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Old 05-12-2016, 06:36 PM   #1
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Purchasing truck to tow 2016 Rockwood 2504s

We purchased a 2016 Rockwood mini lite 2504S last year and are dieing to get it out this summer. We have to purchase a newer truck to tow it because our Chevy 1500 is on it's last leg. Is there anyone out there who is towing this trailor or one in similar weight, I believe loaded it's 6,500 lbs, with a Dodge Ram 1500? The Dodge maximum tow weight is 10,050 and I'd just like some validation from someone out there that this truck can handle this camper, or is anyone using this truck to pull approximately the same amount of weight on another trailor. We live in Colorado and do have to go up into the mountains so that's an issue as well. Any input is appreciated!
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:42 PM   #2
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Get the RAM 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi and 8spd trans. Depending on trim level you want the GCVW can change but the Big Horn model should do it. Get the tow package with the big fold out mirrors and integrated brake control also.
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Old 05-12-2016, 06:45 PM   #3
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I live in Colorado and would not tow a camper without a turbo. All engines lose 3% in horsepower for every 1000 ft gain. I would hate to see you get passed by a Prius climbing a pass while towing a camper.

This leaves few options but I am comfortable recommending:

Either a Ford 150 ecoboost with max tow pacakge, possibly heavy duty paypload package, or 3/4 ton diesel of any brand. All modern diesels are turbocharged and most are rate for full HP up to 10,000 feet ASL.

I would not go with an aspirated gasoline engine if you live in Colorado. If you do get a non-turbo engine expect things to go VERY slow.

You can find a decent low mileage '13 or '14 F150 ecoboost for a reasonable price.

Good luck in your decision and let us know how it works out. I was in your shoes and 3 trucks later am in a F350. My first truck was an F150 XLT EB wioth 9800 lb tow rating, my second truck was a 6.5 foot bed F150 Platinum EB with 11,300 lb tow rating. My latest is a '15 F350 and I wish I had gotten it at first; it would have been cheaper.

You can never have too much truck and most of us RV'ers upgrade sometime in the future.
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Old 05-12-2016, 07:01 PM   #4
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I pulled a similar sized/weight trailer with my Silverado 1500 LTZ 4X4. But it had the max towing package. Not all 1500's are created equal. The only way to tell what your new truck will pull ID to look at the sticker on the driver's side door post.

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Old 05-12-2016, 07:02 PM   #5
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I just traded a 2503s for a Surveyor 285 IKDS and my 2014 5.3L Silverado pulled the Rockwood with ease. The Surveyor is 2000lbs heavier and it still tows just fine behind the Chevy.


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I tow a 7500 lb (empty) 33' Wildcat MAX TT with my Ram Laramie 1500. Get the 5.7 Hemi, 8 speed tranny, 392 gears in rear end, and the self leveling 4 corner air suspension. You will luv this truck and it will ride & tow your RV like a dream!!!
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Old 05-12-2016, 08:03 PM   #7
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We purchased a 2016 Rockwood mini lite 2504S last year and are dieing to get it out this summer. We have to purchase a newer truck to tow it because our Chevy 1500 is on it's last leg. Is there anyone out there who is towing this trailor or one in similar weight, I believe loaded it's 6,500 lbs, with a Dodge Ram 1500? The Dodge maximum tow weight is 10,050 and I'd just like some validation from someone out there that this truck can handle this camper, or is anyone using this truck to pull approximately the same amount of weight on another trailor. We live in Colorado and do have to go up into the mountains so that's an issue as well. Any input is appreciated!

Best advice I can offer is, get as big a truck as possible such as as a 3500 dually (or bigger) because very soon you are more than likely going to want a bigger trailer or a 5th wheel. Save yourself all the hassle of continually upgrading vehicles.

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Old 05-12-2016, 08:17 PM   #8
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Most tow vehicles run out of Load Capacity ( found on the yellow door sticker) long before they run out of tow capacity. Add all the weight in the truck ( passengers, fuel, cargo+ 100 lbs for WDH) subtract this from the load capacity of the TV. This is the max tongue weight you should have. Note; airbags, stiffer springs etc can not change this number.
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I agree with TonyD that you should be looking at a F150 Ecco Boost minimum or F250/2500HD or larger diesel for mountains. I would look at the yellow sticker on the door of the truck and get one with minimum payload of 1800lbs or higher since you will run out payload long before you run out of towing capacity. Those turbos will out preform the Hemi 1500 by huge margin in the mountains.
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X2 what flybob said
Been there done that now have Ram 3500 Dually and just love it
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