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Old 11-02-2010, 11:26 PM   #11
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Remember that the pass-through storage is at the front plus the storage under the queen bed...lots of storage at the front to more than compensate for the weight the rear kitchen may add. Again, load it so you have 10 - 15% hitch weight and the tow vehicle won't know what the floor plan is!



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Old 11-03-2010, 07:05 AM   #12
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I have the exact rig you are referring to... 09 SV264 09 F150 SC 5.4/3.55 rear end w/ factory brake controller.. It pulls well, I wish I could lock out 6th gear to keep the gear hunting to more of a minimum. A little more power would be nice too.

I have yet to have ANY issue with sway. I have the equalizer system and it seems to work very well. I pull about 10 times a year about 150 miles per trip. I get about 12 mpg pulling.

I dont believe I would pull thru the mountains with this rig simply because I like alot of headroom and dont like the high RPM stuff. The truck would probably do fine but I would rather have a 3/4 ton to tackle that kind of terrain....

I wouldnt think twice about getting the rear kitchen model. The weight of the lp tanks and underbed storage should balance it out... The low profile and torsion bars make for a good pulling rig.. I know because I have it.....

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Old 11-03-2010, 07:18 AM   #13
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My answer is a mirror comment to several others here.....I don't think your trailer weight distribution is going to be a problem.

I have the sister ship to the SV 264.....the SV 263, so the size trailer is the same, but the floorplan is different.

1st off, adding a battery, propane and bottles added 80 lbs. to the tongue weight on my trailer over the listed tongue weight in the brochure. That is going to bring the actual tongue weight on the SV 264 up to about 550 lbs. over the listed weight. The pass through, front wardrobes, under bed storage, and the slide wardrobe are all in front of the wheels. If you notice on the SV 264, the rear of the trailer is a lot closer to the wheels than the front of the trailer. Equal weights put towards the front of the trailer are going to more that counter what you put in the rear of the trailer.

With my trailer, any additional 40 lbs. on the rear bumper takes off 15 lbs. from the tongue. That is the bumper, so 80 lbs. inside in the fridge and cabinets is not going to remove even 30 lbs. from the tongue weight. Add all of your camping stuff to the front pass through, clothes to the wardrobes, and stuff under the bed should more than counter anything in the kitchen.

The 6500 lbs. travel weight is a good worse case scenerio, but I betcha you won't be close to that. I am going down the road at about 5500 lbs., with about 1/4 tank of fresh water.

I also have the same wheel base and engine pickup that you have. The new 5.4 L engines have more HP and torque than my 2006, and the six speed tranny should make up some of the difference over my truck having the 3.73 final gears vs. yours with 3.55s. Even with the 3.55s over my 3.73s, your pickup is rated to pull 400 more lbs. than mine.

I don't think you are going to have any problems. Weight everything loaded for camping just to confirm what the weights are.

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Old 11-03-2010, 08:44 AM   #14
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HA! Good luck with your purchase decision. You will be fine regardless of what you choose. Our RKS is about the opposite of your concerns. Most of the added weight is on or in front of the axles resulting in increases in tongue weight. The 264 is a really nice trailer. I think that this is what we will go for if we get too old to climb into the rear slide bed! HA! Best of luck. LEt us know what you finally do.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:12 AM   #15
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Great input, and very much appreciated. Hearing from owners of the same rig and TV is very reassuring. At this point it is a green light. I am putting in a firm offer today, subject to test drive and a good inspection (I have a long list of inspection items as a result of problems noted on these forums). We are heading to NC for the shakedown trip next week if all goes well. We will leave the trailer and come home 20 Dec for Xmas, and then return to pick up trailer and head to Az where we stay every year till April.

Wonderful to meet you all, and thanks for the quick responses!
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:09 PM   #16
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I have a 2011 sv264 and have no problems with sway. I have a WD hitch and a static sway control arm. I tow with a 2010 Nissan Titan.
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Old 11-03-2010, 06:58 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by HONDAD View Post
My wife would agree with your choice of word "fixated" acadianbob, yea that can be me sometimes. The best way to explain the difference I foresee in the handling of a RK is that most of the other plans we are comparing it to are rear Bath. So, in the rearmost 4 feet or so of the rear bath model there is an empty shower stall and a plastic loo. Most of the heavyweight permanent Kitchen stuff is amidships, right over the axles where i like it. The rear kitchen, on the other hand, has the heavy kitchen appliances (I suspect a full fridge is the single heaviest item in the trailer) not to mention the hot water tank, also rearmost. And the rear kitchen has a lot of cupboards so i am sure mama will want to fill them with canned goods, maple syrup, dishes and pots, and probably some tetrapacks of australian wine. And why not? Thats what cupboards are for and why mum likes the kitchen layout functionally. But papa has to tow it. And i don't see much discretionary weight. Maybe I can relocate the wine.

So, I just know in my bones the RK WILL handle differently from the rear bath and possibly significantly. I am just trying to learn from others who have an RK to what extent, and whether it is a good trade off for someone like me who is fussy how things operate. I do plan to take a test drive, but once mama has seen it, it could be hard to back out.
I can see your point about loading everything in the rear of the trailer. My biggest reason for not going with a rear kitchen would be the bouncing dishes etc. Maybe my thoughts are unjustified (I don't and never have owned a rear kitchen r.v.). I kinda thought of it like being in the back of a school bus... not the smoothest ride (that is getting to be a long time ago comparison)!

You are probably two steps ahead of most people, just mentioning that you are concerned about the possible loading issues tells me you are thinking ahead. I'm sure the trailer manufacturers must take loading into consideration also when they design such a layout.

The test tow sounds like a great idea, just leave the boss at home for the first one. Once you decide you can live with it take her for a spin. On a side note, open, close, sit, operate, convert and lay on everything you can in the trailer... you may decide things aren't exactly to your liking (i.e. too small of a bathroom).

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Old 11-03-2010, 08:45 PM   #18
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We got an SV 264 early this summer. We really like the layout and the DW loves the big kitchen with all the extra counter space. We use the storage under the the dinette and under the cushions for the canned goods, coffee pot and anything that might break. Never had anything fall out of the kitchen cabinets. There's also storage in the hall across from the bath and under the bed. So with a little planning you can easily distribute the weight.

No sway problems at all with the Reese hitch and sway bar set up. We have a 4wd Yukon that pulls like a dream. We were all over the NC and Virginia mountains and never had a problem pulling up hill.

Buying one is the right decision in my book.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:40 PM   #19
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Appreciate the encouragement, I pick up new SV 264 on Monday. i will take your advice and place water bottles and cans under the dinette seats. Will post my impressions.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:26 AM   #20
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HONDAD, I have a 2005 SV-264 with the rear kitchen. Keep the pots, pans, out of the rear cabinets and into the side cabinets. They are flying weapons. We, keep little weight items up in the cabinets. We use premolded paper plates, plastic utensels, styrophone cups and etc which we throw away. We buy food only for a day or 2. Only carry clothes for about 5 days, and try to hold down the weight, and think about weight distribution. We just returned from a 2.5 week trip through 8 states with no problems and no sway problem. I tow with a 2005 silverado 4 dr. pickup, 5.3 with 3.21 axle ratio. Keep the weight down low and in the sides and you will have a great time !!!!! Jeff Carey

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