12 Best 1/2 Ton Tow-able 5th Wheels With Pictures


12 Best half Ton Tow-able 5th Wheels With Pictures

5th wheel travel trailers offer exceptional comfort, but this luxury of extra space comes with the cost of significantly increased weight, therefore a good knowledge of tow-able 5th wheels for the sake of your vehicle’s efficiency and passenger safety is a must.

Before making such a significant investment, you must familiarize yourself with all of the weight capacity stats and do your own in-depth research – never rely solely on the stats provided by your 5th wheel dealer, as they may quote misleading numbers to seal the deal.

As you browse through each of these 1/2 tow-able 5th wheels, think about your intended cargo, your passenger count, and if your current tow vehicle is appropriate (more on popular 1/2 ton tow trucks later).

2019 Grand Design RV Reflection 150 Series 260RD

The Reflection 150 Series by Grand Design measures just under 30ft long and is built with a 90-degree turning radius swivel pin box for an easier towing experience.

The interior is residential-inspired for a very homely feel with attractive vinyl flooring and a spacious layout. As you walk in you have a large U-shaped dinette that makes up the entire back wall of the trailer, and you can easily accommodate 6 people when dining or comfortably sleep 2 extra passengers once you fold it out into a 7ft spare bed.

Parallel to your entertainment center of a 40 inch LED TV, you can lounge on the fully-reclining theater seats which also have a heat massage feature built in!

The Reflection trailer also packs in a super spacious kitchen area with extensive counter tops, a comfortable bathroom and a secluded front bedroom for extra privacy with a Queen bed and panoramic windows.

The dry weight of the 150 series as it leaves the factory is 7,225 lbs, the total permissible weight or gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 9,495 lbs, and it has a hitch weight of 1,325 lbs.

Once you have factored in the total weight of the fully-equipped trailer, driver and passengers etc, don’t forget about your total cargo carrying capacity (CCC) for this Grand Design RV which comes in at 2,109 lbs.

Key features:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Private front (Queen) bed
  • Extended kitchen counter space
  • U-shaped dinette
  • 78 inch theatre-style seating
  • Shower with skylight
  • 3-burner stove and oven
  • Overhead microwave
  • Generous counter-top space
  • Double-door fridge freezer
  • 40 inch LED TV
  • Multiple overhead cabinets
  • AC and furnace
  • LED Power awning
  • Exterior speakers
  • Exterior shower facility
  • Pass-through external storage

2020 Winnebago Micro Minnie 2405RG

The 2020 Winnebago Micro Minnie is described as a ‘super light’ 5th wheel trailer and measures just under 27 ft long and 11ft high.

For easy tow-ability, the Micro Minnie is built with independent torsion axles, so that if you hit a pothole while driving, the rubber stabilizer system ensures that the shock is absorbed in one side of the trailer without affecting or rocking the entire body of the trailer while you’re on the move.

As for the weight stats on this 5th wheel, the Micro Minnie has a GVWR of 7,800 lbs and a dry weight of 5,800 lbs. The hitch weight on this trailer is 1,060 lbs and the cargo carrying capacity is more than abundant, allowing for around 2,500 lbs extra weight on your travels.

This is good to know, since the Micro Minnie has plenty of counter-top and cabinet space at the kitchenette for all your camping supplies, so you won’t have to leave too much behind.

For a competitively ‘lighter’ weight 5th wheel model, the storage capacity is also pretty impressive in this Winnebago – you have extra storage compartments hidden under the dinette seating, a full storage compartment under the Ottoman-style lounge sofa and Queen bed as well as plenty of overhead storage cabinets and generous storage in the bathroom.

Key features:

  • Sleeps 6
  • Queen bed and 2 convertible
  • 4-seater dinette with storage
  • Bathroom with fan vent and skylight
  • AC and furnace
  • TV and Bluetooth entertainment system
  • Real wood cabinetry
  • Extensive storage throughout
  • Mid-size fridge freezer
  • Dual purpose sink
  • 3-burner stove and oven
  • Overhead microwave
  • External storage compartments
  • External TV hookup
  • External marine-grade speakers
  • Power awning with LED lights
  • Pre-wired for solar connectivity
  • External shower unit

2015 Keystone Sprinter 252FWRLS   

The spacious floor-plan in this colossal Sprinter 5th wheel by Keystone allows for private sleeping quarters in the front Queen-size bedroom while dedicating the rest of the space to a roomy living and kitchen area, with divided shower and toilet facilities in between to make things a little easier.

If you’re accommodating extra guests, the pass through storage compartment on the Keystone helpfully has a pull-out camping table that can be used as a regular roomy storage unit when not in use.

For extra comfort on your travels, you have 2 recliners, coffee table and extensive counter-top space with a tri-fold sleeper sofa opposite and a 4-seater dinette booth which also converts to an extra bed.

Within the lounge area of the trailer, you have a 30 inch LED TV and entertainment system which can be enjoyed both inside and outside your trailer thanks to an external TV mount and speakers built right into the awning.

You’ll find plenty of storage space in the trailer’s many hardwood cabinets and drawers, plus the overhead and cabinet storage in the bathroom vanity and main bedroom.

The Keystone Sprinter 2015 model has a dry weight of 7,547 lbs, a GVWR of 10,495 lbs and a hitch weight of 1,495 lbs. The cargo carrying capacity on this trailer is quite forgiving too at 2,948 lbs.

Key features:

  • Sleeps 6
  • Emperor King bed and 2 convertibles
  • AC and heater
  • 3-burner stove and oven
  • Separate shower and toilet
  • Overhead microwave
  • Real hardwood cabinetry
  • Mid-size fridge freezer
  • 30 inch LED TV and CD/DVD player
  • Power awning with LED lighting
  • Wind-resistant non-slam door
  • Surround-sound speakers in awning
  • Camptable in pass through storage
  • Exterior TV hookup
  • Exterior shower port

2016 Sportsmen S235RK

At 25 ft across, this 2016 trailer by Sportsmen may not be the biggest 5th wheel on the market, but it doesn’t skimp on the amenities and the smaller frame certainly makes this model a little easier to tow.

The Sportsmen has a GVWR of 7,000 lbs, a hitch weight of 860 lbs and a cargo carrying capacity of 1,075 lbs, which is fairly generous for its less-than gargantuan size. Note that the dry weight as factory new is 5,925 lbs.

The rear kitchen floor plan is nicely laid out with a comfy lounge area and plenty of counter-top space at your 3-burner stove and oven kitchenette.

The convertible jiffy sofa bed is so called because, unlike most RVs, this converter bed has no need to be flipped or folded out in an awkward time-consuming manner – you simply lift the seating section slightly and it automatically flops down into a comfortable spare bed, in a jiffy!

Thanks to another conversion in the dinette and Queen bed at the front, the Sportsmen can quite comfortably sleep up to 6 people.

Separate cubicles for your toilet and bath tub with skylight also allow more room with extra storage cabinets and a linen closet, which makes the floor plan feel a little more open and spacious. Roomy overhead storage throughout certainly makes the most of the space around this more modestly-sized 5th wheel too.

Key features:

  • Private Queen-size bedroom
  • 3-seater Jiffy sofa
  • Dinette and bed conversion
  • 3-burner stove and oven
  • Spacious counter-top space
  • Overhead microwave
  • Large overhead cabinets
  • 6 cu. ft fridge
  • 15 ft Awning
  • AC and heater
  • Exterior shower port
  • Exterior speakers
  • Separate toilet cubicle
  • Bathroom with skylight
  • Large pass through storage compartment
  • AM/FM CD player

2016 Puma 259RBSS

This 2016 Rear bed 5th wheel by Puma measures 29ft across and has a super slide-out living area containing your tri-fold sofa and bed conversion and dining table (a real free-standing table and chairs instead of a dinette booth for extra home comfort!) and the dining table itself even has extra storage space in the form of a pull-out drawer to accommodate extra guests and each of the chair seats is hollowed out for a little extra storage space too.

You also have a decent external storage compartment at the front and an external den door to give you access underneath your rear bunk beds. Plus, the bottom bunk even folds up and locks into place to give you even more space for storing your camping supplies, cables and any other cargo. Speaking of which, the cargo carrying capacity on this rear bed Puma trailer is very forgiving, at around 2,038 lbs.

At the front of the Puma 5th wheel, you have a walk-around Queen bed with plenty of storage, a great kitchenette area with a home-style double-door fridge freezer and extensive counter-top space for all your cooking and preparing needs.

Overall the 2016 Puma has a GVWR of 9,350 lbs, a hitch weight of 1,322 lbs and a dry weight of 7,312 lbs.

Key features:

  • Front Queen bed
  • 2 rear bunk beds
  • Slide-out dinette/lounge
  • 3-burner stove and oven
  • Separate vanity and sink
  • Tub/shower and toilet
  • Microwave overhead
  • Extensive sink counter-top space
  • Double door fridge freezer
  • LED TV and Bluetooth system
  • Plenty of storage cabinets
  • External storage compartment
  • Power awning with LED light strip
  • External speakers
  • External BBQ rail hookup
  • External den door access

2016 Sabre Lite 25RL

This 2016 Sabre Lite 5th wheel by Forest River trailer has a rear living room format and has a nice open layout due to the slide-out containing the dining area and corner entertainment unit. You have a traditional free-standing dining table set up with 4 chairs, so you could take these outdoors for a camp cook-out if you wish.

To entertain yourself and guests you have a LED TV set up in the corner-wall with a Bluetooth entertainment system, and the TV mount is on a swivel bracket so those sitting at the sofa don’t have to miss out!

Opposite this is a spacious L-shaped kitchen area that more or less mimics your residential home kitchen with stove, hood, oven and microwave and a generous amount of space at the granite counter-top.

Over in the front of the trailer, you have a spacious Queen bedroom with a wardrobe slide-out, surrounding storage cabinets and – creating the feel of an en-suite – the corner shower is in the bedroom. Add to this the 3-seater lounge sofa in the rear and the Sabre Lite sleeps 4 in total.

The White Hawk 26RK has a cargo carrying capacity of around 1,275 lbs with a hitch weight of 783 lbs. It also has a dry weight of around 6,712 lbs with a GVWR of 7, 750 lbs.

Key features:

  • Sleeps 5
  • Queen bed
  • Multifunction bedroom lights
  • Electric fireplace
  • Recliner chairs
  • Entertainment center
  • 4-seater dinette/bed with storage
  • Full-size fridge in slide-out
  • 3-burner stove an oven
  • Fridge housed in slide-out
  • Generous counter-top space
  • Exterior camp kitchen
  • Bedroom entry door
  • Multiple storage units throughout
  • 39 inch LED TV
  • Power awning with LED lights
  • Pre-wired for solar connectivity

2020 Cougar 24RDS

This 2020 model of the Cougar trailer by Keystone has a smaller, more lightweight build compared with many 5th wheels to ensure a much easier towing experience and has a forgiving hitch weight of 1,430 lbs in relation to its cargo carrying capacity of 2,607 lbs.

It should be noted straight-away that the slide-out portion of the trailer contains your bedroom and bathroom, so this can’t be accessed while you’re on the move, which could be a deal-breaker.

Thankfully, the great feature of an 8ft mega dinette in the rear means you don’t have to pull the slide-out to get some much-needed rest.

Once you have set up camp though, you’ll be impressed with the Ottoman-style queen size bed and closet space in the main bedroom and a super stylish bathroom with marble shower walls, vanity cabinet storage and a generous skylight to really open up the space.

Other cool touches in this 2020 Cougar trailer are things like the option to have an electric fireplace beneath the kitchen counter-top and motion sensor lighting that becomes warmer and dimmer as you leave a certain area of the trailer, which not only conserves your energy but keeps bugs at bay.

The Cougar has a dry shipping weight of 7,393 lbs and measures just under 28 ft in length.

Key features:

  • Bedroom and bathroom in slide-out
  • Ottoman-style Queen bed with storage
  • 2 recliners with optional heat massage
  • AC, furnace and electric fireplace
  • 5-6 seater mega dinette       
  • Bathroom with marble shower wall
  • Motion sensor lighting
  • Mid-size fridge freezer
  • Large oven and 3-burner stove
  • Genuine tile back-splash at kitchenette
  • Dual purpose sink
  • Impressive storage capacity
  • Generous counter-top space
  • External shower
  • Power awning   
  • Large pass through storage

2020 Grand Design RV Reflection 150 Series 240RL

Grand Design have engineered their 2020 Reflection to keep the hitch weight light in relation to its size at 1,222 lbs. Helpfully, this 240RL model has a ‘turning point’ hitch allowing for 22 inches of turning radius, so as your 5th wheel pivots in transit, it has more clearance between you and your towing vehicle for extra safety.

Another great safety feature on the exterior is the Dexter shock-absorber between the wheels to reduce the amount of vibration while you’re towing.

Inside, the U-shaped dinette and full-sized pantry is housed in a slide-out, but the good news is you can still use the majority of your trailer with the slide-out retracted. The only thing it obstructs is one of the 2 recliners at the back.

Opposite your dinette booth is a vast kitchenette with plenty of counter-top space, 3-burner stove and LED-lit oven and microwave.

Moving to the front of the trailer, you have a decent-sized bathroom with separate shower, sink and vanity storage – and for added safety, Grand Design have fitted pocket doors onto the bathroom to prevent the obstruction of open swinging doors.

At the very front of the 2020 Reflection, you have a beautiful walk-around Queen bed with wardrobe, night stands and cabinet space to achieve a more familiar residential feel. In all, the Reflection 240RL measures just under 30ft across, has a GVWR of 9,495 lbs and a cargo capacity of 1,804 lbs.

Key features:

  • Turning Point hitch
  • Goodyear endurance tires
  • Front Queen bedroom
  • 2 theatre-style recliners
  • TV entertainment center
  • 3-burner stove, LED-lit oven
  • Bathroom with storage and skylight
  • Pass through storage compartment
  • External shower
  • Power awning
  • AC and furnace
  • Outdoor mini fridge
  • External BBQ/grill hookup
  • Dinette/extra bed in slide-out

2020 K-Z Sportsmen 231RK

At a little over 25 ft across, this 2020 K-Z 5th wheel by Sportsmen is a shorter and more lightweight design as 5th wheels go.

The rear kitchen floor-plan allows more room up top for a comfortable Queen-size bedroom with plenty of storage and easy access to the bathroom facilities without feeling boxed in.

Half the trailer space is dedicated to your living space and kitchenette with a 4-seater dinette and lounge sofa which converts to an extra bed. And at your kitchen, you have a mid-size fridge freezer, microwave, stove and oven with attractive L-shaped marble counter-top.

At the slide-out sofa bed (with storage space underneath) you can enjoy the entertainment of your high-mounted TV and multimedia center above your dinette, and this could also be enjoyed outside via the external speakers if you’re hosting a camp cook-out.

For such a compact 5th wheel design, Sportsmen have really made the best of the space to deliver comfort whilst maintaining a low hitch weight (at around 840 lbs on this model).

All in all, The K-Z Sportsmen has a dry shipping weight of 6,100 lbs, a GVWR of 7,000 lbs and a cargo capacity of around 900 lbs.

Lastly, the wheels on this trailer are also helpfully fitted with equal flex suspension to reduce bumps in the road for a much smoother tow.

Key features:

  • Sleeps 6
  • Queen bedroom with storage
  • Open-plan shower and vanity sink
  • Separate toilet closet
  • Slide-out Sofa bed with storage
  • 4-seater dinette
  • Mid-size fridge freezer
  • 3-burner stove, oven and microwave
  • Spacious kitchen counter-top
  • Plenty of cabinet/drawer space
  • Mounted TV and multimedia system
  • Internal/external speakers   
  • Pre-wired for solar connectivity
  • Large pass through storage
  • External shower

2012 Keystone Cougar XLite 26SAB

The 2012 Cougar Xlite trailer by Keystone has a cozy rear-living room floor-plan and is furnished with seating that creates a more familiar residential feel.

The rear of the 5th wheel features 2 swivel rocker chairs, an air mattress sofa bed and a 4-person dinette where you can enjoy your HD TV and entertainment unit or enjoy the camp-side view from your large windows.

The kitchen area of the Cougar Xlite is very well-equipped with oodles of counter-top and cabinet space, a mid-size fridge freezer and floor-to-ceiling length pantry for all your supplies. You also have a 3-burner stove and high output oven with a microwave overhead.

Move through to the front of the trailer and you have a spacious bathroom with angled shower, vanity sink and linen closet storage with your private master bedroom ahead with a Queen bed and slide-out wardrobe for even more storage opportunity.

This nearly 30ft long Cougar 5th wheel is built with a ‘Max turn’ technology at the cap to give you the best possible turning radius and therefore a smoother towing experience with this style of short bed camper.

As for the hitch weight, the Cougar Xlite model is 1,190 lbs. Overall, the trailer has a GVWR of 9,990 lbs and a cargo carrying capacity of 3,026 lbs.

Key features:

  • 2 swivel rockers
  • Air mattress sofa bed
  • Private Queen master bedroom
  • Spacious bathroom with vanity/storage
  • 3-burner stove and oven
  • Overhead microwave
  • Dual purpose residential sink
  • Mid-size fridge freezer
  • Floor-to-ceiling pantry
  • HD TV and entertainment unit
  • Slide-out mirrored wardrobe
  • Extensive cabinet space
  • Power awning
  • Large picture window
  • Marine-grade external speakers
  • Large pass through storage
  • ‘Max turn’ technology

2019 Forest River Arctic Wolf 245RK4

The Arctic Wolf 5th wheel by Forest River has a rear kitchen floor plan which really opens up the space when the slide-out living area is activated.

Housed in the slide-out is your sofa bed and free-standing dining table and chairs, and directly opposite the living space is your spacious kitchen area with extensive counter space, a full-size fridge freezer as well as stove, oven and microwave as standard – plus a deep floor-to-ceiling pantry for all your food and drink supplies.

Towards the middle of the trailer, you have 2 recliners beside your electric fireplace and entertainment system, all set in a stone wallpaper design that gives off cozy log cabin vibes.

At the front of the Arctic Wolf, you have a master bathroom and master Queen size bedroom housed in one place for extra comfort and convenience with tons of storage space in the slide-out mirrored wardrobe and linen closet, as well as the extensive drawer space and night stands beside the bed.

Many options are available which will affect its weight specs, but as the standard package comes, the Arctic Wolf 2019 has a dry shipping weight of around 7,928 lbs and a GVWR of 9,900 lbs. The length of the trailer measures just over 31ft across and this will have a hitch weight of 1,345 lbs, with a cargo carrying capacity of 1,972 lbs.

Key features:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Living area and wardrobe in slide-outs
  • Queen master bedroom/bathroom combo
  • 2 recliners and sofa bed
  • Electric fireplace and entertainment unit
  • Free-standing dining table and chairs
  • Extensive closet space
  • 3-burner stove, oven, and microwave
  • Full-size fridge freezer
  • AC and heater
  • Power awning
  • Exterior shower
  • Large pass through storage
  • External speakers

Popular 1/2 ton Trucks

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is widely regarded as one of the best tow trucks in the game for its reliability and sheer military-grade strength. The towing capacity on the current 2020 model of the F-150 is much like its previous model, able to tow up to 13,200 lbs.

As for its total payload capacity, Ford’s F-150 knocks the competition out – it is able to carry up to 3,270 lbs with the proper configuration. The current F-150 model also has a maximum tongue load or hitch weight of 1,320 lbs.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

With its high-strength hydro-formed steel frame the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 series is undoubtedly built with the strength needed to easily tow anything from boats to half-ton RVs with ease. Proving it has the power to perform a safe tow, it boasts a maximum hitch weight of 950 lbs.

The Chevy Silverado also has an impressive towing capacity of 12,200 lbs to haul most large campers with ease and has a generous payload capacity of 2,543 lbs so you can be confident it won’t crack under pressure.

Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 has the sleek appearance of a luxury car and certainly doesn’t share the optics with many other tow trucks out there, but it thankfully delivers on its towing capabilities. With an impressive towing capacity of 12,750 lbs, it can make light work of towing most mid-to-large trailers when correctly configured.

Thanks to its durable high-steel frame, the Ram 1500 series has a great maximum payload capacity of up to 2,300 pounds. Depending on which Hitch Class model you get, the hitch weight of the Ram 1500 tow truck can bear up to 1,100 lbs.

GMC Sierra 1500

With the right configurations and setup know-how, the latest 2020 model of the GMC Sierra 1500 tow truck has a very impressive towing capacity on it at 12,500 lbs. Depending on which engine you go with, the maximum payload capacity on the Sierra 1500 model will be up to 2,250 lbs.

The tongue or hitch weight on the GMC Sierra tow truck is up to 800 lbs. As tow truck hitch weights exceed the 700 to 800 lbs mark, it’s important to note that you’ll need to switch from using a weight-carrying hitch to a weight-distributing hitch for optimal towing safety.

Toyota Tundra

The 2020 Toyota Tundra is a sleek yet powerfully designed tow truck that is more than capable of handling mid-to-large RVs depending on the configurations. The Tundra series has a minimum towing capacity of 8,800 lbs and a maximum of up to 10,200 lbs and has a payload capacity of up to 1,730 lbs.

Depending on the specific model of Toyota Tundra you get, the maximum hitch weight could be between 650 lbs up to 1,020 lbs, so take the time to research your specs carefully before being landed with an unsuitable tow vehicle.

Nissan Titan

The hard-working Nissan Titan is powerful in name and nature – combining the latest in safety tech and sheer body strength to encourage confidence while towing. As well as a maximum towing capacity of 11,000 lbs, the Titan also boasts an ‘Around View’ monitor technology to give you towing guidelines and peace of mind.

The maximum payload capacity of this power house is up to 1,850 lbs and the hitch weight is pretty impressive for a tow truck in its class at 1,099 lbs.

What Happens If You Exceed Payload Capacity?

Exceeding your payload capacity could potentially blow out one of your tires with the pressure and cause structural damage to the truck – which not only makes it harder to control, but it also puts passengers at risk if the vehicle were to tilt.

Does Payload Capacity Include Driver?

Yes. According to the RAM RV manufacturers, the payload of a vehicle is defined as ‘the allowable load weight a truck can carry, including the weight of the driver, passengers, options and cargo’.

What 1/2 Ton Truck Has the Most Horsepower?

The Ford F-150 tow truck comes out top for Horsepower, with a HP rating of 450 coming from its 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Which 1/2 Ton Truck Has the Most Torque?

Due to its larger diesel engine in comparison with other half-ton tow trucks in its category, the 2019 Nissan Titan has the most torque with a rating of 555 lb-ft of torque – allowing it to maneuver half-tons with ease.

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