I don't mean to call on the weight police but... I am a girl and worry a lot. Having said that, we first got a travel trailer with weight 5800 lbs loaded with a heavy tongue weight of 900 lbs. We had the Resse HP dual cam sway control and it worked fine. The total lenght of this trailer was 26 feet. No sway. We then went camping. there are just the 2 of us with 3 little dogs. We go for 1 to 2 weeks at the time and found that the Shasta Revere 21 FBS type of layout (with the bed separated from the main living area with only a curtain and watch out for the BIG U shaped dinnette, I thought this was the best thing since sliced bread but ended up hating it real quikly).
Not one year into the deal, I found myself listening to my dad and 2 brother in law about a fifth wheel. I kept repeating to them all I have heard and read about on RV.net and the likes. My dad is a contractor and tows heavy machinery year round as well as Train countainers during the winter. One brother in law is a transport truck driver, long runs. The other brother in law is a mechanics.... 40 years in the business. Now that is experience.
We spotted this 5th wheel from Jayco, Eagle HY 23.5
small, 5900 lbs dry, 1159 pin weight. We let the salesman talk us into it. I worried a lot about the numbers and GVWR , GAWR, GCVWR, Tires, air bags, timbrens, leveling, you name it.'.... I worried! lol
I talked to a LOT of people.
Ultimately, we took quite a few trips last summer and the main one was down to nova scotia. We drove over 4000 km in the summer up and down hills and all was well. This truck towed this 5th wheel a lot better than it towed the trailer.
I woulnd't go back. If anyting, I might get a bigger one!!
We are going down to the outerbanks in april (1400 km and back) and again down to Nova Scotia in August.
The ram can tow!!
One thing my brother in law told me is: watch the tires! Get E rated tires, 10 plys. that is where your payload is.
his words, not mine. I dont know much about this other than the little bit of experience from last year.
Google RV.net and 1/2 ton towing 5th wheel. lots of picutres there