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jdonjohn

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Posted: 07/27/20 06:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I pull a 22 ft. bumper pull wt. 3700# with a 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4 3.6L gas with no problem. Will my PU handle a 24 ft. 5th wheel?

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Posted: 07/27/20 06:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hmmmm....depend on how heavy the trailer is. Some 24' 5er models have slidouts and approach 10k GVWR = 2000 lb of hitch weight. Others can work with your smaller size 1500 truck.

What is the trailers dry weight and its GVWR ??

What is your trucks GVWR and its RAWR ??

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Posted: 07/27/20 06:29am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Short answer, no. There may be very few 5’rs that it “could” handle but in my opinion you wouldn’t feel comfortable towing them. A bigger question would be why you want to move to a 5th wheel. Quarter tons are pretty much the starting point but there’s a whole lot that goes into towing a 5th wheel safely and comfortably.

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Posted: 07/27/20 06:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depends on your trucks available payload, rear axle rating and the pin weight of the trailer. There are a few small, light weight FWs out there that "MIGHT" work for you.


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You tell us based on this
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This is just my opinion, but I just can't wrap by brain around pulling a 5er with a 1/2-ton, 6-cylinder (269 lb. ft. of torque) truck. Plus (and maybe this is just me) I always like to see dual rear wheels under a 5th wheel. Personally, I'd stick with a bumper pull.


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A1ARealtorRick wrote:

This is just my opinion, but I just can't wrap by brain around pulling a 5er with a 1/2-ton, 6-cylinder (269 lb. ft. of torque) truck. Plus (and maybe this is just me) I always like to see dual rear wheels under a 5th wheel. Personally, I'd stick with a bumper pull.


Agree or get the bigger truck as mentioned.


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Length isn’t your determining factor.


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guidry wrote:

Short answer, no. There may be very few 5’rs that it “could” handle but in my opinion you wouldn’t feel comfortable towing them. A bigger question would be why you want to move to a 5th wheel. Quarter tons are pretty much the starting point but there’s a whole lot that goes into towing a 5th wheel safely and comfortably.


What do you mean by "Quarter tons are pretty much the starting point..."? A quarter ton of what?

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Posted: 07/27/20 08:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It would likely handle one of these:

Scamp

For the most part, 1/2-ton truck aren't designed for towing fifth wheel RVs. Doesn't mean you won't see people doing it, though.

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