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Old 03-25-2016, 12:32 PM   #1
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Thinking of going with a fifth wheel next

Hello all,

I'm currently pulling a Jayco 28bhs travel trailer and I'm thinking of going to a fifth wheel. My wife and I love the layouts of them. We have 3 kids ages 9,11,and 12.
I'm pulling with a 2016 Silverado 2500 gasser. The sticker says I have 3,077 lbs of payload capacity.

Looking for some recommendations from the current crop of fifth wheels out there that would be a good match for my truck. We all know the salespeople will pretty much sell you anything without much regard for safety.

I should also add I'm trying to avoid a bunkhouse design and yet be able to sleep 5. I bought my travel trailer with the bunkhouse and wouldn't ya know it? The kids never liked sleeping on the bunks. They always slept on the couch. That nice rear living room view I could have had in other floor plan options was sacrificed for nothing. Lol

Thanks all,
Chris
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:13 PM   #2
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Sounds like the same problem I had with the kids... finally lost two of them, and lost the bunkhouse as well. Just down to one now, so a rear living room suits us fine.
If I was in your shoes, and if they were common place back then, I would have been pulling a front living room.
the couches pull out into a massive bed, the tv is right there, the couches are big enough to sleep on as is, plus the whole floor is available. Plus the area is big enough for the five of you to be together comfortably.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:27 PM   #3
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Hi klassic,

Funny you mention that! My wife and I loved that model. I forget which it was but will have to go on the website and find it. 2 couches up front with TV and fireplace. Beautiful.

Will have to check the weights on that one to see if it's doable for my truck.
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:06 PM   #4
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How do you like the 2500 gasser? Do you pull over mountains? Any problems maintaining speed? Sorry, but I can't really help with your questions regarding 5th wheel choice. Thanks.
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:24 PM   #5
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Love the truck. My usual campspots are out on the beach and up in the Adirondacks. This truck handles the trailer no problem whether I'm towing on the loose sand in 4 wheel drive on the beach or up and down the very respectable hill country of the Adirondacks. Obviously when the grade becomes really steep in some places I'm slowing down a bit but then I just smack on a couple thousand rpm's and I'm back up to speed no problem.
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:18 PM   #6
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One thing I would have a hard time giving up about my 28BHS is the 3 seat couch directly across from the dinette. It's so convenient for conversations and having multiple people in the trailer, unlike the majority of designs where they are beside each other and it's hard to face one another. This is one of the few floorplans that has it and it's great, along with the L kitchen right beside. It's also awesome that everything is accessible and usable with the slide retracted if required!

I agree that if you don't need bunks then big windows at the back are the way to go (my old trailer) but I wouldn't give this trailer up unless the 5th wheel had a full height ceiling up front (I'm 6'4). You should be OK with a 5th that has a pin weight of 2000lbs or less - plenty in the Eagle HT line that fit this.

Will you miss having the use of your truck bed? That's another thing I'm very attached to.
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Old 03-25-2016, 04:50 PM   #7
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Hi Chris,

The Eagle 339FLQS frount living rooom may be a good fit for your truck. The 339FLQ has a spec'd dry pin weight of 1,965#. And 20% of it's GVWR is 2,520#. Both within your sticker 3,077 lbs payload capacity.

I think the North Point and Pinnacle front living rooms may be too heavy for your truck. The Pinnacle 38FLSA has a spec'd dry pin weight of 3,095 #.

However, from my experience, the sticker payload capacity is never correct.
I would suggest taking your truck, loaded as it would be for a camping trip and get it weighted at a CAT scale, getting both front and rear axle weights.
This way you can compare these weights against your truck's GVWR and Rear Axle GAWR and know exactly what your payload capacity is.

Don't forget to add ~200 - 250# to your weights for a 5th wheel hitch.

I would guess that the weights of the 339FLQ would be within your capability.

Hope this helps.
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I agree with ROC about the scale. Also, your payload number is for both axles, a 5th's pin is mostly on the rear axle. Before pulling the trigger a visit to the scale will tell you how much you can load on the rear axle. Our pin is 24% of the GVW.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:38 PM   #9
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I always thought that you wanted to stay well under your maximum GVWR. ( 15-20% )

If you only have 3000lb of payload, I would think you want to keep your pin weight closer to 1200 lbs, leaving capacity for passengers, and other in vehicle gear .

Thoughts?
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:42 PM   #10
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I think that 339flq is too much for that 2500.

Just My.02
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