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RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

65' seems like a common total length limit. The 42' toy haulers I've seen are huge, I can only imagine the 47' ones are absolute monsters. With a few slides, a 42 footer is a lot of 5th wheel. Yes, the general rule I figured from this thread I started is that for my needs anything over 44 feet is too large. There were a lot of excellent responses that I had never considered and now we're looking at a nice Grand Design Toy hauler and doing what many people suggested and make the space work for the boys. It looks like we are going in this direction now so I can stay with the F350 and have a reasonably sized fifth wheel instead of an enormous one that will be too difficult to work with. I'm glad I posted this.
khtims75 08/07/19 08:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

Well, I think I have heard enough to know that the 50 footer is not going to be my option. I don't want to go through the hassle of maxing out my capacity and I certainly don't want to add this much to the inconveniences as I'm sure there will be many other inconveniences without having an oversized rig. Thanks again everyone for your answers. You have quickly educated me against making a bad choice. :)
khtims75 08/06/19 08:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

States can have a vehicle length law on the books and same for a combination max length. My state is 42' for a RV and 68' for a combination. I've yet to hear of anyone (rv folks) being pulled over for being over either max lengths. A '17 F350 DRW has a 9900 rawr that will carry all the hitch load and other gear in the bed. Many owners report around 3500 lb unladin rear axle weight (actaul weight depends on scaled axle weights). This leaves approx 6k-6.5k lbs for a in the bed payload. Your gonna' have close to a max loaded truck. Just for fodder.....Next truck up is the F450 cab/chassis with those big 11.5k-12k rawr numbers which will give you plenty of reserve load carrying capacity. Thank you! And thank you to the others offering great opinions. I guess I will be topping out the F350. I will consider the Dodge... OR F450.. Ugh. Maybe going smaller is really the solution here and give up some comforts. This was a really good discussion so far.
khtims75 08/06/19 07:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

I've never owned a 5th wheel so I can't help with your questions. I am curious, what will you use to tow the large 5th wheel you are considering? The truck we are planning on buying is a 2017 or newer Ford F350 Diesel Dually. The 50' has a 21,000 lb capacity so it should work out great.
khtims75 08/06/19 05:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

I couldn't find anything from ODOT, but I did find something on AAA under passenger car trailer lengths. ***Link Removed*** Total length: 65 feet; trailer length: 40 feet; motor home length: 45 feet; width: 8 feet 6 inches (for motor homes, excluding appurtenances up to 4 inches); height: 14 feet. So it looks like your entire combination (truck and trailer) is limited to 65ft. Trailer has a maximum length of 40ft, and motorhome has a maximum length of 45ft. Whether anybody would ever stop you for pulling longer is up to anybody's guess. Thank you. That is interesting.
khtims75 08/06/19 05:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

First where do you plan on camping? We are looking at different memberships available like Thousand Trails... But fear that they might not accommodate us... We certainly understand the restrictions in state and national parks and such. We haven't chosen any specific places to be quite yet. Still figuring out how practical this is.
khtims75 08/06/19 05:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

50' is really huge! I'm certainly looking for better options but am having problems finding a quality manufacturer that has what we need. A room and a large loft like you suggested would probably work but we can't find that with 2 baths (again like you mentioned) or we need to give up some quality. We do like this one from Grand Design, https://www.granddesignrv.com/showroom/2020/fifth-wheel/solitude/floorplans/3740bh-3740bh-r but we are giving a large sacrifice to the boys not having their own spaces. I would prefer a room and loft situation similar to the Solitude you posted but it must have 2 baths (minimum bath and a half). Others we have considered are: Highland Ridge Open Range OF427BHS Choachmen Chaparral 373MBRB or even a toy hauler and use the garage for a room like this one: Dutchmen Voltage 4205 So I am also looking at resell value. If this isn't made well then full time use will tear it up! I want something that will be more likely to be worth more later if that's possible. Again, I realize this is the RV world and not living in houses. But I appreciate the conversation to help me out.
khtims75 08/06/19 04:58pm Fifth-Wheels
I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

Hello, I am new to this community so first I want to thank you guys for using the years of experience you have to help newbies like me out. Anyway, I am planning to go full time RV with my family. That includes my wife and two kids (10 and 16 years old both boys). We know we need to go much smaller to fit into any RV but we've found some very large 5th wheels that range from 44' to 50'. I've been assured by the salesman that there are no legal issues driving down the road with a 50' 5th wheel. Is that true? But I realize there must be some logistical concerns over going that large. Since I'm new to this community I don't know what the downfalls might be so I'd like to lean on some expertise to educate me on my decision. The need for the extra room is to accommodate 3 bedrooms (2 are pretty small still) and two bathrooms. We simply don't want to share if we don't have to if we are going to be doing this full time. So, with that said, what are the major implications I might not be considering when going as large as 50' on the 5th wheel? Thanks again for any help or insight you can offer me.
khtims75 08/06/19 04:11pm Fifth-Wheels
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