I posted this over in the Ram Forum.......
Ok all, I have posted a few times over the past year, and I have done as much research as I can to understand towing capabilities, tongue weights, GVWR’s, etc.
I believe I have asked the right questions and have armed myself with as much knowledge as possible to dive into the purchase of a Toy Hauler.
After many months of research and online shopping, and my second RV show coming up this weekend, I know what to look for, and I am ready to make the dive.
I have narrowed my search down to either the Forest River Grey Wolf 19rr or 21rr, based on weights, length’s, cost, etc. I know there are similar units from other supplies, even Forest River, but then the cost starts to go up, or the weights start to go up.
I am really pickled by the 25rr, but the extra little weight, and added length just don’t make the decision comfortable for me, but I like the 25rr layout better than the 21rr, but not sure I want to chance it. Especially due to the fact that I am likely going to have to travel outside of Pittsburgh to get my unit, and get it at a decent price.
So, here is where I am at. I used the figures from a 21rr, if I go to the 19rr, they are a bit less, so I will be OK. Using the tools from RAM, and my VIN number lookup, I think I got it figured out.
Though I have found an error between the Ram Towing website and the cargo sticker. The note for “payload” calls out anything in the bed of the truck, and the “sticker” calls out the total weight of cargo and occupants, that is the figure I am using.
I also plan to load the family and truck as I would for a weekend, and get it weighed on a CAT scale before I purchase anything.
2014 RAM 1500
Truck – 5,350 lbs
Family – 600 lbs ( we are under this, but I left it like this for growth, and that is what the calculator uses)
Trailer Hitch and Tongue – 800 lbs. (estimate)
Total Weight – 6,750 lbs.
The total weight of the family and hitch and tongue (1,400 lbs.) is 100 lbs. under the load max of 1,500 lbs.
The total weight of 6,750 is 150 under the trucks max GVWR of 6,900 lbs.
Based on the number from the trailer weight below, a 12% trailer tongue weight falls under the 800 lbs. I reserved above.
2014 Forest River Grey Wolf 21rr
21rr Hitch Dry Weight – 693 lbs.
21rr Shipped Weight – 4,337 lbs.
Planned Cargo – 2,000 lbs.
Total Weight – 6,337 lbs.
12% Hitch Weight – 761 lbs. (estimate)
The total weight of both vehicles is 13,087 lbs. 413 lbs. under my max GCVW of 13,500 lbs.
This isn’t ideal at 10% I would like to be at, but still under.
So do my numbers look right, am I on the right track?