Originally Posted by Scooper
Couldnt wait, so the total wt appears to 5990, had to add the family wt since they are not with me. Curb wt u saw was for 2wd, 4wd is 5500 in the specs i found. so how does this play out my towing numbers now?
Ok, sorry - I'm dense. The 5990, have you already added the amount for your family? Did you also take into account mythical numbers for the "camping stuff" you carry in the truck? (booster seats, car seats, tools, clothes, coolers, bikes, firewood, camping chairs, as well as some extra weight since it's a weight distributing hitch). What number would that ultimately be?
But, until you guesstimate that - let's go with the numbers that you've provided:
. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) (aka, the maximum your truck should carry): 7,200 pounds
. Your truck's actual weight with you + the family: 5,990 pounds
. Other stuff you carry: 0 pounds (you'll have to estimate this)
- You're available payload for tongue weight (A - B - C): 1,210 pounds (again, remember - I don't know if you estimated other stuff in the truck or not)
From the specs page of the camper
- Base weight: 7,015 lbs.
- Estimated GVWR (base weight + cargo carrying capacity): 10,658 lbs.
Matthew (jeeplj8) indicated that he has the same camper and his "base weight" was over 8,000 pounds and he's typically ready to camp at about 9,200 pounds. I'll go with 9,000 lbs as a best guess for tongue weight (knowing that yours may come in higher or lower, depending on how you load the camper up):
9,000 pounds at 10% tongue weight is 900 pounds.
9,000 pounds at 15% tongue weight is 1,350 pounds.
You need your camper's tongue weight to be less than 1,210 pounds.
With careful planning and keeping the camper on a diet, you may be able to achieve that. But, again - remember, you have to account for everything else that is normally in the truck when you go camping. So, that 1,210 pounds is likely to be less. Only you can estimate how much less.
Personally, my gut reaction is to tell you to look at smaller campers or a bigger tow vehicle. I'd be too stressed about each thing that everyone brings along if I were so close to my maximum numbers.