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Old 11-02-2014, 12:19 AM   #11
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Rockfordroo How do you like the Roo19 ? What are the good and bad points with it?
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:54 AM   #12
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There is a lot more than overall manufacturers stated tow capacity to look at as that number is given on a best case scenario with nothing but a driver in the truck..... let's look at how to figure out what you can tow.

First load your truck up with all passengers, pets and gear that will be with you when camping. Now go to a local Cat scale and weigh your truck with a full tank of fuel plus all of the above mentioned items. Put the front axle on the first scale pad and the rear axle on the second scale pad. (Bring a broom handle as the button to push us at truckers height).

Now take your trucks total scaled weight and subtract it from your trucks gcwr to get your adjusted towing capacity. Trade your trucks scaled weight and subtract it from your trucks gvwr to get your available payload. Take your rear axle weight (drive axle on the paper) and subtract it from the max rawr to find out how much room you have available on your rear axle. You need to stay within all of these numbers with your loaded tt weights.

Your trailer tongue weight will be applied to your trucks payload. The dry tongue weight listed is kind of a useless number as it commonly does not include propane, battery etc. Your ideal tongue weight is 13-15% of the trailers loaded (not dry weight). You will not be taking a empty or dry trailer camping. Since you don't know how much weight you will be putting in, it is safer to calculate using tt gvwr, although I will tell you that on average people tend to add 1000-1500 lbs of gear, dishes, clothes etc to their tt.


You are going to be very limited in what you can tow with that truck.
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Old 11-02-2014, 01:25 AM   #13
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jfrauts: OVerall, I'm pretty happy with my Roo 19. The only real problem I've had is I had to replace a couple of the water heater bypass valves (the brass ones are junk). The shower's a bit tight. I have not had any leakage issues. Counter space is a bit lacking. I added a shelf in the corner cabinet by the door. Don't like the table legs, but then neither does anybody else!
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i would have to agree , you are very limited on what you can tow with that truck. even if you stay at or just under the max weight limits you will still find yourself under powered and probably wear the transmission out far faster than you think. the factory trans coolers aren't always large enough imo. if you do find something at max limits or just below, loaded weight i would strongly suggest air bags for stability!
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i would have to agree , you are very limited on what you can tow with that truck. even if you stay at or just under the max weight limits you will still find yourself under powered and probably wear the transmission out far faster than you think. the factory trans coolers aren't always large enough imo. if you do find something at max limits or just below, loaded weight i would strongly suggest air bags for stability!
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Once you've figured your weights out as delineated above, you will likely find yourself limited to a pop-up or a small lightweight HTT or TT.
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Thanks for all the reply's, I guess the only thing this truck is good to pull is the skin off a rice pudding.We were thinking of downsizing from the c-class but may have to rethink this.
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