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RobWNY wrote:

Thanks for everyone's input so far. I'll look at 5th wheels 11000-12000LB with a Pin weight of 25% or less. I should be ok then. I'm looking forward to the Tampa show. I've been to a couple big shows up North but never one that advertises having trams to get people around if needed. It must be huge!


I think you're going to want to shoot for a trailer that is more like 9-10k empty with a 12-14k GVWR.

Loaded pin weight is what matters. Virtually any trailer is going to have an empty pin weight below 25%, but that doesn't really matter. What matters is going down the road.

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I know that tow capacities can be hard to nail down in the owner's manual but that's where your answer lies. Get help from the truck dealer or manufacturer, not an RV business. Off course nailing down the actual total weight you will be towing is crucial. Find a scales or at least estimate the weight of each item; passengers, fluids, food; the whole works. Then, don't tow 100% of the rating. Allow for error; maybe stick to 80%.


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Jayco-noslide wrote:

I know that tow capacities can be hard to nail down in the owner's manual but that's where your answer lies. Get help from the truck dealer or manufacturer, not an RV business. Off course nailing down the actual total weight you will be towing is crucial. Find a scales or at least estimate the weight of each item; passengers, fluids, food; the whole works. Then, don't tow 100% of the rating. Allow for error; maybe stick to 80%.


Actually, the answer's on the driver's door pillar, where the weight placard is, =not= the manual. That placard is specific to =that= unit. Whatever that sticker says, is what's the payload for =that= truck. That's the numbers you need to work from.

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Actually, the answer's on the driver's door pillar, where the weight placard is, =not= the manual. That placard is specific to =that= unit. Whatever that sticker says, is what's the payload for =that= truck. That's the numbers you need to work from.

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Yup the payload sticker on the truck, and the shipped weight sticker off the trailer are the only 2 real numbers. Everything else is just best guess.


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Are you all sure the sticker on the door area is specific for a 5th wheel?

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Jayco-noslide wrote:

Are you all sure the sticker on the door area is specific for a 5th wheel?


Most of the time the payload on the door jam sticker when placed in the trucks bed (think 5th wheel pin weight) will overload the RGAWR(AKA rear axle). That is some of the weight needs to be carried on the front axle, to be able to handle the payload number.

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