What Are the Specifications of Fifth-Wheel Vehicles?


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A fifth-wheel vehicle, or fifth-wheel trailer, is between 21 to 40 feet long and 96 and 102 inches wide. It accommodates two to six people, depending on its model and floor plan. As of 2015, fifth wheels cost between $15,000 and $100,000.

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Fifth-wheel trailers offer maximum living space for a given trailer length. The bi-level floor plan provides more room in the "living" area of the unit than other RVs. With slide-outs for the living/dining area and a slide-out for the bedroom area, a fifth-wheel trailer can be quite spacious. Fifth-wheels are available with a wide range of features and appliances, some of which are normally found only in higher-end motor-homes. These often include a washer/dryer, an on-board generator and ceiling fans.

Based on its specifications, such a trailer may require a super-duty pickup truck or a medium-duty RV hauler for towing. The towing truck must have a good trailer brake controller and the fifth-wheel pin weight of the trailer must match the payload capacity of the truck. Among the industry-leading towing vehicles of 2015 are the RAM 3500 with a towing capacity of 30,000 pounds and the popular Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD, which can tow up to 23,000 pounds.

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