How Much Does a 5th-Wheel Weigh Loaded vs Unloaded

by Bob

(Los Angeles, CA)

Question: I’m shopping for a truck and fifth wheel RV. Is there a rule of thumb that I can use to calculate the loaded weight of the 5th wheel vs. un-loaded?

Answer: For any 5th wheel you consider, you can see the specific specifications pertaining to weight. There should be a sticker or plaque with this information and it should be in the manufacturer’s specs.

Similarly, the truck should have specifications on its towing capabilities.

You need to understand what the various definitions mean in order to make sense of the numbers. Please see the following pages on our web site:

Ten Towing Tips

RV & Vehicle Weight Definitions

Ten Weighty Matters