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GraySwain

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Just purchased a small 5th wheel (263 model, 28 feet overall) and will probably be towing it with a short bed truck. I have done some reading that I will need a special hitch to accommodate clearance of the trailer. Opinions? Suggestions on hitches? General advice? Thanks guys and gals.

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If you have been reading, you already know there are lots of opinions on use of standard bed vrs long bed. Some need a slider, some don't. The brand truck makes a difference too, as they have more/less distance from rear axle center, to back of truck cab. It is mostly driver's awareness, same as backing a boat, or utility trailer. They will hit too, when backing short and not paying attention.

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Most 5ers now have rounded or contoured front corners reducing the problem of the 5er hitting the cab or back window on tight turns. Turning going forward is no problem. But backing into a tight turn trying to get into a tight site can cause the 5er to hit if you are not very careful. With care, you can get by without a sliding hitch. But if you want peace of mind of not having to remember then a sliding hitch may be in your future.

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Just get a longbed and save all the compromises.


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Get whatever truck you want. There’s a hitch that will work with it and your camper.


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And based on the OPs other threads combined with not owning a truck to pull the new camper yet, a HD gasser doesn’t really cost more than a comparable 1/2 ton gasser. Get a HD.

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Grit dog wrote:

And based on the OPs other threads combined with not owning a truck to pull the new camper yet, a HD gasser doesn’t really cost more than a comparable 1/2 ton gasser. Get a HD.


To update, bought a truck. 1/2 ton. Rated to tow 2,000lbs more than the dry weight of the camper. Will be adding tow assist air bags, tunner (to up trans line pressure and monitor temp), and truck has a new built transmission.

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1/2 tons are the worst there is for towing a 5th wheel, which puts so much weight in the bed. When you get the truck and trailer loaded up for a trip run it by the scales. I'm curious what your weights are.


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First thing ya better do is dump the soft tires and get a set of quality "E" rated tires!!!

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GraySwain wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

And based on the OPs other threads combined with not owning a truck to pull the new camper yet, a HD gasser doesn’t really cost more than a comparable 1/2 ton gasser. Get a HD.


To update, bought a truck. 1/2 ton. Rated to tow 2,000lbs more than the dry weight of the camper. Will be adding tow assist air bags, tunner (to up trans line pressure and monitor temp), and truck has a new built transmission.


Add up the weight of your passengers and the 5th wheel hitch. Take that number and deduct that from your 2000lbs.

Please read the small print for tow ratings!!!!

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