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Old 03-28-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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2006 RAM 1500 Towing a Rockwood Ultra 2910TS

I am interested in buying a ROckwood Ultra 2910TS

My TV is a 06 RAM 1500 w/5.9 V8 Hemi & 3.92 rear.
My GVWR is 6650lbs, towing capacity 8500lbs, & payload 1300lbs.
The sticker on the trailer is 7865lbs.

Would this be feasible.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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Do you have any idea what the truck weighs?

And, where did you get the payload number of 1,300 pounds?

What sticker says 7,865 pounds? Looking at the specs, the gross vehicle weight rating says 7,892 pounds:
Rockwood Ultra Lite Travel Trailer by Forest River

Did the same sticker say what the cargo carrying capacity is?

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But, likely you'll be over the truck's GVWR when you add tongue weight (10% is 786.5 pounds and 15% is 1179.75 pounds). You still have to account for the rest of the driver (if over 150 pounds), passengers, after market add-ons, stuff you carry in the truck, stuff you carry in the bed of the truck, the extra weight of the WD hitch, etc., etc. and so on.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:54 PM   #3
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Don't have any idea how much the truck weighs. According to the sticker on the truck door the GVWR is 6700lbs and the occ/cargo capacity is 1287lbs.

I believe the sticker on the trailer GVWR 7865.

I use a weight dist. system and I currently haul a Jayco KIWI 30T.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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Don't have any idea how much the truck weighs. According to the sticker on the truck door the GVWR is 6700lbs and the occ/cargo capacity is 1287lbs.

I believe the sticker on the trailer GVWR 7865.

I use a weight dist. system and I currently haul a Jayco KIWI 30T.
with a cargo capacity of 1287, once you deduct yourself and all other passengers and gear, your left with not a whole lot for tongue weight. This must be qaud-cab with the low CCC.

looking at ESPY's numbers your tongue weight will need to be at least 800 lbs, but more likely will be about 1000lbs as most trailers are loaded a little nose heavy anyway.

That leaves you 287 lbs for yourself, your family and gear. That is not much margin.

Remember that a WD hitch pushes some weight to the front axle (and a minuscule amount back to the trailer) but you still have to account for ALL the tongue weight in your CCC. Plus the weight of the hitch itself.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:17 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=NiteNoise;336145]Don't have any idea how much the truck weighs. According to the sticker on the truck door the GVWR is 6700lbs and the occ/cargo capacity is 1287lbs.
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FWIW, my '05 Ram 1500 QC 5.7 SB RWD was 5700 lbs with full fuel, 2 people and a 80 lb dog. If yours is 4X4 or more passengers, it'll be more.

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Old 03-28-2013, 01:47 PM   #6
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I just found some specs on that model:
6476 dry
1378 CCC
GVWR says n/a (?), but if the above is correct would be 7854, which is close you your stated 7865. Typical estimate for actual loaded weight is 1000 over dry weight = 7476 lbs. TW estimate at 12% = 897 lbs.

6650 - 1300 = ~5350 empty truck weight (including driver)

TW is going to take up 900 lbs of your available 1300 payload. The other 400 lbs is available for passengers, the WDH system, and anything you put in the pickup bed. Getting the picture?

5350 + 8500 MAX tow rating = 13850 GCVWR (combined rating)
7476 (est loaded camper) + 5350 (est empty truck + driver) = 12826 lbs
13850 - 12826 = 1024 available for passengers & cargo in truck

So your biggest problem is a lack of payload in the truck. You can put as much as possible in the trailer, and nothing in the bed, but you will be getting really close on all of your ratings. It's doable, but I hope you will be staying in flat lands.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:57 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your info
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:44 AM   #8
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In case you wanted a cliff notes version of the math equations above.

"It's time to tell the DW, we have to get a bigger truck...."

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