Specifications for the 1999 30' Dutchmen Fifth Wheel Trailer

by Suzanne Geller

In 1999 Dutchmen celebrated its 10th anniversary and produced a 30 foot fifth wheel in the Classic and Supreme models. Three different configurations account for variations in carrying capacities, which are influenced by the overall design and options of the trailer versions: 30BH, 30RK and 30RL.

Construction

The actual length of the Dutchmen is 30 feet 11 inches, with a width of 96 inches, measured without the awning. The standard model is built on box tube frames, and the slide-out models on I-beam frames. The Classic walls use 2-by-2-inch framing on 16-inch centers. The Supreme walls are made with a Z-bond lamination process, bonding together aluminum framing and foam insulation. Dutchmen features heavy-duty tongue-in-groove plywood flooring and a 5-inch truss roof rafter system. The Supreme model has thermo-compression fully laminated fiberglass sidewalls.

Capacities

The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for the 1999 30-foot Dutchmen trailers ranges from 9,980 to 10,270 pounds, with an unloaded vehicle weight of 7,170 to 7,480 pounds. Toys, clothes and all the essentials will need to fit within a net carrying capacity of 2,520 to 3,100 pounds. In addition to packing your stuff you will need to account for basic living liquids. Waste water holding tanks carry 60 or 90 gallons depending on the model. A 40-gallon demand water system with 12-volt pump serves between water hook-ups, and there are dual LP tanks holding seven gallons for the 12-volt furnace and other LP gas needs. All models have 75R15 tires.

Interior

Depending on the model, the 1999 Dutchmen accommodates six or eight people in the sleeping area. The Classic and the Supreme offer many of the same standard features, with gas/electric refrigerator, pilotless burner range, in-floor heat ducts, mini blinds, large cabinets in the bedroom and kitchen, and a rear bumper with hidden sewer hose compartment. The Supreme offers a higher-end version with a bedroom skylight, carpeted bedroom, padded headboard, day/night shades instead of blinds, laminated dinette seats and a microwave.

About the Author

Based in Washington’s Puget Sound area, Suzanne Geller has written about software, health and business since 1987. Her articles have appeared in “Entertainment News NW,” “Synergy for Success” and various trade publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University at Northridge.