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Old 06-28-2019, 10:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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And I am the one that bought a Solitude, I tow with a 3500, but really the difference is only rear springs, tires and the sticker on the door. If you buy a 5th wheel with a GVW of around 15,000 it is hard to stay totally legal. The truck will tow fine, but legal is done on a scale. Example: My truck weighs as follows: 5600 front axle, 4000 rear axle with just me and my normal stuff, a 60 gallon fuel tank and 5500 watt onan quiet diesel generator and 5th wheel hitch. Hooked up to the Solitude loaded, rear axle is between 7000 and 7500, front axle 5600, trailer axles 10,500. Interesting point, rear axle on truck is 500 lbs heavier without fresh water in the 5er, due to the fact that the water tank sits behind the rear axle of the 5er and takes weight off of the pin. I found this out by accident in January when I had to take a trip to CA and found out that my fresh water drain didn't close all the way and let the water drain out. Based on my numbers above, I am over weight, my truck has a gross vehicle weight rating of 11,600, based on my front and rear axles combined, I am at 12,600 to 13,100 on the gross vehicle weight of my truck. Am I worried? Nope, I am withing my tire ratings and the truck drives fine. If needed, I can loose 7-800 lbs easily between the generator and my extra fuel.
With a 2500 truck, your GVW is probably around 10,000, so you have less of a margin. Limit your 5th wheel choices based on pin weight to start and then scale your truck and combo axle by axle.
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