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Old 03-26-2016, 06:55 AM   #11
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In looking at the 339flq, I think that it would be possible without going over. I understand about the CAT scale. Unfortunately I live out on Long Island and I don't believe there is one here. I would need to drive ~100 miles or so to find a scale. But knowing what the payload is I can come to a pretty close estimate. I really don't carry too much. Clothing and coolers and whatnot will all be in the trailer. And I never pull with a full water tank. Does anyone really do that? The trailer has 2500 lbs of cargo capacity. That's alot of stuff! When pulling a fifth wheel you pretty much loose the capacity to load anything in the bed which is the one downside. Even with an 8 foot bed I probably wouldn't fit much in it with the fifth attached.

But, I will take a look at the lower weight models as it's always better to be lighter when possible.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:15 AM   #12
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You can pretty much just add 500# to the published pin weights for starters on a 5'er loaded. The reason is that all the storage is mostly if not all in the front and transfers directly to the pin. You also need to figure in 200 pounds for a hitch as well.
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I have a truck that is more than capable of pulling ANY fifth wheel out there but I chose to buy a TT. But, I do not need the extra cargo capacity and I can do a LOT of camping for the difference in price disparities between a 5r and a TT. I do not feel like I am missing any of the luxuries and the options among the TT's are just as numerous. Unless you just need the extra cargo capacity (which kind of goes against your towing limits), then you should really weigh the pros and cons of each.
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I have a truck that is more than capable of pulling ANY fifth wheel out there......

That's an understatement.

That 4500 is a beast
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:29 AM   #15
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I agree Fairenatic. I'm certainly not dead set on getting a fifth. Some of the newer trailers are very nice indeed. When I picked up my current trailer I was pulling it with a Chrysler Aspen. It actually did very well but it really got the crud beat out of it. Now that I have a decent truck my trailer options have also opened up more. Part of the fun is shopping around. I just don't know if I want to give up my truck bed for a fifth.
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That's an understatement.

That 4500 is a beast
And, hence, the name. Hagrid.
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I agree Fairenatic................................... Part of the fun is shopping around. I just don't know if I want to give up my truck bed for a fifth.
You kinda rob Peter to pay Paul, if you know what i mean. Paying a premium for extra cargo space of a 5r just to give up cargo space in the truck bed. Just my opinion.
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No disrespect Fairenatic, but I would go crazy without the storage space in my 5ver. I don't need to put anything in the bed.
When we are ready to leave, all we need are whatever clothes aren't already aboard, and some food. Everything else is stored and ready to go. I carry stuff I don't even need.
When I pull back into my driveway, I unload dirty clothes that's it.
No pulling chairs, coolers, cords and what nots out of the truck bed and storing them in the garage.
I'm ready to roll 24/7.
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No disrespect Fairenatic, but I would go crazy without the storage space in my 5ver. I don't need to put anything in the bed.
When we are ready to leave, all we need are whatever clothes aren't already aboard, and some food. Everything else is stored and ready to go. I carry stuff I don't even need.
When I pull back into my driveway, I unload dirty clothes that's it.
No pulling chairs, coolers, cords and what nots out of the truck bed and storing them in the garage.
I'm ready to roll 24/7.
None taken. Just depends on what your priorities are. I have plenty of storage in my TT, as well. I only put the cooler and the gasoline on the stake bed. Everything else fits in the TT. The cooler is there because it is just more convenient to get something to eat or drink than opening up the trailer and the gasoline is there so it does not smell up the trailer.
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If you look to my signature you will see, I have pretty much had them all. The only rig I have no experience is the bigger Class A's and the Class B's. There are give and take to the 5ers, just as there are to the TT's. There are times I miss my 5er. Towing stability, sway, ease of maneuver were all a plus. Take aways; I have always boondocked a lot, so while everything is packed in the 5er, I still loaded firewood in the truck bed around the hitch. Because I utilized my truck for the cargo so much, every time we came home and parked the 5er, out came the hitch from the truck bed. Then there were the times when we would be on out month long (or longer) hunting trips and I would load my big 5500 watt generator. Out came the hitch to load the generator because the only place I could safely haul it was center up against the cab. After we would get to our camping area, I would have take the hitch out again to unload the generator.
Though times have changed, and I now have my inverter generator, I have transitioned back to a TT. Everything is still in it, so when we head out, its a simple matter of hooking up and going. I still load fire wood in the bed of the truck... But I don't have to continuously lift that dang hitch in and out of the bed. Even with sway control, the ride is different with a TT. What it really comes down to is what you are happy dealing with.
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