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Old 07-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #1
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How many of us towing 5W with 1/2 Ton?

there 's a lot of talk on forums about towing 5th wheel
With half-ton trucks but it's all over the place. I'm sure I'm
Not the only one looking for answers so I thought I'd
Start a thread so that we could compare our experiences with such combos.
How many of us towing 5W with 1/2 Ton?
Which TT and TT?
Positive or negative experience with combo unit?
Future plans?
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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It's strange to see this thread because just today I was thinking of starting one. While on a recent long trip, I ran into a number of other campers who were pulling 5'vers with 1/2 ton trucks. Many of the manufacturers now are also building these units specifically for 1/2 tons.

I've been thinking about it and I've even looked at a few of the lightweights to get an idea of pin weights, GVWRs, layouts, etc.

There are a number of these units hovering around 1k lbs pin weight which should be very doable with the right TT.

How are you doing staying within the weight limits for your TT?
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:51 PM   #3
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I see RV.NET started the same thread as well...
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Old 07-04-2012, 03:51 PM   #4
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The 2012 Silverado weight distributing and fifth wheel trailer weight capabilities are almost identical. Maximum tongue weight WD 1100 lbs & fifth wheel 1500 lbs. I'd need a fifth wheel with a GTW of 8200 lbs or less. I wouldn't expect to see a lot of product with that number.
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Lightest I've seen so far are the iGo G27RK-5 and R27RL-5 both of which have GVWRs of under 8k#. See www.GoiGoRV.com for specs.

Perhaps someone can educate me but isn't the tongue weight limit a function of the hitch's capability with tow behinds but payload capability is what determines how much weight you could handle with a 5th wheel?

For instance with my truck, my towing limit (determined by hitch) is 11.3k lbs but the payload on the same truck is 2,450 lbs. If I were to find a suitable unit that fits the weight limits of the payload, GVWR, GCVWR, GAWR, etc., I would think I would be ok. Am I wrong?
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:45 PM   #6
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I see RV.NET started the same thread as well...
You are right, I did. A little obessed about this lol
Getting the Superlite HT 23.5 tomorrow and guess what the first thing I do with it? Go to the scales and fret about the weight until I take it out camping and see
That it's all going to be ok.
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The 2012 Silverado weight distributing and fifth wheel trailer weight capabilities are almost identical. Maximum tongue weight WD 1100 lbs & fifth wheel 1500 lbs. I'd need a fifth wheel with a GTW of 8200 lbs or less. I wouldn't expect to see a lot of product with that number.
The Jayco eagle superlite 23.5 is 5900 lbs dry and 1149 lbs hith
. Think gross is around 9000
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Lightest I've seen so far are the iGo G27RK-5 and R27RL-5 both of which have GVWRs of under 8k#. See www.GoiGoRV.com for specs.

Perhaps someone can educate me but isn't the tongue weight limit a function of the hitch's capability with tow behinds but payload capability is what determines how much weight you could handle with a 5th wheel?

For instance with my truck, my towing limit (determined by hitch) is 11.3k lbs but the payload on the same truck is 2,450 lbs. If I were to find a suitable unit that fits the weight limits of the payload, GVWR, GCVWR, GAWR, etc., I would think I would be ok. Am I wrong?
This is the type of question I was expecting when I started this thread.
I find it all complicated.
I wonder how many people towing TT and 5W read these forums and are really informed about the weights. On the same token, if most of us half ton owners with fifth wheels are over the rear axle, i am cpretty sure there is a large ratio of 3/4 ton trucks also overloaded on the axle. Just sayin'
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I know my folks were overloaded on the pin - 1950 was what the truck could take and the dry pin was like 2500 according to the specs. I don't even want to think about what it was loaded. I bought their 3/4 and they bought a 1T dually. Happy campers all around

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Even the lowest dry hitch weights would consume most of the payload capacity of my TV. I knew there was a reason I didn't look at 5th wheels.
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