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Rayco 10-26-2019 02:23 PM

Our rig is very similar to yours and it's been working just fine.

Check the tire pressure recommendation on your truck. On mine, even though the tires are identical front and rear, Ford recommends 60 psi in front and 75 in the rear.

Happy camping and safe travels!

RickandBecky 10-26-2019 07:47 PM

Thanks Rayco! I am probably over-thinking this whole deal with the new fifth wheel! With our 28 foot travel trailer, I had way more truck than I actually needed. Now I’’ve got ‘just enough’ truck, but just want to be safe and have fun traveling—that’s the goal.

Big1 10-28-2019 08:55 PM

And we don't blame you for wanting to be safe, but yeah I'm like that myself it will keep you out of trouble.

RickandBecky 10-29-2019 06:58 AM

Thanks Big1–and thank you for your service to our country!

RedHorse1 10-29-2019 08:10 AM

Congrats on your new 5th! We just returned from a 6 week outing and had a great time. Our 5th is a bit heavier (abt 13k# with 3k# on the pin). You’ll find the 6.7 does a great job pulling, the engine is an “OX” and loves to pull. I finally decided I had too much squat and installed Timbrens. They’ve done very well and I notice no change in the ride and have removed just the right amount of squat.
Hitting the CAT Scale is an excellent idea. I’ve made 3 Scale stops, the first time I felt like the jackrabbit that wandered into a buffalo herd. By my third visit I acted like I knew what I was doing, just an act mind you.:cool:

RickandBecky 10-29-2019 08:29 AM

My “little” F250 only drops about 2 inches at the back wheel, but looking into something like you’ve got—either Timbrens or SumoSprings. We’re taking the new rig out camping next week and plan to hit the Cat scales one more time to get a “fully loaded” pin weight and also a combined weight of both truck and trailer. Had a very nice truck driver help me the first time—he could tell I was 100% clueless!

Big1 10-31-2019 02:16 AM

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Originally Posted by RickandBecky (Post 805803)
Thanks Big1–and thank you for your service to our country!

Thank you sir, I did twenty-eight years in the Army and retired at E-8.

RedHorse1 10-31-2019 08:17 AM

An unexpected benefit from the Timbrens was that hitching/unhitching became quicker. I don’t have to extend/retract the landing gear as much due to there being less squat. I seem to notice it more when unhitching. Before I had to grind what seemed like forever to get the plate to “unload”.
I expect that any solution that reduces squat would provide the same benefit tho.

CAG 10-31-2019 09:12 AM

For future reference. There are several sites on the Internet that will help figuring what a vehicle should be towing. Most vehicle can tow much more than they should.

https://rv.campingworld.com/towguide

Skidawg 10-31-2019 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by RickandBecky (Post 804948)
Thanks for the replies! We picked up our new Eagle 30.5CKTS on Tuesday and drove the 45 miles home with no issues at all. The Anderson Ultimate hitch provided a very smooth pull, and the fifth wheel had plenty of clearance above my bed rails. The only thing I need to do now is check the turn radius and get a feel for how sharp a turn I can safely make without hitting the back of the cab. I found some measurements that will give me a good estimate, so will do those today and see how that comes out. I calculated that, with the 1,620#’s of pin weight, we could still put a little over 500 more pounds in the trailer and be below my truck’s 10,000 GVWR. We’re going camping next week at Tyler State Park, close to home, so I’ll hit a CAT scale on the way and get a fully loaded truck GVRW and a combined weight for the truck/fifth wheel. Love the Eagle 30.5! The modern farmhouse interior is absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to get a few days in this “home away from home”!

Rick, while you are checking your turning radius, take note on how much rail clearance you have and ensure you account for not being on level ground. These 5th wheels will lean a bit while in a tight turn. More so, while reversing. Happy Camping. SKIDWAG

RickandBecky 10-31-2019 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Skidawg (Post 806444)
Rick, while you are checking your turning radius, take note on how much rail clearance you have and ensure you account for not being on level ground. These 5th wheels will lean a bit while in a tight turn. More so, while reversing. Happy Camping. SKIDWAG

Thanks for th heads up on the bed rail clearance! I’m going to a big church parking lot in the morning to get some practice with this thing. We’ve towed travel trailers for years and never had any issues, but these fifth wheels are a different animal! Appreciate the advice!

SteveH 10-31-2019 09:51 PM

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We have a 2018 Ford F-250 SuperDuty 6.7 TD and have just purchased a new Eagle HT 30.5CKTS, GVWR of 11,000#’s. Although I am a little late asking this, would appreciate opinions and facts as to whether or not we will be in good shape pulling this unit with our truck. I do not want to trade my truck as this point, but would like to hear from those who have experience—I don’t. Of course, my salesman said I had nothing to worry about whatsoever. Thanks everyone!

We have a 2018 30.5 CKTS and was pulling it with a 2006 Silverado 2500HD gas 6.0......towed it pretty good but struggled on hills......recently replaced tow vehicle with new 2019 Silverado 2500 HD 6.6 Duramax.....hills no longer a issue no air bags.....timbrens......leaf springs needed we also have the 16” tire option...😊........
Anyway here’s a picture of the actual weight of trailer. Full of water and food.....beverages......
We also have a 5.5kw Onan Marquis generator. Used my tripod on front scale and both axles on rear scale

RickandBecky 11-01-2019 05:56 AM

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Originally Posted by SteveH (Post 806527)
We have a 2018 30.5 CKTS and was pulling it with a 2006 Silverado 2500HD gas 6.0......towed it pretty good but struggled on hills......recently replaced tow vehicle with new 2019 Silverado 2500 HD 6.6 Duramax.....hills no longer a issue no air bags.....timbrens......leaf springs needed we also have the 16” tire option...😊........
Anyway here’s a picture of the actual weight of trailer. Full of water and food.....beverages......
We also have a 5.5kw Onan Marquis generator. Used my tripod on front scale and both axles on rear scale

. Looks like you’ve got everything dialed in just right! We’ve got a short, local camping trip planned next week—sort of a shake-down outing—can’t wait to see how everything works out! Thanks for the information!

RickandBecky 11-01-2019 05:59 AM

The weight I have to pay close attention to is GVWR, which is 10,000#’s for my F250. The empty weight of my truck, with full fuel only, was 7,860#s. Staying under 10k is doable, but can’t be too rambunctious with loading everything we own!

AKRUEBBE 11-01-2019 07:55 AM

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Originally Posted by SteveH (Post 806527)
We have a 2018 30.5 CKTS and was pulling it with a 2006 Silverado 2500HD gas 6.0......towed it pretty good but struggled on hills......recently replaced tow vehicle with new 2019 Silverado 2500 HD 6.6 Duramax.....hills no longer a issue no air bags.....timbrens......leaf springs needed we also have the 16” tire option...😊........
Anyway here’s a picture of the actual weight of trailer. Full of water and food.....beverages......
We also have a 5.5kw Onan Marquis generator. Used my tripod on front scale and both axles on rear scale

Steve, looks like you went to Washington truck scale to get weighed, right?

SteveH 11-01-2019 01:46 PM

Yep, used scale on hwy 20 towards Anacortes. Always closed weekends but they spin the heads around so you can see. I later was told that in the State of Washington it’s illegal to unhook on a scale??? Not sure if that’s accurate or not.

AKRUEBBE 11-01-2019 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by SteveH (Post 806618)
Yep, used scale on hwy 20 towards Anacortes. Always closed weekends but they spin the heads around so you can see. I later was told that in the State of Washington it’s illegal to unhook on a scale??? Not sure if that’s accurate or not.

Good to know.........thanks!


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