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RE: can someone please explain this for me?

Well I tried to post pics of the pages from the manual but, even with following the forum directions I still can't get it to work. :? Either way after looking after it again I am reading it correctly. I looked at my rear leafs and I have a total of 6. Anyone know if that would be stock or does that seem like heaver than stock?
SUMRX4 02/14/20 10:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: can someone please explain this for me?

According to this my max trailer weight without a 5th wheel is 12,500 and with a 5th wheel it drops to 10,600. Why is that? No one knows why a truck makers assigns ratings to a particular truck. Its been this was since mfg started assigning numbers to their trucks. RV folks like to guess and some guesses get pretty wild. However we do know a 5th wheel trailer places all the hitch weight (pin weight) the weight of the hitch itself over the trucks rear axle. That model F250 has either a 6084 or 6100 RAWR. These year model F250 rear axle can weigh in the 2900-3000 lb range leaving around 3000-3200 lb for a in the bed payload. You have the truck so drop by a set of CAT scale and get your trucks front and rear axle weights. These are the numbers that will tell you what the truck can safely handle in all situations. The RAWR includes rear axle spring pack. Now if your F250 has the heavy service package or camper package the front and rear brakes...suspension is upgraded two times. Same as a F350srw GAWR packages. Apparently you know your Fords pretty good. My rear axle is rated at 6084. How would I go about finding out if this truck was equipped with the camper package or anything like that? Also why would you calculate the weight of the axle itself into the payload? The axle weight is resting on the ground not the suspension. That one doesn't make sense to me.
SUMRX4 02/12/20 09:43am Fifth-Wheels
can someone please explain this for me?

I have always pulled a conventional bumper pull style RV. I am considering a 5th wheel. My TV is a 2003 F-250 Crew cab short box with the 6.0 diesel. I was looking in the manual this morning at towing capacities. According to this my max trailer weight without a 5th wheel is 12,500 and with a 5th wheel it drops to 10,600. Why is that?
SUMRX4 02/12/20 08:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What would cause this on a slide out?

i cant see the issue you are sepaking of with teh rubber seal on the exterior but as far as the inside, I'm guessing someone extreded the slide but something was between the trailer wall and that trim of the slide and it pushed it off the slide slightly. I did that exact thing in mine but I saw it immediatly and it only moved about a foot of the material closest to the floor and unless you look for it you can't even see it. I'm with some others also, have an independant repairman look at it and get his thoughts. On tell the dealer you will purchase it if those items are remedied. If they aren't willing to do so then find another dealer. Look long enough and you will find another one.
SUMRX4 01/23/20 06:13am Travel Trailers
RE: asking for suggestions/opinions

Thanks for all the replys and advise. My current TV is a 2003 F250 diesel. No that doesn't have tha towing capacity of today's diesels but it would still pull what I am looking for. In all honesty I will probably stay with the TT, if I even upgrade at all. You can find almost the same floor plans in TT now that 5ers have anyway. BUt keep the opinions coming as I am reading all of them.
SUMRX4 01/21/20 08:18am General RVing Issues
asking for suggestions/opinions

Not to beat a dead horse and I know none of you can make this decision for me but I would just like to hear opinions and suggestions to help me. Wife and I are considering upgrading our current TT. I "think" I would like to have a 5th wheel because of all I hear about ease of towing and maneuverability. But they are more expensive. We currently only camp within a couple hours or less from home so it's not like I am towing for extended periods of time. Also we typically only take weekend trips so the added storage in a typical 5vr isn't needed. Basically my only reason for considering a 5th wheel is because I want one. So for those that have maybe had both I would just like to hear if the pros out weigh the cons enough for me to spend the extra $$ on a 5vr. Also its only two of us. Hopefully some grandkids down the road but I hope that is at least 5+ away. No matter what I buy I am not looking for anything huge. Something in the 10,000lbs range or less.
SUMRX4 01/20/20 08:31am General RVing Issues
RE: suggestions on models

Our Jayco HT has a 74" bedroom height. I'm also 6'2" and have no problem with it. Maybe I just got use to our old 5er we had for 17 years that was way lower. Apparently different models/years are built different. I was in an HT a couple weeks back and while it was higher than some others I had looked at it wasn't tall enough for me to comfortable.
SUMRX4 10/22/19 06:09am Fifth-Wheels
suggestions on models

I am looking to "upgrade" my RV. I would really like a fifth wheel because of the ease of handling and maneuverability. My TV is a 2003 Super duty with the 6.0 diesel. Its a diesel but with it's age it's towing capacity is only 12,500lbs. I am having trouble finding 5er's under that weight that aren't designed as 1/2ton towable. My issue with 1/2 ton 5ers is I'm 6'2" tall and they all seem to have very low ceiling heights in the bedroom. Does anyone have any suggestions for a model within my tow specs that has a full height ceiling up front?
SUMRX4 10/21/19 02:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing speed

Yuou folks have stated exactly what I was thinking. I'm comfy at 60 or just a touch over but just wanted to know where others stood on the issue.
SUMRX4 08/07/19 06:51am Towing
Towing speed

Just curious what speed folks run while towing. Where I travel I rarely spend any time on the interstate so my opportunity or need for 60+ MPH is rare. Next week I will be taking a 4 hour trip with most of that being interstate travel with a 70MPH speed limit. Which means folks will be running 80. I'm guessing most folks don't run that fast while traveling but I'm not too keen on running 65 and getting run over by everyone else on the rd. either.
SUMRX4 08/07/19 06:06am Towing
RE: Different size bumper caps.

We sell those clamp on hitches for TT bumpers in the parts store. We have them at the parts desk and when someone asks for one, we try to talk them out of it. The parts manager was following a TT with one installed on the road and lost 3 of the 4 bikes on the rack. That's exactly what I'm trying to avoid. Jayco says the bumper is rated for 150lbs which is well within the weight of two bikes and rack. Add in the bouncing and I'm sure you can easily exceed 200lbs. Glenn, Can you post up a pic of the strap configuration you use? I cant see how a strap angled like that would prevent the bouncing.
SUMRX4 07/30/19 07:04am General RVing Issues
Different size bumper caps.

As the title states, does anyone know of a company that makes bumper caps in different sizes? Little background...I want to add a bike rack to the rear of my TT. I see so many posts against mounting directly to the bumper that I'm almost scared to. Well I could purchase and install a receiver hitch but opposed to spending $150+ on a tow hitch I figured I'd just replace the thin wall stock bumper with either a piece of 4 1/2" steel tubing. I can buy this, pay to have it welded on, and paint if for less than the hitch would cost. I want to keep the ability to store my sewer hose inside and use the plastic end caps. From what I can tell the 4 1/2" tube inside dimension is larger than my current bumper tube and my current caps won't stay in. Thus leading to me to my question...does anyone make larger end caps? Suggestions or ideas on something else to use instead?
SUMRX4 07/29/19 02:10pm General RVing Issues
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