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The Average Height of a 5th Wheel (With 20 Examples)

Published on March 6th, 2020 by Ray & Tammy Roman
This post was updated on March 24th, 2022

Based on our research of twenty 5th wheel campers we found the average height of a 5th wheel to be approximately 13 feet or 155 inches. The tallest one we found came in at 13′ 6″ and the shortest one we found measured 12′ 3″. The height is measured from the ground to the highest point of the camper.

You will find some that are much lower than our sample of twenty but for the most part, 13 feet seems to be the average. In most states, a 5th wheel camper cannot exceed 13′ 6″ inches in height.

See the table below where we documented the manufacturer, the floorplan and the height specification. It is assumed the height includes any roof-mounted A/C. However, it’s a good idea to check with the manufacturer.

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ModelFloor PlanExterior Height
Jayco North Point383FKWS13′ 5″
Jayco Pinnacle38FLWS13′ 6″
Forest River Riverstone381FB13′ 4″
Forest River Wildcat290RL12′ 6″
Flagstaff Classic85291KSB13′ 2″
Coachmen Brookstone344FL13′ 5″
Keystone Alpine3321MK13′ 4″
Keystone Montana3120RL13′ 4″
Dutchmen Astoria2503REF12′ 5″
Grand Design Reflection29RS12′ 3″
Northwood Fox Mountain235RLS12′ 9″
Northwood Arctic Fox32-5Z13′ 5″
Luxe Fifth Wheel43MD13′ 6″
Crossroads CruiserCR3311RD12′ 8″
Heartland RV Big Horn3375 SS13′ 3″
K-Z DurangoD321RKT12′ 9″
Open Range HighlanderHF327G13′ 1″
Pacific Coachworks Sea Breeze26FSB11′ 8″
Palomino Columbus328RLC12′ 4″
Starcraft RV Telluride251RES12′ 5″

One of the first things you should do when considering an RV is to take out a tape measure and actually measure the height of the camper. Make sure the RV is on level ground, the tires are inflated to manufacturer specification and it is hitched to your tow vehicle. If you even change the tires re-measure to make sure you have an accurate number.

Make sure you measure from the ground to the highest point on the RV. If there is a roof-mounted A/C or a digital antenna measure to the top of those. The last thing you want is to lose your A/C because you didn’t include the A/C unit, like the folks in the video below.

RV Height Clearance Tips

Let’s go over some tips that may help you avoid losing your newly installed RV roof A/C, satellite dish or those new solar panels you needed for boondocking.

  • Each state is different as to whether or not they mark the height of bridges
  • Each state is different as to the accuracy of the posted bridge height, some are accurate some are not
  • Interstate bridges are designed to clear commercial semi-trucks (max height 13′ 6″)
  • States, however, may have different requirements
  • Re-paving can affect clearance height
  • Print out a label of the height of your camper and stick it to your windshield.

Get more tips from this Roaming Times article.

Ways to Avoid Damage

Here is are some recommendations to avoid damage when towing your 5th wheel.

#1 Slow Down Under Bridges

When approaching an overpass especially of the clearance height is not posted drive slowly. You might think it’s clear but it might be a very tight pass and any bouncing of the camper will move the suspension up and down.

#2 Plan Your Route

Plan your route so you are driving on roads and highways where commercial truck traffic is bound to be present. Consider interstates since they are usually planned for semi-truck to traverse.

#3 Take Precautions

Some bridges and overpasses might be mislabeled, sometimes the stated clearance might be for the talked part of the bridge. It’s best to avoid anything that is within 1 foot of your camper overall height. Always proceed with caution.

#4 Consider an RV GPS

In order to help you choose a good route, you might consider the use of a GPS made specifically for RVers. The routes that are available on these types of GPS were developed for RVers. The routes offer plenty of room for your camper. Still, you need to be cautious and not always trust the GPS.

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Summary of Average Height of a 5th Wheel

It goes without saying that you really need to know your camper and its dimension in order to ensure safe travel on the road. Drive with caution, stay vigilant, don’t assume markers and always correct, and if possible use an RV GPS to help plan your travel routes.

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