Is this the longest fifth wheel trailer?

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By Chuck Woodbury
EDITOR

What do you think, is this the world’s longest fifth wheel trailer? How would you like to tow this baby? No tight turns for you, for sure.

Well, those questions are moot because we don’t think this is a real fifth wheeler at all but the product of someone’s imagination and photoshop skills.

 

The photo was passed along to us by reader George Bliss, who regularly alerts us to interesting things. He was told it had been built by Weekend Warrior and used by one of its owners. But after I asked him if he knew that for sure, he did a little checking. He then reported:

“After five calls to Weekend Warrior and finally speaking to the engineering department, I’m advised they only make three-axle RVs. They do not have a four-axle in production nor is one available through a custom build. It would seem to be a doctored photo but impressive all the same.”

So that’s what we know. If you know otherwise, please fill us in. And thanks, George, for the photo and research!


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Jim Beirlein
Jim Beirlein

Forget the street corners. I want to see him back into the RV site that I’m in. That would draw a crowd.

JB
JB

If ever built, you would expect it to have a raised frame (approach and departure angles) so as to clear ramps and humps in the road or parking lots.

Brian Templeton
Brian Templeton

I have ask two questions related to all R/V. trailers. Why they cannot have underfloor storage compartments like motor homes, and why not put the A/C. units underneath the floor also like the ‘ALFA’ motor home series in the past so as the interior ceiling height could be increased and to reduce the air drag of the trailer when moving on the road?

TIM
TIM

Ask Mark Warmoth, the founder of Weekend Warrior. Since a bankruptcy auction in around 2009 many companies have used the name.

Kenneth be Merry
Kenneth be Merry

I only noticed two A/C units and only one vent on roof so thought it was a doctored up photo from the start. Also A/C units not spaced to effectively cool the unit.

Dry Creek
Dry Creek

Yes, because we all know that the one thing every RV manufacturer is concerned about is the cooling performance during the summer. I’ve never owned an RV that wasn’t like a meat locker inside during the July-August heat here in Texas…

That’s sarcasm in case you missed it.

Greg Illes

The indicator that it’s a doctored pic is the position of the axles, WAY far back. A real trailer would be more in-balance.

Edward Price
Edward Price

I think the indoor pool is aft of the wheels, so that would balance that long body ahead of the wheels.

Bob p
Bob p

70’ is maximum combined length on U.S. highways without an oversized permit which is expensive and requires an approved route to follow through each state, each state requires an oversized permit which would be expensive for the average RVer.

TravelingMan
TravelingMan

Spacecraft RV is a custom builder… Their website posts floor plans of 51′ + in length. There is a separate article showing a 59′ rig.

http://spacecraftmfg.com/fifth-wheel/

Even though you can possible get a rig like this (if you can afford it), there are many States that you can’t take it thru. Read more on that here:

https://traveltips.usatoday.com/rv-5th-wheel-laws-111797.html

Know the rules of the road before committing to something like that!

Dr4Film
Dr4Film

This begs the question; “what is the maximum legal length that DOT will allow for any trailer?” Not combined length but length just for a single trailer regardless of what is pulling it. Any ideas? This does not pertain to doubles and triples as that is again “combined” length.

Graybyrd

The maximum standard length for an over-the-road freight trailer is 53 feet, which taken with the typical length of a sleeper cab tractor, complies with maximum vehicle length. Nobody in their right mind would want a 5th-wheel camper trailer that length; it takes considerable time and training to nurse a 53-foot trailer around city street corners. There was a brief moment when Freightliner was lobbying for a 58-foot freight trailer, and they went so far as to build a stubby cabover tractor called the “Odyssey” to pull it and stay within overall length limits. The tractors sold; the trailers never… Read more »