Will say this is not a recommendation
Originally Posted by Hansel
Okay so I've read and done searches on pin weight's because in the future we (wifey and I ) plan on trading in a TT which has bunk beds for something more for just us. I want a 5th wheel but it seems like I don't think I can get much of a camper, now this is just guessing and I know I need too make a trip too the CAT scale's, but my old 2000 F-250 weighed in at 6560lbs (2WD) so now I have a 2001 F-250 7.3L 4X4 so I would guess it's over 7,000lbs easy. Now the door sticker has a 8800lb GVWR so if I understand correctly and the truck is 7000lbs I can add 1800lbs, take out me and dear wifey so know maybe 1450lbs.
So we have found a possible new camper, it's a Jayco (Sorry Don't hate us) but that is the one the camper dealer had that has the features we want, so here are the manufactures weight's
Jayco Eagle HT 37.5RLTS
Dry hitch 1260lbs
Cargo cap. 2325
So when looking at these number's and I know that I can't really go by them, but even thou I think my truck can handle it, is my truck just not enough for a 5th wheel or should I just stick with a TT?????
Thanks guys, but I need some guidance
just the situation I find myself and am comfortable.
TV is a 2001 Ram 2500 Cummins 4X4 with Camper Package, meaning it came with 3500 springs, larger tires, and rear sway bar. NONE of which is reflected on the VIN sticker. I have the build sheet with the Camper package and the larger 265/75-16 (3,415#) tires compared to the stock 245/75-16 (3,042#) tires.
When we went to buy the current 5er we knew we would be close or over GVWR, I required that we hook up the 5er before before signing the papers as we had a 250 mile tow home and wanted to be sure it sat some what level, and the TV didn't squat too much.
It fit great and the TV was still better than level. Signed the papers and paid for it and hit the road.
Well on the first trip stopped at the scales on the way home!
To say the least a good bit over GVWR, but well under all axle, and way way under tire ratings.
The 5er ratings are:
Dry weight 9,820#
Tows at just over 11,000#
Pin loaded 2,000#
Tows, handles, and stops like a dream.
Yes, likely in legal limbo, but don't see too much of an issue. If it didn't tow and handle the way it does, I would get a 3500 (not bigger just a different number on the side, and VIN).
No bags or Timbren's, just stock running gear.
To the OP, that Jayco, might come in just under your GVWR, some these weights for hitches these guys throw out, are a bit out of line. I am not weak, but I know my Reese twin jaw weighs nowhere near 200#, more like 100#.
Pin on that Jayco runs about 17% dry, and not too large of a basement so likely not going to change much.