Half Ton Towable 5th Wheels

7 Best Half Ton Towable 5th Wheels

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Fifth wheels tend to offer excellent comfort, but with the tradeoff of increased weight. Total weight of 10,000 pounds isn’t a rarity among fifth-wheel travel trailers. But do you have a vehicle that could pull those 10,000 pounds?

You don’t necessarily have to though. If you are willing to sacrifice comfort for towing capability, then there are plenty of fifth wheels out there that you could choose from.

With that being said, let us introduce you to the 7 best half-ton towable fifth wheels out there that can be towed with half-ton trucks!

7 best half-ton towable fifth wheels

Grand Design Reflection 150

Grand Design Reflection 150

Starting at $44,341

FloorplanLengthHeightGVWRUVW
230RL28’3”12’9,495lbs6,945lbs
260RD29’9”7,225lbs
273MK29’11”7,416lbs
290BH34’1”10,195lbs8,194lbs
295RL32’9”8,496lbs
220RK26’7”11’9”8,995lbs6,695lbs

Key features:

  • Compact dimensions.
  • 8-12 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • 50-amp service on 290BH and 295RL.
  • 15,000BTU ducted AC.
  • Outside kitchen in some floorplans.

The Reflection 150 half-ton fifth wheel line is a good option if your tow vehicle doesn’t have that much towing capacity. With the lowest UVW standing at 6,695 pounds, Reflection 150 line also features the lightest fifth wheels on our list.

Reflection 150 fifth wheels are also fairly compact, with some floorplans measuring under 30 feet in length. However, if you are looking for comfort, there are a couple of bigger floorplans to choose from – 290BH & 295RL – albeit with a higher weight. These floorplans also come with 50-amp service by default.

Even the shortest 26 feet 7 inches long 220RK floorplan provides some decent comfort and free room though, so we wouldn’t say that going smaller compromises convenience too much.

In every floorplan, you are receiving ample free room in the living area, as well as a large bedroom and full bathroom. In bigger floorplans, you are of course getting additional things like the kitchen island in the 295RL or the three bunks in the rear of the 290BH. In a few floorplans, you are also getting an outdoor kitchen with a 1.6 cubic feet refrigerator and a 2-burner stovetop.

Overall, while the floorplans of the Reflection 150 series are on the smaller side of the length spectrum, we wouldn’t say that this line lacks comfort compared to other lines that we are yet to overview.

KZ Durango Half-Ton

KZ Durango Half-Ton

FloorplanLengthWidthHeight w/ ACGVWRUVW
D250RES28’11”96”12’1”9,000lbs7,260lbs
D256RKT33’2”10,500lbs9,170lbs
D259RLS29’5”9,000lbs7,150lbs
D271RLD33’10”10,500lbs8,520lbs
D283RLT8,750lbs
D286BHD33’7”12’8,800lbs
D291BHT37’4”12’1”11,500lbs9,670lbs

 

Key features:

  • Cozy interior with a touch of luxury.
  • Porcelain toilet.
  • 15,000BTU ducted AC.
  • 8 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • Outdoor kitchen in some floorplans.
  • 2 bathrooms in D291BHT.

KZ’s Durango half-ton line doesn’t offer as many options for people looking for a lighter fifth wheel. But if you have a more powerful truck and can pull in excess of 10,000 pounds, then Durango fifth wheels may interest you.

KZ has designed these fifth wheels with a bit of luxury in mind. Durango RVs certainly aren’t the most luxurious fifth wheels out there, but they do feel cozy and expensive inside. The abundance of wood elements in the interior, as well as smaller details like the porcelain toilet are the key features that impart a sense of luxury to Durango RVs.

The floorplan sizes in the Durango fifth wheel line vary wildly, starting as low as 28 feet 11 inches and ending with 37 feet 4 inches, which is the longest on our list. Amenities and conveniences likewise differ significantly from floorplan to floorplan.

For example, in the 33 feet 2 inches long D256RKT, you are getting an outside kitchen and an outside grill. In the D286BHD floorplan, you are getting more sleeping space thanks to the main queen bed in the front and queen-size bunks in the rear. And in the D291BHT floorplan, you are getting two bathrooms, albeit only one of them has a shower.

These aren’t all the notable features in Durango fifth wheels – rather, we tried to pinpoint what you could expect from this series. And if towing capacity isn’t of big concern to you, then you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Durango’s luxury.

Starcraft Telluride

Starcraft Telluride

Starting at $48,929

FloorplanLengthWidthHeight w/ ACInterior heightGVWRUVW
251RES29’3”97”151”92”9,995lbs7,360lbs
292RLS31’11”149”7,950lbs
296BHS34’9”150”96”7,830lbs
289RKS30’7”149”9,760lbs7,415lbs
338MBH37’3”95”11,500lbs9,275lbs

 

Key features:

  • Up to 8 sleeping spots.
  • 15,000BTU AC.
  • Outdoor kitchen in some floorplans.
  • 8 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • 50-amp service.

We’ve overviewed many Starcraft RVs in our previous posts, and one thing that most of them shared was their sleeping space. Starcraft RVs are excellent if you have a large family or otherwise need an increased number of sleeping spots.

In the Telluride line, the number of sleeping spots goes up to 8 in the 296BHS and 338MBH floorplans. Not everybody needs 8 sleeping spots though, so in other floorplans, you are getting up to 4. You won’t need to go for a Telluride fifth wheel that has more sleeping space than you need.

What’s also remarkable about Telluride fifth wheels is that they come with 50-amp service by default. This means that these fifth wheels will be able to accommodate more powerful sources of electricity, allowing you to use a larger number of power-demanding appliances.

What about overall comfort? Getting up to 37 feet 3 inches in length, Telluride fifth wheels indeed have a remarkable level of comfort to offer. However, the tradeoff of increased comfort will be a larger size and heavier weight, so you’d need to be mindful of your towing capacity and free garage space.

Overall, we’d say that Telluride fifth wheels offer a comparable level of comfort to that of KZ Durango fifth wheels. Moreover, Telluride RVs have a couple of advantages over Durango RVs, which we overviewed above. On the other hand, you aren’t getting as much variety of floorplans, which may or may not be a downside for some people.

Highland Ridge 2019 Ultra Lite

Highland Ridge 2019 Ultra Lite

FloorplanLengthWidthHeightInterior heightGVWRUVW
UF2502RE29’3”96”150”92”9,995lbs7,360lbs
UF2804RK29’11”97”9,900lbs
UF2910RL31’11”9,995lbs7,840lbs
UF2950BH33’11”8,270lbs

 

Key features:

  • Plenty of sleeping space.
  • Sub-10,000lbs GVWR in all floorplans.
  • 15,000BTU AC.
  • 8 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • 50-amp service.
  • Outdoor kitchen in some floorplans.

The 2019 Ultra Lite fifth wheel line by Highland Ridge RV is very similar to the Telluride series we’ve just overviewed. These may be simply the same RVs but rebranded. However, given that recreational vehicles can be very similar across manufacturers, it’s difficult to say whether these are the same RVs or not.

Even if they are, that’s for your benefit since you will have more options when it comes to availability and pricing.

Now, what the above means is that you are getting a very similar set of features in Telluride and Ultra Lite RVs.  Some of the Ultra Lite line’s floorplans offer increased sleeping space, which is excellent for bigger parties. Aside from that, you are again getting 50-amp service by default, allowing you to use more appliances and equipment simultaneously. 

The RV sizes are also similar between the two lines. However, the floorplans in Ultra Lite don’t get as big and heavy as in the Telluride series. If you are after a smaller and lighter fifth wheel, then you may like what Ultra Lite RVs have to offer.

Palomino Puma

Palomino Puma

FloorplanLengthWidthHeightGVWRUVW
253FBS27’4”96”12’2”8,800lbs6,788lbs
255RKS27’9”6,754lbs
257RESS30’9,400lbs7,419lbs
286RBSS12’4”7,424lbs
295BHSS33’8”10,750lbs8,732lbs

Key features:

  • A good number of sleeping spots in larger floorplans.
  • Light and compact floorplans.
  • 13,500BTU ducted AC.
  • 6 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • 35,000BTU furnace.

The Puma RV line by Palomino is yet another line that is more focused on smaller and lighter RVs. With UVW starting at 6,788lbs, the Puma line offers the second lightest fifth wheel on our list, as well as the second and third shortest (27 feet 4 inches and 27 feet 9 inches).

Not only that, but Puma RVs appear to be a little simpler than lines like the Telluride or the Ultra Lite we’ve just overviewed. Namely, Puma fifth wheels don’t have 50-amp service and outdoor kitchens, which is going to be a benefit for people who don’t need them.

On the other hand, what Puma fifth wheels do have is a 35,000BTU furnace. While you can easily install a furnace in an RV that doesn’t have it, getting it by default will allow you to comfortably dwell in colder climates without additional expenses.

For full-time living or extra-cold climates, Puma RVs will probably need an insulation improvement, but the 35,000BTU furnace is a good start nonetheless.

The sleeping capacity of Puma fifth wheels is quite nice as well, though in not all of its floorplans. For example, in the 286RBSS floorplan, you are getting a queen bed plus double bunks. The 295BHSS floorplan is a little simpler, but it still has two bunks in the rear.

By the way, we didn’t mention that the Puma line includes not only fifth wheels but also travel trailers. But since our focus was on fifth wheels, we omitted travel trailer floorplans from our list. So don’t be confused when you see that there are more floorplans in Puma than we featured.

Jayco Eagle HTX

Jayco Eagle HTX

Starting at $48,359

FloorplanLengthWidthHeightInterior heightGVWRUVW
26RLX31’6”96”145-1/2”95”9,995lbs7,915lbs
26BHX151-3/4” (w/ AC)7,355lbs
27SGX31’8,100lbs
28RSX32’10”8,640lbs

 

Key features:

  • Sub-10,000-pound GVWR in all floorplans.
  • Ample sleeping space in the 26BHX floorplan.
  • 15,000BTU AC.
  • High-BTU furnace.
  • Porcelain toilet.
  • 8 cubic feet refrigerator.

The Jayco Eagle HTX line offers mid-size fifth wheels with sub-10,000-pounds GVWR. These fifth wheels aren’t the lightest on our list, but they do offer a nice balance between comfort and size.

When it comes to features, the Eagle HTX line is very similar to the Palomino Puma fifth wheel we’ve just overviewed. Among the key common features are the furnace (though Jayco doesn’t specify its heat output) and the amount of sleeping space that you could get from the Eagle HTX line. 

Particularly notable with sleeping space is the 26BHX floorplan which has a queen bed, two double bunks in the rear, as well as tri-fold sofa. Aside from the increased sleeping room, this floorplan has the biggest bathroom in the Eagle HTX line.

One thing that these floorplans lack is an outdoor kitchen, which many of the floorplans of overviewed fifth wheel lines had. Not necessarily a must-have in an RV, the absence of an outdoor kitchen may be a big downside for some.

Overall, the Eagle HTX fifth wheel line is a nice option if you have a less powerful tow vehicle and want to be able to comfortably live in colder climates. These fifth wheels may not be excellent for full-time living in every climate by default, but it has got the basics to allow you to stay comfy in non-extreme temperatures.

Coachmen Chaparral Lite

Coachmen Chaparral Lite

FloorplanLengthWidthHeightGVWRUVW
25MKS29’3”96”11’10”9,800lbs7,549lbs
285RLS33’7”11,000lbs9,167lbs
295BHS34’7”8,843lbs
29BH35’4”11,300lbs9,113lbs
30BHS36’5”11,500lbs9,535lbs
30RLS33’7”11,000lbs8,981lbs
28RLS30’4”11’8”8,028lbs
29RLS34’3”8,870lbs

 

Key features:

  • A wide range of floorplans.
  • 8 cubic feet refrigerator.
  • 50-amp service.
  • 13,500BTU AC.

And the last half-ton fifth wheel on our list is the Chaparral Lite line by Coachmen. Boasting features we’ve already seen in other fifth wheels, this series has one thing that particularly catches the eye – a variety of floorplans.

Whether you want a more compact fifth wheel or one that has more comfort in it, this line may be the one. 

Want a lighter fifth wheel since you don’t have that much towing capacity? The 25MKS floorplan might be a good option.

Need extra sleeping space? Floorplans like the 295BH or the 29BH will provide you with that thanks to their bunk compartments.

Not only that, but Chaparral Lite RVs come with 50-amp service by default, allowing you to use more appliances at once, given that you have a proper power source. And overall, thanks to the variety of floorplans, the Chaparral Lite fifth wheel line has many of the features that made other lines stand out, so you have a much wider choice here.

Can you tow a fifth wheel with a half-ton truck?

Modern pickup trucks are more capable than ever, and they can indeed pull fifth wheels. However, this applies not to every half-ton pickup you will find out there. Whether your truck will be able to tow a fifth wheel will depend on the towing capacity of your vehicle, as well as on the total weight of the fifth wheel.

What weights can half-ton trucks tow?

While many of the newer half-ton trucks can tow a fifth wheel no problem, trucks can be built very differently, which will impact the actual among of weight they can pull.

For some perspective, have a look at the following max tow ratings:

Each truck has its tow rating which you will need to keep in mind when buying a fifth-wheel trailer. Not only that, but you need to be aware that the tow ratings even within a single model line can vary significantly.

In the GMC Sierra 1500 line, the tow rating starts as low as 5,500 pounds and goes up to 12,500 pounds in the most capable model. 7,000 pounds is a huge difference, and given that fifth wheels mostly weigh closer to 10,000 pounds, 5,500 pounds will most likely be not even remotely enough.

Things aren’t as easy as merely comparing the GVWR of the fifth wheel with the towing capacity of your truck though. There are some other things you need to consider.

Max payload and hitch weight

If your truck has a towing capacity of 12,500 pounds, it doesn’t mean that it will be able to pull any fifth wheel weighing up to 12,500 pounds. You will also need to consider the fifth wheel’s hitch weight, which is the load that the hitch places on the truck when hitched.

To determine whether your truck will take the load of a fifth wheel’s hitch, have a look at its payload. Say, if your truck has a payload of 2,000 pounds, then it technically will withstand hitch weights up to 2,000 pounds.

However, since the payload of a truck includes everything inside – including the bodyweight of the passengers and everything that you may have in the truck – 2,000 pounds of payload don’t mean that you can tow a fifth wheel with 2,000 pounds of hitch weight.

When choosing a fifth wheel, you need to pick one with a hitch weight that would allow you to carry everything you need in your truck. If you say need 500 pounds and your truck has 2,000 pounds of payload, then the hitch weight will need to be no higher than 1,500 pounds.

One thing to keep in mind here is that you will need to consider the weight of the fifth wheel hitch receptacle in your truck. Like any other item in your truck, the hitch attachment weight also needs to be deducted from the truck’s payload. If the hitch attachment weighs 150 pounds, then you will have 150 pounds less in your payload to dedicate to the trailer hitch and everything else that you will be taking with you.

Towing capacity

The towing capacity of your truck itself is also very important. It’s no less important than hitch weight, which means that you need to consider both when looking for a fifth wheel.

You probably know that RVs have various weight ratings, of which of most interest to us today is the unloaded vehicle weight (UVW) and the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). RV manufacturers also sometimes use dry weight as an alternative to UVW.

UVW is the weight of the vehicle as manufactured at the factory, usually including the full engine and generator fuel tanks and fluids. UVW typically doesn’t include the weight of cargo, dealer-installed accessories, water, propane, etc.

Dry weight is the weight of an RV with standard equipment but excluding fuel, fluids, passengers, cargo, etc.

Keep in mind that the exact definitions of UVW and dry weight may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so make sure to find out how each defines these terms.

GVWR, on the other hand, is the maximum weight of an RV that it should never exceed, including all cargo, passengers, accessories, the hitch, fluids, etc.

When looking for a fifth wheel, you would probably want to aim at its GVWR in order to be able to uncover its full potential when traveling. If you get an RV with a GVWR of 13,000 but your truck can only tow 11,500, you will be missing out on 1,500 pounds of cargo capacity in the RV.

However, if you are planning to soon buy a more powerful truck, you may go for an RV whose GVWR exceeds the towing capacity of your car just at this moment.

You may also aim at the dry weight or UVW, but you would need to make sure that your truck has a few hundreds of extra towing capacity. Remember, these two ratings refer to unloaded RVs, which means that your truck will need to have extra capacity to tow an equipped RV, not an empty one.

What you also need to consider is the tow rating of your fifth wheel hitch attachment itself. The towing capacity of fifth wheel hitches usually isn’t a problem since they can often pull weights over 20,000 pounds. However, the towing capacity differs from hitch to hitch, so you need to consider the towing capacity of your hitch model.

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