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Old 09-19-2007, 08:58 PM   #1
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Towing 13000#s

I traded for 2002 model 5th wheel, with 3 slides, tri-axle and 35', it weighs in at approximately 13000#s and is more like a house trailer than a camper.
I traded for it and have no idea how to tow anything this big, plus its a 5th wheel. I've towed our 31' Soverign, but never a 5th wheel. I'm not sure if I'm keeping it or selling it, but if I keep this beheamoth what am I going to tow it with??? I don't own a truck.
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:06 PM   #2
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I traded for 2002 model 5th wheel, with 3 slides, tri-axle and 35', it weighs in at approximately 13000#s and is more like a house trailer than a camper.
I traded for it and have no idea how to tow anything this big, plus its a 5th wheel. I've towed our 31' Soverign, but never a 5th wheel. I'm not sure if I'm keeping it or selling it, but if I keep this beheamoth what am I going to tow it with??? I don't own a truck.
You need a rock solid 1 ton pickup, equipped for towing such a large contraption.
This is why God made someone make diesel duallies. One of the rare cases where those are actually handy to have.
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:17 PM   #3
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Oh, in case your wondering why I traded for this thing, it was part of a package deal....
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:09 AM   #4
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When you say 13,000 lbs., if thats fully loaded than a 1 ton diesel will probably handle it but if thats empty and you have to add water, food, stuff and people you are now in F450 or ton and a half territory and you'll need a 16K hitch or so. I would err on the side of caution and get an F450 or better yet a Chevy Kodiak 4500. I had a 30' 5th wheel. It was a happy day when I sold it. The AS was night and day better.
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It will be much cheaper to sell it than buy a tow vehicle.

Myself, I would never consider pulling something that heavy. My house is on a foundation and that is the way it is suppose to be.

A friend of mine had one, still does, and he towed with a 3500 turbo dually. He had the transmission oil tested at about 48,000 and the wear particles in the fluid showed excessive wear. That's why I would never want a used turbo diesel. You can't tell how heavy it has pulled. And if it has, it is only a matter of time until you need a transmission.
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Sell it, or park it at the lake. LJH 6196
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Fact of the matter is you can tow that 13,000# 5th wheel with a Ford 3/4 ton properly equipped. The proof is in the towing guide. YOU be the judge. The link is to Fords towing guide.
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Old 10-03-2007, 05:34 AM   #8
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The pin weight of a fiver is 18-22% or more of the total weight. That's 2,340 - 2,860 pounds in the bed, plus the weight of the hitch. I've had 2,300 pounds of roofing in the bed of our F250 (same springs as the SRW F350), and one end of the auxiliary springs was just beginning to touch the stops. To me, that's absolute max bed weight, where you have a limited amount of suspension travel left.

What the towing guide doesn't tell you is about the stability. Just as a conventional hitch puts the tongue weight behind the axle and can yaw the tow vehicle, a fiver puts the load above the axle, where it influences the tow vehicle in the roll plane. Even an F350 dually will have MUCH more stability towing a fiver than an F250. I've delivered them with both SRW and DRW trucks and wouldn't own a big fiver without a dually.
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one of those monsters parked next to me in mackinaw... it blocked out the sun from our campsite
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one of those monsters parked next to me in mackinaw... it blocked out the sun from our campsite
At least you did not have to unroll your awning!
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