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    2004 F250 & 2009 Sundance 2998RB

    Hello everyone,
    I'm new to this forum, but have been a frequent visitor. I have a 04 F250 4x4 extended cab short box 3.73 LS axel. I'm new to the 5th wheel setup. We are moving from a TT to the FW. So, please be gentle on me. I'm haveing difficulty understanding on how to figure out the weight calculations for a 5th wheel. I need some help. My GCWR: 20,000, RAWR; 6,084, Max Loaded 5th wheel: 12,000, Max Ride height: 56-57inches. Do you guys see me haveing any difficulty with that 2998RB? Is to long of trailer? Is the pin weight to heavy? I'm thinking about adding the Air Lift 5000. I have looked at the Pullrite 18k superslide, Reese 18k Select Plus, and Trailer Saver hitches. Is a slide hitch really needed or can I get away with the fixed hitch. When driving and need to make a tight turn. Do you need the slider for that senario or is it just for campsite maneuverability.
    I'm traveling with DW, 3 young kids, and a Shih-Poo(dog). I just want to tow safe. The TT weights were much easier to figure out. Also, I don't want to go overkill with a slider if it's not need. Thanks in advance
    Michigandsl

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    Ryan, Welcome to the Heartland Forum. There are several discussion on slider hitches and I think the general consensus is they are not needed with Heartlands front cap design. The intent of the sliding hitch is mainly for maneuvering into tight spots and allows close to a 90 degree turn while backing up. The slider also allows more moving parts that add to the chucking you referred to in your other post. You should be within your weight limits with the 2998RB and your truck should manage it quite well. The empty hitch weight is listed at 1700# so loaded I would think you'll be under 2300#. As for what hitch to buy? You should be fine with a hitch rated at 16K. If you think in a few years you might get a bigger trailer it wouldn't hurt to go to 18K. We have a middle of the road Reese. Nothing fancy but it does have a bit of slop in the pin so we get some moderate chucking if the roads are really bad. Otherwise it's a capable hitch. Good Luck with your venture.
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    I would agree with Ray's comments. With regards to pin weight, the only other thing I would do would be to weigh your un-hitched truck as if you were going on a trip (DW, Kids, Dog, fuel, with hitch installed if possible, etc) to get your baseline rear axle weight.

    Ford's 2004 Towing Guide recommends 15% to 25% of total trailer weight for your pin weight.

    Using 11,870 lbs for the Sundance equates to 1780.5 to 2960.5 lbs, so Ray was right on with his 2300 lbs (20% equals 2374 lbs).
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    Thank You guys for all your information. However, I have a question. For example: If my truck weighs in at 7,000lb. + 2,374= 9,374. My concern is that my GVWR is 8,800lb. That setup would put me 574lb over my GVWR if I'm doing it correctly. Also, my GCWR would be 9,374 + 11,870= 18,870lb. That would put me 1,130 under for my GCWR. Can I safely tow being over on GVWR, but under on GCWR. Thanks for being patient with me. I just want to do the right thing for my family and the people who will be driving around me.

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    MichiganDSL,

    I applaud your safety concerns and thanks for caring about those of us traveling around you!

    It appears that you've got the math part correct. Now comes what I refer to as "creative trailer packing"!

    You can slide some of that pin weight towards the rear of the Sundance (low side of the safe scale is 15% or 1780 lbs). This is all based on you having a fully maxed out Sundance in tow; as its weight decreases so should your pin weight.

    OR

    You can lighten your truck's weight somehow...wife, kids, just not the dog.

    P.S. On second thought forget that last suggestion..it's just not worth it!
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    Michigandsl

    I believe you have the math correct. Surprising isn't it?

    I bought my F-250 first then bought my BH 3055.

    When I weighed the packed unit I was surprised to find myself overloaded on the rear axle, not the front axle, not the total weight?

    Doesn't make sense to me but that is what it weighed out.

    I think you will be surprised how much "stuff" you end up bringing with you and how much it weighs and how much of that weight ends up on the truck pin. I tried to cut as much as possible and I have huge amounts of space left in the basement but am still overloaded.

    Bottom line, I wish I had bought a 350 instead. This would give me room to add nice to have things in the basement and give me more comfort factor in not being overloaded.

    I believe the trailer you are looking at is even heavier than mine so I caution you to look closely at the numbers.

    Regarding the slider hitch; I have the Pullrite Superslide. I believe I have used that additional room every time I back into my driveway at home. I don't believe I have ever needed it any other time. My reasoning was I had a $50K trailer hitched to a $50K truck with me and loved ones. Did I want to risk all that by saving a few hundred dollars on a hitch? That is the only thing holding it all together and keeping things stable.

    Personally I decided it was too critical to skrimp and went top end.

    If I was starting all over and had all the money I wanted; I would go with a 350 or 450 with a long bed and a top end fixed slider.

    Some day I hope to get smart enough to know every thing I need to know before I make a decision. ( I probably won't live that long)

    Good Luck and welcome to the family.
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    I just made an appointment today to have the 18k pullrite superglide and the Ride-Rite air helper springs. I know the Ride-Rite will help on towing level, but will it help me with my TV rear axel weights. If it doesn't then I'm over by 534lb GVWR. The RAWR is 6,084lb. Then if my pin is 2,300 that gives me 3,784lb left over. How does the Ride-Rite fit into the equeation? There supposed to give upto 5,000lb of additional payload. Everyone's information has been very helpfull and informative.

    thankx, michigandsl

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    Michigandsl; First let me say none of this makes you legal !! In 2005 your gvw would be 10,000lbs. Ford didn't change anything really.Your rawr of 6084lbs is your tires are rated at 3042lbs ea. at 80lbs.Some 265-75-16 tires are rated at 3415lbs firestone ,michlin, dayton ,bridgstone that might help with actual wright.The air bags will let you keep your truck level. after that you'll have to redistribute your weight. Thats all I have time for right now. I'll try to give you more info later or PM me. I had this problem on my company truck JON
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    Hello Michigandls
    I have the same sundance exept no rear bath just storage. Which I have pretty loaded up with a ladder and a bunch of other things. I just weighed my rig a few weeks ago and found my truck was 7550 lbs. The pin weight was 2500 lbs and my rig, and tow vehical ,was 19,260lbs included me and son AND HITCH AND SOME FIRE WOOD AND A FULL TANK OF GAS. Now we were fully loaded with clothes and a 41 lb generater in the front storage. My wife wasnt included in the weight so to be right we would have to add 110 lbs for her.I think that I am pretty close to the limits of my truck. That is why I bought the sundance instead of a bigger trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rmcgrath53 View Post
    Hello Michigandls
    I have the same sundance exept no rear bath just storage. Which I have pretty loaded up with a ladder and a bunch of other things. I just weighed my rig a few weeks ago and found my truck was 7550 lbs. The pin weight was 2500 lbs and my rig, and tow vehical ,was 19,260lbs included me and son AND HITCH AND SOME FIRE WOOD AND A FULL TANK OF GAS. Now we were fully loaded with clothes and a 41 lb generater in the front storage. My wife wasnt included in the weight so to be right we would have to add 110 lbs for her.I think that I am pretty close to the limits of my truck. That is why I bought the sundance instead of a bigger trailer.
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