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Old 05-04-2011, 10:21 PM   #1
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Eagle 313RKS

I'm about to buy a 313RKS. I'm wondering if my 2500HD will take the hitch weight. Can anyone with a 313rks using a 2500 comment either pro or con? Also, any other comments either way regarding the 313RKS. Thanks.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:42 PM   #2
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Can't weigh in personally on the 313 except to say it will be my next 5er, hopefully this year but probably in 2012. I like the floorplan although I have heard some complain about the rear kitchen taking all the bumps and shifting the items in the pantry, refrigerator, etc. My 2500HD is a diesel and will handle the 313 and even if yours is a gas model, it should have the suspension to handle it the way I am reading the specs. Hopefully someone else can give both of us some news about the 313 & 2500HD.
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Old 05-07-2011, 01:14 AM   #3
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Steve,

I'm not fluent in addressing 5th wheel pin weights (I'm a TT guy), but I believe that 15% to 25% of the 5th wheel's "loaded" weight is the recommended "loaded" pin weight. The Eagle 313RKS has GVWR of 14,000lbs, so if we were to take 20% (middle ground) of the GVWR this would give us a 2,800lb loaded pin weight. Now, not everybody tows at GVWR, but this will put you in the ball-park. Also, the published dry hitch weight of the 313RKS is 2,345lbs, but who tows an empty 5th wheel!

What I would do is take your 2500HD TV "loaded" with full fuel, passengers, cargo, etc., to a CAT scale and weigh it. If you don't have a hitch installed yet, add this weight to the CAT weight. Take this total weight and subtract it from your TV's GVWR......how much do you have left to work with?

This is a simple way of looking at it, but more importantly the TV's axle weight limits would also have to come into the conversation as well. IMO I wouldn't attempt to tow it with my 2500HD 6.0L gasser....., maybe a 8.1L gasser...., but the DuraMax/Allison would do just fine if the weights work out.

Maybe some of the 5th wheel forum members will chime in with some "hands-on" knowledge and we can both learn something.

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Hey Spat! I don't know about your 5th wheel question, but wanted to welcome you to the forums! When you have time, feel free to introduce yourself over in the new member forum. Glad you found us!
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Welcome to the fourm. When you say 2500HD there a lot of variables. Not all 3/4 ton trucks can carry and pull the same weight.
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:56 PM   #6
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I had a 313RKS for 4 years and tow with a Chev 2007 2500HD duramax. Pulled it over the mountains every year we had it. The 2500HD had lots of power and handled the trailer fine
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:00 PM   #7
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We have a 313RKS and tow it with an '07 6L Chev 2500 HD. The truck does fine except for one mountain in western PA which gets me down to full throttle in second gear at 40 MPH. My weights are OK except for the GCW which is over the truck's rating. We like the unit and have had no serious issues. Be aware that the rear kitchen is hard on crockery on the road. It really needs shocks.
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I tow an Eagle 321 with my 03 2500HD crew longbed Duramax.Look at your book on loads as each 2500HD is different,long bed vs short,crew vs extended cab or regular cab,4 wheel drive reduces capacity .Note,We do not load near gross but it would do it from experience pulling some of my equipment.
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