We are looking for at a 5th wheel for a full time living situation, not for taking road trips or camping. We live in Florida so we are not worried about climbing or descending steep grades. For what it's worth; the 5th wheel's we are looking at have their own braking systems. We simply need to haul the 5th wheel from a dealership to an RV site. While we tow it, it will not have any water/waste tanks full, or any generators or extra equipment like that, and it will not have all of our stuff like clothes, food, etc. until we are connected at our sight and begin to move in.
One particular 5th wheel model has an Unloaded Vehicle Weight of 12,440 lbs
My wife, kids, dog and myself weigh in at: 450 lbs (however we have another vehicle that my family can be transported in if we travel)
What I've recently read is that the 1997 F350 CC LB
srw weighs in at 7100 lbs.
Will have a toolbox in the truck bed, lets say it adds 200 lbs with what I have.
adding these figures together = 20,190 lbs if my family is in the cab while towing the 5th wheel
The numbers I've seen show GCWR
of 20,000 for a 1997 f350 7.3 CC LB 4x4
So I'm over by 190 lbs, or 1% of the suggested GCWR
All of this considered; it seems to be common consensus that the GCWR
suggested by Ford are set artificially low for liability reasons, and that insurance companies use them as well when evaluating a claim. Also, there are multiple posts on various sites suggesting that obs
F350 7.3 can haul 16k, 18k, 20k lbs. no problem.
I've read that there are modifications one can make to add some towing capacity, or payload capacity to a truck. Like better rated tires for example: going from rear tires rated at 3000 lbs to 3400 lbs would be an increase of 800 lbs total rating for the rear. Some other info about "overloading" the rig is that a good trans cooler, and an upgraded turbo will go a long way when exceeding the GCWR
of 20,000 lbs. I've seen this info repeated on multiple sites.
We want a 1997 F350 7.3psd CC LB 4x4
with 4.10 gears to haul a maximum potential 14,100 lbs across flat land. We don't want a dually. And do not plan to travel far, if at ever hauling this 5th wheel.
Looking for your thoughts on the possibilities, safety, needed upgrades, ets.