In need of expert opinions please
100% newbie and learning at warp speed (first time truck owners and first time TT owners after having been tent campers for 12 years) We researched before we purchased both and found TV could easily haul the TT. However, since purchasing both in Dec, our needs have changed and we bought a larger TT to accommodate 2 additional campers joining us on a 2 1/2 month summer cross country trip.
Here's where we desperately need some expert opinions:
We know the TV can haul the TT but what we need to know is how much wiggle room in weight do we have? I have scoured and researched every old thread on this site, have called FR to inquire about items included/not included in the dry weight, have googled every towing chart known to man trying to determine the answer myself. However, the three of us researching this have each come up with a different answer. Plus, we aren't sure quite how the payload fits into all the numbers. We would like to be responsible RV'ers as we travel so any insight you can provide would be appreciated.
TV is a 2105 RAM 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4 x 2, 5'7" bed, 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel, 3.55 rear axle ratio, with Max Trailer Weight Rating of 7,870 pounds. Per the Towing Chart: GVWR is 6950, Payload is 1540
TT is a 2016 Cherokee Grey Wolf 26DBH with dry weight of 5757 pounds.
We do have a Reese WD bar and are willing to consider additional things (like airbag assist or suggestions?) if needed.
TIA for any expert opinions as we are at a loss of where else to ask and know the answer is not slighted in some way.