cap to be hauled by said shortbed. This may be the killer: we will be using this fulltime for at least 1-2 years so my wife would like a W/D combo (not separates) in the 5th wheel. Any suggestions will be appreciated as I've been combing the brands I know and having lots of trouble. JDJ
jdjimenez 01/22/14 08:08pm Fifth-Wheels
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