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Old 07-11-2012, 09:49 PM   #81
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You call a 5.3 with a 3;23 gear , sporty? WOW! Sorry, I just had to ask.
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:54 PM   #82
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You call a 5.3 with a 3;23 gear , sporty? WOW! Sorry, I just had to ask.
I have the same except it is an 05 and it goes pretty good, can even smoke the tires, but don't anymore. Sure did smoke a bunch of tires in the 50's, 60's and 70's tho'.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:52 PM   #83
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I pull my 2011 Rockwood 8281ss with an 04 dodge ram 1500, with the Hemi and 3.92 rear end. Trailer weighs 8000 unloaded, probably weighs about 9000 loaded. I had to put airbags on, leaf springs were shot. Truck pulls camper well, just have to take it easy. Just take short trips, maybe an hour drive. I am interested in the ecoboost, will wait a few years to see how they hold up.
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When I added the Timbrens, there was about a 1 1/2" gap between timbrens and axle. When the 5er is hooked up and truck loaded, the truck squats about 1 1/2" inch eliminating that gap. Still plenty of clearance for the tires in the wheel wells. The front axle squats about 1/2 ". I know there is a lot of discussion on this forum about weights and limits, but I don't think that the science is that exact that you have to worry about 1" or a few lbs. here or there. All the numbers and lengths are general guidelines with some latitude to play with. If I read this forum too much before I made a camper or truck purchase, I would have shied away and bought myself a smart car with a roll cage. It is important not to overload, but I think more important to drive with due care and caution and to the given road conditions and allow yourself plenty of room. REMEMBER, DRIVE SAFELY, ARRIVE ALIVE.
Do you remember How much sag you got before adding the timbrens? The large 275/65R20 are using up a lot of the wheel well.
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Do you remember How much sag you got before adding the timbrens? The large 275/65R20 are using up a lot of the wheel well.

I added the Timbrens before I got the 5er so nothing to compare to. Sorry.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:20 AM   #86
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I pull my 2011 Rockwood 8281ss with an 04 dodge ram 1500, with the Hemi and 3.92 rear end. Trailer weighs 8000 unloaded, probably weighs about 9000 loaded. I had to put airbags on, leaf springs were shot. Truck pulls camper well, just have to take it easy. Just take short trips, maybe an hour drive. I am interested in the ecoboost, will wait a few years to see how they hold up.
Wow I have the same exact truck and feel I'm pushing my luck with a 6400 unloaded weight TT. I added airbags and my truck pulls it fine as well I just feel the chassis is being asked a lot of.
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Wow I have the same exact truck and feel I'm pushing my luck with a 6400 unloaded weight TT. I added airbags and my truck pulls it fine as well I just feel the chassis is being asked a lot of.
The truck is rated for 8500, so I know I'm over but most people are, even with 3/4 tons. Most trucks are underrated by the manufacturer. You are well within specs with your camper. I grew up driving big equipment on a farm so I pay attention to the truck every time I hook up, and I look over the truck often. After pulling the camper over a year, I don't feel that it is "tearing up" my truck. I always go the speed limit or less and never go over 60. Not that the truck can't handle it, but it burns more fuel and I might have to pass someone doing 70 on interstate, I rather they pass me and I stay in my lane. All the people that say people are crazy and towing too much, please show me info on traffic accidents caused by these overloaded campers. I know there might be some out there, but I have not heard of many.
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The truck is rated for 8500, so I know I'm over but most people are, even with 3/4 tons. Most trucks are underrated by the manufacturer. You are well within specs with your camper. I grew up driving big equipment on a farm so I pay attention to the truck every time I hook up, and I look over the truck often. After pulling the camper over a year, I don't feel that it is "tearing up" my truck. I always go the speed limit or less and never go over 60. Not that the truck can't handle it, but it burns more fuel and I might have to pass someone doing 70 on interstate, I rather they pass me and I stay in my lane. All the people that say people are crazy and towing too much, please show me info on traffic accidents caused by these overloaded campers. I know there might be some out there, but I have not heard of many.
AGREE! Well stated my friend.
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The truck is rated for 8500, so I know I'm over but most people are, even with 3/4 tons. Most trucks are underrated by the manufacturer. You are well within specs with your camper. I grew up driving big equipment on a farm so I pay attention to the truck every time I hook up, and I look over the truck often. After pulling the camper over a year, I don't feel that it is "tearing up" my truck. I always go the speed limit or less and never go over 60. Not that the truck can't handle it, but it burns more fuel and I might have to pass someone doing 70 on interstate, I rather they pass me and I stay in my lane. All the people that say people are crazy and towing too much, please show me info on traffic accidents caused by these overloaded campers. I know there might be some out there, but I have not heard of many.

Your truck with a factory 20" wheel is rated for 7,600 pounds and has a payload of 1,280 lbs. A factory 17" wheel bumps the tow rating up by 1000K pounds with no other changes. Crazy I know but look up the 2004 model year and you will find this to be true. Most large TT will easily eat close to 60% of our payload in tongue weight alone.
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Your truck with a factory 20" wheel is rated for 7,600 pounds and has a payload of 1,280 lbs. A factory 17" wheel bumps the tow rating up by 1000K pounds with no other changes. Crazy I know but look up the 2004 model year and you will find this to be true. Most large TT will easily eat close to 60% of our payload in tongue weight alone.
Yeah, but the 20's look soooo good! I don't think Chevy lowers their tow rating/payload figures for their 1500's with 20's. Maybe wrong though.
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