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Old 05-10-2016, 07:05 PM   #1
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Will I be safely underweight?

I've been reading a lot of the archives and doing some online surfing too. But I'm still not super clear on all the calculations

We are waiting for our 2017 Rockwood 2906ws to arrive at the dealership.

It has a dry weight of 7000# and a payload capacity of 1500#. Tongue weight of 700#.

The tow vehicle is a 2010 ram 2500 crew cab short bed 4wd 5.7 gas with 4:10 gears. It's tow rating is 10,600. I thought I remember payload rated at 2600#

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Old 05-10-2016, 07:16 PM   #2
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:20 PM   #3
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With a payload of 2600 & 4:10 gears you are in great shape!

Our 2011 Ram 2500 CC ST w/5.7 Hemi & 3:73 gears tows our 8,000 lb. (loaded) TT w/loaded tongue of 1100 just fine. Our family of 5 & 1 dog weigh about 700, we have a fiberglass cap, and regularly haul 5 bikes, firewood, etc. under the cap for a payload in the 2500 range. (Our max payload is 3,000 because it's totally stock...)

With the 3:73 gears our 5.7 Hemi towed our GCVW of 15,000 throughout the Smoky Mountains without any issues. With the 4:10 gears you're even better-off.
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I tow a 2016 FE BHDS with a 2015 Toyota Tundra. My trailer's dry weight in 7300lbs and my truck's tow capacity is 10,000lbs and it handles it just fine.


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OMG you will be just fine.
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Your setup will tow like a charm. No weight police worries for you. Enjoy!
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You are so safe in-fact you should probably get a bigger trailer.

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I've been reading a lot of the archives and doing some online surfing too. But I'm still not super clear on all the calculations. We are waiting for our 2017 Rockwood 2906ws to arrive at the dealership. It has a dry weight of 7000# and a payload capacity of 1500#. Tongue weight of 700#. The tow vehicle is a 2010 ram 2500 crew cab short bed 4wd 5.7 gas with 4:10 gears. It's tow rating is 10,600. I thought I remember payload rated at 2600#
Good News! You're fine with that combo and should have an enjoyable tow experience.

For the future, if you are like a lot of us, someday you may be wanting to trade that TT for a 5er. When you get there, knowing your true payload will become more important. Simple way to find out. Your truck sticker lists GVWR of 8800#. So go drive it across a CAT scale at a nearby truck stop. Whatever total weight you get, subtract that from 8800# and the remainder is your true payload.

Your payload needs to accommodate the wife and kids, the hitch, and stuff in the truck and of course the 5ers Hitch Weight (some just take the 5er GVWR x 20% and use that for hitch weight). You will see many ultralight 5ers that'll work fine but you may also see many that won't. Beware when the salesman says "You have a 3/4 ton truck and can tow anything on this lot", you can't.
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Truck is fine. Now for that integrated sway control WDH research.....


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