I don't want to make this into a discussion of frames; my point was just thst the new 5.0 isn't a different design - it is a new size for the fifth-wheel model, so I don't see the logic in some of the special names.
Originally Posted by cpaharley2008
Actually Brian, there is a big difference between the 19 and 21 frames. According to Reace the 21' is totally new 2x4 frame vs the other 2x3 frame and has more cross members. Supposedly a lot stiffer and has the larger axles/wheels.
Yes, every piece of steel may be a different length (due to differences in body length and width), and some are bigger in some sizes than in others, but those are just dimensions. The axles are the same (Torflex #10) but the rubber trim is adjusted between models, and I assume the start angle is as well.
I recently had a chance to look at the full line of current-production demo models at the factory, and they all are indeed the same proven design. Lengths, main frame/tongue tube size, tongue offset bend, and number of crossmembers change to suit the trailer size.
Originally Posted by Kountrykamper
The 19' now also has the 2X4 frame. When Reace built the 21' frame he liked it so much he wanted to use it on the 19' too. I spoke to Reace about this a while back and he decided to go ahead and put the change into production sometime just before ours was built in August. He said the new 19' frame only weights 40 lbs more but is a lot stronger.
Thanks. I noticed that both 19' and 21' used the 2x4 tongue and main rails, but didn't know about the change in the 19'.