Originally Posted by Cascotter
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.