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We are looking at a new 5th wheel toy hauler camper to live in when we are not trucking across country. I have a 99 KW now with a 130'' sleeper aka "A House truck" with a 285" wheelbase. It is much like a motorhome and I still work the truck. I plan on moving the camper from place to place with my KW mostly between SC and Fl until we retire. We have places in SC and Fl we can park for free but at times we will be in a RV park for a change of pace. I just have to do a few mods to the rear of the truck in order to pull the fifth wheel camper but we are looking forward to a new adventure. From what I understand, I can move my camper with a commercial vehicle without any problems. Any tricks, tips, info is always helpful.post-56622-0-93330900-1486945368_thumb.jpg

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Welcome to the forum. Since you have a commercial license I wouldn't think that there would be any problem. Others have much more knowledge than I do and may have a different opinion. I suppose there might be an issue in some places with the overall length if you get the biggest 5'er you can find. I doubt that anyone will say you don't have enough truck for your trailer. <grin>

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Your Commercial hitch probably does not have any side to side articulation which could put stress on a RV style frame if you get in any situations that require it to move. Semi trailer frames are stronger and can handle the hitch not flexing.

 

Also the commercial hitch may be too high and you may not be able to raise the pin box on the trailer enough to keep trailer level, putting an uneven loading on your axles, possibly overloading one (assuming you have multiple axles on the trailer). Check you pin height in comparison to hitch height with both level.

 

Lastly, most of us with HDT's use an airride hitch to help smooth out the ride in the trailer due to the suspension on the truck being meant for much larger pin loads.

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My concern is that advertising on the commercial truck could cause problems in some campgrounds. That said, my daughter parked her Swift company tractor in a campground that does not allow advertising where I was staying without any hassles. She parked in the boat trailer section, not in a campsite, but she was very visible.

 

Linda Sand

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