Towing with 5th wheel

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Towing with 5th wheel

Postby Kirkland43 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:28 pm

I have a cardinal 5th wheel 2009 model 3425 with 2" tow hitch in rear and was looking to get tow capacity and hitch weight capacity.
Anyone have any information on this subject.

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Re: Towing with 5th wheel

Postby dfredendall » Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:18 am

I have a 2007 with a factory installed 2" "boat hitch", It has no label on it, but if memory serves me correctly, earlier posts and documents rate it at 2500 pounds max. Not sure of hitch ball dead weight rating. At the national Rally, two Forest River reps told us they no longer install 2" tube hitches. They only install a 1 1/4" tube for bike racks. Liability issues. People have torn hitches loose trying to haul 3500 pounds. The new hitches are not very sturdy. The trailer frame is not as heavy duty as you might wish, and I really keep an eye on mine. My hitch is installed at the very end of the frame with very little forward strengthening or support. I occasionally haul about 2000 lbs. in a Sea-Doo trailer with about 300 lbs hitch weight.
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Re: Towing with 5th wheel

Postby BMullins46 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:00 pm

You need to be careful about loading that hitch, last year the guy at Lippert told me the frame is only 11 guage and won't support much. My hitch tore loose from the frame while traveling on the VERY rough I70 across Illinois while on the way to FROG last year.
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